Today's News

  • City debates capital improvements

    Public Works Director Josh Wilson presented his department’s proposed budget for the coming year, including his hope that the city buy a $55,000 piece of equipment, at a budget workshop Monday night.

  • Residents faced with grease fines

    Local water and sewer customers could face a FOG surcharge in the future if ongoing grease problems do not stop. FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease, and the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District is tired of footing the bill for the problem. 

  • School Board OKs lower millage

     Near the end of a meeting in which the School Board of Levy County approved, among other things, a tentative millage and budget for 2011-12, board member Cameron Asbell of Bronson offered up a cost-savings idea.

  • Closing the blinds in the sunshine

    "All political power is inherent in the people." 

    Article I, Section 1, Florida State Constitution

    "All meetings of any collegial public body of the executive branch of state government or of any collegial public body of a county, municipality, school district, or special district, at which official acts are to be taken or at which public business of such body is to be transacted or discussed, shall be open and noticed to the public..."

  • Mermaid's Landing saved from destruction

    While most of Cedar Key slept Sunday night, lightening cracked and most likely began a fire that nearly consumed one building and came perilously close to burning several others on SR 24.

    Mermaid’s Landing owner, Kathy Carver, was nearly rolled out of bed by the tremendous thunder boom. She said she was afraid to go outside to look around because of the continuous lightening. Forty-five minutes later, the police were banging on her front door, letting her know there was a fire. A man walking by had seen the flames and called 911. 

  • City sets millage rate for upcoming year

    Cedar Key commissioners voted 4-0 last week during a city budget workshop to set a tentative city tax rate at 4 mills, which, if approved during later budget hearings, would be an increase from last year's rate of 3.65 mills. 

    A mill represents $1 of tax assessment per $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, at 4 mills, someone owning a house in Cedar Key worth $100,000, would pay $400 in property taxes. Commissioners could still come down on the tax rate in future meetings.

  • County increases millage rate, assessments

    The Levy County Commission expressed shock that it drew only one taxpayer to a public hearing on special assessments on Tuesday evening in the commission meeting room.

    It was a sharp change from two years ago when the hearing was held in the larger Courtroom A at the County Courthouse to accommodate the people objecting to increases in special assessments and any increase in property taxes.

  • What's For Dinner?

    It used to be easy to answer that question but the more we learn about food’s impact on our health and environment, this decision has become more and more complicated.  The pesticides, herbicides and industrial systems that produce our foods are polluting our world and threatening our health, particularly those we count on to grow our food.

  • Cedar Key fishing tournament featured in national magazine

    The cover of the July/August issue of Airboating Magazine may feature their “Swamp Sweetie” - wearing a camo bikini, cowboy boots and hat - but it gets even better on page 44.

  • Calling all artists:

    The OFCA Planning Committee is looking for artists interested in developing artwork for our 2012 event. The competition allows artists to use any reproducible medium (painting, drawing, photography, collage, etc.). All entries will be exhibited at the Cedar Key Arts Center from Oct. 1 until Nov. 2, 2011. 

    Artists will have the opportunity to put their pieces up for sale while on display. A panel of judges will decide and announce the Design Award Winner on Friday, Oct. 14.