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  • County Commission ponies up $600,000 for Big Dock

    BRONSON - County Commissioners unanimously agreed Nov. 6 to encumber $646,573 due to a shortfall from the projected $3.2 million Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for the Big Dock project in Cedar Key.

    County Commissioner Lilly Rooks said there is a strong potential for FEMA to accept the added cost, as long as the county documents the expense is justified. Some people are unhappy about the dock being raised five feet above its current level, she said.

  • City gives up alley, gets traffic calming

    At the last meeting of Cedar Key City Commission, the commission found itself reluctantly agreeing to vacate a platted alley in Coronet Park subdivision to landowner Ronnie Taylor in exchange for what they thought was a pretty good trade. Taylor reasoned in his petition that the alley was entirely encompassed by his private land, and was therefore of no benefit or use to the public.

  • Levy County Fair opens

    The new Levy County Fair opened Thursday with an appearance by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson and forestry best-practices advocate Smokey the Bear.

    The Fair will go on through Nov. 12, with music events, stock shows, horsemanship and riding competitions, tractor pulls, and, of course, all the corn dogs you can eat.

    The Levy County Fair is at Williston's Airport Industrial Park on U.S. Hwy. 41, south of Williston. Tickets are $8 at the gate and $10 Saturday, Seniors $5 and children under 2, free. All shows and exhibits included.

  • MRSA outbreaks come to Cedar Key

    Prior to the recent outbreak in Cedar Key, no one there had heard of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which is used to describe those examples of the organism that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Methicillin was an antibiotic used many years ago to treat patients with Staphylococcus infections. It is now no longer used except as a means of identifying this particular type of infection.

  • Draw floorplan, give to firemen, everybody wins

    Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson addressed the Cedar Key City Commission recently to notify residents of the fire department?s new project to develop a fire emergency plan for every business on the island.

    The plan, which Robinson stressed is not a fire inspection, is designed to help Cedar Key's firefighters have as complete knowledge as possible of the structure, layout and potential hazards of the city's commercial buildings.

  • Living Shorelines lead to healthy coastlines

    Forget everything you know about seawalls and shoreline protection.

    As a little thumb of rock and fill jutting out into the Gulf of Mexico, Cedar Key knows enough about shoreline erosion to write a book.

    But for generations, the best solution people could find to keep their yards from slipping away was to throw some concrete on the problem.

  • Tax protester sees no relief from Value Adjustment Board

    BRONSON - George Sandora of Otter Creek served as an agent for Greg Lukehart of 12155 S.W. 165TH Terrace, Cedar Key, when Lukehart petitioned the Levy County Value Adjustment Board (VAB) for a reduced value of taxable property. The VAB - county commissioners Danny Stevens, Lilly Rooks and Tony Parker, and School Board members Beth Davis and Rick Turner - unanimously upheld the assessment made by Levy County Property Appraiser Francis Akins. Their agreement to uphold Akins' assessments came even after Sandora gave an impassioned speech.

  • Halloween in Cedar Key: Nobody does it better

    "From ghosties an' ghoulies an' long-leggety beasties and things that go, 'Hi, y'all!' in th' night, the good Lord deliver us!"

    That's how the Halloween prayer would go if Scotsmen went to Cedar Key on that moon-brightened night.

    Second Street was thronged with princesses and the undead, and every storefront shone a light on the foul beasts that tramped up every doorstep to croak, "Trick or Treat!"

  • CKAA offers reward to catch Anchor Hole vandals

    The Cedar Key Aquaculture Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, that vandalized the newly dedicated parking lot at the anchor hole at the corner of Gulf Boulevard and Hodges Avenue.

    In addition, an additional $500 will be given when the person, or persons, is convicted.

    According to Police Chief Bubba Castell, the person providing information to the Cedar Key Police Department; 352-543-5180 will not be identified.

  • Historical Society to hold benefit fish fry

    On Saturday, Nov. 10 at noon, the Cedar Key Historical Society will host a fish fry at the Community Center.

    This event is just one of a series of fundraisers that will benefit the restoration of the Lutterloh Building that houses the society's museum.

    Admission is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the museum Sunday through Friday from 1- 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 and 5 p.m.Telephone 352-543-5549 or at Pelican Realty. Telephone 352-543-5581.