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  • Cedar Key Community Garden stands as tribute to City’s unique charm

    The Cedar Key Community Garden, located on 2nd Street by the Island Hotel, recently had a Fall cleanup doing the usual garden maintenance activities.

    Things like renewing the mulch around the beds, pruning vegetation, putting more compost in beds that had settled. The communal transplant bed was planted with seed for cool weather crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, beets, collards, etc.

    In about three weeks, all the garden members will then share the transplants, which will shorten the time to harvest. We got a lot done.

  • CKS first-quarter honor roll

    Congratulations to the hardworking Shark scholars who made the All-A or All-A/B honor rolls for the first nine weeks of school.

    Grade 6, All A’s – Kaylie Lauer; Alyssa McCain. Grade 6, A/B – Brianna Dolan; Adriana Girlder; Anna Keller; Lori Moser; Justice Winfield.

    Grade 7, All A’s – Kendall Bailey; Alexis Crum. Grade 7, A/B – Garrett Campbell; Allie Collins; Audrey Collins; Alessio DiBari; Baylie Doty; Tori Fisher; Tamela Greenhaw; Tanner Parks; Haiden Simpson.

  • Register for fall workshops

    The Cedar Key Arts Center’s Fall Workshops are now open for registration. Everyone is welcome to attend and you do not need to be a CKAC member. You can register at the Cedar Keyhole or by contacting the workshop instructor directly. For more information go to CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.

    November workshops include:

  • Lone Cabbage Key restoration planned

    By Rebecca Gallagher
    Beacon Correspondent

    UF/IFAS held a forum Oct. 26 to discuss a project to restore an oyster reef known as Lone Cabbage Key. The project is a collaborative effort with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the University of Florida.

  • 2017 Seafood Festival Parade Provides Fun for All

    By Lion Steve Rosenthal, Parade Committee Chairman

    The 2017 Cedar Key Seafood Festival kicked off Saturday morning with one of its perennial favorites - the Parade down First Street and Dock Street.

  • Vote for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    Please help the Cedar Key Arts Center and Cedar Key community by voting for the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts in ArtFairCalendar.com's annual survey.

    Last year the event was named one of the Top Ten Art Fairs in America. Being on this list helps attract top artists and art enthusiasts to our annual Spring Arts Festival which in turn helps participating non-profit groups and local businesses in addition to the Cedar Key Arts Center, which serves as the coordinating sponsor.

  • CKS students prepare for Pumpkin Catapult Olympics

    By Whitney Neal

    Members of the CKS Enrichment and Gifted Program tested out their catapults for the Pumpkin Catapult Olympics coming up on Friday. Program members will be competing to see whose catapult can shoot Halloween candy the farthest!

    The catapults were designed and built by the students using popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, rubber bands, and glue. The popsicle sticks provide a wedge to give the catapult momentum. The spoons are candy carriers and the rubber bands and glue are used to hold everything together.

  • CKS Fall Festival Friday, Nov. 3

    Come one, come all - let’s celebrate fall!

    Friday, Nov. 3, is the date for the Cedar Key School Fall Festival.

    From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., kids of all ages will be able to win prizes playing games like ring toss, cake walk, basketball shoot, and more. To make this event affordable, tickets are just $25 apiece, or buy a bracelet for unlimited games on everything except for the cake walk.

  • Cedar Key Local Planning Agency

    By Rebecca Gallagher

    The Cedar Key Local Planning Agency met Tuesday, Oct. 17, to review the city’s comprehensive plan. According to Florida law, a city plan should be reviewed every seven years.

    Sandra Joseph, Senior Planner for North Central Florida Regional Planning Council was on hand to discuss changes in the plan and answer questions.

    Cedar Key’s plan was due the first of August. Most changes in the comprehensive plan were in the wording to make it more understandable to residents.

  • Big Bend Shellfish Trail celebrates grand opening

    The ribbon cutting for the Big Bend Shellfish Trail was held Saturday Oct. 21 at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail and map was designed to promote tourism, show working waterfronts and the natural features of the Big Bend area. The Big Bend Shellfish Trail highlights coastal towns from Steinhatchee to Yankeetown. Maps can be obtained at the Cedar Key Visitor Center.