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  • Do you know a veteran?

    The Cedar Key Beacon will be publishing a section on Nov. 6 in tribute to the men and women who have fought for and endeavored to preserve a free America.

    To include your veteran or service member, please send or drop off his or her photo (in uniform, preferably) and other information with the accompanying form to our office.

    The deadline is Oct. 31.

  • Atsena Otie gets 'signed'

    Readying for the fall influx of visitors to the Cedar Key National Wildlife Rufuge, George Pelt and Deputy Manager Larry Woodward are sprucing up Atsena Otie.
    Last week, they installed a new, eye-catching sign identifying the historic island. Often, visitors don’t realize they are paddling or motoring by 13 islands that are Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, public lands “where wildlife comes first.”

  • Seafood festival fast approaching
  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.
    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.
    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.

  • Artistic achievement

    Isabella Walters placed fourth in a national art contest held in Ohio by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Eagles came by CKS to present her a check and congratulate her on her achievement.

  • Register now for Oct. 18 Seafood Festival Parade

    Join the parade at the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

  • The bridges are coming!

    When last anyone heard about the bridges of Cedar Key it was to explain how three bridges on the island’s main traffic arteries – one on C/Dock Street and two on Gulf Boulevard leading to the airport – were not going to be reconstructed but possibly rebuilt.

  • Right brain, left brain or stuck in the middle

    By Bev Ringenberg
    Special to the Beacon

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.