Local News

  • Tourism summit focuses on hospitality

        About 120 visitors showed up Aug. 30 in Trenton at the 6th Annual Pure Water Wilderness Tourism Summit.
        "There was more of a positive response," said Donna Creamer, executive director of Pure Water Wilderness, after the event. "There was more cooperation."
    Creamer said the event, which focused on hospitality and customer service, had one of the biggest turnouts yet, something she attributed to the day's topic.

  • Dennison outlines reasons for vote against repairs

    Last week the Cedar Key Beacon reported that Commissioner Scott Dennison voted against having the Community Redevelopment Agency pay for repairs to two sewer line breaks near Second Street and State Road 24 during an Aug. 30 emergency meeting.
    While Dennison did not say why during the meeting, in response to a Beacon request he provided the following statement:
    "I voted no for 3 primary reasons;

  • Say goodbye

    Well, Cedar Key won’t have Ciraco Underground to kick around anymore. The road and utility work has been completed after a year of careful work and limited hicups.

  • Seeing red no more

    Back in elementary school, you may have been told that iron oxide powder, added to a paint base, made red paint. The abundant red pigment was the reason for many a red building and barns around the country.

    But, it is also the reason for the red water that comes out of the city’s wells. For years, the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District has been removing the iron and manganese from the water, but it has been a tedious and expensive process. Particularly because the water also runs through a MIEX system, to remove Tri-halo-methanes (THMs).

  • Aquaculture says it will monitor illegal dump site

    Cedar Key's  aquaculture group says it wants to help with illegal dumping in the city.
    Household trash and cover nets have been dumped in the Shell Pile area behind the marina on State Road 24 for years, according to local officials.

    But Ken Edmunds, of the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, said he thinks he has a solution for the dump site. Edmunds offered for the association to monitor the area on a regular basis for six months, beginning right after Coastal Clean up, an annual event aimed at cleaning America's coasts.  

  • Skiffin’ about

    Leslie Fine and Bobby Witt cruised over to the dock of Kona Joe’s one afternoon for lunch in this skiff Bobby built, complete with an umbrella to keep Leslie out of the sun.

  • Sometimes you just can’t believe what you read

     Hopefully, many of you have “taken the challenge” that we suggested in the March 2010 issue of Conservation Corner and are now using reusable grocery bags, as much as possible.  As we reported in that article, an average family uses over 550 bags each year, most of which are used only once before they become trash or litter.  

  • Sinking road and broken pipes discovered

    Cedar Key commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve the repair of two broken sewer lines discovered earlier in the week at the intersection of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • New laws will affect life in Cedar Key

    Some new laws passed in Florida’s 2011 legislative session, that could have some minor impact on Cedar Key.  City Attorney Holly Blumenthal presented a memo summarizing the possible changes to the commission recently. Of particular interest are:

  • Police department busy

    It's only half way through August, but the police department has been busy Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said.