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Today's News

  • County says no to water ordinance

    Residents considering violating the water restrictions that kick in on June 13 should take into consideration they could face arrest and if found prosecuted and guilty, a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
    It could have been a simple case of getting a citation, like a traffic ticket, and paying a $25 fine, but the Levy County Commission decided Tuesday by a 4-1 vote it would not pursue passing an ordinance lowering the penalty. In voting no, Commissioner Marsha Drew of Yankeetown (R-District 3) in effect voted for lowering the penalty.

  • Water shortage order takes effect June 13

    The Suwannee River Water Management District (District) Governing Board voted last week to adopt a Phase III Water Shortage Order in response to extreme drought conditions. The order, which requires water use restrictions for all users, will go into effect on June 13, the day after the board’s next meeting.

  • Anglers: FWC needs data on red snapper

    By filling out a survey card or making a phone call, anglers can provide Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists valuable information about red snapper and other reef fish.
    Biologists distribute survey cards year-round to anglers along the Gulf coast, to gather information about fishing trips targeting red snapper.

  • Fishing in discolored water has its benefits

    Ok folks, it’s nice to see the rain. Man, it’s nice.
    Things to expect after the rain: the inside waters will most likely have a red tint. This happens when the roots of the woods drain into the gulf. Tanic acids change the color of the water. If the rain lets up to a normal amount, the water will settle pretty quick. Now I know most think this is a bad thing. Well, if you use it to your advantage, it can be a good thing.

  • Chiefland man arrested in Cedar Key burglaries

    Cedar Key police were kept on the run Memorial Day weekend when two people — an 18-year-old man and a juvenile — from Chiefland broke into several cars and at least one, possibly two homes in the Paroda, Whiddon and Shellcrest avenues area.
    But the thefts are on the way to being solved with the arrest of one person and the search for a second person — a juvenile, said Police Chief Virgil Sandlin.

  • Shark News for the week of June 7

    Kindergarten graduation: Class of 2024

    By Lauren Bartholemy
    Shark Correspondent

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Today in Levy Lounty History: The Spanish moss industry in Florida

    Some people do not care for Spanish moss. However, as early as 1773, the value of the plant was recognized as cattle feed and a cheap packing for crates of fruits and vegetables.
    The processed product also was well adapted for the purpose of stuffing mattresses, chairs, saddles and collars.
    The plant is not a parasite, nor is it a moss. Instead it is a member of the pineapple family and one of the many epiphytes or “air plants” to be found in Florida.

  • Political forum introduces voters to candidates

    By LOU ELLIOTT JONES
    editor@cedarkeybeacon.com
    Four candidates — two for Levy County Court judge and two for Levy County Supervisor of Elections — made their introductions to about 35 Cedar Key residents at a political forum sponsored by the Cedar Key Lions Club last week at the Cedar Key Community Center.
    Dale Register, president of the Lions, introduced the candidates — incumbent James T. “Tim” Browning and challenger Cyndee Munkittrick for Levy County Court judge, and Tammy Jones and Brooke Ward for supervisor of elections.

  • Dolphin Project session set at Cedar Key library

    The Cedar Key Dolphin Research Project team will be hosting an informative session titled, “Past, Present, Future” at the Cedar Key Library on Thursday, June 14 at 5 p.m.
    Open to the public, those attending will meet Stefanie Gazda and the Dolphin Project Team as they talk about their past findings, goals for this research season and plans for the future.
    Light refreshments will be served.