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  • UF President visits Shell Mound

    Pictured, left to right, are Dr. Jack Payne UF/IFAS vice president, Dr. Mike Allen, director of NCBS, Dr. Kent Fuchs, president of University of Florida and Dr. Ken Sassaman, professor of Florida Archaeology Department of Anthropology visiting Shell Mound.

  • Bringing biological station to school

    Staff from the Nature Coast Biological Station visited Cedar Key School on Monday, May 23, sharing with students a unique species of Alligator Snapping Turtle found in the Suwannee River. 

    Students were inquisitive and interested in the talk from biologist Travis Thomas, who works with NCBS.  Thomas received his masters in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida and previously worked for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

  • Cedar Key clams at Leonardo's 706

    Leonardo's 706 on University Avenue in Gainesville is proudly touting on their menu that they serve fresh Cedar Key clams to their customers. They are in an appetizer and in seafood dishes like this boubaisse entree.

    Where have you seen our local clams making an appearance? Drop us a note along with a photo of how they were used to editor@cedarkeybeacon.com.

  • Memorial Day Ceremonies in Levy County

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    Ceremonies have moved this year from the Cedar Key Cemetery to City Park on Saturday, May 28, at 1 p.m. Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner is the speaker at the ceremony. Ivan Chubb, veterans representative and a chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville, is organizing the event. The honor guard from AMVETS 444 in Williston will participate.

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  • FWC continues search for missing boater

    Staff Report

    The search for the boater missing near Cedar Key continues on after the Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday morning and handed recovery efforts over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

    According to a press release, Gilbert Valdes, 54, from Eldersburg, Md. was reported missing Friday night, along with his brother, Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Va. and friend Bruce Smith from Alachua. The Coast Guard rescued Garrick Valdes and Smith from their capsized 23-foot boat Saturday morning.

  • Brightening spirits with Field Day

    Cedar Key students had fun in competitive games at Field Day.

  • Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Cedar Key

    YANKEETOWN, Fla. - The Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater aboard a 23-foot boat near Cedar Key, Florida, after rescuing two men from the boat Saturday.

    Missing is a 54-year-old man from Elders Bird, Maryland. Rescued was Garrick Valdes, 50, from Locust Grove, Virginia, and Bruce Smith from Alachua, Florida.

    At 10:05 p.m., Friday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Florida, received a report stating the three men had left Alachua at 5:30 a.m. via truck and trailer and never returned.

  • County updates dangerous dog ordinance

    An increase in the serious threat of unprovoked dog attacks involving residents, domestic animals and livestock has prompted the Levy County Commission to update its dangerous dog ordinance and revive an animal services panel to hear appeals of dogs deemed dangerous.

  • Cedar Key oysters make Flavors of Florida menu

    Faculty, administrators and friends of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences now know even more about the fine foods and beverages produced by UF/IFAS faculty after the annual May 9 Flavors of Florida event.

    Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources, commended faculty and thanked friends for attending.

  • Seahorsing Around

    By Teri Bremman

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club seized the opportunity to experience “sea life” in a new perspective.

    As guests of the UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab community outreach efforts, thirteen members of the CKWC recently visited Seahorse Key.   Accompanied by Maria Sgambati, representing the UF Seahorse Key Marine Lab., Jessica Long, from the UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, and Capt. Kenny McCain at the helm, the CKWC field trip proved to be as fun as it was informative.