Local News

  • Helen Denham grant request rejected

    Bad news for fans of the sternwheeler-steamboat Helen Denham ship sitting on the bottom near the No. 4 Channel in Cedar Key the state has turned down a request for money to survey the site.

    Toni Collins, president of the Levy County Historical Preservation Society, informed the Levy County Commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday that the state Historical Commission and Review Panel considered the grant request “too broad” and lacking in local support.

    “They felt the support was not there in Cedar Key,” Collins said.

  • Winner named for 2016 arts festival logo

    Dianna Tonnessen is the winning artists in the 2016 Design Contest for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival in Cedar Key with her limited edition linoleum block print, "Sunset Isle Motel & RV Park."

  • Pirate fest is bigger than ever

    For its third year returning to Cedar Key, the Pirate Invasion was bigger than ever.

    This year there were quite a few more vendors, a larger turn out for the parade and a historic period encampment twice as big as last year, all there to cater to the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 people who turned out over the weekend. Yet, there's more to the story than the economic boost the event offers to Cedar Key and areas nearby and the family fun it offers to visitors.

  • Guide to the Pirate Invasion

    Pirate Invasion is coming up in Cedar Key on the weekend of Sept. 18-20.

    Check out the schedule of events to see what will be happening.

    From the Cedar Key Chamber Welcome Center:

    For any visitors that ask after we are closed or before, there is a list in

    our outside window showing who has openings to stay, with phone numbers. I

    have also put it on the "Places to Stay" page on our website under

    Visitor's Search. Please ask any visitor not able to get into the Welcome

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.

  • Auction helps chamber

    Bidding was lively at the Annual Labor Day Auction that benefits the Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.

    Leslie Valen, director of the chamber, said,, “I thank all of the visitors and locals who showed up to support it. We were able to get pretty active bidding.”

    Dakotah Winery of Chiefland kept the wine flowing and Steamers restaurant provided the snacks.

    “We changed it to the community center this year and got good attendance,” Valen said. The community center offers more seating and display area for the annual auction.

  • 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday

    The Cedar Key portion of the 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

  • UF confirms motel purchase

    You may have noticed the recent sale of the Gulf Side Motel in Cedar Key, located on 1st Street.  This site was purchased by The University of Florida, and will serve as a hub for research, teaching and public education in the region.

    The facility will house the new Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) which will include an experimental shellfish hatchery, and will serve as a land-based facility to support the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory.   Renovations to the site are being planned.  

  • Collins will speak on new book about railroad

    In the spring of 1912, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad started to clear land for a right-of-way and lay track for rail line that would run northwesterly from Dunnellon to a point 1.5 miles west of Wilcox. The rail line was expected to be completed by June 30, 1913. The construction of the 50.1 mile rail line changed the face of Levy County.

  • September artist of the month

    The September Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, FL. Bob Goodlett . Bob is the consummate artist of Florida landscapes

    which he creates using oil paints exclusively. He has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at several Art Festivals. Bob’s use of light in his works makes his canvases luminous. To say that he is on of Florida’s best landscape artists is not an exaggeration. All of

    his works are beautifully framed to enhance the art and the prices at the gallery include the framing.