Local News

  • 1830: first Florida census

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    The Federal government has conducted a census or account of its population every year since 1790. In that year the census takers, who were U.S. Marshals on horseback, counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
    Why did the government undertake such a huge project? As America expanded, the nation’s interests grew more complex and the government needed to plan for that new growth.

  • Conservation Corner: We’re our children’s first teachers

    By Eileen Bowers
    As parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and other childhood mentors, we are our children’s first teachers.  The question is, what lessons do we want them to learn about living more earth-friendly lives?


  • Cedar Key Everlasting event Saturday


    Special to the Beacon

  • Community Calendar for the week of March 29


    Tourist board meets
    The Levy County Tourist Development Council will have its bi-monthly meeting Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m.
    at the  Levy County Visitors Bureau, 620 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson. The meeting is open to the public.


    Annual yard sale at CK Museum
    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Cedar Key Museum State Park will host the Friends of Cedar Key State Park’s annual fundraising yard sale on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1.

  • No April’s fool - recycling to return

    Levy County Coordinator Fred Moody says he is looking to restart the county's recycling program next week.
    County officials have been waiting on the contract from the state Department of Corrections officials that will allow the county to use 14 women inmates from Lowell Correctional Institution.
    In an email on Tuesday afternoon Moody said, “We are in hopes of getting back up to speed next week as they had indicated earlier the first of April, and that still looks good.”

  • Sidewalks, Shell Pile and Halloween top city’s actions

    FFA member on her way
    to state competition

  • Attempt to rescue pelican proves futile

    After a young couple sitting on the deck of the Black Dog noticed the injured Brown Pelican sitting on the ruins behind Seabreeze restaurant, there have been several attempts the past couple of days to catch the bird in order to bring it to a rehabilitation clinic.
    Among the rescuers is Cedar Key Public Works Director Josh Wilson, Tidewater Tours, FWC Officer Andrew, John Fields and others. So far, the pelican has eluded capture.

  • Going green on St. Patty’s

    Twelve Cedar Key Lions took being green to heart on St. Patrick’s Day,
    collecting 150 lbs. of roadside trash on the Lions’ two mile stretch of Adopt-a-Road on Rt. 24 leading into Cedar Key. Lions doing their part are, from left: Teri Brennan, Judy Duvall, Ralph Selby, Dale Register, Susan Hollandsworth, Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor, Bob Piscura, Judy Howerton, Roland Senecal and George Sresovich. (Not pictured is Rory Brennan).

  • Shark News for March 22

    Students and Healthy Eating

    Taryn Epperson and Montana Beckham
    Shark Correspondents
    The Florida Department of Agriculture has asked students to participate in the annual poster decorating project.

  • Cedar Key Woman’s Club does it again

    By Eileen Senecal
    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on March 15, entertaining over 150 women.  The ladies just can’t be beat with their efforts to support local charities and raise funds for the scholarship for a Cedar Key young lady graduate.