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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Captain's Log: Tags tell a story

    It is interesting to hear the rumors about the UF trout tag reward research. I have had people tell me at the boat ramp that over 100 trout tags have been turned in, and there are a thousand more tags out there … wow, I think I need to help set the record straight.

    I talked to Mike Allen, director of the Nature Coast Biological Station, and he shared some data with me. The purpose of the tagging project is centered around mortality rates of catch and release of spotted seatrout.

  • 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.

  • All in a day's catch

    Fileting the fish may not be the most fun of jobs, but the rewards at dinner are worth it.

    Capt. Carl Robinson, left, cleans the day's catch with Kip Riley.

  • Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence

     

    As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the FWC Law Enforcement Division is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on boating under the influence.

    The annual three-day, heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • The Gulf waters never cease to amaze me

     

    Fishing redfish one day last week a client from Colorado hooked what I thought was a medium size shark. When the mystery fish hit it immediately took off with the speed of a king mackerel. I immediately began pulling up the anchor because the fish quickly ran so far that the reel was well into the backing line. With only about ten wraps left on the spool, I started the motor to follow it and it turned back toward the boat. Whew! 

  • Commission reverses course on ag extension job

     

    By Lou Elliott Jones