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  • Register wins runoff election

    A bitter fight for City Commission Seat No. 3 with charges flying and flyers making charges ended Tuesday with challenger Dale Register winning over incumbent Pat O'Neal by a vote of 175 to 148.

    It was a close-fought race as the count of ballots cast at City Hall had Register leading by two votes, 113 to 111. But the lead widened when the 99 absentee ballots were counted, giving Register 62 votes to 37 for O'Neal.

  • Dance of the polling places continues

    If it's spring, it's time for the City Commission's the annual “Dance with Supervisor of Elections Connie Asbell” regarding where the polling place will be for the upcoming year.

    Traditionally, voting has taken place at City Hall. However, a couple years ago, Asbell moved it to the Community Center and the voters revolted. The power struggle between the city and the county ended with the commission voting to move it back to City Hall — despite Asbell’s protest.

  • Don’t let the fireworks fizzle out this year

    The spark is not out just yet for the Fourth of July in Cedar Key. Thanks to budget cuts due to declining tax revenues, the city of Cedar Key and CRA were not able to fund any special events this year, including fireworks for July 4.

  • Reward offered in seed clam theft

    Turn in a clam thief and make some money — around $5,000. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Just help find the thieves who recently stole over 700,000 clams from one of the Southern Cross leases and you might get some serious reward money.

    If the information results in the arrest and conviction of those involved, the tipster could not only receive as much as $2,500 from the State of Florida but John Gale, co-owner of the company will match whatever the state pays.

  • May CRA Update

    Whether or not to hire from within or advertise outside of Cedar Key was debated at Tuesday’s Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.

  • Tarmac King Road mine permit approved 3-1

    The Tarmac King Road mine near Inglis is a project unlike anything else to be considered in Florida and it proved it with a record-setting public hearing that went until a final vote at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Levy County Commission public hearing on Tarmac’s application for a conditional special exception permit started at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and ended with a vote that took less than 30 seconds from motion to a 3-1 tally.

  • Election night results in run-off

    Dale Register with 132 votes, Pat O'Neal with 106 votes and Feigin with 40 votes means that a run-off will have to take place in two weeks. between Register and O'Neal.

  • Unopposed, re-elected commissioners speak out

    City Commissioners Sue Colson and Gene Hodges are unopposed in the May 3 Cedar Key election, thus winning automatic re-election to their seats.

    It's a situation which begs the question: Does this happen very often?

    According to long-time City Clerk Frances Hodges, while there have been unopposed candidates, there have only been two or three years without any elections.

  • Tarmac, clammers resolve water issues

    Tarmac and the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association have successfully resolved the issue that has vexed them for months — monitoring water quality to assure the clam industry is protected.

    The two sides met in Cedar Key on Monday and say all involved agreed to terms that should make them relatively happy. Although the mine will be located miles from the island, concerns about its effects on water quality were raised months ago.

  • Lang resigns from CRA, city positions

    There has been some name-calling at Cedar Key City Hall this week, but it's all in good fun.

    It follows the announcement by Greg Lang that he is resigning as Community Redevelopment Authority director and the interim part-time city administrator post to join an engineering firm.

    "Some of the staff has made it clear how they feel," Lang said laughing. "I've been called things like traitor ... Benedict Arnold."

    But the admiration is mutual.