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Today's News

  • As the weather cools down, Florida’s oyster season heats up

     Now is the perfect time to enjoy Florida's famous oysters. Florida oysters are available year round, but harvest really gears up in fall as water temperatures begin to drop. The cool months are when oysters taste the best.

    Florida's oyster industry is based on the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica), which is found from the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

  • Thanks for good weather, good fishing

     Well the weather is good. The fish are biting great, but the phones have slowed way down. Families get pretty busy this time of year and fishing charters are kinda last on the list.

  • What do you know about Thanksgiving?

     I recently visited the Cedar Key School and interviewed kindergarden and firstgraders. This resulted in some interesting revelations - namely: 

    No. 1 Kids know more about Thanksgiving than you might imagine — especially what they are thankful for.

    No. 2 Boys are not really interested in telling you what they know about Thanksgiving — especially when you are cutting into their recess time. Most of their answers were followed by: Can I go play now?

  • Garden of the Month for November

    The Cedar Key Garden Club Garden of
    the Month for November belongs to Bill and
    Alyce Phillips of the Cedar Key Bed &
    Breakfast. Their gardens include water features,
    as well as one of the island's grandest
    live oaks. Their staghorn fern also rivals the
    best. Please join us in congratulating them
    for such a picture-perfect garden.

  • 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