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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Florida 4H kids learn the art of fishing

     During summer break, many kids from throughout the County participate in the Florida 4H camping program led by Mr. Albert Fuller.

    The program helps develop life skills in youth through experiential education. This week’s 4H group was a smaller than usual, group of 97 kids aged 8-16. The students were learning fishing skills at the Public Safety Complex (PSC) on Monday, June 29. Mr. Fuller contacted LCDPS Director David Knowles for approval to fish out of the pond located in front of the Public Safety Complex. The kids had a great time catching several fish.

  • My first trip to Cedar Key

    My daughter, Donna Leeward and I were showing in the Spring Art Show in Cedar Key this past March. When I looked at the old Island Hotel I was getting a strong feeling of déjà vu.

    In my mind I was going back 59 years to my first trip to Cedar Key. It was funny because at that time I didn't even know where Cedar Key was.

    One day out of a clear blue sky my dad asked me, "How long has it been since you had turtle steak?"

    Well, I guess it was at the Green Turtle Inn, halfway down the over-seas highway to Key West.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • County's finances in good shape

    The county's auditor, Martha Garcia-Baker of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, told the Levy County Commission that its finances have been given the best grade possible but it needs to be aware that General Fund expenditures are more than General Fund revenues.

    However, the commission has no worries, Garcia-Baker said, because it has money in other funds that can be shifted to pay the bills, so the county is not running in the red. “We had the money to cover it,” said Commission Chair John Meeks of Bronson.

  • More funds needed for mental health, drug counseling agency

    The head of Meridian Behavioral Healthcare says her agency is seeing an increase in the number of patients in Levy County who are under age 5 and that 25 percent of the patients they treat are school-age.

    In addition, she said the agency has seen a 26 percent increase in the use of its service in the acute care programs-emergency screening, inpatient crisis stabilization and detox.