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Today's News

  • Springtime brings freshwater fishing, boat access

    March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or firm soils and nearby vegetation tend to attract sunfish. Often the same areas are used year after year, because sunfish do best when they construct beds in sheltered areas without too much current and away from prevailing winds (often coves or the north shores of lakes).

  • Good weather = good fishing

    Hey folks, sorry I was absent last week, between life and fishing and building our house,  most of all my mental strength was a lil’ low.

  • CKAC offerings

    Each Wednesday morning, the Boat Builders meet at 9 a.m.
    Also on Wednesday mornings, Chris Harkness is in the photo lab. The next few sessions Chris will be teaching pinhole camera techniques.
    • Ann Kamzelski has extended her Photoshop elements class through March 27, when she will show how to change images to black and white, how to add a watermark and will work on editing images brought to class. The fee is $20 for members - $25 for nonmembers.  Ann’s number is (352) 543-9660.

  • Going green on St. Patty’s

    Twelve Cedar Key Lions took being green to heart on St. Patrick’s Day,
    collecting 150 lbs. of roadside trash on the Lions’ two mile stretch of Adopt-a-Road on Rt. 24 leading into Cedar Key. Lions doing their part are, from left: Teri Brennan, Judy Duvall, Ralph Selby, Dale Register, Susan Hollandsworth, Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor, Bob Piscura, Judy Howerton, Roland Senecal and George Sresovich. (Not pictured is Rory Brennan).
     

  • Shark News for March 22

    Students and Healthy Eating

    Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents
    The Florida Department of Agriculture has asked students to participate in the annual poster decorating project.

  • Cedar Key Woman’s Club does it again

    By Eileen Senecal
    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on March 15, entertaining over 150 women.  The ladies just can’t be beat with their efforts to support local charities and raise funds for the scholarship for a Cedar Key young lady graduate.  

  • Shell cities of the Gulf

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • A threat to Gulf Hammock business

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian

    In early March of 1936, County Court Judge Joseph Sale requested the assistance of Florida Governor David Sholtz in putting an end to the actions of a certain hermit living in the woods of Gulf Hammock. Judge Sale recounted how this person threatened and shot at workers of the Standard Manufacturing Company gathering raw material in the woods. It is not known why this person picked this area in which to live.

  • Swallow-tailed Kite comes out for the latest research

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library Thursday evening, they didn’t expect a great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr. Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr. Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallow-tail.

  • Beachgoers asked to help monitor horseshoe crabs

    As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn.
    Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon tonight and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.