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  • Community turns out to Stuff the Bus

    The Rosewood Dollar General team including Miss Stella, Mister John, Laurie, Brandon, and Gidget spent last Saturday collecting several bags of school supplies from customers to help Cedar Key teachers as part of the annual Levy County Schools Foundations fundraiser.

    They also collected the left over change from people’s purchases. The change, combined with other cash donations, added up to $120. The money will be given to teachers as $5 and $25 gift cards.

  • Bringing broadband to Levy might broaden horizons

    Bringing wireless internet to Levy County will provide a major boost to the economy, officials with the newly formed North Florida Broadband Authority say.

    “It’s a very large variable when it comes to attracting new businesses,” Pat Lien, project leader for NFBA, said.

    According Lien and other experts, many new businesses will turn away from areas unable to provide such services.

    But he also said broadband would increase opportunities for at-home businesses.

  • Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Update

     New Commissioner Selected

  • UF Film Crew Recognizes Cedar Key Heritage Tree Inventory

    A film crew from the University of Florida came to Cedar Key Tuesday morning to document the success of the Cedar Key Heritage Tree Inventory, a project being recognized for its interagency cooperation.  Several agencies were involved in the tree inventory project: UF IFAS Extension Levy County, the Florida Division of Forestry-Levy County Forester, the Suwanee River Water Management District, the City of Cedar Key, the Cedar Key Community Redevolopment Agency, Cedar Key Public Works, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, as well as countless volunteers.  The film crew will use the

  • 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.