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Today's News

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  • 45th Seafood Festival

    Hungry for seafood? Arts & crafts? Live music on the Gulf?
    Cedar Key is the place to be this weekend, Oct. 18-19.
    The 45th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival offers all that and more. Organized by the Cedar Key Lions Club and the Cedar Key Lioness, the festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun. The event is supported by sponsorship from the Florida Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida Seafood promotion program.

  • Cedar Key clear of red tide

    After nearly two months of commercial clam lease closures, red tide has moved out of Cedar Key, according to officials.
    The Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission reported this week that Karenia brevis, the organism responsible for Florida red tide, was not detected in samples taken from Cedar Key.
    Samples were also clear in Dixie, Wakulla, Bay, Gulf and Pasco counties, according to FWC.

  • Tasty event brings 'em in

      The Taste of Cedar Key was a success, judging by the crowds that turned out to sample food from the area’s restaurants and eateries. The food was dished out at the City Park and live music was provided by Jimmy Sweeney playing at the park gazebo. The Villages AACA was on hand during the Taste of Cedar Key and gave locals and visitors alike some very cool, old cars to check out. The Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce wants to say “Thank You” to them for coming. Proceeds from the "taste-ful" event will benefit the Cedar Key School Sharks.
     

  • Museum on Main Street schedule of events

    Saturday, September 20
    Seahorse Key Lighthouse Tour, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Special opening of the historic lighthouse with tours provided by Cedar Key Historical Society (CKHS) docents in period dress. Shuttle boats to the island available at City Marina, A Street. Additional information available at CedarKeyHistoricalMuseum.org.

    Sunday, September 21

  • Seafood festival fast approaching
  • Right brain, left brain or stuck in the middle

    By Bev Ringenberg
    Special to the Beacon

  • Cedar Key red tide subsiding

    Red tide in Cedar Key appears to be running its course.
    All commercial clam leases in the area were shut down the last few weeks due to positive testing results of Karenia brevis, a dangerous microorganism associated with red tide algae that hasn't been an issue since 2005.
    Eastern portions of Cedar Key clam leases, including Dog Island, were reopened Oct. 3. Test results, according to the state's Division of Aquaculture, showed 0 Karenia brevis cells present as of Oct. 1.

  • Atsena Otie gets 'signed'

    Readying for the fall influx of visitors to the Cedar Key National Wildlife Rufuge, George Pelt and Deputy Manager Larry Woodward are sprucing up Atsena Otie.
    Last week, they installed a new, eye-catching sign identifying the historic island. Often, visitors don’t realize they are paddling or motoring by 13 islands that are Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, public lands “where wildlife comes first.”

  • Animal services gains new powers

    Animal owners who neglect, mistreat or cannot provide adequate care for their animals could find themselves in Levy County Court where the judge could order Levy County Animal Services to remove the animals from their custody.

    In two unanimous votes the Levy County Commission approved:

    • a change to the job duties of animal services workers to include investigation of violations of the state’s animal cruelty law and