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  • Cedar Key Community Garden débuts

    The Cedar Key Community Garden had its official opening on Monday, Feb. 1. Folks gathered to celebrate the opening and the sense of community that the Garden has brought about.

    The Garden has been established in just seven weeks due to the number of people that volunteered to help with this project.

    Three work days were held, the first being on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with 25 volunteers showing up and the same number on the second work day.

  • Gag, black grouper size limit approved; gag season changes

    At its Feb. 10 meeting at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the gag and black grouper minimum size limit and the gag grouper recreational season in Gulf state waters.

    The approvals include:

    • Setting a 24-inch total length minimum size limit for recreational harvest of gag and black grouper in Gulf state waters.

  • Visit Seahorse Key Lighthouse

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is opening Seahorse Key to the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation or buy a ticket on one of the tour boats.

    Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

    A cast of period-dress volunteers will tell the history of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, which sits atop the 54-foot tall dune, and offers great perspective for wildlife photography.

  • County punts on marina channel work

    Cedar Key's City Marina's channel under the troubled Dock Street bridge, bedeviled in the past by silt and now by sand buildup that make it impassible, may have to wait months for an answer on who will clean it out.

    Mayor Heath Davis asked the Levy County Commission to help with removing the sand and said the city has applied to the state and federal agencies for a dredging permit.

  • Reeling in the fishing line for recycling

    The anglers of Cedar Key should be pretty proud of themselves and Ashlyn Allen.

    That's because they ditched 9.1 pounds of fishing line in the recycling tubes that Allen, daughter of Cheryl and Jimmy Allen, has maintained for the past year.

    That's something of a new record as her mentor Emily Colson, granddaughter of City Commissioner Sue Colson, collected 8.5 pounds of line the year before.

  • Doors open at 10 art-full homes on island
  • Arts News

    Call goes out for entries in high flying show

    Entries for the Birds of a Feather open exhibit at the Arts Center should be dropped off upstairs at the Arts Center no later than 5:00pm, March 2. 2D & 3D artwork accepted, to 3 pieces/artist, $5 per entry. Entry forms are available at the Arts Center. Prizes will be awarded at the Opening, March 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    Opening party sunny despite rain

  • Seahorse Key open on Saturday Feb. 20

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is opening Seahorse Key to the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation or buy a ticket on one of the tour boats.

    Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

    A cast of period-dress volunteers will tell the history of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, which sits atop the 54-foot tall dune, and offers great perspective for wildlife photography.

  • Community generous during service week

    The Cedar Key Lions Club recently completed a Worldwide Week of Service, joining with Lions around the globe for this community service project. In early January, Lion volunteers braved raw winds and cold temperatures to collect donations of food and clothing in front of the Cedar Key Post Office. At the same time, Lion volunteers coordinated donations at City Hall, Cedar Key Episcopal Church, Cedar Key Methodist Church and Cedar Key Baptist Church. The Lions served residents of Cedar Key well. The local results were impressive.

  • Marine Science Symposium honors video stars

    Dr. Jack Payne, second from left, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, honored the stars of "Gator Good: The Cedar Keys Story."

    From left to right are Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Agent; Payne, Heath Davis, mayor and oysterman; Shawn Stephenson, clam farmer; Bobby Witt, clam farmer and Sue Colson, city commissioner and clam farmer.