• UF/IFAS scientist digging into artichokes as alternative crop

    While California grows 99 percent of the nation’s artichokes, the edible plant high in antioxidants might get a chance to grow in the Sunshine State, if a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher gets good results from his field trials.

    Artichokes flourish in a cool environment, so a warm winter might present an obstacle for Florida growers. Artichokes generally require at least 250 cumulative hours below 50 degrees for bud formation. Therefore, flowering must be artificially induced to produce artichokes in Florida.

  • Cedar Key clam sighting

    Cedar Key clams were seen being served and promoted at Pomodoro restaurant in Gainesville recently.

    They are used in the daily special and on the regular menu. 

  • ‘Introduction to the oyster culture industry’ workshop set for April 4

    The University of Florida IFAS Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture is offering a workshop on the oyster culture industry in the northeastern U.S.

  • Chamber sponsors Gathering Place ribbon cutting

    While some folks may talk gloom and doom, things are looking up in Cedar Key where the Chamber of Commerce recently sponsored a ribbon cutting for a new business, The Gathering Place at Cedar Key, a family-owned business at 434 Second Street. 

  • Faraway Inn invests in renovations

    Faraway Inn owners Oliver and Doreen Bauer are pleased to announce the completion of Phase II of their room remodeling plans scheduled for 2013 and 2014.  Faraway Inn units are now decorated in a handsome rustic pine motif that complements the uniqueness of each of their 12-units. All units have been upgraded to flat screen TVs. Additions include new local Cedar Key framed wall art scenes for décor and to help support the local artist co-ops and Chamber of Commerce. 

  • Aquaculture sales top $69 million in 2012

    Tallahassee – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services announced the 2012 Florida aquaculture survey showed $69 million in aquaculture sales in the state last year.

  • Unemployment in Levy County drops below 8%

    March brought good news on the job front as the unemployment rate for Levy County dropped to a level not seen since July 2008 — 7.6 percent, according to a press release from Workforce Connection, the county's labor agency. 

  • Faraway Inn treats area children to Easter

    The Faraway Inn's owners, Doreen and Oliver Bauer, greeted 60-70 children and their parents on Easter for a free egg hunt on the grounds.

    The Awesome Wonderful Easter Egg Hunt at Faraway Inn entertained the children with face painting, glittering and tattooing, along with lunch.

    Face Art was by by Lois Traverso-Hewel of Dizzy Izzy's Face and Body Painting.

    The Easter Bunny also made an appearance and did photos with the children. Helping out in the celebration were members from the Pirates in Paradise. 

  • New karate school to offer scholarships

    Many martial arts businesses are run by instructors who learned from American instructors who never studied outside of their state, let alone traveled across the globe to train with karate masters in Asia. Chiefland’s new True Path Karate Rendokan will be the first in our area taught by a life-long student of Okinawas’s Grand Master (10th degree) Eizo Shimabuku.  

  • Chamber announces President’s Awards

     In addition to announcing new members to its board, the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce honored members of the community with its prestigious President’s Awards.

    Members of the chamber voted in new leadership last week at the Chamber’s annual meeting. Those members included: Bruce Wilson, president; Peter Stefani, vice president; Jon Manning, secretary/treasurer; George Oakley, director; Ken Bryant, director; Bill Heckler, director; Captain Doug Maple, director; and Andrea Dennison, past president.