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Today's News

  • News on Hermine — all bad

    Only 30 people have sought out shelter at the three schools, Williston High and Bronson and Chiefland Elementaries, leading to officials' concerns that many people may be in danger from a predicted 11-foot surge at 3 a.m. when high tide arrives in Cedar Key. 

  • Mandatory evacuation order, shelters opening

     

  • Boat ramps closed ahead of storm

    Sheriff Bobby McCallum, in preparation of incoming Tropical Depression 9, has ordered the closing of all boat ramps in Levy County beginning Wednesday morning.

    All boat ramps along the Suwannee River and south to the Inglis/Yankeetown area will be posted closed by tomorrow afternoon.

    Crews with Levy County Parks and Recreation will be placing signage and barricades at all county boat ramps. Residents who own watercraft and need to remove them from the water are asked to complete this as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Cedar Key braces for Tropical Storm Hermine

    The Island Storm is the name of the favorite drink among customers at the just-opened 1842 Daily Grind & Mercantile in Cedar Key, on the corner of 2nd Street and State Road 24.

  • Inglis, Yankeetown prepare for expected flooding

    By Mike Wright

    Yankeetown Town Hall had a little bit of redecorating take place Thursday.

  • Dickey looks forward to leading boys hoops program at Cedar Key

    Vance Dickey had only recently arrived in Cedar Key to teach Phys Ed and head the boys hoops team, but he was already knee-deep in the program’s history as he cleaned out his new office.

    “Man, there are years and years – I shouldn’t say years, because that’s misleading – there are decades worth of stuff here,” Dickey says by phone while taking a break from the cleaning. “I’m picking up uniforms I’m thinking are from the 1960s or 70s, and they’re falling apart.”

  • Tuesday Update: We're going to be wet, wet, wet

    It's not Tropical Storm Hermine yet, but odds are when Tropical Depression 9 washes ashore on Wednesday night or Thursday morning it will have intensified enough to earn a name.
    “It's still a tropical depression turning into a tropical storm later today,” said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton and Director John MacDonald.
    The two said TD 9 is expected to make its turn and speed up as it heads for a landfall into Citrus, Levy and Dixie counties.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.