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  • Levy Emergency Operations Center decides not to activate for now

     

    “Due to operational changes in the trajectory of the oil spill, we have decided not to activate the Levy EOC at this time,” Levy County Director of Emergency Management Mark Johnson said. “We are ready to go to a Level 2 activation at a moments notice.”

    Johnson said the decision came late Wednesday afternoon, after the announcement was made that the EOC would activate earlier that morning.

  • Levy, Cedar Key prepare for chance of oil

     Monday Governor Charlie Crist declared a State of Emergency in Levy and 12 additional counties in response to the to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So far Crist has declared a State of Emergency in 19 coastal counties along the panhandle and the west coast of Florida.

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

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  • $2M offer: Will Cedar Key Water District accept?

     The Cedar Key Water and Sewer District will meet in special session Tuesday to decide whether it will accept a combination grant/loan offer from the USDA to fund the Streets and Utilities Phase III project. 

  • Water District accepts $2M offer

    The Cedar Key Water and Sewer Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to accept the $2 million grant/loan offer from USDA’s Rural Development agency. 

    “This is a very large step, and I’m very pleased to report it,” Community Redevelopment Agency Director Greg Lang told the CRA Board in a meeting held later that night.  “(Water District Chairwoman) Thelma McCain voted no, but publicly stated that she was in favor of the project.” 

  • City moves to once-weekly garbage service, curbside recycling

    Residents of Cedar Key are one step closer to once a week garbage pick up and curbside recycling.  During a packed special meeting Tuesday night, City Commissioners voted to accept Waste Pro’s bid for unit based-pricing, once a week residential garbage service, once a week curbside recycling, and bulk item pick up.  Commercial customers will continue to have the option of twice or three times a week garbage pick up in addition to once a week curbside recycling service.  Under the new agreement, Waste Pro will provide the garbage

  • New bridges were never meant to be

     A mistake by the Florida Department of Transportation Disctrict 2 office means Cedar Key will not get three promised bridge replacements.

    The October announcement that four bridges would be replaced be the Florida DOT was a mistake, said Gina Busscher, Public Information Director for DOT district 2.

  • Commissioners talk trash

    Cedar Key residents and businesses may soon be charged according to how much garbage they produce. Commissioners voted Tuesday night to proceed with exploration of a unit based pricing scale from current provider WastePro.  If approved, the change in service will take effect May 2010.  Preliminary quotes from WastePro staff include curbside recycling, garbage carts supplied by the company, residential trash removal once per week, and a bulk collection day once per month.