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Today's News

  • Register now for Oct. 18 Seafood Festival Parade

    Join the parade at the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

  • Pastel skies

    Two of the many things you can count on finding in Cedar Key are breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. This particular sunset was captured over Seahorse Key recently.

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.

  • County OKs $65 million budget

    The Levy County Commission, with two members who leave in November due to electoral losses, was commended on Monday evening by the only Levy County resident who cared to show up and speak at a public hearing where the property tax and final budget for the 2014-15 was unanimously approved.
    “I want you to note that the budget is less than last year when it was $66 million and some change. Good job,” said Dana Sheffield of “the Fanning Springs Sheffields. "This board has done a good job for the county.”

  • New Williston hospital owner outlines plans

    By CAROLYN TEN BROECK
    editor@willistonpioneer.com
    Dr. Deviah “Dr. P” Pagidipati said what makes him different from the last four people who vowed to bring back the hospital in Williston from the brink of disaster is his commitment to bringing quality health care to all people–regardless of income, social status or race.

  • Cedar Key's McCain honored with award

    Recent retiree from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Ken McCain was honored with a formal ceremony last week, receiving the National Wildlife Refuge Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Dignitaries from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, its Refuge System, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as friends and family were in attendance for the celebration.

  • Red tide halts Cedar Key clam harvesting

     For the first time in about 10 years, clam leases have been shut down in Cedar Key due to red tide.

    The western portion of Cedar Key's leases, including Gulf Jackson and Pelican Reef, was closed Sept. 6 after officials found low to background quantities of dangerous microorganism Karenia brevis, known to produce a neurotoxin that affects vertebrates, including humans.

  • Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish

    State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession of eggs (other than for destruction) from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that  is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.

  • Every vote counts when only three determine winner

    It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.
    The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.
    It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year.