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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Jim Crow of another form

    It was just a short time ago that an appeals court in Florida ruled that the Sunshine clause in the state Constitution did not require councils and commissions of counties and municipalities to take public comment during meetings that were required to be open to the public.

    The Legislature stepped in and in 2013 told local governing bodies they had to take public comment and to formulate a policy to address the issue.

  • Climate change should not be a political issue
  • Biological Station a part of community

    By Jack Payne

    jackpayne@ufl.edu

    The Nature Coast is a paradise for scientists because it poses so many fascinating riddles: What happened to the birds on Seahorse Key? Can we raise Sunray Venus clams? How does swimming with humans affect manatees? Could the Gulf oil spill affect the fishing for spotted seatrout?

  • Good deed in the Refuge

    The graffiti that detracted from the beautiful refuge vistas on the Dixie Mainline bridge over Sanders creek in the Lower Suwannee Refuge, was recently whitewashed over by an anonymous good citizen.

    The Friends of the Refuge group and Refuge staff extend a heartfelt thank you to those good folks. We can all pitch in to help the refuges manage, protect, and preserve these natural communities for all wildlife while providing for quality outdoor recreational experiences for all of us.

  • 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.

  • To the Levy County 4-H Family

    I am retiring as County Extension Director and 4-H Agent after 38-plus years of service to the University of Florida and a total of 42 years with USDA. My official retirement date is Jan. 31.

    I have been planning retirement for well over a year but more definitely in the last 2 months. I officially announced it to the University and to the County on Jan. 15.

  • Good weather and good fishing make good times

    Hey everyone hope you all are enjoying this awesome weather. It's full on fall and it is feeling good.

    The fish are changing along with the weather as well. It's looking really nice for this weekend's Festival. It's some of the nicest weather of the year and can be some of the best fishing as well.

      We have some of the nicest folks from around the world visiting our lil town this week.

  • Pirate 'n' fish galore

    Hello to all the Cedar Key followers and the visiting invasive Pirates.

    I hope everyone enjoys this li'l shot of cool air and lack of rain. It should be the nicest week of the fall to this point. And I imagine that most, as myself, welcome it.