Today's News

  • Seahorse Key open on Saturday Feb. 20

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is opening Seahorse Key to the public on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation or buy a ticket on one of the tour boats.

    Bring your camera, fish a little, walk along the beach and enjoy the exhibits.

    A cast of period-dress volunteers will tell the history of the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, which sits atop the 54-foot tall dune, and offers great perspective for wildlife photography.

  • Community generous during service week

    The Cedar Key Lions Club recently completed a Worldwide Week of Service, joining with Lions around the globe for this community service project. In early January, Lion volunteers braved raw winds and cold temperatures to collect donations of food and clothing in front of the Cedar Key Post Office. At the same time, Lion volunteers coordinated donations at City Hall, Cedar Key Episcopal Church, Cedar Key Methodist Church and Cedar Key Baptist Church. The Lions served residents of Cedar Key well. The local results were impressive.

  • Marine Science Symposium honors video stars

    Dr. Jack Payne, second from left, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida, honored the stars of "Gator Good: The Cedar Keys Story."

    From left to right are Leslie Sturmer, UF IFAS Agent; Payne, Heath Davis, mayor and oysterman; Shawn Stephenson, clam farmer; Bobby Witt, clam farmer and Sue Colson, city commissioner and clam farmer. 

  • Artist of the Month Feb. 2016

    The Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key is Connie Stark, whose face jugs, mugs, toothbrush holders, shot glasses, sponge holders and thimbles delight collectors of all ages. Each face has a unique personality – whimsical, comical or a bit goofy, but always entertaining.

  • Learn about dinosaurs of the Suwannee River


    A talk by Savanna Barry, Travis Thomas at Cedar Key Public Library Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. will focus on

    Alligator Snapping Turtles (genus Macrochelys). They are large, aquatic turtles limited to river systems that drain into the Gulf of Mexico.

    New research used evidence from the fossil record, turtle morphology, and genetics to identify two new species of Alligator Snapping Turtle, one of which is only found in the Suwannee river drainage.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 2-04-16

    I hate to state the obvious but man have we had a roller coaster ride with the weather!

    The reds and trout seem to be constantly on the move in and out of the creeks. And the trout will bite one day on the flats and gone the next. Either way, when I catch keeper trout on the flats with 56 degree water temperature I feel very lucky.

  • Good time was had at benefit dinner

    Robinson's Restaurant in Rosewood was closed Sunday but you would have hardly known it as folks stood in line out to the parking lot to buy grouper dinners for a fundraiser for charter Capt. Phil Muldrow. All the food and desserts were donated and several hundred folks turned out — including snowbirds from as far away as Ontario, Canada, Wyoming and West Virginia. 

  • Lukens Tract poses dilemma

    Four years ago when the Suwannee River Water Management District was buying the Lukens Tract to prevent it from being developed and to preserve the area’s pristine waters for aquaculture, it cut out 20 acres that had once been home to a dump.

    It’s understandable that the water district did not want to buy into a problem.

    But the water district finds itself snagged in another problem.

  • Community Calendar for the week of 2-04-16



    Free Yoga

    Monday & Wednesday – Cedar Key Library (upstairs)

    • 8 a.m. Intermediate Yoga (Level 2) - CDs, no instruction, some experience necessary.

    • 9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga (Level 1) – CDs and/or instructor assisted when possible.

    Tuesday & Thursdays - Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)

    • 9 a.m. Gentle Yoga (instructor assisted)

    Friday – Cedar Key Library (upstairs)

  • The raccoons did it (maybe)

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.