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  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on June 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Water shortage order takes effect June 13

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted last week to adopt a Phase III Water Shortage Order in response to extreme drought conditions. The order, which requires water use restrictions for all users, will go into effect on June 13, the day after the board’s next meeting.

  • Anglers: FWC needs data on red snapper

    By filling out a survey card or making a phone call, anglers can provide Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists valuable information about red snapper and other reef fish.
    Biologists distribute survey cards year-round to anglers along the Gulf coast, to gather information about fishing trips targeting red snapper.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Shark News for the week of June 7

    Kindergarten graduation: Class of 2024

    By Lauren Bartholemy
    Shark Correspondent

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Political forum introduces voters to candidates

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Four candidates — two for Levy County Court judge and two for Levy County Supervisor of Elections — made their introductions to about 35 Cedar Key residents at a political forum sponsored by the Cedar Key Lions Club last week at the Cedar Key Community Center.
    Dale Register, president of the Lions, introduced the candidates — incumbent James T. “Tim” Browning and challenger Cyndee Munkittrick for Levy County Court judge, and Tammy Jones and Brooke Ward for supervisor of elections.

  • Allen, Kirkbride bring home state FFA award

    Ashlyn Allen and MacKenzie Kirkbride are the newest members of the Cedar Key FFA chapter to bring home a state champion FFA trophy.
    The dynamic duo earned first place state honors in the Marketing Division of the FFA Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration contest. The state OH Demo contest was held at the University of Florida last month.

  • CK dolphins noted for feeding behavior

    Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say there’s something special about Cedar Key dolphins.
    “They have unique feeding behaviors not seen anywhere else in the world,” said PhD candidate Stefanie Gazda in a phone interview Friday.
    Gazda heads up the Cedar Key Dolphin Project, a program that operates in the area for a few short weeks each year aimed at a better understanding the creatures and the environment they live in.

  • Cedar Key School’s Class of 2012

    Front row, from left: Jessi Robinson, Claire Brown, Courtney Daniel, Miranda Fanelli, Caroline George, Jenny Bierman and Miranda Haire. Back row, from left: Stephen Bainbridge, Gary Spain-McIntyre, Brandon Register and Steven Smith. More scenes from Cedar Key’s graduation can be found on Pages 8 & 9.