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  • Rescue workers respond to two overturned boats

    At about 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting an overturned boat with three passengers. Cedar Key Fire and Department of Public Safety Battalion-1 and Medic 5 (Cedar Key) responded to the scene. En route to that call, another call came in for an overturned kayak with two passengers in the water.

  • CK Commission Budget Workshop Schedule

    August

    Tuesday, Aug. 5, 

    CRA/City Meeting, 6 p.m.

    Budget  Workshop following City Meeting

     

    Thursday, Aug. 7,

    Budget  Workshop at 6 p.m.

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 19

    City Meeting at 6 p.m.

     

    Thursday, Aug.  14

    Budget Workshop at 6 p.m.

     

    Thursday, Aug. 21

    Budget Workshop at 6 p.m.

     

    September

     

  • CK CRA, Commission Agendas for Tuesday, Aug. 5 meeting

    City of Cedar Key

    Audit Committee

    August 5, 2014

    City Hall

    5:15 PM

    Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

    Public Comment

    Discussion Regarding Audit Engagement Letter from Purvis & Gray

    Adjourn

     

    Cedar Key

    Community Redevelopment Agency

    August 5, 2014

    City Hall

    6:00 PM

     

    Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance

    Public Comment

  • Be safe this summer with children, pets

    TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don’t be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind.

  • 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.