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Local News

  • New laws will affect life in Cedar Key

    Some new laws passed in Florida’s 2011 legislative session, that could have some minor impact on Cedar Key.  City Attorney Holly Blumenthal presented a memo summarizing the possible changes to the commission recently. Of particular interest are:

  • Police department busy

    It's only half way through August, but the police department has been busy Police Chief Virgil Sandlin said. 

  • City Hires Attorney

    After a process that narrowed a field of seven candidates down to three, the Cedar Key Commission voted to hire a new attorney. 

    In a 3-2 vote Tuesday night, Norman Fugate of Williston was chosen for the job. 

  • Lud’s flag finally flies at home

    In early August of 1989, grouper fisherman, Ludwig Johnson, known as “Lud” to his friends and family, headed out for a few days of fishing and never returned. 

  • Cedar Key Aquaculture Association Annual Membership Meeting

     Once a year, the board of directors and general membership of the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association meet to discuss the past year’s accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year. This year, even the lure of free dessert only brought out a handful of interested members, out of a total of 52 members. 

  • Overfishing cost commercial fishermen $15.2M

    Overfishing cost Southeast commercial fishermen $15.2 million in just one year, according to a recent report.

  • City debates capital improvements

    Public Works Director Josh Wilson presented his department’s proposed budget for the coming year, including his hope that the city buy a $55,000 piece of equipment, at a budget workshop Monday night.

  • Residents faced with grease fines

    Local water and sewer customers could face a FOG surcharge in the future if ongoing grease problems do not stop. FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease, and the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District is tired of footing the bill for the problem. 

  • Mermaid's Landing saved from destruction

    While most of Cedar Key slept Sunday night, lightening cracked and most likely began a fire that nearly consumed one building and came perilously close to burning several others on SR 24.

    Mermaid’s Landing owner, Kathy Carver, was nearly rolled out of bed by the tremendous thunder boom. She said she was afraid to go outside to look around because of the continuous lightening. Forty-five minutes later, the police were banging on her front door, letting her know there was a fire. A man walking by had seen the flames and called 911. 

  • City sets millage rate for upcoming year

    Cedar Key commissioners voted 4-0 last week during a city budget workshop to set a tentative city tax rate at 4 mills, which, if approved during later budget hearings, would be an increase from last year's rate of 3.65 mills. 

    A mill represents $1 of tax assessment per $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, at 4 mills, someone owning a house in Cedar Key worth $100,000, would pay $400 in property taxes. Commissioners could still come down on the tax rate in future meetings.