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  • They're back! CK clams will be celebrated on July 4

    It won't be called "Clamerica" but the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is reviving the July 4th celebration of all things clam.

    Clamerica, a popular celebration that drew throngs of tourists to the island, celebrated the clam in its many culinary manifestations. That celebration was sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association. 

    Some clam fans have lamented that the festival, which went away shortly after the recession hit followed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has not been revived in recent years.

  • TNR program nears 1,000 cats

     A Trap Neuter Return program in Cedar Key has treated nearly 1,000 of the town’s feline friends.

    The TNR program, organized by Cedar Key’s Oliver and Doreen Bauer - owners of the Faraway Inn, has spayed or neutered and vaccinated a whopping 951 cats since its start in Oct. 2006.

  • Legislators listen to wish lists

    There must be a law in nature that says the smaller the meeting room the bigger the turnout. Such was the situation when the Levy County legislative delegation met last week to hear what county and municipal leaders and residents want to see come out of the upcoming legislative session.

  • Welcome, weekend warriors

     An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise. 

    And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior’s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work. 

  • City to address purchasing policy at future meeting

    Commissioner Royce Nelson wants the city to have a purchasing policy but he is meeting some resistance from City Commissioner Sue Colson. 

    Nelson has been studying the City of Chiefland's policy written by Cedar Key and Chiefland City Attorney Norm Fugate. 

    “The only part of this whole policy that needs to be dealt with is the first page and a half,” Nelson said. The rest of the policy is a compilation of Florida statutes governing purchasing. 

  • city election laws getting a look

     The Cedar Key City Commission has instructed its attorney to give the local election laws a once over and recommend any changes and at least one resident has a suggestion for one change.

    The commission, which took up the matter on Jan. 6, noted that changes need to be adopted by Feb. 20 in order to take effect for the May elections. 

    But at least one item was recommended by former City Commissioner Scott Dennison who asked that it look into codifying a residency requirement. 

  • No ice machine for the marina

    Motel and golf cart rental owner George Oakley was rebuffed by the city commission on his proposal to lease an island of land on the north side of the city marina area where the portable bathrooms are to locate an ice vending machine. 

    Instead, the commission suggested he look at putting the machine on the corner of his property at A Street by 1st Street, even though he said it could cause traffic problems with motorists who trailer their boats when they stop to fill up their coolers.  

  • Friction on the tower

     Former City Commissioner Scott Dennison and Mayor Dale Register rubbed each other the wrong way during a discussion about progress on siting a new cell phone and Internet broadband tower for the city. 

    Dennison took advantage of the public comment time in the commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to ask about the Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on construction of a 150 foot tower by the city's water tank in front of Cedar Key School. 

  • Standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways. 

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election. 

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

  • Cedar Key School earns a 'B'

    The state has issued performance grades for the Levy County School District and the county's four high schools for the 2013-2014 school year – last year – and the news can be possibly confusing for parents who want to judge the quality of local schools.