Today's News

  • Bartholemy graduates NAPS

    Lauren Bartholemy, daughter of Stephen Bartholemy and Jolie and Heath Davis of Cedar Key, graduated May 8 from the Naval Academy Prepratory School in Newport, R.I., a one-year program that prepares individuals for life as a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

    Bartholemy is a 2014 graduate of Cedar Key High School.

    While at NAPS, she was chosen platoon commander and paraded her fellow classmates during the review that is part of the graduation ceremony.

  • Plum Creek takes back King Road mine

    A proposed massive limerock mine on King Road in Inglis that stirred passions and controversy just a few years ago over the issuance of a special exception permit to strip 6.8 million tons of rock annually on 2,757 acres of a 4,750-acre site for 110 years quietly changed hands on Tuesday.

    Tarmac America LLC, a subsidiary of Titan America, first applied for a Levy County special exception permit in 2004. It was finally approved by the Levy County Commission by a vote of 3-1 after an emotion-fraught public hearing that went almost eight hours.

  • South Levy fire chief scorched

    South Levy Volunteer Fire Chief Roger Crossman sat patiently through last Tuesday's Levy County Commission meeting before asking if he could address the panel. He said the department is broke and could the commission help with $8,610 in bills.

    “We took a pretty heavy hit on our budget for the year,” he said, noting it had been reduced.

    He said the department must pay $5,906 for insurance by May 10 or the vehicles cannot answer calls. The rest of the money is needed for repairs and maintenance on the department's vehicles.

  • No agreement on building official

    Walter Brown has accepted the city's request to provide building and development services to Cedar Key, but outgoing Commissioner Nettie Hodges says Fire Chief Robert Robinson should be asked to take the duties back.

    The city was left without services after a man who accepted the position decided to refuse the $35,000 a year job citing high health insurance costs, and Fire Chief Robert Robinson, who was being paid $10,000 a year for performing the job on an interim basis, resigned the additional work.

  • Men will take back commission

    It was time to say farewell to the first female-dominated Cedar Key City Commission when it met on April 21 when it took note of the departure of two female members.

    Commissioners Nettie Hodges and Tina Ryan, who misssed the meeting, are not seeking election to their seats and the new members will take office immediately after the May 7 city elections.

    Hodges, who was named to her late husband Gene Hodges' seat, was teary eyed after her fellow commissioners saluted her service.

  • Donations needed for July 4 fireworks

    The city has agreed to be a collection point for donations to the July 4 fireworks show which will need $12,000.

    Lisa Valen, executive director of the Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce, said Cindy Bonish has decided the Chamber should take the lead in obtaining donations. Bonish, co-owner of the Low Key Hideway and Tiki Bar, has led the drives to collect enough money for the city to put on the annual show after the Chamber and the City bowed out of the job and the annual July 4 Clamerica celebration ended.

  • Rotary reels in big fish

    The Chiefland Rotary Club held its 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Cedar Key on Saturday, May 2, and according to club President Rob Alexander it may be the best one yet for the club.

    The tournament was held earlier than usual to take advantage of good tides and the effects of the full moon. No one counted on the cool, windy weather that showed up uninvited.

    There were 29 boats registered to sail out at first light after undergoing safety inspections by FWC officers. And 17 vessels checked in with fish by 4 p.m.

  • Colson, Topping take council seats

    Incumbent City Commissioner Sue Colson won re-election by a landslide in Tuesday’s city elections, and political newcomer Diana Beckham Topping won her first political run.

    Colson, a health care worker and environmentalist, received 206 votes while her opponent businessman John Blouse received 70 in their race. Topping, a businesswoman whose family has deep roots in the community, received 154 votes to restauranter Jamie Griffin’s 116. 

  • Shining a light on volunteers

    Of all the natural beauty of the nature coast, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most striking. Its thirteen islands, the bird rookeries, the lavender sunsets, and the highest point in the Gulf, the Pleistocene dune shaped like a seahorse, all intrigue us.

  • We can only hope to be like them

    Each fall our community grows leaps and bounds from the arrival of snowbirds from cold, snowy states to the sunny skies offered by the nature coast. So many visitors come to discover this lovely old Florida setting and end up not being able to move on, they move in.