Local News

  • Red drum limited to one per person starting May 1

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has approved a measure to lower the recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) from two fish to one fish per person.

    This change will go into effect Sunday, May 1. The daily bag limit is also one in the southwest management zone, which means after this change is effective, the daily bag limit will be one red drum per person, per day in all Gulf of Mexico state waters.  

  • Wild Hog Canoe Race Saturday

    The 39th Annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race is all geared up for another year of wild and family fun times.

    The event will take place on Saturday, April 23 with proceeds benefiting the non-profit agency - ARC of Levy County.

    “It does a bunch for our organization,” ARC of Levy County Director Betty Walker said. It keeps their doors open and helps with operational expenses.

    “They work really hard at it too. We appreciate all they do,” she said.

  • County will take dredge spoil

    The City of Cedar Key will get a helping hand from Levy County with its clogged city marina boat channel, after all.

    Earlier this year, Mayor Heath Davis asked the county to provide help in removing material that was blocking the channel, but the county deferred taking any action, instead sending a letter to the state Department of Transportation seeking their advice. The move was prompted by DOT's plans to replace the C Street/Dock Street bridge over the channel.

  • CK water series turns to industry

    Week Three of the celebration of all things water in Cedar Key turns its attention to the industries connected to the water surrounding the islands.

    Shellfish aquaculture is an important water- based industry in Cedar Key supporting over 150 small businesses with an economic impact of $34 million.

    The production and harvest of hard clams and oysters require clean waters.

    In turn, shellfish are good for the environment providing valuable ecosystem services, the value of which has recently been quantified.

  • Enjoying time on the beach

    The beach in Cedar Key is a great place to relax and play.

  • "Wear it Florida" Life jackets save lives

    As boating season in Florida gets underway, boaters can choose to have fun and be safe on Florida’s waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and you can help. As a boater, the FWC encourages you to download and link to the video “Life Jackets” for use on your social media channels and websites.

  • County Commission race closes for primary

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    The race for Levy County Commission District 1 took a turn recently as a candidate with no party affiliation noticed his candidacy and as a result “closed” the Republican (GOP) primary for that spot.

    Under the rules, if candidates for office in a race are all from the same party the party primary race is a “universal primary” open to all voters. But if someone from another party, or someone with no party affiliation enters a race, then only that party's members can vote in the primary.

  • Water lecture at library

    Water is in constant motion between the earth's surface, atmosphere and the living things that depend on water for their very life. Join Dr. Maria Sgambati, outreach and education coordinator at the University of Florida Seahorse Key Marine Lab, to learn about the water cycle, unique features of water in Florida and the coastline, and some special adaptations species have to live in these contrasting environments. She will be speaking Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Key Public Library on Second Street.

  • 2016 Festival Winners

    Best of Show

    Leland Williams,

    Booth 107

    Best 2D

    Carroll Swayze,

    Booth 115

    Best 3D

    Claudia Mechiorre,

    Booth 41

    Awards of Excellence

    Caleb Barnaby

    Jewelry - Booth 135

    Jeffery Haynes

    Printmaking – Booth 61

    David Mack

    Ceramics – Booth 16

    Cedar Key Arts Center Creativity Award

    Jean Yao

    Fiber – Booth 73

    Awards of Distinction

    Dan Bi

  • Arts Festival a hit with the crowds

    The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was blessed with pleasant weather and crowds that did not overwhelm the island. And art lovers found plenty to like and buy from the 123 artists displaying their wares.

    Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin estimated the crowd was between 10,000-12,000 for the two-day event last weekend. “We had a good crowd,” Sandlin said. There was little call for law enforcement to handle anything, he added.