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  • 45th Seafood Festival

    Hungry for seafood? Arts & crafts? Live music on the Gulf?
    Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.
    The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.
    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission reported this week that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key.
    Samples were also clear in Dixie, Wakulla, Bay, Gulf and Pasco counties, according to FWC.

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Do you know a veteran?

    The Cedar Key Beacon will be publishing a section on Nov. 6 in tribute to the men and women who have fought for and endeavored to preserve a free America.

    To include your veteran or service member, please send or drop off his or her photo (in uniform, preferably) and other information with the accompanying form to our office.

    The deadline is Oct. 31.

  • Atsena Otie gets 'signed'

    Readying for the fall influx of visitors to the Cedar Key National Wildlife Rufuge, George Pelt and Deputy Manager Larry Woodward are sprucing up Atsena Otie.
    Last week, they installed a new, eye-catching sign identifying the historic island. Often, visitors don’t realize they are paddling or motoring by 13 islands that are Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, public lands “where wildlife comes first.”

  • Seafood festival fast approaching
  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.
    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.
    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.

  • Artistic achievement

    Isabella Walters placed fourth in a national art contest held in Ohio by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Eagles came by CKS to present her a check and congratulate her on her achievement.

  • Register now for Oct. 18 Seafood Festival Parade

    Join the parade at the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.