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  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts 2017 Award Winners

    Best of Show: Michael Everett, Drawing Booth 27, Palatka

    Best 2D: Bruce Ferguson, Painting Booth 24, Hernando Beach

    Best 3D: Jean Yao, Fiber Booth 84, Ft. Lauderdale

    Award of Excellence: Marc Aune, Jewelry Booth 18

    Award of Excellence: Susan Dauphinee, Painting Booth 72

    Award of Excellence: Adam Pourciau, Ceramics Booth 107A

    Award of Creativity: Greg Mangum, Jewelry Booth 59

  • Cedar Key native awarded prestigious honor in Coast Guard

    Cedar Key native Chelsea Colson was awarded Enlisted Person of the Year this month for the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans.

    Colson, a Petty Officer Third Class, works as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team.

  • Birdies for books

    Sue Wooley, the president of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library, was stunned last year at the size of the donation to the library from the first-ever Cedar Key Open charity golf event.

    Last Wednesday, the Chiefland Golf and Country Club and the Big Deck Raw Bar hosted the second edition of the Open, and the amount of funds raised was doubled from the previous year.

    “I was nearly speechless,” Wooley said. “And you can ask my husband, that’s a rarity.”

  • Commissioners approve change order to Marina Improvements Project

    By Jennifer Davis

    Citizen Correspondent

    Cedar Key city commissioners approved a change order to the Marina Improvements Project during its Feb. 7 meeting.

    Commissioners approved a change order request by Gray Construction Services Inc., regarding the contract for the Marina Improvements Project. The change increased the cost from $222,550 to $235,669, a difference of $13,119.

  • Be an Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Purchase Award Patron

    The 53rd Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key is just six weeks away and the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee is hopeful you will become a patron this year. The festival is April 8, 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Here are some are answers to some frequently asked questions about the program.

  • New sculpture at the Cedar Key Arts Center

    Thanks to the generosity of longtime residents Earl and Dorothy Starnes the stairs to the new addition are now adorned with an inspiring sculpture depicting sea gulls in flight. This graceful 8-by-4 foot bronze sculpture was created by Rolf Carl Nyberg and purchased in the 1960s by the Starnes. 

  • Get in touch with science, history at Seahorse Key open house

    By SAMANTHA GRENROCK

    CEDAR KEY — Visitors of all ages will get up close and personal with local history and wildlife at the next Seahorse Key open house, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Feb. 25.

    A pop-up aquarium of ‘touch tanks’ will let families interact with living marine animals and reptiles collected from the Cedar Key area. Past aquariums have included seahorses, puffer fish and terrapin turtles.

  • Third Annual Spring into Springs coming in March

    Manatee and Fanning Springs State Parks will be holding the Third Annual “Spring into the Springs” event Saturday, March 11.

    “Spring into the Springs” is a day to learn about two of Florida’s first magnitude springs. There will be interpretive wagon rides of the North Trail, a prescribed fire program, a springs question and answer program, a springs walk ‘n’ talk, and booths by organizations involved in springs protection. Visitors will leave with a greater understanding of the delicate balance of a North Florida Springs System.

  • Dr. Francis "Jack" Putz, Dr. Jane Brockman to present lectures at CK Library

    Dr. Francis "Jack" Putz is scheduled to speak Thursday at 5 p.m. The topic of his lecture "Coastal Ecosystem Change in Florida.”

    Dr. Putz is a professor of conservation biology at the University of Florida. He was mentioned by environmental writer Heather Dewar in her talk in January. She talked about Dr. Putz's work near our coastline, specifically about the receding forests along the coastline near Yankeetown, as described in a short article available for reading at the library circulation desk.

  • Winners of the Wings Open Art Show Judging

    Feb. 4, was a big night for the local art community in Cedar Key as they came together to celebrate all the wonderful creations on display for the Wings Open Art Show.

    The big winner of the night the photograph titled: “Wing Preen,” by local nature photographer, Frank Morgan. The photo of a brilliant white Great Egret emerging out of near blackness is stunning. Frank was awarded first place for this photo. He also was awarded an Honorable Mention for another photograph of two “complaining” bluebirds.