Today's News

  • Gulf state red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

    The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest on Sunday, Nov. 1.

  • Residents with special needs need to register

    It's September and the storms seem to be lining up on the shores of Africa heading to Florida. It's that time of year and September is the month emergency planners and managers want residents to have a plan should they need to evacuate to a safe place.

    They are especially concerned about residents who fall into the “special needs” category, people:

    • Requiring transportation to and from a designated emergency shelter;

  • Pirates Invasion is only three weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Chamber auction Sunday

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce's Annual Labor Day Auction kicks off at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, in a new place this year: the Cedar Key Community Center at 809 6th Street.

    When the doors open at 11:30 a.m. auction goers will have the opportunity to preview works of art, craft items and other goodies.

    Bids will commence at noon.

  • Cedar Key airport runway gets mowed

    Plans for the George T. Lewis Airport, a.k.a. Cedar Key airport, call for the runway to be paved in concrete. But that plan will have to wait.

    The state Department of Transportation has agreed the asphalt runway needs to be replaced with a longer lasting concrete one.

    But, the bridges on Gulf Boulevard at Lewis Pass and Daughtry Bayou will have to be replaced to carry the heavy truck loads of cement. Plans by the state DOT call for work to begin in 2016-2017.

  • State health secretary to visit CK today



    The state's top doc, state Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong, is visiting Cedar Key today (Thursday, Sept. 3) to visit Cedar Key School and learn from students how their garden feeds students and the community and helps contribute to a healthier community.

    Armstrong will be at the Cedar Key School at 951 Whiddon Ave., at 1 p.m.

  • Two opportunities to take a Bowhunter Education course in September

    Florida bowhunters will have two opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course in September.

    The first course will take place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5, in Inverness during the Bowhunter Jamboree and begins at 8:30 a.m. The second class will be hosted by the Easton Newberry Sports Complex, at 24880 N.W. 16th Avenue in Newberry, on Sept. 12 beginning at 8 a.m.

  • A reminder about new deer hunting regulations

    Ten new Deer Management Units (DMUs) were established in hunting zones A, B and C, each with their own unique set of antler regulations and private land antlerless deer harvest days. Similar changes were approved last year for northwest Florida’s two DMUs in Zone D.

    These new antler regulations are for all lands - private, public and wildlife management areas - so it’s important to identify which DMU you're hunting and learn about its antler regulations and private land antlerless deer harvest days.

  • Snapper season reopening

    The fall Florida state waters red snapper season is reopening soon.

    Earlier this year, the state season went from May 23 to July 12 and federal waters were open from June 1-10.

    The fall season will open for all of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest on Nov. 1.

  • Near-world-record Suwannee bass caught

    By Bob Wattendorf


    Ferrol “Roscoe” Holley, Jr. (52) from Telogia had the honor of releasing a near-world-record Suwannee bass into the 9,200-gallon aquarium at Bass Pro Shops’ Tallahassee store. On June 26, Holley caught the Suwannee bass while fishing with his new Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier rod/reel combo on the Ochlockonee River. The fish initially hung up on a snag. When he saw it, Holley knew it was a huge Suwannee and not a more common largemouth bass.