Local News

  • 2017 OFCA design contest opens

    Surrounded by nature’s beauty, Cedar Key is the perfect place to see, experience and celebrate the water around us. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee recently announced that the theme for the 2017 Fine Arts Festival planned for April 8-9, 2017 will be “It’s All About the Water.”

  • Faraway Inn named Green Business

    By Tom Deverin

    The Green Business of the Month for May 2016 is the Faraway Inn, owned by Oliver and Doreen Bauer since November 2000.

    The facility was built in 1948 and is a great example of the post-World War II hospitality industry in Florida with a mix of well maintained free-standing cottages and attached rooms. The complex covers a half a city block, with a multitude of gardens and it fronts on Goose Cove for those great Cedar Key sunsets.

  • Stone crab season ends on May 16

    The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on Saturday, May 16, with the last day of harvest on Friday, May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource.

    Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-12-16

    There are a lot of changes coming up and I just want to remind everyone of what's happening. And remember it is your responsibility to keep informed of the changes.

  • Wild Hog raises $20,400 for Levy ARC

    By Ashley Andresen

    On Monday morning, Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race board members presented the Levy ARC with a check for the proceeds from the 39th annual Wild Hog race.

    The event raised $20,400, up from $19,400 last year.

    “Thanks for the opportunity to serve you,” Wild Hog President Keith Maynard said at the presentation at the Levy ARC facilities. We love each one of y’all, he said.

  • Red Tide Report 5-12-16

    The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.

    In addition, one sample collected offshore of Dixie County in Northwest Florida contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

    Fish kills and respiratory irritation were not reported in Southwest Florida over the past week.

  • Artist of the Month May 2016

    The May Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Joey Barkhouse. Joey creates fantasy fish out of driftwood, fan coral and other accoutrements.

    She spent 15 years as a pointer of landscapes and undersea mammals, eventually returning to school at the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a senior designer for an ad agency, and retired to the Nature Coast. Joey spotted a piece of driftwood which looked like a fish and she was off and running with all of her energy and enthusiasm, creating fish of every size, color and shape.

  • Final chance to renew arts center membership

    Cedar KeyArs Center members who wish to remain in good standing are reminded one last time that if you have not renewed your membership at the Cedar Key Arts Center for the past 3-plus years, you might want to get on it. The group is trying to get the membership rosters in order and in order to receive newsletters and email notices dues must be paid.

    Membership forms are available at the Arts Center at 457 2nd St., upstairs.

    We hope that you will continue to support us by renewing your membership this year.

  • Kindergarten circus on May 27

    The annual Cedar Key School Kindergarten Circus will return to the auditorium on Friday, May 27, at 9:30 a.m.

    The past versions of the annual event have featured tight rope walkers, lions, and a strong man who can lift a bear.  The students have been rehearsing for their roles as the performance is a highlight of the end of school activities. The entire student body attends the circus.

    The kindergarten class also sells popcorn and something to wash it down to raise money for the class.

  • Refuge to get new manager

    By Abdon Sidibe

    There is a changing of the guard underway at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR), and the outgoing manager is getting praise from local stakeholders.

    Andrew Gude, who for the past 2 1/2 years jointly managed CRNWR and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, ended his tenure last week at the Crystal River refuge. He will now manage only the Lower Suwannee refuge.