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Today's News

  • Lobbying the Legislature

    Daniel Rose brought a letter he had composed to Florida’s state legislators. David Estep quietly rehearsed his statement. On the bus trip to Tallahassee last Wednesday, they and 15 other mentally handicapped clients of Levy Association for Retarded Citizens prepared themselves to go to the state capitol and remind lawmakers that the economy was hitting them harder than almost anyone in Florida.

    “I’m concerned about these budget cuts,” said Estep.

    “I’m worried LARC might have to close its doors.”

  • Conservation Corner - Composting in Cedar Key, Part 2

    Composting for home gardening is a rapidly growing practice. And well it should be. Putting back into the soil all that we take out, minus what we use, is elementary logic.

    When we start to compost we must first select an ideal location and choose among a variety of composting container(s). Knowing how much you intend to compost, how quickly you need it, and how much time you have for the project will help you choose wisely.

  • Sharks chomp visitors, set for districts

    Sharks devoured the competition last week when they hosted the Levy County track meet in Rosewood. Cedar Key track head coach Brad Penney said his girls took first place overall, and boys were second.

    “Samantha Beckham won the long jump with a best of 16'7”, a new school record, but she broke the school record on all three tries,” Penney said.

  • 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.