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  • Chamber survey card results in for 1st quarter

    The Chamber of Commerce collected 95 survey cards from its radio ad program during the first quarter ending July 27. The cards, part of the agreement with the Community Redevelopment Agency that funded the project, ask visitors how they found Cedar Key.

    Of the 95 returned, 45 stated “friend or family,” and 49 reported “other.” One stated “Radio Ad.”

  • CK Chamber auction raises over $5000

    Approximately 100 people turned out for the Chamber of Commerce annual auction held Sunday at the historic Island Hotel on 2nd Street.

    A total of 65 bidding cards were assigned, according to Chamber Office Manager Judy Johnson.

    The auction raised over $5,000, which is more than last year, Johnson said. The auction is the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit Chamber business.

    Matt Warren was the auctioneer, filling in for previously scheduled Chad “Cracker” Johnson, who was unable to make it.

  • Best in the state

    Staff report

    Levy County readers enjoy some of the best newspapers in the state of Florida. Staffers and contributors to the Cedar Key Beacon, Chiefland Citizen, and Williston Pioneer received five individual awards from this year's Better Weekly Newspapers contest, sponsored by Florida Press Association.

  • 'Super green' project conserves water, saves money

    The Community Redevelopment Agency’s Reclaimed Water Project, which will use treated water to irrigate the City Park and Marina landscape beds, will be completed this week.

    “The project is minor in size, scope and cost,” said CRA Director Greg Lang. “But it says so much about the values of our community and the direction of our Board.”

  • Movies in the Park continues successful showings

    More than 100 people brought blankets and chairs to enjoy the outdoors and watch Eragon, this month’s featured Movie in the Park Saturday night at City Park.

    The free event brought many visitors looking for family fun to the islands. Judging by the applause of the crowd prior to show time, a little less than half of the attendants came from out of town.

    Movies in the Park is a community effort to provide monthly year round family friendly entertainment. Bug spray is also provided to make the experience more comfortable for all.

  • CK officer assaulted

    Cedar Key resident Randy Baggett was arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting a police officer and two paramedics, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest with violence.

    Approximately 3 p.m. Friday, Cedar Key Police Officer Dave Reinstra responded to a disturbance at the Big Deck Raw Bar located on Dock Street, according Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • El Nio brings high risk of extreme weather, tornado activity

    El Niño is here, and the National Weather Service and the Levy County Emergency Management are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather caused by its impacts.

    El Niño, the periodic warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific waters, occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Noah teaches storm tide monitoring

    Dan Noah, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service – Ruskin, visited Cedar Key Thursday afternoon to meet with officials and residents for Levy Tide Project training. Noah held a similar training for Yankeetown earlier in the day.

    New storm tide markers based on accurate Mean Sea Level readings have been placed around Cedar Key and Yankeetown, allowing municipal emergency responders to work closely with the NWS-Ruskin, and resulting in more accurate data to determine storm surge behavior.

  • CRA: Festival budget is slim

    “I can see that what I’ve been worrying about has happened,” said Commissioner Gene Hodges, sitting as a board member for the Community Redevelopment Agency. “Our budget’s been cut.”

    News at the CRA budget workshop was grim for festivals seeking grants. CRA Director Greg Lang presented a drafted budget to the board Monday night, and due to financial restraints, the line item for festivals was left blank.

  • State OKs site for Levy nuclear plant

        The Florida Cabinet has given its blessing to locating a two-unit nuclear power plant in Levy County about two miles from the town of Inglis.

        Gov. Charlie Crist, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, serving as the Siting Board, unanimously approved Progress Energy Florida’s request for construction of a nuclear facility on a 3,105-acre location. The Levy Nuclear Plant is the first nuclear facility approved in Florida since 1976.