Today's News

  • Cedar Key saves $13,000 due to recycling

     By Tom Deverin

    Special to the Beacon

    Remember when there was a recycle trailer parked at the old Sun Dance by the No. 3 Bridge? 

    That was in 2008 and at that time the recycle trailer would get filled up about every two weeks. 

    It was at this time that the Energy Advisory Panel was formed with one simple concept, that with regards to recycling, we could do better. 

  • Dec. 16 meeting aimed at bridge replacement

     Mayor Dale Register announced that state Department of Transportation officials will be inattendance at the City Commission’s Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting at 6 p.m. to update plans for the replacement of three bridges in the island community.

  • Playin' hide-and-seek on the water

     Hey, everyone, sorry I missed some weeks–been a little busy with kids' ball games and praying for the wind to not blow the water out.

    ¥ou get it, situational things of that sort. Oh also it's hard to type with your fingers crossed that the gators will win. Ha ha yeah white knuckles and all, it didn’t help. 

    As far as the fishing goes, it’s been pretty consistent with a hot spot here and there when the weather settles–the usual for this time of year. 

  • Community calendar week of 12-11-14

     Month of December 


    Artist of the Month

    The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for December is Harry MacLeod. MacLeod uses a scroll saw to create interesting and fun works in wood,  which include puzzles, small sculptures, animals, intricate scenes, tree ornaments and signs for the home. His works are primarily left in the natural wood state, but some are colorfully painted. 

  • Tin Can Tourists return

     Like the swallows to Capistrano, every year the Tin Can Tourists return to Cedar Key for their annual meet up and to show off their classic recreational vehicles and the vehicles that haul them around the state and nation. 

    There were several dozen at Sunset Isle RV Park and they threw open the door on their ride and RVs for the public on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

  • Oyster group pushing to keep industry afloat

    Area oyster farmers, state and local officials are banning together in hopes of salvaging what they say is a declining industry.

    More than 20 representatives from various groups and agencies, for the second time in recent months, met in Cross City at the Dixie County Emergency Operations Center Dec. 4 to organize what’s now being called the Nature Coast Oyster Alliance (NCOA). 

  • Better cell service depends on location

    Anyone with a cell phone or computer in Cedar Key knows the frustration of having little to no service.
    The reason is that the two major service companies, Verizon and AT&T, have towers off the island that are 9 and 11 miles away, respectively. And to get high speed data coverage the carriers need to be much closer.
    Low Key Hideaway owner Pat Bonish described the frustration of many in the island’s hospitality business during a City Commission meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2:

  • CRA default still undecided

    The question of whether the Cedar Key Community Development Agency will be defaulting on its loan with Sun Trust Bank due to falling revenue is still up in the air.

  • State OKs Chiefland hospital certificate

    After more than a decade of disappointment, the development of a hospital in Chiefland seems to be inching closer to becoming a reality.
    Friday, the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration announced that it has granted Ameris Health Systems the certificate of need (CON) necessary to get the $45 million project rolling.
    "It's great news. We're really excited," Ameris senior vice president for business development Frank Schupp said in a phone interview.

  • Only one veterinarian applies for county opening

    Seven people have applied for the county's new grants coordinator job, but it was the veterinarian's job – which attracted only one applicant –that got the most attention from those attending the Levy County Commission.