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Today's News

  • Homecoming Fever
  • Cedar Key FFA donates four tons of food

     By SARAH BARTHOLEMY

    Shark Correspondent

    Jan. 16 was a big day for Cedar Key FFA. After two and a half years of growing and donating fresh food to the Cedar Key Food Pantry, the chapter officially donated four tons of food, that’s 8,000 pounds of freshly grown crops, farm raised tilapia, fresh Gulf of Mexico reef fish, one hog and five deer that have been donated over the years. 

  • TNR program nears 1,000 cats

     A Trap Neuter Return program in Cedar Key has treated nearly 1,000 of the town’s feline friends.

    The TNR program, organized by Cedar Key’s Oliver and Doreen Bauer - owners of the Faraway Inn, has spayed or neutered and vaccinated a whopping 951 cats since its start in Oct. 2006.

  • They're back! CK clams will be celebrated on July 4

    It won't be called "Clamerica" but the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is reviving the July 4th celebration of all things clam.

    Clamerica, a popular celebration that drew throngs of tourists to the island, celebrated the clam in its many culinary manifestations. That celebration was sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association. 

    Some clam fans have lamented that the festival, which went away shortly after the recession hit followed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has not been revived in recent years.

  • Making the best of winter fishing

     Hey everyone we haven't had a whole lot to talk about recently so my stories are slim. We have a 'lil life showing in the northern creeks to the south of the Suwannee River. The redfish are shorts to smaller keepers sizes. The creeks are also holding nice keeper sheepshead and a few trout. 

  • Seahorse Key Lighthouse open Valentine's Day

     Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host an open house on Seahorse Key Saturday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Enhance your winter visit by getting outdoors into the spectacular Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your camera, step up the stairwell to the tower, walk along the beach and take in Mother Nature.  Touch tanks and exhibits will be provided by co-hosts, University of Florida’s Seahorse Key Marine Research Lab.

  • Community calendar week of 2-5-15

     February

     

    SRWMD Meeting

    On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Suwannee River Water Management District's Governing Board will meet at 9 a.m. at District Headquarters, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak. The meeting is to consider District business and conduct public hearings on regulatory, real estate and other various matters. A workshop will follow after the Governing Board meeting.

  • Agenda for City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3

     

  • Encounter in the park

     By Tom Deverin

    Special to the Beacon

    While walking past the park in Cedar Key, a woman, a visitor to our islands, was observed taking discarded plastic and aluminum beverage containers from a city trash container and putting them into the green wire recycle bin.

     Being sort of curious, I walked over and started a conversation.
     

    “Pretty day.”

     
    “It sure is that.”

  • Community calendar week of 1-29-15

     January

     

    Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. is the annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on Highway 24 in Cedar Key. This is a fundraiser for the Cedar Key food pantry. Take home a handcrafted bowl by students or by Amy Gernhardt, Cedar Key Pottery. Take out is available.

    You decide the amount you wish to donate for your meal and bowl.