Local News

  • 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    The hours are from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Cedar Key Arts Center is the coordinating sponsor of this event. This events was named one of the top ten arts festivals in America in 2016.

    For information visit cederkeyartscenter.org.

  • Cedar Key City Gala raises $4,000 for Cedar Key Youth Program

    By Pat Bonish

    The Cedar Key Community Center was the spot to be March 6 on the quiet little island as the first Cedar Key City Gala was hosted to a sold-out crowd. With hope this will be the start of an annual event to help raise money for the Cedar Key Youth Program, a program that has been continuously running for more than 70 years.

    This first event raised $4,000 with ticket sales and more in donations from those in the audience. A silent auction only added to the youth programs.

  • CF hosts Preview Night for future enrollees

    The College of Central Florida Levy Campus held its Preview Night March 1 for students looking to continue their education at the local campus.

    Attendees had their $30 admission fees waived for their participation.

    Workshops were available for prospective students, offering guidance on topics like financial aid, dual enrollment, CF student life and registration.

  • Cedar Key Arts Festival makes Top 10

    The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was once again named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey. That’s top 10-squared, 100 more reasons to attend this year’s celebration March 24- 25. The OFCA has also received, for three times in the last four years, national recognition as one of the Top Five Small Town Art Shows. That about sums up traveling to the tiny Gulf Coast town of Cedar Key for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival a trip worth a 1000-times over.

    Experience Old World Florida in an intimate venue

  • CKS students complete boat training

    A team of volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gave up their day on Feb. 26 to help Cedar Key School students in the first S.A.L.T. course complete the comprehensive Boating Skills and Seamanship Course.

  • Gym makeover bolstered by Lowe’s donation

    Profound changes for the Cedar Key School gym began to take shape Feb. 28 when representatives from Lowe’s traveled to the campus to deliver a check for $24,945.15.

    That grant money will soon become new windows, a critical step in the process to install air conditioning in the historic building.

    Parent Teacher Organization President Lisa Custer, who applied for the Lowe’s grant, and city council woman Sue Colson, who worked on the project, accepted the check on behalf of the PTO, which will be financially responsible for the project.

  • Workout on Water

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences couldn’t have asked for better weather Saturday, Feb. 24 for the second annual Workout on the Waterfront in Cedar Key. The town bustled with plenty of visitors for UF/IFAS to raise awareness about the impact of plastic pollution, a type of marine debris affecting the gulf and all bodies of water.

  • CK open house educates on a range of environmental topics

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s open house Feb. 22, held at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, was a chance for residents to learn about the purpose and history behind the environmental regulations and restoration efforts that affect Cedar Key and the surrounding area.

    And while environmental regulations might not sound like sexiest of topics, the morning and midday event was a hit by all accounts, with around 80 attendees, proving again that Cedar Key citizen are passionate about its ecological standing.

  • Annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Hand-crafted bowls by our local potters, Amy and Henry Gernhardt, with additional bowls by Dean Counselman and Tom Guirl, Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center. Takeout orders are available. Every dollar raised goes to Cedar Key Community Food Pantry. Our local food pantry currently serves 61 families per week. Donations encouraged. Please dig deep and be generous with your donation. Come enjoy soup, salad and dessert. “Special” bowls by Amy, Henry, Dean and Tom will be available for silent auction.

  • CKS 2018 Royal Court

    Cedar Key School held announced its 2018 homecoming royal court Jan. 26, during halftime of the boys’ thrilling, last-minute win over Branford.

    Mackenzie Kirkbride was named Homecoming Queen, and Grayson Yearty was announced as King. Tyler Wynans and Hadley Williams joined the pair as Prince and Princess, respectively.

    The other Queen candidates included: Whitney Neal and Dakota Phillips. The remaining King candidates were: Trevor Ryan; Joey Lewandowski; Jacob Pitts; Terrence Doty; Devin Stottlemyre and Austin Minehart.