Today's News

  • Birds new home needs protection

    The birds who have abandoned Seahorse Key, the largest bird nesting spot along the Gulf of Mexico Coast, have a new problem at their home on Snake Key.

    Protection. While they had it at Seahorse Key during the nesting season, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is moving to establish a similar 100-yard perimeter around Snake Key to protect the birds that moved there in 2015 ‑ especially if they return this year.

  • Shark News for the week of March 3

    FFA Week comes to a close

    Savannah Howard

    Shark correspondent

  • Snook reopened in Gulf state waters this week

    The recreational harvest season for one of Florida’s premier fish  —  snook  — reopens on March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico state and adjacent federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County. The season will remain open through April 30.

  • Captain's Log: It's a time of transition on the flats


    Finally March has arrived, and so many changes will occur this month.

    Let's hope spring comes in like a lamb and not a lion. Personally, I have had all the cold fronts that I want, though they did set the stage for some really good airboat trips.

    The biggest change is going to be be water temperatures. We are starting off the month in the upper fifties, which have made most fish very lethargic. But increasing daylight and weaker cold fronts should bring our gulf water into the seventies by April.

  • Woman’s Club Fashion Show on March 16

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 16 at the Cedar Key Community Center. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for shopping from vendors.

    The luncheon is at noon. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from any Woman’s Club member or at the Cedar Key Chamber Welcome Center.

  • Art show honors Cedar Keys' feathered friends

    The Birds of a Feather 2016 Open Art Show will run until Sunday, March 27.

    Cedar Key is uniquely situated in the middle of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key National Wildlife Refuge and is bisected by Florida’s Birding Trail and home to nationally recognized shore bird habitats. What better location to highlight the artists that create art focused on our feathered friends. Come share a little time with the art community of Cedar Key as we enjoy the art produced by regional artist that reflect this month’s theme, Birds of a Feather.

  • Canines strut stuff for companion animals

    Nothing says Cedar Key more than a group of canines, and the Cedar Key Woman’s Club Canine Companions Parade said it all! Raising awareness for the Wounded Veterans Initiative, the event in the Cedar Key Park last Thursday brought together pooches and people and also raised funds towards new Canine Companions.

  • It wasn’t the raccoons, after all

    Poor raccoons. In the last installment of “The Big Whodunit — Why the birds abandoned their nests on Seahorse Key,” an uptick in the island’s raccoon population, notorious nighttime nest predators, was being blamed for the birds’ disappearance.

    But in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 27, about possible causes for the birds taking flight to Snake Key, Cedar Key and the Suwannee River, three scientists said it has come to light that the black helicopters residents have spotted in area skies may have cause it.

  • Shark News for the week of 2-25-16

    Despite early loss to Pirates, Lady Sharks look forward

    Heather Sikes

    Shark Correspondent

  • CK Library benefits from golf tournament

     The 1st Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament will be held March 9 at Chiefland Golf and Country Club. The tournament will be a four-person scramble with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon.

    A bag lunch will be provided by The Big Deck. Awards, a barbecue and music will be immediately following at the Big Deck Raw Bar on Dock St., Cedar Key.

    The tournament is to benefit the Friends of the Cedar Key Library and is being sponsored by the Big Deck Raw Bar.

    Music will be provided by Matt Sky and the Virginian.