About Levy County
Levy County, established in 1845, is on the Gulf of Mexico, south of Gainesville and west of Ocala. As part of Florida's "Nature Coast", Levy is home to the Suwannee River and many square miles of forests, marshlands, and a long Gulf Coast coastline.
Bronson, Levy’s county seat, serves as a "bedroom community" for the city of Gainesville, 25 miles to the east. Williston serves as a "bedroom community" for two communities, Gainesville, 20 miles northeast, and Ocala, approximately the same distance to the southeast. Chiefland is an agricultural community located in northern Levy County on U.S. 19 (The Georgia Florida Parkway). Cedar Key, located on an island in the Gulf of Mexico, has a K-12 school which has been designated as an isolated school. Yankeetown, also located on the gulf in southwest Levy County, transports its high school students to Dunnellon High in Marion County. This is because of the distance Yankeetown is located from the nearest Levy community with a high school. Levy County has a total of 12 school sites located within the five communities.
Cedar Key, which was originally the west coast terminal of the first cross-Florida railway, is a beautiful holiday and vacation area for those looking for excellent fishing or a look at some restful sunsets.
The area's marshes and shallow seas are among nature's grandest nurseries, hosting seabirds, shore birds, ocean life and numerous estuarine species.
Between Yankeetown to the south and Cedar Key, a limited-access area covers 31,000 acres of wetlands in the Waccasassa Bay State Preserve. The area offers camping, canoeing, and fishing in one of the most wildly beautiful settings in the state.
Commercial fishing is the leading industry in the Yankeetown-Inglis and Cedar Key areas, and forestry represents an industry of more than $7 million a year in the county. There are more than 40,000 head of beef cattle and calves in the county. Three commercial dairies are located in the county. Agriculture is diversified, with the harvesting of corn, peanuts, grain, and sorghum. Principal truck crops include watermelon, cucumbers, squash, and peppers.
Williston, the county's largest town, has enjoyed a renewal of its downtown area through the efforts of local businesses. The Williston area offers a variety of recreational and residential amenities, including golfing, skydiving, and spring diving, while retaining a comfortable small-town atmosphere.
There are five communities in Levy County with schools that serve a student population of approximately 6,200 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Throughout the years, Levy County has had the opportunity to employ dedicated administrators, teachers, support personnel, and parental and business support which has contributed greatly to the success of students.
Levy County and the Nature Coast is an area with a rich history and a bright future. It is committed to creating one of the best school systems in the state, and provides opportunity for education professionals to make a meaningful contribution in a supportive, creative environment.