Local News

  • District offers $1,000 reward for information about sabotaged watermain

    The Cedar Key Water and Sewer District board is offering a $1000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest and conviction for the person or persons responsible for the sabotaged watermain on Airport Road.

  • New garbage system delayed

    Originally planned for a July start, Curbside recycling and the unit-based pricing with trash-carts provided by Waste Pro has been pushed back to August 1. The carts are on order and will not be available in time for the July implementation.

  • Yearty sentenced to federal prison

    Third-generation County Commissioner Sammy Yearty has ordered to serve 33 months in federal prison followed by three years probation and pay $10,300 in fines for soliciting and accepting a part of a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer and lying to the FBI about it. Yearty, who has held office since being appointed in 1978 by t

  • Run-off election set for May 25It's a tie!

  • Clam farming industry prepares for oil spill impacts

    The clam farming community met last week to begin preparing for potential oil spill impacts.  Following is a summary of topics discussed. 


    Shellfish is Safe

  • Cedar Key clams and oysters are safe

    Cedar Key's most imminent risk is not oil in the waters, Leslie Sturmer, University of Florida Aquaculture Extension Agent, said after a briefing Tuesday.

  • Oil Spill update

    Department of Environmental Protection, as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively participating in the Deepwater Horizon response and provided the following summary on Saturday. 

  • Parker spared prison time

     Suspended Levy County Commissioner Tony Parker was sentenced to six months house arrest, five years probation and 500 hours of community service on Wednesday afternoon by Federal Chief District Judge Stephan P. Mickle.

    Parker, along with Commission Chair Sammy Yearty was convicted of soliciting and accepting a $10,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent posing as a developer. Yearty was also convicted of lying to the FBI during an interview and will be sentenced  on May 5.

  • Good NewsLevy unemployment rate down

    The news was good for job seekers in Levy County in March as the jobless rate dropped to 13.5 percent, down from February's rate of 14.2 percent.

    That means out of 16,633 people in the civilian labor force, 14,390 were employed and 2,243 were unemployed.

    It's the first good news on the county's job front since October 2009 when the rate was 12.4 percent. The county's unemployment rate has sat stubbornly above 12 percent since July 2009.

  • Cedar Key is growing

    New business openings and business expansions in Cedar Key mark a trend that defies the current climate of recession, giving the island community more variety for consumers and a dose of economic hope.  In this multi-part series, the Beacon examines more than a dozen businesses located on the major arteries of State Road 24, 2nd Street and Dock Street that have opened or expanded on the island since last summer. The Cedar Closet, a clothing store located on SR24, opened in November and has been steadily increasing its inventory ever since.