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Today's News

  • Seahorse Key lighthouse open Saturday

    The Seahorse Key Light Station will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, with local historians, Lindon Lindsey and Toni Collins, on hand to provide visitors with the history of Seahorse Key and the Cedar Keys Light Station. 

    Come out and learn more about the interesting history of this little known jewel on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Hop on a water taxi from Cedar Key to the Lighthouse and learn about the history of the island.

  • Young Cedar Key boys hoops squad building for future

    The Cedar Key boys’ varsity basketball team needs that one thing that only time can deliver: experience.

    Most of this year’s roster, which doesn’t include a single senior, offers little returning experience, which means a steep learning curve is ahead for its players.

    First-year Sharks head coach Vance Dickey recognizes some strengths his team has to build on, particularly in the post, but the mental side of the game and the fundamentals will take time.

  • Cedar Key girls boast promising youth on court

    Cedar Key girls’ basketball coach David Tomlin says this year’s varsity team might be more talented than last year’s, but the new crop of young players don’t have the experience to prove it quite yet.

    With seven girls gone from last year’s squad, a handful of promising newcomers are filling important roles for the Lady Sharks, especially on defense and on the boards, where eighth-grader Rylee Smith and freshman Niya Jones are two of the top team’s top rebounders.

  • Christmas in the Park

    A community dinner celebrating Christmas will be held in the Cedar Key City Park on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    The dinner begins at 5 p.m. with chili provided. Bring a covered dish and food donations for the Children’s Table.

    The Boat Parade will begin at sunset (6 p.m.) in front of the Dock Street Fishing Pier. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats and teams with the most cheer. If you are interested in participating, contact Rose Cantwell at 352-543-6346 for details or be at the Cedar Key Boat Ramp by 5:30 p.m.

  • Seahorse Key artist-in-residence chosen

    By Samantha Grenrock

    UF/IFAS

    The Cedar Key Artist-in-Residence Program has selected painter Daniel Gottsegen as artist in residence for 2017. Known for his meditative renderings of the natural world, Gottsegen will live and work at the University of Florida Seahorse Key facilities Feb. 12 to 18.

  • Woman’s Club 2017 calendar released

    The Cedar Key Calendar, which has become a tradition in four years, arrives in Cedar Key this week. “This year we have been offered pictures from over 25 photographers, and the results are better than ever!” says Calendar Coordinator Vicki Crumpley, of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.

  • Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.

    For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it’s a worrying trend.

  • FWC awarded BP spill money

    Special to the Cedar Key Beacon

    The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation today announced the award of more than $370 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 25 projects in five Gulf states, including four critical conservation projects in Florida. 

  • County puts halt to marijuana stores

    The Levy County Commission decided to put a nine-month moratorium on any rules allowing marijuana dispensaried into the county.

    At the same meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to retain John Meeks, of Bronson, R-District 1, as its chair for a third year and decided to switch the vice chair from Mike Joyner of Morriston, R-District 3, to Rock Meeks or Chiefland, R-District 2.

  • Prayers for teen in fatal hunting accident

    The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.

    Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.

    The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available.