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  • Beckham files suit against city, chiefs, officers

    A Tasing incident that took place in Cedar Key on Dock Street last year has resulted in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. The lawsuit filed July 22 demands damages and a jury trial.

    The suit alleges violations of civil rights, battery and false arrest.

  • Not dangerous after all?

    Following a recommendation of city attorney David Coffey, Cedar Key City Commission agreed last week to reopen a dangerous dog hearing that took place in May.

    Coffey sent a letter dated July 16 to Mayor Colson and City Commissioners giving notice that the dangerous dog hearing that took place on May 19 may not have complied with Florida law.

  • Tax notices hit mailboxes next week

    The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners next week.

        And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

        But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

  • Dock Master talks to boaters about Clean Marina

    “We want to keep our Clean Marina flag,” said Chuck Asbury, Cedar Key’s Dock Master. “We’re the only DEP certified Clean Marina in the entire Big Bend Area.”

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Clean Marina program addresses issues concerning emergencies, boat cleaning, storm water, waste water, hazardous waste, as well as habitats and species.

    Asbury spent last Saturday handing out important information and useful items to boaters to help spread the word about clean and safe boating.

  • Tropical Storm Claudette forms in Gulf; TS Ana, TS Bill form in Atlantic Ocean

    Tropical Storm Claudette is located approximately 100 miles west-southwest of Levy County and is moving north-northwest at approximately 16 mph.

    The Storm is a relatively small system, said Charlie Paxton of the National Weather Service-Ruskin. Cedar Key can expect only a half to one foot above normal tide, he said.

    There is a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this afternoon for the Levy County coastal areas.

    “All the rain is off shore right now,” Paxton said. “As for this afternoon, nothing is certain right now.”

  • Breaking News Crist names Johnson to Parker's seat

     Owen Chad “Cracker” Johnson has been named to the Levy County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat, nine months after Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Tony Parker for being indicted on federal charges.

    He will take the oath of office at the start of the commission's regular meeting at 9 a.n. Tuesday in the commission meeting room at the Levy County Courthouse on Court Street in Bronson. County Judge Joseph Smith will administer the oath.

  • BOCC seeks grant for clammers

    The Levy County Commission has approved seeking a $121,000 federal stimulus grant to benefit the clammers and oystermen at Cedar Key.

    Commissioner Lilly Rooks brought up the non-agenda item at the Commission meeting on Tuesday morning and the commissioners immediately agreed to take up the matter.

    Rooks said she had received a letter from the Levy County Soil and Water Conservation Board the afternoon before saying the money is available and the grant application must be submitted by April 6.

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    Daniel Rose brought a letter he had composed to Florida’s state legislators. David Estep quietly rehearsed his statement. On the bus trip to Tallahassee last Wednesday, they and 15 other mentally handicapped clients of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens prepared themselves to go to the state capitol and remind lawmakers that the economy was hitting them harder than almost anyone in Florida.

    “I’m concerned about these budget cuts,” said Estep.

    “I’m worried LARC might have to close its doors.”

  • Island gets first Green Lodging

    Seahorse Landing Condominium Rentals is the first business in Cedar Key to receive an endorsement for Green Lodging from the Florida Department of Environment Protection.

    Qualifying as a green business is not difficult, said Janet Blackwell. “It’s easier than you think - one step at a time, and once it’s implemented, it’s easy.”

  • Kayaker paddles 1000 miles to save oceans

    Margo Pellegrino is a kayaker with a cause. She’s paddling 1,000 miles from Ft. Pierce, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana to get people thinking about the ocean. The Cedar Key islands marked her half way point.

    “I’m on an outreach mission for the ocean,” Margo said. “I want people to be aware that the ocean is on the brink of collapse.”