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Today's News

  • Early voting under way

    Early voting started on Monday and continues every day through Aug. 27 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 421 S. Court St., Bronson.

    And to make voting easy, Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones has turned the back room of her office into a roomy polling station with parking right outside the door. It could not be more convenient.

    As of Tuesday afternoon almost 200 people had cast their ballots in early voting. Another 1,786 voters has cast absentee ballots.

  • New parking for Cedar Key

     

    The City of Cedar Key will gain new parking for golf carts and motorcycles on Dock Street courtesy of Levy County, which owns land right where Dock Street meets the City Marina and Boat Launch area.

    In its meeting Tuesday the Levy County Commission decided it did not want to sell the land outright, but would allow the city to use it. The commission agreed in concept and it is up to the city to draft the agreement.

  • Shell Mound road to be done

    That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.

  • Slemp ready to lead Cedar Key School

    Joshua Slemp has been a fixture of Levy County’s school system at several levels, from teacher to project manager to assistant principal.

    His journey has led him to his latest stop, Cedar Key School, where the 39-year-old is in his first job as principal.

    It’s a culmination of the various roles he’s served, and a place where that experience figures to come in handy at the K-12 school, which has about 250 students.

  • TRIM notices go in the mail Aug. 19

    The TRIM ― Truth in Millage ― notices are at the printer and will be dropped in the mail to property owners on Aug. 19 according to the Levy County Property Appraiser's Office.

    Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser, said there is noting new in the TRIM notices this year, except the taxes being levied by taxing authorities.

  • UF/IFAS scientist digging into artichokes as alternative crop

    While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State, if a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher gets good results from his field trials.

    Artichokes flourish in a cool environment, so a warm winter might present an obstacle for Florida growers. Artichokes generally require at least 250 cumulative hours below 50 degrees for bud formation. Therefore, flowering must be artificially induced to produce artichokes in Florida.

  • Captain's Log: Regulations have changed over the years

    In the past couple of years, our fishing regulations have seen a lot of changes. It is of course the anglers responsibility to keep up to date on the changes, or suffer the wrath of some expensive fines. All of these regulations of course are to keep our resource sustainable, which I fully endorse.

  • Community Calendar for the week of Aug. 11

    Today, Aug. 11

    Economic development board meets

    The Nature Coast Business Development Council is holding its regular monthly board meeting 3 p.m. Aug. 11, at the College of Central Florida, 114 Rodgers Blvd., Chiefland, in the conference room.

    Due to the membership of the NCBDC consisting of more than one member of the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee, this meeting will also serve as a meeting for the Levy County RESTORE Act advisory committee.

  • Cedar Key Pirate Invasion Sept. 16-18

    Volunteers are needed to help with the 4th Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion weekend Sept. 16-18.

    Plans for the event calls for a historical reenactment where visitors can check out an authentic pirate encampment in the City Park and see how real pirates lived and worked on land.

    There will be a Thieves’ Row of pirate-themed vendors at the park and historical encampment, and a live auction where bidders can purchase treasures while helping to raise funds for local causes.

  • C/Dock Street bridge hearing Aug. 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is inviting island residents to a public meeting on Aug. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center to discuss plans for replacing the C/Dock Street bridge.

    The department has been wrangling with the plans due to concerns about the effect on the commercial district on Dock Street which has one-way traffic and a request by city officials to raise the bridge to allow more boat traffic at the City Marina. Requests were also made to do the work without affecting a motel and a condominium on either side of the bridge.