Local News

  • Snapper season to end July 15

    Just a reminder for those anglers who love red snapper and its relatives:

    The 2013 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters will close to harvest on Monday, July 15. The last day the season will be open is Sunday, July 14.  

  • O'Neal leaving commission for W.Va. job

    Pat O'Neal has announced his resignation from the City Commission effective July 17 to accept a job as lead economic development specialist for the Small Business Administration in Clarksburg, W. Va.

    He announced the move in an email and tendered his resignation at Tuesday's combined Community Redevelopment Agency-City Commission meeting. 

    O'Neal won election to the commission in May after losing his seat to Dale Register in 2011 after serving three terms. He has also served as mayor of Cedar Key and as emergency manager for the island. 

  • The Clown Prince

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

  • Cedar Key light station to open this weekend

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host the free Seahorse Key Open House event this Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates the fledging of the nearly 15 species of young birds born on the rookery island this spring.  Access to island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

  • Community Calendar the week of July 4


  • New nests feathered

    Jim Rodgers had hoped for picturesque skies and easy tides out on the water a few weeks ago at Cedar Key, but the reality of what had blown in set him ill at ease and ready to call it a day.

  • Fourth festivities

    Thanks to the generosity of Cedar Key business and home owners, the Annual Firework Display will take place on July 4 at dusk (between 9–9:15 p.m.) from Cemetery Point.

  • Flood watch issued for Levy County

     A flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service as the county is predicted to receive "in the neighborhood of 3-4 inches of rain" this week, Mark Johnson, Levy County Emergency Management director, said in a phone interview before noon Monday.

    By lunchtime, Johnson had an update: The NWS was going to issue a flood warning and was predicting 3-5 inches of rain.

  • Scallop season to open early on Saturday

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has granted a request to open the state's scallop season two days early — On Saturday, June 29—  made late Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott.

    The scallop season was scheduled to open on Monday, July 1. 

  • Florida pro athletes help students get free SAT, ACT prep programs

     Cedar Key families who need to prepare a student to take the SAT and ACT to gain entrance to college are getting free help from pro athletes who call Florida home.