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Today's News

  • Agencies working to update flood maps

    State and federal agencies want to overhaul flood maps in Bronson and other areas of Levy County.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently gave the Suwannee River Water Management District, which is in charge of permitting and managing most of the water in Levy County, a $627,000 grant to address wrong or missing data in flood maps in the region.

  • Do you know a veteran?

    The Cedar Key Beacon will be publishing a section on Nov. 6 in tribute to the men and women who have fought for and endeavored to preserve a free America.

    To include your veteran or service member, please send or drop off his or her photo (in uniform, preferably) and other information with the accompanying form to our office.

    The deadline is Oct. 31.

  • Artistic achievement

    Isabella Walters placed fourth in a national art contest held in Ohio by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. The Eagles came by CKS to present her a check and congratulate her on her achievement.

  • Pirates invade Cedar Key

    Cedar Key hosted its Second Annual Pirate Invasion last weekend.
    Coordinator Joe Catalono, of Bard Productions LLC. out of St. Augustine, said the event was about twice the size it was last year, with about a dozen different pirate crews from Georgia and all over Florida staging reenactments and pirate dramas throughout town.
    Catalono coordinated the event with the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and the Levy County Visitors Bureau.

  • Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren

    By Lou Elliott Jones

    and Mark Scohier

  • The bridges are coming!

    When last anyone heard about the bridges of Cedar Key it was to explain how three bridges on the island’s main traffic arteries – one on C/Dock Street and two on Gulf Boulevard leading to the airport – were not going to be reconstructed but possibly rebuilt.

  • Register now for Oct. 18 Seafood Festival Parade

    Join the parade at the annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

  • Pastel skies

    Two of the many things you can count on finding in Cedar Key are breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. This particular sunset was captured over Seahorse Key recently.

  • Water districts' taxes to stay the same

    Taxes paid to the two water management districts in Levy County will not increase in the upcoming fiscal year.
    The Suwannee River Water Management District, which most of the county is located in, approved its annual budget of $33.4 million Sept. 23. The district's millage rate was set at .4141, which is a .05 percent decrease from the year before.

  • Red tide organism found in Cedar Key

    A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.
    In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.
    But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.