Local News

  • Data show increase in bear population

         The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced today updated estimates of the Florida black bear population. These initial numbers are now available for two of the FWC’s Bear Management Units (BMUs) and result from the statewide study occurring during 2014 - 2015.

  • Scrub Jay survey under way in CK

     The Florida Scrub Jay, which makes its home in Cedar Key, is one of the rarest birds in the world. The Florida Scrub Jay is endangered, and it’s the only bird that is found exclusively in Florida. 

    Its beautiful blue plumage stands out in the upland Florida scrub ecosystem that it calls home. That ecosystem is quickly disappearing. The destruction of its habitat has caused the loss of 90 percent of Scrub Jays throughout the state. 

  • Turtle Power

    It was World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, and there is a great story about Charlie Gardner's rescue of two Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that were accidentally caught on hook and line by recreational anglers at the Cedar Key Municipal Fishing Pier.

    The first rescue of turtles at the pier was in April. This time a similar scene played out at the same fishing pier, and Gardner came to the rescue once again.

  • Fireworks fund close to goal

    The City of Chiefland has donated $500 to the July 4th fireworks show and the city's commissioners expressed their appreciation that Cedar Key puts on the show every year entertaining Chiefland residents as well as the island community and its holiday visitors.

    Leslie Valen, executive director of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, asked the Chiefland City Commission for the donation during its regular meeting on Monday and said the Chamber has already raised more than $10,000 to help pay for the $12,000 show.

  • Levy School Board accused of First Amendment violations

    An out of state organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is accusing the Levy County School Board of multiple First Amendment violations they say have been brought to their attention.

    “We are dealing with it and we will respond to it,” Hastings said in a telephone interview on Monday.

    They have turned the matter over to School Board Attorney David Delaney to determine what is valid.

  • Gulf oil spill specialist more than getting her feet wet

    By Brad Buck

    As Florida Sea Grant’s new Gulf oil spill research Extension specialist, Monica Wilson translates oil spill science to Gulf Coast residents and stakeholders.

    Her audiences include commercial, recreational and for-hire fishermen, natural resource managers, elected officials, emergency responders and managers, tourism specialists, port and harbor employees and more.

  • Its time to speak up

    Once again it is time that we speak up and let our elected State officials know that we are watching them.

  • County takes aim at sex offenders moving in

    A proposed Levy County ordinance designed to restrict where persons who have been convicted of sex crimes can live, how many can live together or next to each other and their activities in certain places will be up for comment in a public hearing Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Levy County Courthouse.

  • Chamber and clammers look forward to July 4

    Fans of Cedar Key clams will be celebrating on July 4 when the island town celebrates is biggest product - clams.

    For a number of years the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association hosted huge crowds on July 4th for its annual Clamerica celebration. But the small group of volunteers who put on the event, could not handle the monumental task and it went away.

    The island still celebrated the Fourth with a big fireworks show that had been part of Clamerica, but many who attended said they missed the clam party.

  • Waccasassa River Bridge replacement begins

    The replacement of the Waccasassa River Bridge on County Road 326 in Levy County, approximately three miles southwest of Gulf Hammock, is now underway by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

    The existing bridge is being replaced in phases. While one lane of the new bridge is being constructed, traffic will use the other lane of the existing bridge. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary traffic signal when a flagger is not present.  Lane closures may also occur after 7 a.m. weekdays. No work is anticipated to occur on weekends.