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Today's News

  • The challenges and contentment of gardening big

    The fall season of 2008 proved to be my best season yet for vegetable production and sale. With even more land available I decided to expand to find out what my maximum ability, within reason, could do. The only machinery I use is a rototiller and the rest is accomplished with hand tools.

  • Conservation Corner - Deverin’s report

    The Deverin’s report to Conservation Corner:

    By now, most folks know why we should recycle: good stewardship, finite resources, reduced energy use, less dependence on petroleum products, all the environmental issues, etc. Those are all good reasons to recycle, BUT recycling comes down to a personal decision, a household decision, a business decision to make a concerted effort to recycle.

  • Island gets first Green Lodging

    Seahorse Landing Condominium Rentals is the first business in Cedar Key to receive an endorsement for Green Lodging from the Florida Department of Environment Protection.

    Qualifying as a green business is not difficult, said Janet Blackwell. “It’s easier than you think - one step at a time, and once it’s implemented, it’s easy.”

  • Letter to the editor: Volunteers deserve the award

    To the Editor:

    Last week I was given a Mayor’s Citizenship Award plaque by Mayor Heath Davis, citing my “efforts with the Conservation Initiative.”

    (And, before I go on, I want to lead a big round of applause for Ms. Connie Nelson, who received her Mayor’s Citizenship Award last week also, in recognition of all her years of service to our community.)

  • Kayaker paddles 1000 miles to save oceans

    Margo Pellegrino is a kayaker with a cause. She’s paddling 1,000 miles from Ft. Pierce, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana to get people thinking about the ocean. The Cedar Key islands marked her half way point.

    “I’m on an outreach mission for the ocean,” Margo said. “I want people to be aware that the ocean is on the brink of collapse.”

  • Conservation Corner - Advisory Panel Report

    GOOD NEWS FROM CEDAR KEY’S ENERGY ADVISORY PANEL

    I am writing this column to let everyone in Cedar Key know the success of the various efforts that have made up our energy conservation initiative so far.

  • Conservancy buys scrub-jay habitat for CK Scrub

    A vital scrub-jay habitat platted for subdivision development was purchased this week by The Nature Conservancy and will be donated to the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve for permanent preservation.

    The Levy County-approved platted subdivision, Shell Mound Estates, is an undeveloped 125-acre property located on the east side of CR 347, just south of the intersection of CR 326, adjacent to the Cedar Key Scrub.

  • Conservation Corner - Glass recycling 101

    Glass Recycling 101

    In Cedar Key all colors of glass can be recycled. Drain excess contents or rinse soiled glass jars or bottles with used dishwater (a water conservation step) to remove gross food residue. Remove and discard lids, caps or metal rings. There is no need to remove labels. Glass does not have to be separated from metals, plastic or paper recyclables when placed in the trailer. Light bulbs, glass cookware and window panes cannot be recycled as they contain ceramics.

    What happens to collected glass when it leaves Cedar Key in the trailer?

  • Oh, the pain!

    It was a calm, typically gorgeous Cedar Key day and my buddy Fred and I were fishing off Atsena Otie. We’d boated a few non-descript fish when my line telegraphed a somewhat different pull - nothing aggressive or nibbling, just a steady pulling which resulted in a small two-foot-long ray coming aboard.

    Originating from the North, where skates and stingrays also abound, I immediately ID’d this catch as a harmless “skate” and therefore clamped this nuisance between the inside of my upper thighs to keep it immobile while I unhooked it.

  • Conservation Corner - Cedar Key School and the three Rs

    Although you might think “reading, ’riting and ’rithemtic” when you consider the 3 Rs in an educational context, instead think of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Our teachers have incorporated the 3 Rs in their curriculums. Our custodians have embraced recycling whenever possible. And our administration has endorsed it all.