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  • Mark Johnson moves a few blocks away

    Mark Johnson is leaving as director of Emergency Management to take a job as an emergency planner for the Department of Health in Bronson, moving just a few blocks away.

    On Friday, the Emergency Management Department hosted a farewell party for Johnson, who shared part of a huge cake with Undersheriff Brett Beauchamp.

    Johnson will be replaced in the interim by John MacDonald, his assistant director, and Letha Keene, emergency management planner.

  • Cedar Key water money veto'd

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com

    What the Legislature gives, the governor can take and such was the case with $300,000 earmarked for the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District's new water well and plant project.

    The grant was among a number of items Gov. Rick Scott vetoed in the state budget last week noting they were not items of statewide interest. The money was part of the $5-$6 million package of funding needed to provide a new well and water plant for the island community's 937 account holders.

  • Old Florida Clamfest, fireworks on Saturday

    The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association, the Cedar Key Lions and local businesses are bringing back the annual July 4th celebration.

    The 1st Old Florida Clamfest will be centered around the Cedar Key City Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a professionally produced fireworks show by Kynex, Inc. and Firepower Displays will be shot at dusk from Cemetery Point.

    There will be food to buy from local restaurants and carnival style foods, too, at the park.

  • CK Sharks fundraiser a success

    Judging by the ticket sales, the Cedar Key Sharks should be looking good when they take to the field this fall.

    That’s because the community responded to a call to buy fried fish dinners supplied by the fishermen of Cedar Key and Robinson Seafood on Monday.

    Eve Robinson staffed the front desk taking money for dinners and tickets for meals pre-sold by the cheerleaders. “They have sold a lot of tickets,” she said fanning out the checks and cash the girls collected.

  • Robinson's hosting fundraiser Monday

     A fundraiser benefitting the Cedar Key Sharks varsity cheerleaders will be at Robinson's Seafood on Monday, June 29, from 4-8 p.m.

    Miss Eve is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the dinner she will be preparing. The menu calls for fried fish, coleslaw, hush puppies, limas and rice and iced tea.

    The suggested donation is $8 per meal.

    Come out and help our lady sharks get the funds they need to go to camp, buy uniforms, travel to games, etc. Help them cheer our teams to victory next year!!

  • Spiny lobster commercial dive changes begin July 1

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the following changes to the spiny lobster commercial dive endorsement (CD) program go into effect July 1:

    • The moratorium on issuing new or additional CD endorsements has been extended indefinitely. It was set to expire July 1.

    • Valid CD endorsements can be transferred to another fisher.

    • The person who was issued the CD endorsement no longer needs to be on board the vessel during trips where lobster are harvested, so long as the vessel is properly licensed.

  • Gag grouper season open in most Gulf waters

    Gag grouper will open for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters and all Gulf federal waters on Wednesday, July 1. That same day, the season will close in state waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties.

    The gag grouper recreational harvest season in Gulf of Mexico state waters, not including Franklin, Jefferson, Wakulla and Taylor counties, will remain open through Dec. 3, closing Dec. 4.

  • Data show increase in bear population

         The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced today updated estimates of the Florida black bear population. These initial numbers are now available for two of the FWC’s Bear Management Units (BMUs) and result from the statewide study occurring during 2014 - 2015.

  • Scrub Jay survey under way in CK

     The Florida Scrub Jay, which makes its home in Cedar Key, is one of the rarest birds in the world. The Florida Scrub Jay is endangered, and it’s the only bird that is found exclusively in Florida. 

    Its beautiful blue plumage stands out in the upland Florida scrub ecosystem that it calls home. That ecosystem is quickly disappearing. The destruction of its habitat has caused the loss of 90 percent of Scrub Jays throughout the state. 

  • Turtle Power

    It was World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, and there is a great story about Charlie Gardner's rescue of two Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that were accidentally caught on hook and line by recreational anglers at the Cedar Key Municipal Fishing Pier.

    The first rescue of turtles at the pier was in April. This time a similar scene played out at the same fishing pier, and Gardner came to the rescue once again.