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  • December Garden Of the Month

    Twenty five years ago, Nolen and Daisy Freeman’s yard was named the Cedar Key Garden of the Month, but their yard has evolved quite a bit since then. The first award came after they artfully arranged 91 beautifully planted pots. However, the plants were not native or tolerant of Cedar Key’s weather. During cold snaps, all 91 plants had to be brought inside their home to wait out the unforgiving frosts - even if it spoiled their vacation plans. Something just had to change. 

  • Drilling Ban to remain in the Eastern Gulf

    The Obama administration's decision to continue a ban
    on drilling in the federal waters of the eastern Gulf of
    Mexico until 2022, in the wake of the BP oil spill, is being
    greeted warmly in Cedar Key and Levy County - where
    seafood production, tourism and the pristine coastline were
    at risk.
    U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar was
    expected to make the announcement on Wednesday afternoon
    and few details were known beyond reports from a senior
    Obama administration official saying that the eastern
    Gulf will no longer be considered for leasing. A month

  • Holiday season kicks off in Cedar Key

    It is official - the holiday season is underway in Cedar Key.
    Friday evening, a tree-lighting ceremony took place at City Park. About 100 people
    met and enjoyed the lighted and decorated cedar tree. Beverages and snacks were
    available at the large pavilion in exchange for a donation to the Chamber of
    Commerce.
    Saturday evening, the festivities continued with a street dance - better known as the
    “Jingle bell sock hop”. A section of Second Street was blocked off, tables and an open
    dance area were available and a DJ made sure everyone’s feet kept moving.

  • Tourism chiefs coming to CK in 2012

    When the Levy County Tourism Development Council met on Nov. 18, Kathy Carver received a plaque from Chairwoman Helen Koehler that honored her and showed the Council’s appreciation for her perfect attendance in 2010.

  • Sewer rehab begins on Second Street

     By Greg Lang

    CRA Director

    Work on the utilities improvement phase has been progressing

    well. Because of the efficient and skilled crews of

    the contractor, dry weather and assistance from James

    McCain and his quality men the utility work is ahead of

    schedule and on budget.

    Because the CRA funded work is ahead of schedule and

    because the Small Communities Development Block Grant

    funded work has not yet been given the final OK to proceed,

  • Concealed weapons class is Jan. 8

    Need a concealed weapons permit? Want to be taught by

    current and retired law enforcement military firearms

    instructors?

    The Levy County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a class

    Jan. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at 9150 NE 80th Ave , Bronson.

    Proceeds will benefit First Baptist Church Bronson Youth

    and their summer mission trip to Haiti.

    The cost is $55 if you register online at

    www.Levypistolclass.info or $60 the day of class.

  • What do you know about Thanksgiving?

     I recently visited the Cedar Key School and interviewed kindergarden and firstgraders. This resulted in some interesting revelations - namely: 

    No. 1 Kids know more about Thanksgiving than you might imagine — especially what they are thankful for.

    No. 2 Boys are not really interested in telling you what they know about Thanksgiving — especially when you are cutting into their recess time. Most of their answers were followed by: Can I go play now?

  • Shell Pile garbage and “mermaid blue” double wide dominate Commission meeting discussion

    At the Cedar Key City Commission
    Tuesday night, Commissioner Heath Davis
    reported that he had spoken to some of the
    users of the Shell Pile boat ramp about the
    ongoing garbage problem and he had “no
    good news” to report.
    The dumpsters at the site have been filled
    with items that cannot go into the landfill with
    the regular garbage — tires, construction
    debris, etc. The tipping fees for those particular
    dumpsters greatly exceeded what was budgeted

  • Cedar Key Welcome Center is officially open for business

    Last Wednesday night it became official:
    the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is the
    go-to place for a warm welcome and everything
    you need to know about the island.
    The crowd who attended the event under the
    twinkling lights of the courtyard were the
    first guests of the new and improved
    Chamber.
    Leading the welcome were Chamber
    President Tina Ryan and Secretary Andrea
    Dennison. A prayer was led by the Rev.
    Daniel Carswell. The event was catered by
    Peter and Gina Stefani, of the Island Room

  • Tarmac officials visit Cedar Key

    Officials of Tarmac King Road Mine company
    met with representatives of Cedar Key's clamming
    industry on Monday afternoon at the Marine
    Lab to discuss water quality issues.
    Tarmac requested this meeting to address concerns
    raised at a previous meeting in Cedar Key.
    Al Townsend, director of real estate and environmental
    services, and Jeff Harris, plant manager
    for the mine near Inglis, were accompanied by
    two consulting hydrologists.
    Leslie Sturmer, UF/IFAS Shellfish