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  • Businesses open despite salty setback

    Chef Peter Leonauvicius, grilling and sautéing, doesn’t use a lot of fresh water in preparing food, and he doesn’t worry about the salty water he has to use to wash dishes. But he does worry that it will keep people away from Cedar key.
    “It’s not a health issue,” Leonauvicius, co-owner of Cedar Key’s Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, said Friday about the sodium chloride-laden water that has infiltrated the island’s water supply. “My main worry is about the loss of revenue. That’s the big deal.”

  • One-two punch

    The biggest damage from Tropical Storm Debby seems to be in sinkholes opening in Chiefland, Williston and the county with wind and high water damage in Cedar Key where Dock Street took a lashing.
    Levy County Commission Chair Danny Stevens said the damage done on Sunday was continuing this week but was not as rough. “It’s not as bad as it could be and that’s about it,” Stevens said. He said most folks were reporting downed limbs and only one tree of any size was down. But all the roads are open.

  • Boat ramps open, high water coming

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office: 
    NWS Tallahassee has advised that local flood warnings are still in effect for the Suwannee River basin. Sheriff Johnny Smith has decided to re-open all launch sites in the county. Should that prediction of rising water begin to cause problems on the Suwannee River, it could prompt a second closure. The situation will be closely monitored daily and advance warning of any impending boat ramp closures will be announced.

  • Road closings due to TS DEBBY

    The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is providing an update on road and bridge closures in Northeast Florida due to Tropical Storm Debby.
     
    Baker and Columbia County
    ·       I-10 east of I-75 (Exit 296) to US 90 (Exit 324) has been reopened to all eastbound and westbound traffic as of 11 a.m. today. Use caution in the area as the water is up to edge of the travel lanes in places and debris may float out of the woods alongside the roadway.
     

  • Cedar Key airport, rivers closed to traffic

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

  • Suwannee water District working to solve saltwater dilemma

    LIVE OAK – The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) is working with the City of Cedar Key and other state and local agencies and officials to address the problem of elevated chloride levels in the local water supply.
     
    “Cedar Key is a very special coastal community, and we recognize the urgency to help them remedy this problem as quickly as possible,” said Ann Shortelle, District executive director.
     

  • Debby now a depression

    BULLETIN
    TROPICAL DEPRESSION DEBBY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 14A
    NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042012
    800 PM EDT TUE JUN 26 2012

    ...DEBBY WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION...COASTAL AND INLAND
    FLOODING THREATS REMAIN...

    SUMMARY OF 800 PM EDT...0000 UTC...INFORMATION
    ----------------------------------------------
    LOCATION...29.5N 83.1W
    ABOUT 25 MI...40 KM N OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA
    MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H

  • Tropical Storm Debby brings coastal flood warning

    From the Levy County Sheriff's Office:

  • Composting facility: A sustainable model

    What exactly does sustainable mean? A definition of sustainable is:  capable of being maintained at a steady level without exhausting natural resources or causing severe ecological damage. It encompasses the concept of stewardship and responsible management of resources.

  • County wants help with time capsule

    Levy County Library Director Lisa Brasher unveiled at Tuesday’s Levy County Commission meeting a large stainless steel time capsule, one of 67 that the state is sending out to the counties asking the communities to decide what to put in them, where to place them and a future date to open them.
    Brasher asked the commissioners what they wanted to do and they had several observations and comments.
    “This is a government entity that sent this out a year ahead of time?” Commissioner Chad Johnson of Chiefland (R-District 2) asked incredulously.