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  • Cedar Key is Florida’s number one community

    The USDA has named the City of Cedar Key as Florida’s Rural Community of the Year for 2009.

    Located on the Gulf Coast of Levy County, Cedar Key’s belief in partnering to protect the community’s history, environment and working people peaked the interest of UDSA Rural Development, and led to the award that will be officially presented the community next week.

  • Community plans 'Cedar Key Christmas'

    A group of residents is working to coordinate local happenings during the holiday season, as well as add new ones and make the month-long festivities an annual event.

    A Cedar Key Christmas will include activities from Thanksgiving throughout December, and will be centered around a permanent fixture in City Park: a Cedar Key Christmas tree.

  • Park Place garners Green Lodging designation

    Cedar Key’s green movement passed another milestone last Friday with the largest business to date receiving the Green Lodging Program designation from the Florida Department of Environment Protection. Park Place Condominiums, managed by Linda LeRoy, became the third local business to receive the certification. The state made it official through email Sept. 4.

  • Community urges CRA to continue art funding

    At a special meeting Monday evening, the Community Redevelopment Agency adopted the 2009-10 budget and heard petitions from community members, students and school personnel for the continued funding of the Art Teacher Grant for the Cedar Key School Art Program.

    The CRA grant is set to expire in June. In its third year, the grant has paid the salary for Debby Manansala who teaches art to all CKS students, kindergarten through high school. It has also funded the purchasing of art supplies and needed materials.

  • CKS gets accredited

    For the first time in island history, Cedar Key seniors will graduate from an accredited high school.

  • Cedar Key gets permanent weather station

    Technicians completed the two and half week installation of a permanent weather station on the Big Dock tower this week, making Cedar Key the first station in Florida capable of enduring hurricanes up to category 4.

    “Everybody’s been wondering what that mushroom’s been about,” said NOAA contractor Lee Chapin. “That’s why it’s built in that fashion – they hope it will withstand a category 4 hurricane.” The only others like it are in Mississippi and Louisiana, he said.

  • Gallons of grease unleashed into CK sewer

    “We’ve got a grease problem again,” said Jack Hotaling, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Manager. “Best way to describe it is sabotage.” On Sunday, someone unlawfully dumped approximately 30 to 40 gallons of grease into the sewer system, Hotaling said in a phone interview Tuesday morning.  “Grease destroys the good bacteria that does all the work in the plant,” Hotaling said. “It also clogs the filters and headworks of our structure.

  • CK police get new truck, SWAT gear, automatic rifles

    The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant has arrived and the Cedar Key Police Department is using the $65,723 to prepare for the worst.

    The grant paid for a new Ford F150 truck, three radar units, a speed trailer, one set of tactical ballistic gear, and four bullet-proof vests, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Grease trap requirement to be enforced

    All Cedar Key restaurants are required to have working grease traps, and now the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District is going to enforce that rule.

    The District Board voted unanimously Monday night to send a letter to all restaurant owners, as well as landlords if applicable, informing them that they have 30 days to meet the grease trap requirement, or their water will be shut off. District staff will inspect each restaurant to ensure compliance.

  • Oyster ban halted, for now

    Oysters on the Gulf Coast — including those in lugged by Cedar Key water men — are safe from a proposed federal Food and Drug administration “warm months” ban for now.

    Leslie Sturmer, multi-county aquaculture extension agent, briefed the Levy County Commission on Tuesday on the status of a proposed rule requiring post-harvest processing of oysters or an outright ban on the harvest and sale of oysters from Gulf of Mexico waters from April through October beginning in 2011.