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  • Water district says road was built illegally

    About a year ago, the Suwannee River Water Management District said it discovered an illegal road built across sensitive wetlands near Cedar Key.

    The District sent a letter to the alleged offender, Scott McNulty. A month later, McNulty’s attorney sent a letter to the District claiming the road was exempt from any required permitting, claiming it to have been “grandfathered in” because of when it was built.

  • Tony's Seafood is the three time world champion at the 30th Annual Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, R.I.
  • Chief cleans up on Drug Amnesty Day

    Tuesday morning, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin displayed the heavy bag of drugs that were surrendered May 25 as part of Hazardous Waste Day.

    Residents were able to drop off un-needed or expired prescription and over-thecounter medications — no questions asked. The goal was to prevent improper disposal of drugs to prevent them from getting into the water supply.

  • Voluntary burn ban in effect for Levy

    Levy County Emergency Management in cooperation with Florida Division of Forestry have decided to institute a VOLUNTARY burn ban for Levy County.

    Here are some of the reasons why this decision was made:

    •Levy County has not received significant long term rainfall in 30 days.

    •The drought index currently is 638 and is expected to rise until we have rainfall. To see the state drought index go to http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/KBDI/index.html

  • Cedar Key to be featured in national magazine

    Budget Travel magazine photographer, Stephanie Adams came to town Saturday to shoot images of Florida’s coolest town — Cedar Key. 

    The photos will be featured in the September issue highlighting small towns across the country that online voters thought to be the USA's coolest. Budget Travel defines these as towns with under 10,000 population that are drawing attention and residents because of quality of life and the amenities they offer.

  • 600 mullet needed for fireworks fundraising fishfry

    Cedar Key doesn’t give up, no matter what the situation that faces the community. The lack of city funding for the July 4 fireworks show hasn’t stopped residents and business owners from trying to fill the gap.

    When the ClamAmerica event was put on ice this year, the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce stepped in to sponsor an event in the park on the Fourth. But, that day is not complete without fireworks.

  • 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.