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  • At the Seafood Festival Parade, everyone is a winner

    Over the years, both residents and visitors alike, have lined the streets at festival time for the parades; and the parades never fail to please. It’s not just the Mardi Gras-style beads that are tossed by the ton but judging by the looks on the little kid’s faces, the candy does not disappoint either.

  • Colson gives tidy report on 2011 Coastal Cleanup

    City Commissioner Sue Colson presented data from Cedar Key’s Coastal CleanUp on Sept. 17, and had a bit of good news and bad news.

    The good news, she told fellow commissioners at their Tuesday meeting, is that the number of bottles and cans collected is down, but the number of cigarette butts is up.

  • Drones to ‘spy’ on seagrass

    The Cedar key City Commission gave its official nod of approval for the use of the George T. Lewis airfield as a launching site for drones that will collect data needed to map the condition of seagrass beds in the area.

  • Big festival crowd equals sell-out

    Despite Saturday's crowd of between 10,000 to 15,000 visitors and about 5,000 on Sunday, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin, and Fire Chief Robert Robinson said things were relatively quiet this past weekend. Sandlin "guestimated" the crowd size, because there were no traffic counters out on the main road into town.

  • Cedar Keys’ Light Station open for visits

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. The historic Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key opens its doors free to the public Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Who's serving what at the festival

    Garden Club —Lemonade
    Lioness Club— Crab Cakes
    Episcopal Church — Iced Tea, Sweets
    Woman’s Club — Sweets, Coffee, Iced Tea
    Lions Club — Corn, Cold Drinks
    Oystermen’s Assoc. — Fried oysters, clam
    strips shrimp
    PTO — Burgers
    FFA — Grouper sandwich, fries
    1st-grade — Sno-cones
    Safety Patrol — Water
    3rd and 4th-grades — Chowder, mullet dip,
    boiled shrimp
    FFEA/Kindergarten— Funnel cakes

  • Event supports island community, vendors

    Lioness Miss Thelma McCain has been working on lining up the arts and crafts vendors since 1983 and since the second week of June for the 42nd Annual Seafood Festival. Many have been coming back for over 20 years.

  • Welcome to 42nd Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival

    The 42nd Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and goes into full swing with the annual parade at 11 a.m.

  • "Hooked on Fishing" training available

    The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct a training seminar for anyone interested in angler and aquatic education training. This year’s event will be at the 4-H Camp Ocala (18533 NFS 535 Altoona, FL 32702) the weekend of Oct. 22-23.

    This seminar is open to teachers, 4-H leaders, Boy/Girl Scout leaders, Future Farmers of America personnel and anyone interested in getting students involved with fishing and aquatic education.

  • Students invited to submit black bear videos

    High school students interested in conserving the Florida black bear and raising public awareness about bears are invited to create a 1-minute video.