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  • 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.

  • Becoming art at the art festival

    Abby Tucker of Ocala gets into the spirit of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts and becomes a living piece of art.

  • All about the art
  • Arts Center welcomes 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Carroll Swayze exhibit in Members Gallery

    The Cedar Key Arts Center welcomes internationally known artist, Carroll Swayze, for a reception on Friday, April 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Swayze was chosen as this year's Seahorse Key Artist in Residence and the show will feature her work created and inspired by her time in the lighthouse on Seahorse Key.