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Today's News

  • city election laws getting a look

     The Cedar Key City Commission has instructed its attorney to give the local election laws a once over and recommend any changes and at least one resident has a suggestion for one change.

    The commission, which took up the matter on Jan. 6, noted that changes need to be adopted by Feb. 20 in order to take effect for the May elections. 

    But at least one item was recommended by former City Commissioner Scott Dennison who asked that it look into codifying a residency requirement. 

  • No ice machine for the marina

    Motel and golf cart rental owner George Oakley was rebuffed by the city commission on his proposal to lease an island of land on the north side of the city marina area where the portable bathrooms are to locate an ice vending machine. 

    Instead, the commission suggested he look at putting the machine on the corner of his property at A Street by 1st Street, even though he said it could cause traffic problems with motorists who trailer their boats when they stop to fill up their coolers.  

  • Friction on the tower

     Former City Commissioner Scott Dennison and Mayor Dale Register rubbed each other the wrong way during a discussion about progress on siting a new cell phone and Internet broadband tower for the city. 

    Dennison took advantage of the public comment time in the commission meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to ask about the Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on construction of a 150 foot tower by the city's water tank in front of Cedar Key School. 

  • If your resolution is to catch a bigger fish, now's the time

     Happy, happy, happy New Year’s resolution week. We all have something that we would like to be better in life. And if you don’t think you do – well, that might be your answer: admitting there’s an issue cause I promise there’s something. I hope we all prosper in our goals and make 2015 a year to brag about.

  • Standoff on political signs

    A Camp Azalea resident was rebuffed in her attempt to have the Levy County Commission enforce rules on political signs still standing along roadways. 

    Toni Collins complained at a December commission meeting about the signs still up from the Nov. 4 general election and gave indications it was a candidate who lost the election. 

    Collins was back at the first commission meeting of the year to complain again about political signage.

  • Community calendar week of 1-8-15

     January

     

    Collector's show planned

  • Cedar Key School earns a 'B'

    The state has issued performance grades for the Levy County School District and the county's four high schools for the 2013-2014 school year – last year – and the news can be possibly confusing for parents who want to judge the quality of local schools. 

  • Coming home

     It's time to renew old friendships and make new ones as the Cedar Key School gears up for its homecoming activities.

    A parade at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 gets things underway. All parade participants will line up along G Street at 3:30 p.m.

    Everyone is invited to participate – residents, businesses, civic groups – because organizers say the bigger the better.

  • Manatee deaths down in 2014

     Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.

    As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.

  • Good news for county in 2014

    January

    Unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in November, 

    The Supervisor of Elections office removed a mailbox from its lawn after the Florida Secretary of State said ballots can only be received in the supervisor's office. 

    County workers got a 2 percent pay increase that was back dated to Oct. 1, 2013. That was on top of a 3 percent increase they received 7 months earlier.