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  • Water talk focuses on sea level rise

    The fourth installment in “Think Water, Think Cedar Key” will be the “Power of Water,” presented on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the community meeting room at Cedar Key Public Library.    

    Water, water everywhere! The Gulf water surrounding Cedar Key is a powerful force of change, through daily tides, occasional storm surges, and long-term sea level rise.

  • Water manager has good news on system

    By John McPherson

    Good things have been happening at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District. Here’s a summary.

    Special Legislative Appropriations Received

    A special thanks is owed to our state legislative delegation, state Sen. Charlie Dean of Inverness and state Rep. Charles Stone of Ocala, who were both instrumental in securing legislative appropriations in the amounts of $400,000 in 2014, and $450,000 in 2016, to help pay for new water facilities needed by the District.

  • Enjoying time on the beach

    Another perfect ending for a day spent in Cedar Key — our own island paradise. 

  • State Poultry Contest

    On Saturday, April 9th, our Middle School FFA Poultry Team competed at the state level at the University of Florida. We are patiently waiting on the results of our team members: Burlynne Mejeris, Macy Ryan, and Trey Stanfield.

  • Garden Club Grant

    On April 6th the Cedar Key FFA was awarded a grant through the Cedar Key Garden Club to set up an aquaponics garden. The agriculture department will work closely with high school science teacher, Raymond Powers, to develop a system that will provide bountiful harvests.

  • Festival Wrap-Up
  • 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.