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  • Property taxes could go down this year

    Property values are up a smidgen this year, so the Levy County Commission will be giving property owners a break, tentatively dropping the millage from last year’s 8.3307 to 8.2741 mills.

    The unanimous action by the commissioners came at the end of a budget workshop on Tuesday, said County Coordinator Fred Moody. Property taxes are just one part of the budget picture with grants, fees, penalties and interest on due bills and assessments also being collected. The preliminary county budget is estimated to have $61,953,536 in revenue in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.

  • 'Dear Gov. Scott, CK oysters need help, too'

    While Cedar Key is famed for its sweet, succulent clams, it was the area’s fat, salty oysters that once ruled the shellfish business.

    But they have fallen on hard times, much like their neighbors to the north in Apalachicola Bay and the local waters were depleted by a drought of several years that made the area waters too salty for oysters to thrive and made them vulnerable to disease.

  • Fishing tournament holds third event at CK

    The third event of the Team SeaTow Elite Redfish Challenge 2014, organized by Capt'n Danny Allen,  is in Cedar Key this weekend. The event is expected to bring in a large number of anglers and their boats from around the state.
    Allen, the Cedar Key Beacon's fishing columnist, is holding the event for the second time. The final event in the series will be Aug. 23 in Steinhatchee. Events have already been held at Steinhatchee and Homosassa.  

  • Community Calendar (week of 7-10-14)

    Summer arts program
    The Keyhole Gallery is hosting summer art programs for kids this summer. Teen camps will be in the mornings, and children's programs will be in the afternoons. There is a scholarship program for families that might have trouble financially.
    Registration forms are available in the summer newsletter, at the Keyhole and the Cedar Key School.
    For more information, contact Amy Gernhardt at 352-215-2096, amyjojones4@gmail.com.

    Vacation Bible school

  • The Fourth in Cedar Key
  • Gene Hodges dead at 77

    Cedar Key Mayor Eugene “Gene” Hodges, born into a politically connected family, was the heir to that way of knowing how to get things done for the island community and district that he represented in the Florida House from 1972 to 1988.
    Hodges'  father was a state senator from 1952-62, Senate President and later a lobbyist.
    The son, a lifelong Democrat, made his mark in politics by being smart and likable. He used his quick wit the way a carpenter uses a wood plane — smoothing and finely shaping the final debate.

  • Bay fish and scallops recommended for low mercury

     By PAT FAHERTY
     Special to the Beacon

        Two federal agencies are updating recommendations to women and young children to eat more seafood from varieties lower in mercury.
        And both federal and state guidelines show bay scallops and some other local freshwater and saltwater fish fall in that category. Scallops are currently in season.

  • Levy fireworks Friday

    Cedar Key

       Cedar Key will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. Fireworks will be set off starting at dusk at Cemetery Point Park on Friday, July 4. For the best viewing, Cedar Key Police Chief Virgil Sandlin is advising visitors to park at the ball field behind the school. Signs will be posted with directions to the parking area.

  • Suwannee Cleanup needs volunteers, sponsors

    The 5th Annual Great Suwannee River Cleanup is fast approaching, and representatives with the organizations involved want people to come out and get involved.
    The cleanup, which has seen the removal of about 80,000 pounds of trash and debris from the river since 2010, consists of small cleanups during a three-month window from September through November. The year's first cleanup kicks off Saturday, Sept. 27, at 9 a.m., at the Joe Anderson Boat Ramp in Chiefland.

  • Community Calendar (week of 6-26-14)

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    Volunteer training opportunities