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  • '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.

  • SBA Disaster Loans Available in Levy

    The U. S. Small Business Administration has federal economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations in Florida due to a drought that occurred from March 15, 2009 to May 26, 2009.

  • Team Levy considers 9 ways to grow economically

    There are nine areas of potential economic growth for Levy County.   

    John Adams, president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida, who was one of two key speakers at a Team Levy meeting on Aug. 13, said, “We’re trying to look over the horizon just a little bit to see where those target markets are.”   

  • Levy Health Department prepares for back-to-school Swine Flu

    As Students head back to school next week, The Levy County Health Department is preparing for potential widespread Novel H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreaks as soon as school starts.

    “We know we’re going to have clusters of outbreaks when school starts next week,” said Barbara Locke, Levy County Health Department Administrator.

    “We’re preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” Locke said. “We expect to see clusters of cases – maybe five to 10 at this school one week, and then another five to 10 at that school.”