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  • Mayor challenges residents to give books to students

    “If you like to see children read – there’s something you can do to help,” Mayor Sue Colson said Tuesday night at the close of the city budget workshop.

    The middle school library is in need of a full set of the 15 Sunshine State Readers books, Colson said. “The school has two sets, but if you have 10 kids that want to read the same book, they can’t,” she said. “I want that taken care of.”

  • City adopts tentative millage and budget

    After nearly two months of budget workshops – some contentious, some congenial – Cedar Key commissioners adopted a tentative millage and $1.4 million budget this week.

    With approximately $200,000 cut from last year’s operating budget, commissioners decided they would not need to raise the millage. It will remain the same – 3.1355.

    “And that’s no raise in taxes,” said Commissioner Gene Hodges. “That’s exactly what it was last year.”

  • More people, trash and miles covered in this year’s Coastal Cleanup

    Braving the muck and grime, volunteers scavenged roughly 26.5 miles of Cedar Key coast on Saturday, collecting approximately 2000 pounds of trash as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

    Fifty-nine (and-a-half) volunteers turned out to do their part, collecting garbage wherever water met the land in and around the Cedar Key area. How do you get half a volunteer?

    “Sawyer Jackson isn’t even two-years-old yet, and this is his second Coastal Cleanup,” said Cedar Key Mayor Sue Colson.

  • Spilled soda lands van in drink

    Around 1 p.m. on Sept. 16, Angelica Doty, 25, of Cedar Key, was driving her 2007 Nissan mini van on Hwy 24 eastbound out of town when she spilled her drink, according to police reports.

    Not wanting the mess, Doty reached for the cup, inadvertently pulling the steering wheel with her, police reported. The van ended up in the gulf, 25 feet from the southbound side of the road, about 150 feet from the wooden bridge, and almost completely submerged. “It was an unusually high tide that day,” said Corporal David Perry.

  • City to get new bridges

    Christmas has come a little early to Cedar Key and the state Department of Transportation is the Santa bringing three new bridges to town, replacing older, worn bridges considered dangerous and beyond their time. A fourth bridge in the county will also be replaced.  The good news came during the first meeting of the Levy County Board of Commissioners for the fiscal year that started Oct. 1.

  • No roundabout, no T-intersection for Whiddon

    Whiddon Avenue is back in the spotlight again, this time with a new design in mind – keeping it the same as it is, with a few improvements.

    As part of the largest streets and utilities construction project in the history of Cedar Key, the Community Redevelopment Agency committed to redesigning the stretch of Whiddon Avenue that runs the entire length of Cedar Key School, to make it safer for pedestrians, vehicles, boat trailers and golf carts.

  • Judge grants $1.45 million civil theft judgment in Cedar Key Yacht Club Marina Project

    The developer of Cedar Key Yacht Club Marina, a $14.5 million, 100 boat slip project near City Park and Cedar Cove at the end of 2nd Street, has received a partial summary judgment against Jerome D. Mitchell, who absconded with $1,445,000.

    Early this year, Innovated Capital Club at Cedar Key, LLC, began asking escrow agent Jerome D. Mitchell to account for the boat slip deposits he collected.

  • Two survive crash landing in Cedar Key

    A twin engine plane carrying two people crash landed at the Cedar Key Airport Saturday afternoon. Neither the pilot, Mathias H. Ejegaard, 24, nor the passenger, Ezekiel G. Andrews, was injured.

    Bill Tseko of Inverness told police that the plane attempted to land, pulled up and did a fly by, then attempted to land again, touching down about 3/4 the way down the runway. The plane skidded 355 feet before stopping in the saw grass.

  • Cell phone tower contract almost finalized

    Cedar Key residents are a little closer to better cell phone reception, as the city commission and Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Board are in the process of finalizing the agreement with American Tower Corporation.

  • Newlywed charged in wife’s murder, man’s kidnapping

    In October Felicia Ann "Red" Fine, 22, and Charles Edwin Duke, 23, picked up a marriage license. They had been in an off and on relationship for several years.

    They returned from their honeymoon on Nov. 3 and Fine, who worked as a front desk clerk at Island Place in Cedar Key, went to work the next day. Duke did not go to work.

    When she came home, the couple argued about money, alcohol and an unpaid credit card bill at their home near Southwest 95th Avenue.