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Local News

  • Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Cedar Key

    YANKEETOWN, Fla. - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater aboard a 23-foot boat near Cedar Key, Florida, after rescuing two men from the boat Saturday.

    Missing is a 54-year-old man from Elders Bird, Maryland. Rescued was Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Virginia, and Bruce Smith from Alachua, Florida.

    At 10:05 p.m., Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, received a report stating the three men had left Alachua at 5:30 a.m. via truck and trailer and never returned.

  • County updates dangerous dog ordinance

    An increase in the serious threat of unprovoked dog attacks involving residents, domestic animals and livestock has prompted the Levy County Commission to update its dangerous dog ordinance and revive an animal services panel to hear appeals of dogs deemed dangerous.

  • Cedar Key oysters make Flavors of Florida menu

    Faculty, administrators and friends of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences now know even more about the fine foods and beverages produced by UF/IFAS faculty after the annual May 9 Flavors of Florida event.

    Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, commended faculty and thanked friends for attending.

  • Seahorsing Around

    By Teri Bremman

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club seized the opportunity to experience “sea life” in a new perspective.

    As guests of the UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab community outreach efforts, thirteen members of the CKWC recently visited Seahorse Key.   Accompanied by Maria Sgambati, representing the UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab., Jessica Long, from the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, and Capt. Kenny McCain at the helm, the CKWC field trip proved to be as fun as it was informative. 

  • School events this week

    The school year is winding down and the number of events at Cedar Key School are picking up. Here's a few to mark on your calendar:

    • Friday, May 20, all day, Field Day.

    • Wednesday, May 25, 9 a.m. Pre-K End of Year Celebration in the school auditorium

    • Friday, May 27, 9:30 a.m., Kindergarten Circus, school auditorium

    • Sunday, May 29, 6:30 p.m., Senior Class Baccalaureate, Cedar Key Baptist Church

    • Tuesday, May 31, all day, middle school Survivor Day

  • Dock street bridge to go up 3 feet

    Cedar Key, your voice has been heard.

    The Florida Department of Transportation engineers have figured out a way to make the Dock/C Street bridge, one of three to be replaced, 3 feet higher than the current bridge and to install a temporary bridge during demolition and construction so businesses on Dock Street don't suffer a loss of business.

    And the good news is that the plan for construction of the $4.6 million structure will begin in Fiscal Year 2019 that begins on July 1, 2018, instead of the previously mentioned FY 2021.

  • Couple busted for meth

    Staff Report

    On Monday, May 9, two people were arrested in Cedar Key on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Larry Teckenbrock, 29, of Trenton, and Natasha Corbin, 29, of Old Town, have been charged with the manufacture of meth, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The bond has been set at $115,000 for each of them.

  • Cedar Key: a working, thriving waterfront community

    Editor's Note: This story from the May issue of Southern Living Magazine feature Cedar Key as one of the South’s most beautiful coastal getaways. Cedar Key, featured on page 88 in the story titled, “Wild Islands,” has two full pages devoted to the town’s natural charms and thriving waterfront community.

  • 2017 OFCA design contest opens

    Surrounded by nature’s beauty, Cedar Key is the perfect place to see, experience and celebrate the water around us. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee recently announced that the theme for the 2017 Fine Arts Festival planned for April 8-9, 2017 will be “It’s All About the Water.”

  • Faraway Inn named Green Business

    By Tom Deverin

    The Green Business of the Month for May 2016 is the Faraway Inn, owned by Oliver and Doreen Bauer since November 2000.

    The facility was built in 1948 and is a great example of the post-World War II hospitality industry in Florida with a mix of well maintained free-standing cottages and attached rooms. The complex covers a half a city block, with a multitude of gardens and it fronts on Goose Cove for those great Cedar Key sunsets.