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  • 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.

  • City of Cedar Key CRA, LPA and Commission updates

    Community Redevelopment Agency

    Chairperson Royce Nelson provided confirmation of the city of Cedar Key’s payment of $395,060 to SunTrust Bank, the principal due for April 15, 2017 was $226,538 and the interest of $168,522 due as of Jan. 12.

    The county Tax Increment Financing payment to Cedar Key due Jan. 1 was late by four days. The Florida statute stating the penalty and interest for late payment was reviewed. A motion was made to request payment for the penalty. It was also agreed that these funds would be applied to April’s payment as principal.

  • Stanley honored as Certified Agricultural Associate

    Cedar Key tenth-grade ag student Zander Stanley has recently become a Certified Agricultural Associate through the Agricultural Education Services and Technology program. This certification will help Zander in college readiness and in his career. He is the first student from CK School to take this exam. This spring, 24 eighth- and ninth-grade ag students will take this exam at Cedar Key and hope to have as much success as Zander.

  • Workout on the Waterfront to raise awareness to pollution

    Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for Feb. 24.

    The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts.

    Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit the public aquarium at NCBS, Cedar Key School and the annual Cedar Key International Coastal Cleanup.

  • Proposed seasonal closure of waters surrounding Snake Key

    The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is exploring a seasonal closure of Snake Key’s near-shore waters out to 100 yards to protect nesting birds from March 1 to June 30, mirroring the former closure at Seahorse Key.

    A public notification process will gather input on the proposed closure for 2018.

  • Tix on sale for Feb. 17 STARS Gala fundraiser

    The annual Levy County Schools Foundation STARS Gala event is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at the Bronson Middle High School. The semiformal evening will start with mingling and hors d’oeuvres at 5 pm with dinner and program starting at 6 pm.

  • Superintendent warns of amendment proposals threatening local control

    Levy County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Edison is weary of state amendment proposals that are in the pipeline that would limit local control for school boards, and he cautioned the Levy County Commission that those measures are part of an overall trend from state leadership that is likely to affect local government.