Local News

  • County property tax stays same

    The Levy County Commission has tentatively decided to keep property taxes at the same rate as last year, 8.2741 mils. With county property values increasing by 1.64 percent, the millage will bring in

    $13,292,188 in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The same millage raised $13,090.272 in property taxes in the current budget year.

    Commissioners said property owners would only see an increase of a few dollars on their tax bill.

  • Pirates Invasion is only six weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Artist of the Month

    The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key is Sheila Thomas, an artist who excels in numerous areas of creativity. Her principle medium is photography and her images are principally of the scenery and wildlife of Cedar Key. Her photos are available framed or as matted prints.

    Sheila also makes pottery, including raku pots, handmade paper items and pinecone flowers. Her works are colorful and original and exemplify her creativity and originality.

  • Children's Table comes on Tuesdays

    The Children’s Table heard the call and they have answered with weekly visits to the island to distribute food.

    The Children’s Table is the largest Rural Food Bank in the Southeast, with locations all over that they serve, and they only give out fresh foods. They only go where they are needed.

    On Tuesdays The Children’s Table truck will be parked at First Baptist Church, 749 2nd St., for as long as they have food to give, approximately an hour or so. The truck will be back every Tuesday at noon.

  • Change coming to fire funding

    Commissioner Danny Stevens of Williston served notice to the municipal fire departments in Levy County: change is coming to the way the commission doles out money for coverage in the unincorporated county provided by those departments.

    “I have been thinking about this and we need a different methodology,” said Stevens (R-District 5), who oversees the county Department of Public Safety's fire and emergency medical budgets.

  • Chamber seeks auction donations

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce's Annual Labor Day Auction will be Sept. 6 and the Chamber is seeking items to be donated for the event.

    The preview of items begins at 11:30 a.m. and minimum bids will vary. Bidding is from noon to 3 p.m.

    The auction is one of the chamber's biggest fundraisers to support operation of the Welcome Center and the Chamber's activities.

    The annual auction has grown so much that the event is moving.

  • Cedar Key Lions lend a hand

    Dale Register, in sunglasses, and Lanny Cardona, of the Cedar Key Lions Club, was helping the Chiefland Lions Club at the Epic Extravaganza hosted by Chiefland Methodist Church last Saturday.

    In addition to the Lions offering screening for diabetes, Register and Cardona were helping sign up children under the age of 6 for testing of Lazy Eye. The earlier the condition is detected the easier it is to cure the condition. But the condition must be caught before the child is 6 years old to remediate it.

  • County Briefs

    Hardship variance OK'd

    A hardship variance to allow a second dwelling at 6490 N.E. 94th Terrace, Bronson, was approved by the Levy County Commission.

    The request was made by Gail M. Osteen, who owns the 79-acre property at 6451 N.E. County Road 337 that is zoned Forestry/Rural Residential. Osteen said allowing the second dwelling will allow her daughter, Rebecca S. Water, to care for Osteen. The daughter will live in a 32-by-52-foot mobile home.

    McCallum can seek money

  • For the birds

    The weather outside may not be fit for man or beast, but the birds are enjoying it.

  • Gulf Kart opens second rental company

    You may have heard that the Gulfside Motel has been sold. Well, the golf carts that they rented out are now gone.

    Believing that there was a need, and enough demand, for a second golf cart rental business, Gulf Kart Co. has decided to open a second golf cart rental business.

    It is called Island Gulf Karts, and is located on the lot next to The Market, behind Tony's Restaurant, and opened August 1, 2015.  The new company will be owned by George Oakley, owner of Gulf Kart Co., and his son Daniel, who will manage and run it.