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  • FWC changes oyster tong rule

    Prompted by pending changes in oyster harvesting regulations that will greatly reduce the amount of time oysters can be harvested during summer months, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has amended a rule that will give oystermen a little extra time each morning.

    The new rule allows harvesters to stow their oyster tongs on vessels before dawn, which gives them opportunity to travel early to an oyster bar and begin work at sunrise.

    Currently, oyster harvesting is permitted between sunrise and sunset in Florida.

  • Cedar Key clams and oysters are safe

    Cedar Key's most imminent risk is not oil in the waters, Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida Aquaculture Extension Agent, said after a briefing Tuesday.

    “The biggest risk right now is losing market. We don’t want people to be afraid of the seafood. It’s safe,” Sturmer said. “Our growers, our harvesters, our wholesalers, our buyers and our consumers need to know – our seafood is safe. We don’t have oil here.”

  • DOT official braves commission

    What if you gave a city three new dearly desired bridges then took them back? Would you want to meet with their officials?

    No one would have blamed Jordan Green, rural area transportation development engineer for District 2 of the state Department of Transportation, if he had worn a flak jacket when he appeared before the Levy County Commission on Tuesday.

  • County has new economic developer, office

    Cedar Key Councilman Pat O'Neal was introduced as the new director of the Nature Coast Business Development Council and the Enterprize Zone Development Agency to the Levy County Commission by representatives of the two agencies.

    The introduction came during the commission's regular meeting on Tuesday. And it did not take long before he needed something from the commission.

  • Sheriff reorganizes office, promotes one to major

    Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has reorganized his department in the wake of the retirement of Chief Deputy Mike Johnson in February.

    The chief deputy position, which paid about $85,000 annually, is being abolished and the Sheriff's Office will be broken into two distinct units headed by majors.

    Capt. Evan Sullivan, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, is being promoted to major to head the Division of Law Enforcement, while Maj. Mike Sheffield, who has headed the County Jail,  will continue to be over the Corrections Division.

  • Run-off election for Cedar Key Commission set for May 25

  • U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite drops out of re-election race

    U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has dropped out of her GOP primary campaign to seek re-election citing health reasons and endorsed Hernando County Sheriff Richard B. Nugent in the race for the 5th Congressional District.

    Brown-Waite's Washington, D.C., office confirmed the email sent out this morning was authentic and that the congresswoman would serve out her term until January 2011.

    Brown-Waite's office issued the following statements by the two.

    Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite:

  • Gingrich aide gives Levy GOP "red-meat" speech

    Rick Tyler, spokesman for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and co-counder of ReAL — Renewing American Leadership, said he felt a little intimidated to be speaking to a group whose last speaker was U.S. Senate Candidate Marco Rubio.

    Tyler spoke to the annual Lincoln-Reagan Memorial Dinner, hosted by the Levy County Republican Executive Committee, on April 23 in Chiefland.  About 80 people attended the dinner.

  • City news briefs

    Officials vote:  Helmets and IDs a must

    Skate boarders who use the Delma Locke Skate Park will soon be required to wear protective helmets displaying a city-issued identification sticker.

    The City Commission voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of the new regulation, which will be displayed on a new sign at the park.

    City Manager Grady Hartzog said the new rule would allow the city to stay in compliance with standards set by the city’s liability insurance provider.

  • Pot discovered in Chiefland home

    A closet in a child’s bedroom may have been used for growing marijuana, according to a report filed during an investigation by the Levy County Drug Task Force and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

    On April 23, the Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at 7551 NW 95th St., Chiefland following several years of investigation that including alleged drug sales to a confidential source by James V. Boatright.