Today's News

  • Suwannee water district approves millage, budget

    The Suwannee River Water Management District held the first of two public hearings to discuss the tentative budget and millage rate for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

    The tentative budget is $43,335,921 and the tentative roll-back millage rate is 0.4104. The tentative budget represents a 6.8 percent reduction over the current budget. The roll-back millage rate is the rate that generates the same amount of property tax revenues as approved for the previous fiscal year.

  • Auction helps chamber

    Bidding was lively at the Annual Labor Day Auction that benefits the Greater Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce.

    Leslie Valen, director of the chamber, said,, “I thank all of the visitors and locals who showed up to support it. We were able to get pretty active bidding.”

    Dakotah Winery of Chiefland kept the wine flowing and Steamers restaurant provided the snacks.

    “We changed it to the community center this year and got good attendance,” Valen said. The community center offers more seating and display area for the annual auction.

  • 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday

    The Cedar Key portion of the 30th Annual International Coastal Cleanup will be Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at noon.

  • UF confirms motel purchase

    You may have noticed the recent sale of the Gulf Side Motel in Cedar Key, located on 1st Street.  This site was purchased by The University of Florida, and will serve as a hub for research, teaching and public education in the region.

    The facility will house the new Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) which will include an experimental shellfish hatchery, and will serve as a land-based facility to support the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory.   Renovations to the site are being planned.  

  • Collins will speak on new book about railroad

    In the spring of 1912, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad started to clear land for a right-of-way and lay track for rail line that would run northwesterly from Dunnellon to a point 1.5 miles west of Wilcox. The rail line was expected to be completed by June 30, 1913. The construction of the 50.1 mile rail line changed the face of Levy County.

  • September artist of the month

    The September Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, FL. Bob Goodlett . Bob is the consummate artist of Florida landscapes

    which he creates using oil paints exclusively. He has won numerous awards, including Best in Show at several Art Festivals. Bob’s use of light in his works makes his canvases luminous. To say that he is on of Florida’s best landscape artists is not an exaggeration. All of

    his works are beautifully framed to enhance the art and the prices at the gallery include the framing.

  • FWC working with partners on the 2016 Python Challenge

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Inc. have recruited more partners for the 2016 Python Challenge.

    Lands managed by the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will be part of the competition.

  • Impressive numbers for Cedar Key

    Curbside recycling started in Cedar Key 5 years ago this month and during those five years, Cedar Key has recycled more then 2,100,000 pounds of recycle material. To get a concept of how much recycle material that is, It would be a pile that is 9 feet wide and six feet high on Route 24 from the #4 bridge to 1st Street. Impressive for an island with a population of 700 residents and numerous visitors.

  • Pirates Invasion is only two weeks away

    Bard Productions, the event organizer for the Cedar Key Pirate Invasion, has sent out a reminder that it is less than 8 weeks until the mates set foot in Cedar Key.

    They will be bringing with them, tourists, education, fun and most of all an economic boost during a shoulder season. The invasion is Sept. 18-20.

  • Haven takes on patients placed in limbo

    By Pat Faherty

    and Lou Elliott Jones

    A dispute over a federal audit has led to the suspension of Medicaid payments for about 148 low-income hospice nursing home patients of Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast (HOCC) and Haven Hospice, which serves the same area, has stepped in to provide the necessary care.

    Eight patients have been switched to Haven Hospice, a not for profit provider in the area, but a Haven official said it is estimated that there are 50 patents who could be affected in Haven's service area.