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Today's News

  • Quiet passion, consistent talent: Local artist Valerie Bretl

    Literally under our noses in Cedar Key, for the past six years,
    mosaic artist Valerie Bretl has been going about her work - meticulously
    creating fine art that will endure forever.
    Working for eight to 10 hours a day on her
    screened porch, she even received inspiration for
    her current piece from one of the massive oak
    trees in her yard. The dappled light, gravel
    paths and beautiful landscaping are a
    soothing backdrop to her work table covered
    in marble pieces and tiles. Heavy

  • Shell Pile garbage and “mermaid blue” double wide dominate Commission meeting discussion

    At the Cedar Key City Commission
    Tuesday night, Commissioner Heath Davis
    reported that he had spoken to some of the
    users of the Shell Pile boat ramp about the
    ongoing garbage problem and he had “no
    good news” to report.
    The dumpsters at the site have been filled
    with items that cannot go into the landfill with
    the regular garbage — tires, construction
    debris, etc. The tipping fees for those particular
    dumpsters greatly exceeded what was budgeted

  • Fishing with Capt'n Danny Allen


    Everyone, the phrase for
    the week is "Backcountry
    Bonanza." I have been wearin'
    it out, cause this is my second
    most favorite fishing season.
    I love to fish cooling temperatures.
    This pre-winter
    period of time is great for
    those adventurous anglers that
    aren't scared to dent a prop
    blade.
    Getting back to those
    honey holes can make that
    happen for ya'. This time of
    the year the trout and redfish

  • SHARK NEWS: November 18


    By JESSI ROBINSON
    Shark News Editor

    Cedar Key’s Junior class will hold their 18thAannual Pie
    Auction this coming Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the school’s auditorium.
    The doors will be opening at 6 p.m. with the auction
    beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    The Juniors and their sponsors Malinda Roland and
    Tammy Bierman, are hoping for an attendance and sale such
    as the auction two years ago when nearly $4,000 was raised.
    Not only is the school group hoping for many pie-hungry

  • Cedar Key Welcome Center is officially open for business

    Last Wednesday night it became official:
    the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is the
    go-to place for a warm welcome and everything
    you need to know about the island.
    The crowd who attended the event under the
    twinkling lights of the courtyard were the
    first guests of the new and improved
    Chamber.
    Leading the welcome were Chamber
    President Tina Ryan and Secretary Andrea
    Dennison. A prayer was led by the Rev.
    Daniel Carswell. The event was catered by
    Peter and Gina Stefani, of the Island Room

  • Tarmac officials visit Cedar Key

    Officials of Tarmac King Road Mine company
    met with representatives of Cedar Key's clamming
    industry on Monday afternoon at the Marine
    Lab to discuss water quality issues.
    Tarmac requested this meeting to address concerns
    raised at a previous meeting in Cedar Key.
    Al Townsend, director of real estate and environmental
    services, and Jeff Harris, plant manager
    for the mine near Inglis, were accompanied by
    two consulting hydrologists.
    Leslie Sturmer, UF/IFAS Shellfish

  • Sign Ordinance workshop yields much to consider

    A well-attended sign ordinance workshop has opened the
    process of revamping the city's confusing and barely
    enforced sign ordinance.
    The comments at the Tuesday gathering included:
    “The quirky, artistic signs are what drew me to Cedar
    Key”.
    “The cute and quirky signs have given way to cheap and
    gaudy”.
    “Just because people have gotten away with signs that
    didn’t get enforced according to the current sign ordinance

  • Fall Festival means fun for everyone

    Cedar Key School was the scene of the annual Fall Festival on Friday and while nobody can remember exactly when it first started, the best guess is that the event is at least 30 years old.

    It's also a successful event as approximately $3,000 was raised to help pay for field trips and school supplies that are not funded by the county or state.

  • Beach walkers get the message out about Cedar Key’s clean beaches

    Saturday morning, approximately 15 walkers met and set out to prove to the world that Cedar Key’s beaches are oil free. That was an easy task, considering that the beaches are as pristine as ever.

    Mayor Pat O’Neal said the BeachWalk event, spearheaded by Visit Florida, went smoothly and everyone involved the brisk, clear weather — custom made for an early morning walk.

  • Flag Retirement Ceremony

    The light was beautiful and the air was crisp Saturday afternoon at City Park, as roughly a dozen people gathered to participate in a flag retirement ceremony. Their ages spanned many decades but both the participants and onlookers all shared an appreciation for the importance of the event.