Today's News

  • CK Sharks fundraiser a success

    Judging by the ticket sales, the Cedar Key Sharks should be looking good when they take to the field this fall.

    That’s because the community responded to a call to buy fried fish dinners supplied by the fishermen of Cedar Key and Robinson Seafood on Monday.

    Eve Robinson staffed the front desk taking money for dinners and tickets for meals pre-sold by the cheerleaders. “They have sold a lot of tickets,” she said fanning out the checks and cash the girls collected.

  • Robinson's hosting fundraiser Monday

     A fundraiser benefitting the Cedar Key Sharks varsity cheerleaders will be at Robinson's Seafood on Monday, June 29, from 4-8 p.m.

    Miss Eve is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner she will be preparing. The menu calls for fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, limas and rice and iced tea.

    The suggested donation is $8 per meal.

    Come out and help our lady sharks get the funds they need to go to camp, buy uniforms, travel to games, etc. Help them cheer our teams to victory next year!!

  • Spiny lobster commercial dive changes begin July 1

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the following changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement (CD) program go into effect July 1:

    • The moratorium on issuing new or additional CD endorsements has been extended indefinitely. It was set to expire July 1.

    • Valid CD endorsements can be transferred to another fisher.

    • The person who was issued the CD endorsement no longer needs to be on board the vessel during trips where lobster are harvested, so long as the vessel is properly licensed.

  • Gag grouper season open in most Gulf waters

    Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters on Wednesday, July 1. That same day, the season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties.

    The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, will remain open through Dec. 3, closing Dec. 4.

  • Data show increase in bear population

         The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced today updated estimates of the Florida black bear population. These initial numbers are now available for two of the FWC’s Bear Management Units (BMUs) and result from the statewide study occurring during 2014 - 2015.

  • Scrub Jay survey under way in CK

     The Florida Scrub Jay, which makes its home in Cedar Key, is one of the rarest birds in the world. The Florida Scrub Jay is endangered, and it’s the only bird that is found exclusively in Florida. 

    Its beautiful blue plumage stands out in the upland Florida scrub ecosystem that it calls home. That ecosystem is quickly disappearing. The destruction of its habitat has caused the loss of 90 percent of Scrub Jays throughout the state. 

  • Turtle Power

    It was World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, and there is a great story about Charlie Gardner's rescue of two Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that were accidentally caught on hook and line by recreational anglers at the Cedar Key Municipal Fishing Pier.

    The first rescue of turtles at the pier was in April. This time a similar scene played out at the same fishing pier, and Gardner came to the rescue once again.

  • Fireworks fund close to goal

    The City of Chiefland has donated $500 to the July 4th fireworks show and the city's commissioners expressed their appreciation that Cedar Key puts on the show every year entertaining Chiefland residents as well as the island community and its holiday visitors.

    Leslie Valen, executive director of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce, asked the Chiefland City Commission for the donation during its regular meeting on Monday and said the Chamber has already raised more than $10,000 to help pay for the $12,000 show.

  • Levy School Board accused of First Amendment violations

    An out of state organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, is accusing the Levy County School Board of multiple First Amendment violations they say have been brought to their attention.

    “We are dealing with it and we will respond to it,” Hastings said in a telephone interview on Monday.

    They have turned the matter over to School Board Attorney David Delaney to determine what is valid.

  • Gulf oil spill specialist more than getting her feet wet

    By Brad Buck

    As Florida Sea Grant’s new Gulf oil spill research Extension specialist, Monica Wilson translates oil spill science to Gulf Coast residents and stakeholders.

    Her audiences include commercial, recreational and for-hire fishermen, natural resource managers, elected officials, emergency responders and managers, tourism specialists, port and harbor employees and more.