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  • Coast Guard to stop monitoring analog distress signals

    The US Coast Guard announced last week that beginning Feb. 1 it will only monitor digital 406 MHz frequencies for mariners in distress.

    This means that mariners and aviators who have not upgraded to the digital format will be unable to send distress signals using analog equipment transmitting on the 121.5 or 243.0 MHz frequency.

    “There problem with the older format,” said Petty Officer Robert Simpson, “is that the analog signal doesn’t give an actual location – just a 500 square mile area.”

  • Tony's Cedar Key Clam Chowder will compete nationally

     Tony’s Seafood Restaurant will be among 30 of the nations best restaurants and chefs to cook more than 3,000 gallons of chowder for visitors at the Schweppes Great Chowder Cook-off held June 6 in Newport, Rhode Island.

    The competition will feature a little Southern cooking in the heart of New England thanks to a locally owned restaurant.

  • Police Chief wants surveillance cameras in City Park

    Police Chief Virgil Sandlin asked the City of Cedar Key Commission Tuesday night for approval of a plan that would place video cameras in public areas, with the first to be placed at the city park, marina and big dock.

    “The big selling feature is the protection of our children,” Sandlin said. “We have a lot of sexual predators in Levy County, two of which were recently released.”

  • Commission Meeting Highlights

    City Elections

    City Elections are scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Seats up for reelection include three City Commission and two Water and Sewer Board positions. Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at city hall.

    Conservation meeting a success

  • Committee may be created to form new building codes for Cedar Key

    City Attorney David Coffey presented commissioners with a way to potentially strengthen building code laws. By forming of committee of knowledgeable and industry-specialized residents to create a Form Based Code (FBC) system, Coffey said, it could ensure future development stays consistent with current property usage and desire.

    The Form Based Code would incorporate some and replace all of the current Land Development Regulations and building codes.

  • CRA places hold on $2 million for Water District

    After much discussion and disagreement, the Community Redevelopment Agency Board, made up by the city commissioners, voted Tuesday night to put a hold on the  $2 million previously committed to the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Phase II projects.

  • Ecotourism can help business owners

     Eco-based Tourism, for all intents and purposes, is a relatively new concept.

    Built around the idea of a ‘traveler’, not a ‘tourist’, Eco-based Tourism (or EBT) focuses less on the man-made attractions of an area and more on the beauty offered by nature.

    In 2006, more than 4.2 million Florida Residents chose not to spend their summer vacation money at a theme park, but rather on one of the thousands of nature-based attractions throughout the state.

  • Firefighters provide Vials of L.I.F.E.

    The Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue department is kicking off the new year with an easy and practical life-saving public service.

    Vial of L.I.F.E. (Life Saving Information for Emergencies) gives residents a way to provide critical information to first responders in the event of an emergency.

  • Levy CFCC to hold free symposium on Nature-Based Tourism

    Central Florida Community College will explore the business of nature in a free symposium on Monday, Feb. 2 in Chiefland. Business owners and prospective entrepreneurs are invited to “Nature-Based Tourism and Your Business” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CFCC Levy Center, 114 Rogers Blvd., Chiefland.

  • Eco-Friendly islanders harness the sun

    Last week the Andersons became the first Cedar Keyans to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint by installing solar panels to their home on 4th Street.

    “The whole idea of living sustainably has long appealed to us,” Pat said. “We want to do our part.”

    Carolyn has always been an avid recycler, Pat said, and for him sustainability and conservation was imprinted at an early age. “My grandma fussed at me all the time for standing with the refrigerator door open.”