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  • We can only hope to be like them

    Each fall our community grows leaps and bounds from the arrival of snowbirds from cold, snowy states to the sunny skies offered by the nature coast. So many visitors come to discover this lovely old Florida setting and end up not being able to move on, they move in.

  • Rotary fishing tournament Saturday

    The Chiefland Rotary Club's 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key is happening a few weeks earlier than usual, but that does not mean that the event is not better than ever.

    The event is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Rotarians, providing money for two college scholarships for graduating Chiefland seniors and funds for the service club's projects at the local, state and international levels.

    Anglers have the opportunity to hook a big cash prize from the pot that can go up to $7,500 if 100 boats and crews enter.

  • Candidate forum well attended

    A candidates forum at the Cedar Key Pubic Library on April 23 was well attended and drew three of four candidates running in two races in the May 7 city elections.

    It was a well mannered event with each candidate stating their case to be chosen to lead the island as Molly Jublitz, moderrator for the event sponsored by the Cedar Key News , posed questions provided by the non-profit group and members of the audience.

  • McDaniels named Volunteer of the Year

    April is Volunteer Appreciation Month for federal land management agencies across the nation. Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge want to draw attention to the inspiring citizens who “give back” out of the goodness of their hearts.

  • Survivor: How one bank weathered the Cedar Key storms

    The survival of the Cedar Key State Bank, now a branch of Drummond Community Bank, has been threatened many times throughout its 103 year history.

    That history and the survival of the bank was the subject of an “off the cuff” discussion by Dr. Johnny Andrews and Luther Drummond, CEO and Chairman of Drummond Community Bank, last Thursday at the Cedar Key Historical Society's last morning coffee meeting of the year.

  • CRA may renegotiate debt

    The Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency is going to be able to make its April payment in full on its debt to Sun Trust, but it will not be able to make its October payment in full, so it is looking at possibly renegotiating the bonds held by the bank.

    Discussion of the payments and the possible renegotiation came during the CRA board meeting on Tuesday, April 7. The Cedar Key City Commission sits as the CRA board although it is an agency separate from Cedar Key government.

  • Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show

    Friday, April 10, 2015 - Heliconia, a leader in outdoors TV and WebTV production and distribution, is pleased to announce the launch of Season 6 of Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show. The first episode in the thirteen episode series airs Sunday, April 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST* on WFN.

  • Nelson demands respect for flag

    City Commissioner Royce Nelson said it is disrespectful that the American flags flown in the city at night are not lighted.

    He said he had a former public official from Oregon visiting recently and during a drive around town “he brought to my attention our failure to observe the etiquette of displaying the United States flag."

    He said the flags at city hall and the City Marina kiosk were not lighted, while the flags at City Park and the fire house are lighted.

  • Benefit dinner on April 29

    A benefit dinner on Wednesday, April 29, beginning at 5 p.m. is being organized on behalf of Patti Morgan.

    Morgan is a hard-working mom, but she hasn't been able to work for some time due to her ill health. She faces a long recuperation and possible further medical treatment. Organizers are trying to raise funds to help her with household expenses and provide for her special care needs.

    The dinner will be at the Big Deck Raw Bar on Dock Street in Cedar Key. The menu includes smoked chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and tea.

  • Talks under way with Waste Pro

    The City of Cedar Key has opened discussions with Waste Pro on its upcoming contract renewal and Mayor Dale Register said it began on a positive note.

    Register made the announcement at the Tuesday, April 7, meeting of the Cedar Key City Commission.

    He said the meeting with the garbage and recycling hauler, also included resident Tom Deverin. He said the meeting was productive and Waste Pro will be back in a month with a document.