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Today's News

  • 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

  • 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.