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  • Anonymous benefactor pays off layaways



    An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items. 

  • Making Wishes Known
  • Forestry team finishes fourth in state

     The Cedar Key FFA added some more trophies to the ag room wall last month by placing fourthoverall in the state forestry contest held in Perry. 

    Aside from placing fourth, the team also brought home plaques for  second place in equipment identification, third in general knowledge and first in compass and pacing. 

  • Cedar Key saves $13,000 due to recycling

     By Tom Deverin

    Special to the Beacon

    Remember when there was a recycle trailer parked at the old Sun Dance by the No. 3 Bridge? 

    That was in 2008 and at that time the recycle trailer would get filled up about every two weeks. 

    It was at this time that the Energy Advisory Panel was formed with one simple concept, that with regards to recycling, we could do better. 

  • Dec. 16 meeting aimed at bridge replacement

     Mayor Dale Register announced that state Department of Transportation officials will be inattendance at the City Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting at 6 p.m. to update plans for the replacement of three bridges in the island community.

  • Tin Can Tourists return

     Like the swallows to Capistrano, every year the Tin Can Tourists return to Cedar Key for their annual meet up and to show off their classic recreational vehicles and the vehicles that haul them around the state and nation. 

    There were several dozen at Sunset Isle RV Park and they threw open the door on their ride and RVs for the public on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

  • Oyster group pushing to keep industry afloat

    Area oyster farmers, state and local officials are banning together in hopes of salvaging what they say is a declining industry.

    More than 20 representatives from various groups and agencies, for the second time in recent months, met in Cross City at the Dixie County Emergency Operations Center Dec. 4 to organize what’s now being called the Nature Coast Oyster Alliance (NCOA). 

  • Better cell service depends on location

    Anyone with a cell phone or computer in Cedar Key knows the frustration of having little to no service.
    The reason is that the two major service companies, Verizon and AT&T, have towers off the island that are 9 and 11 miles away, respectively. And to get high speed data coverage the carriers need to be much closer.
    Low Key Hideaway owner Pat Bonish described the frustration of many in the island’s hospitality business during a City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2:

  • CRA default still undecided

    The question of whether the Cedar Key Community Development Agency will be defaulting on its loan with Sun Trust Bank due to falling revenue is still up in the air.

  • State OKs Chiefland hospital certificate

    After more than a decade of disappointment, the development of a hospital in Chiefland seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.
    Friday, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration announced that it has granted Ameris Health Systems the certificate of need (CON) necessary to get the $45 million project rolling.
    "It's great news. We're really excited," Ameris senior vice president for business development Frank Schupp said in a phone interview.