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Today's News

  • They're back! CK clams will be celebrated on July 4

    It won't be called "Clamerica" but the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is reviving the July 4th celebration of all things clam.

    Clamerica, a popular celebration that drew throngs of tourists to the island, celebrated the clam in its many culinary manifestations. That celebration was sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association. 

    Some clam fans have lamented that the festival, which went away shortly after the recession hit followed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has not been revived in recent years.

  • Author returns to Cedar Key

     A Texas author is returning to her home away from home and will be promoting her book based on Cedar Key.

    Teri Mathis of Rosenberg, Texas will be at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign her book “Notes from Faraway Inn.” The book is a compilation of 14 years of journal entries made by guests and owners of the Faraway Inn in Cedar Key.

  • TNR program nears 1,000 cats

     A Trap Neuter Return program in Cedar Key has treated nearly 1,000 of the town’s feline friends.

    The TNR program, organized by Cedar Key’s Oliver and Doreen Bauer - owners of the Faraway Inn, has spayed or neutered and vaccinated a whopping 951 cats since its start in Oct. 2006.

  • Community calendar week of 1-22-15

     January

    Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. is the annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on Highway 24 in Cedar Key. This is a fundraiser for the Cedar Key food pantry. Take home a handcrafted bowl by students or by Amy Gernhardt, Cedar Key Pottery. Take out is available.

    You decide the amount you wish to donate for your meal and bowl.

  • Legislators listen to wish lists

    There must be a law in nature that says the smaller the meeting room the bigger the turnout. Such was the situation when the Levy County legislative delegation met last week to hear what county and municipal leaders and residents want to see come out of the upcoming legislative session.

  • Cedar Key FFA donates four tons of food

     By SARAH BARTHOLEMY

    Shark Correspondent

    Jan. 16 was a big day for Cedar Key FFA. After two and a half years of growing and donating fresh food to the Cedar Key Food Pantry, the chapter officially donated four tons of food, that’s 8,000 pounds of freshly grown crops, farm raised tilapia, fresh Gulf of Mexico reef fish, one hog and five deer that have been donated over the years. 

  • Welcome, weekend warriors

     An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise. 

    And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior’s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work. 

  • City to address purchasing policy at future meeting

    Commissioner Royce Nelson wants the city to have a purchasing policy but he is meeting some resistance from City Commissioner Sue Colson. 

    Nelson has been studying the City of Chiefland's policy written by Cedar Key and Chiefland City Attorney Norm Fugate. 

    “The only part of this whole policy that needs to be dealt with is the first page and a half,” Nelson said. The rest of the policy is a compilation of Florida statutes governing purchasing. 

  • Community calendar week of 1-15-15

     January

     

    Collector's show planned

  • city election laws getting a look

     The Cedar Key City Commission has instructed its attorney to give the local election laws a once over and recommend any changes and at least one resident has a suggestion for one change.

    The commission, which took up the matter on Jan. 6, noted that changes need to be adopted by Feb. 20 in order to take effect for the May elections. 

    But at least one item was recommended by former City Commissioner Scott Dennison who asked that it look into codifying a residency requirement.