Today's News

  • Trucks vs. pedestrians

    The city commission voted Tuesday to send a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Commission supporting a grant request to study oysters in the area.

    Commissioner Sue Colson, who is active in aquaculture, explained that Dr. Bill Pine and Dr. Peter Frederick, researchers at University of Florida and Cedar Key property owners, have been working with local oysterman gathering information about the condition of oyster habitat in the surrounding waters for some months.

  • Behind the scenes

    Remember the smell of caps when you were growing up? You know, the paper strand that you unrolled and then whacked with a hammer? It made a pop and had a cool smell? Now, multiply that smell by 100 and that sound by 10,000.  That is what happens when the fireworks are going off - up close and personal.  

    Starting Sunday afternoon, Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson unpacked the fireworks that were delivered earlier in the week and sorted them by size into several metal garbage cans.

  • County budget shrinking with revenues

    Levy County is only expecting to receive $21,092,968 in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, and on Monday heard spending requests totaling $20,811,999.

  • Anglers can help FWCwith snapper research

    Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) request angler assistance with a research project focusing on red snapper caught in Florida offshore waters. This project will provide fisheries researchers and managers with vital catch-and-release survival information needed for assessing the status of this important recreational fishery.

  • Gettin’ back to fishin’ after missing last week

    Hey everybody, sorry for missing last week. I spent most of the week out of town and not on the water. A fishing report that is made up, not really my style. 

    This week I was able to wet a boat four days. I went to the Waccassassa River one day, Horseshoe Beach one day and the Suwannee River and my backyard good ol’ Cedar Key.

  • Cedar Key, home of the ‘Hazwoper’

    Cedar Key is now the home of the Hazwoper. What-woper? HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response.

  • Big blue marina has new owners

    What is commonly known as the “big blue marina” on State Road 24 is now under ownership of a couple who were customers but now are putting their personal touch on the place.

    Santa and John Blouse, who are originally from Maryland, moved to Ocala in 1994 and began a heating and air conditioning business. But John Blouse kept feeling the lure of the water. The couple would come to Cedar Key as much as possible, eventually starting Hooked-Up Charters in 2006 and storing their boat at the Cedar Key Marina.

  • Don’t ask, don’t smell - a visit to the Cedar Key Sewer Treatment Plant

    Next time you flush your toilet, give a silent thank-you to the men who work at the Cedar Key Sewage Treatment Plant and be glad it is them, and not you, who work there.

    Then, thank them again when you see them around town.

    A tour of the plant on Tuesday by the proud manager, Jack Hotalling, revealed more than any resident would ever want to know, see or smell about the facility.

  • Voracious reader scores perfect on FCAT

    Book publishers can’t keep up with Heather Denton, 14, who plows through piles of books every week. But, she is prepared and has a “pretty big collection of books.”

  • City Commission denies garbage rate increase

    A request by WastePro, the city's garbage and recycling provider, to change their contract by adding an almost 4 percent “cost of living” increase was denied by the City Commission Tuesday night. However, the commission left the door open for discussions about other ways the city and the company can save money.

    Public Works Director Josh Wilson gave a presentation that demon- strated the cost savings and increases in recycling rates over the past 10 months.