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  • CK gets ready for TD 9

     

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    Residents in the Cedar Key area are being warned to check weather reports several times on Tuesday and Wednesday to monitor the progress of Tropical Depression 9 — a storm that may be aiming for the Nature Coast.

    While Levy County Emergency Management officials are advising residents to check their hurricane plan for staying at home or hitting the road and to update it if necessary. Residents might also stock up on water and batteries.

  • Keep an eye on new Tropical Depression 9

    Levy County Emergency Management sent out a notice on Sunday that it is not too early to start keeping an eye on Invest 99L and check your hurricane supplies and plans because it has the potential to develop as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. The notice is not to alarm residents but to make sure they are cognizant of what is happening in the Gulf. 

  • New parking for Cedar Key

     

    The City of Cedar Key will gain new parking for golf carts and motorcycles on Dock Street courtesy of Levy County, which owns land right where Dock Street meets the City Marina and Boat Launch area.

    In its meeting Tuesday the Levy County Commission decided it did not want to sell the land outright, but would allow the city to use it. The commission agreed in concept and it is up to the city to draft the agreement.

  • Shell Mound road to be done

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • TRIM notices go in the mail Aug. 19

    The TRIM ― Truth in Millage ― notices are at the printer and will be dropped in the mail to property owners on Aug. 19 according to the Levy County Property Appraiser's Office.

    Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser, said there is noting new in the TRIM notices this year, except the taxes being levied by taxing authorities.

  • C/Dock Street bridge hearing Aug. 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is inviting island residents to a public meeting on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center to discuss plans for replacing the C/Dock Street bridge.

    The department has been wrangling with the plans due to concerns about the effect on the commercial district on Dock Street which has one-way traffic and a request by city officials to raise the bridge to allow more boat traffic at the City Marina. Requests were also made to do the work without affecting a motel and a condominium on either side of the bridge.

  • Soggy’s the new norm

    For those who want to be “in the know” the soggiest spot in Levy County may be Yankeetown where the newly installed Weather STEM at Yankeetown school measured 10.06 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.

    Of that amount, 5.47 inches of rain fell on Sunday.

    Chiefland is a relatively dry spot in the week’s weather picture where the Weather STEM at Chiefland Middle High School measured 3.3 inches of rain over the weekend.

    The Bronson Weather STEM at Bronson Middle High School registered 5.29 inches over the weekend.

  • Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence

     

    As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the FWC Law Enforcement Division is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on boating under the influence.

    The annual three-day, heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • The Gulf waters never cease to amaze me

     

    Fishing redfish one day last week a client from Colorado hooked what I thought was a medium size shark. When the mystery fish hit it immediately took off with the speed of a king mackerel. I immediately began pulling up the anchor because the fish quickly ran so far that the reel was well into the backing line. With only about ten wraps left on the spool, I started the motor to follow it and it turned back toward the boat. Whew! 

  • Commission reverses course on ag extension job

     

    By Lou Elliott Jones