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  • Tony’s Cedar Key Clam Chowder is World Champion

    Tony's Cedar Key Clam Chowder won first place in the 28th Annual Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-off held in Newport, RI on Saturday.

    The international competition, featuring chefs from New England, Seattle, North Carolina, and Bermuda this year, awarded Tony's Cedar Key Clam Chowder with the title of “Clam Chowder World Champion.”

  • Officials prepare for hurricanes, urge citizens to be self-sustaining

    “We’re Americans. Our citizens can do more.”

    That is the assessment of Mike West, information technology officer for the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, after participating in a hurricane exercise on May 28 at Levy County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Cedar Key Museum State Park will remain open

    Amidst all of the bad news concerning the Florida state budget during the current recession there is a modicum of good news. Cedar Key State Museum Park, along with the other 18 state parks suggested for possible closure last year due to the state budget crisis, has escaped the ax in exchange for an increased entrance fee.

  • Storm Tide Project in place, ready for more accurate flooding forecasts

    With help from local fishermen, guides and clam farmers, a mass-cooperative effort among local, state and national agencies to more accurately predict storm surge off the coast of Levy County is nearly complete.

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

  • Faraway Inn is second CK business to get Green Lodging certification

    The Cedar Key green movement continues to build momentum with Faraway Inn becoming the second business to receive the Green Lodging Program designation from the Florida Department of Environment Protection.

    “It's the right thing to do,” said Doreen Bauer, who owns and operates Faraway Inn with her husband Oliver, about the decision to go green. “We've got our flag and we're going to be putting it up this weekend,” she said.

  • Green Lodging Program streamlines process, changes requirements

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has restructured the Florida Green Lodging Program as of July 1, making changes to the application process, Best Management Practices, and some of the standards and requirements.

    The changes to program have been made to strengthen environmental performance and streamline customer service as well as to save state money while continuing to recognize the lodging industry’s achievements, according to Deas Bohn, DEP’s Director of Sustainable Initiatives.

  • City retires $8,000 garbage debt, moves to make property owners responsible

    Cedar Key Commissioners made progress on the city’s ongoing overdue garbage bills Tuesday night, passing three separate motions in an effort to get a handle an the approximately $16,000 residential and business debt that has accumulated.

    “We need to get on this,” Mayor Sue Colson told commissioners. “And if we don’t solve this soon, it will be on the agenda every week until we do.”

  • New satellite phones create communications web to aid disaster recovery

    The Levy County Emergency Management has filled a gap in the communications loop throughout the region this week with the arrival of eight new satellite phones, according to LCEM Director Mark Johnson.

    “This plugs a huge communications hole in Levy County,” Johnson said. “If the area is hit with a major storm and all other communications are down, the satellite phones create an emergency responder communications web. We’ll be able to know exactly what the needs of each community are.” 

  • Beckham files suit against city, chiefs, officers

    A Tasing incident that took place in Cedar Key on Dock Street last year has resulted in a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division. The lawsuit filed July 22 demands damages and a jury trial.

    The suit alleges violations of civil rights, battery and false arrest.

  • Not dangerous after all?

    Following a recommendation of city attorney David Coffey, Cedar Key City Commission agreed last week to reopen a dangerous dog hearing that took place in May.

    Coffey sent a letter dated July 16 to Mayor Colson and City Commissioners giving notice that the dangerous dog hearing that took place on May 19 may not have complied with Florida law.