Today's News

  • Better cell service depends on location

    Anyone with a cell phone or computer in Cedar Key knows the frustration of having little to no service.
    The reason is that the two major service companies, Verizon and AT&T, have towers off the island that are 9 and 11 miles away, respectively. And to get high speed data coverage the carriers need to be much closer.
    Low Key Hideaway owner Pat Bonish described the frustration of many in the island’s hospitality business during a City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2:

  • Tin Can Tourists return

     Like the swallows to Capistrano, every year the Tin Can Tourists return to Cedar Key for their annual meet up and to show off their classic recreational vehicles and the vehicles that haul them around the state and nation. 

    There were several dozen at Sunset Isle RV Park and they threw open the door on their ride and RVs for the public on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

  • Dec. 16 meeting aimed at bridge replacement

     Mayor Dale Register announced that state Department of Transportation officials will be inattendance at the City Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting at 6 p.m. to update plans for the replacement of three bridges in the island community.

  • CRA default still undecided

    The question of whether the Cedar Key Community Development Agency will be defaulting on its loan with Sun Trust Bank due to falling revenue is still up in the air.

  • Oyster group pushing to keep industry afloat

    Area oyster farmers, state and local officials are banning together in hopes of salvaging what they say is a declining industry.

    More than 20 representatives from various groups and agencies, for the second time in recent months, met in Cross City at the Dixie County Emergency Operations Center Dec. 4 to organize what’s now being called the Nature Coast Oyster Alliance (NCOA). 

  • $12.1 million in restoration funds sought for Levy, Dixie

    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Local oystermen taking action

    Local oystermen in Levy and Dixie counties are unhappy about the state of their industry and they are uniting in an effort to draw attention to their plight.
    The oyster collapse came in 2012, the height of a number of years of drought. And while the waters are getting better with the flush of rainfall in 2013 and this year, the recovery will need some help.
    Nature Coast oyster beds need to be reseeded.

  • Study sheds light on red tide blooms

    Red tide is a natural occurrence, known to predate European settlement. But new research is further supporting the notion that humans, while not the cause of the blooms, can be a contributing factor in sustaining the harmful algae that, year by year, appears to becoming more of an issue.
    Research from five years of study shows that nutrient pollution is a contributing factor in the proliferation of the highly adaptable red tide organism Karenia brevis, according to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

  • Only one veterinarian applies for county opening

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job – which attracted only one applicant –that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.

  • 'Seeing the Art in Nature' theme of 2015 OFCA

    For decades, artists have been inspired by the natural beauty of Cedar Key, a small island community located in the center of Florida’s Nature Coast.
    Each spring, the town welcomes art enthusiasts to join them at the annual Spring Arts Festival, which was recently named as one of America’s top 50 Fine Arts Festivals in a nationwide survey administered by ArtFairCalendar.com.