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Today's News

  • Testing the limits

    A Cedar Key girl is one of few in the state who participates in adapted track and field for persons with specific physical limitations.

    Eleven-year-old Annie McCain was born prematurely and has a mild case of cerebral palsy, her mother, Jenny said, adding that it effects her balance. She also said Annie is a very bright girl and is in the gifted program at her school.

  • Longtime Levy educator, Robert Philpot, dies at 67

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

    Robert Philpot, the gentle giant who taught agriculture at Williston High School for 37 years, passed from this life to the next at his home March 13.

    Throughout the day, social media was ablaze with this beloved son’s death as family, friends, colleagues and students remembered the life he led and his influence on their lives.

  • Bridges meeting March 30

    The Florida Department of Transportation is returning to Cedar Key on March 30 to show residents the final plans being made to replace three bridges on the island. The bridges have been a hot topic since the initial open house FDOT hosted in October 2014.

    The open house will be at the Cedar Key Community Center from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a public comment period beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The department is proposing to replace the following bridges:

  • County opposes laxer wildlife rules

    The state agency that issues permits that allow people to own lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other exotic and dangerous animals is reviewing its regulations and the Levy County Commission wants to put a choke chain on any attempts to loosen the rules.

    Between 2008 and 2010 there were a series of situations where county officials learned they were not notified in advance that permits were issued to keep captive wildlife classified as dangerous by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • Cedar Key hires two department heads

    The Cedar Key Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 11, and decided on two individuals to hire for department head openings. 

    City employee Bill Crandley was offered and has accepted the Public Works Director position via a phone call with Mayor Dale Register and City Clerk Teresa George. His annual salary is $35,000 and he begins his new job on Saturday, March 21.

  • Thank you for your cooperation

     

    With the 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival just around the corner, Cedar Key businesses and residents are reminded of the following restrictions and road closures.

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 19

    March

    Friends of the Library

    The Cedar Key Friends of the Library will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20. Light refreshments will be served. 

     At 7 p.m., the national touring guitar duo, Patchouli, will entertain with a guitar and vocal concert. This free celebration of music will be held at the Community Center.  It is Patchouli's third presentation in Cedar Key.

     

    Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

  • 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival Mar. 28 and Mar. 29

    Recently named one of the top 50 juried fine arts festivals in America by ArtFairCalendar.com (including recognition as one of the top five juried arts festivals in the South), the small island community of Cedar Key knows how to put on a great show.

  • Become a purchase award patron

    Maybe you’ve thought about doing it, maybe you’ve done it, maybe you just don’t know how it works or maybe you just haven’t given it a try.

  • Seahorse Key is closed

     

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service announces the seasonal closure of Seahorse Key, the site of the rookery of approximately 20,000 birds.  When the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge says, “Wildlife Comes First!” they’re serious.  Seahorse Key, its beaches, and the 300 foot perimeter are posted CLOSED from March 1, through the last day of June.  The beaches will be accessible July 1 once again.