Today's News

  • Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Cedar Key

    YANKEETOWN, Fla. - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater aboard a 23-foot boat near Cedar Key, Florida, after rescuing two men from the boat Saturday.

    Missing is a 54-year-old man from Elders Bird, Maryland. Rescued was Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Virginia, and Bruce Smith from Alachua, Florida.

    At 10:05 p.m., Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, received a report stating the three men had left Alachua at 5:30 a.m. via truck and trailer and never returned.

  • Couple busted for meth

    Staff Report

    On Monday, May 9, two people were arrested in Cedar Key on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office press release.

    Larry Teckenbrock, 29, of Trenton, and Natasha Corbin, 29, of Old Town, have been charged with the manufacture of meth, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The bond has been set at $115,000 for each of them.

  • Cedar Key: a working, thriving waterfront community

    Editor's Note: This story from the May issue of Southern Living Magazine feature Cedar Key as one of the South’s most beautiful coastal getaways. Cedar Key, featured on page 88 in the story titled, “Wild Islands,” has two full pages devoted to the town’s natural charms and thriving waterfront community.

  • Shark News for the week of 5-12-16

    FFA Banquet to be held on May 12

    Savannah Howard

    Shark Correspondent

    The annual FFA Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 12 in the Cedar Key School auditorium to celebrate this year’s achievements and memories.

    Students will be recognized for their membership and participation in the FFA, as well as qualifying for various special awards such as Chapter scholar, citizenship awards, and career development contest awards, given to the students who participated in a contest throughout this school year.

  • 2017 OFCA design contest opens

    Surrounded by nature’s beauty, Cedar Key is the perfect place to see, experience and celebrate the water around us. The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee recently announced that the theme for the 2017 Fine Arts Festival planned for April 8-9, 2017 will be “It’s All About the Water.”

  • Faraway Inn named Green Business

    By Tom Deverin

    The Green Business of the Month for May 2016 is the Faraway Inn, owned by Oliver and Doreen Bauer since November 2000.

    The facility was built in 1948 and is a great example of the post-World War II hospitality industry in Florida with a mix of well maintained free-standing cottages and attached rooms. The complex covers a half a city block, with a multitude of gardens and it fronts on Goose Cove for those great Cedar Key sunsets.

  • Stone crab season ends on May 16

    The commercial and recreational harvest of stone crab claws in Florida closes on Saturday, May 16, with the last day of harvest on Friday, May 15. Stone crab season will reopen on Oct. 15. This five-month closure occurs each year during the peak spawning season to help conserve and sustain Florida’s valuable stone crab resource.

    Commercially harvested stone crab claws may be possessed and sold during the closed season but only if they have been placed in inventory prior to May 16 by a licensed wholesale or retail dealer.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 5-12-16

    There are a lot of changes coming up and I just want to remind everyone of what's happening. And remember it is your responsibility to keep informed of the changes.

  • Red Tide Report 5-12-16

    The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida.

    In addition, one sample collected offshore of Dixie County in Northwest Florida contained background concentrations of K. brevis.

    Fish kills and respiratory irritation were not reported in Southwest Florida over the past week.

  • Artist of the Month May 2016

    The May Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Joey Barkhouse. Joey creates fantasy fish out of driftwood, fan coral and other accoutrements.

    She spent 15 years as a pointer of landscapes and undersea mammals, eventually returning to school at the Rhode Island School of Design. She worked as a senior designer for an ad agency, and retired to the Nature Coast. Joey spotted a piece of driftwood which looked like a fish and she was off and running with all of her energy and enthusiasm, creating fish of every size, color and shape.