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Today's News

  • Late start but lots of keepers

    I wanna take this very moment to say, “man, it’s great to live in Florida.” We have the gators, great fishing, super weather. There's some things I'm not sure about but these are sure bets. 
    

    We had a really tough tide this weekend but I had two half-day trips Saturday with some very cool new clients and some ol’ local folks  and did a lil’ pre-fishing Sunday afternoon. All I have to say is, if anyone says to you that high pressure and blue bird skies won't shut down a bite…..well, it will.

  • Clanton earns top honors at Land Judging event

    Submitted by Nathanael Brinkman and Denny Voyles
    The Cedar Key FFA chapters attended the Tri-County FFA land judging contest last Friday.
    The contest , which rotates to a new site each year, was held in Gilchrist County this year.  About 11 FFA chapters attended the event from three counties - Levy,Gilchrist and Dixie - but after weeks of practice, our teams came home with some impressive results.    Cheyenne Clanton scored high honors in the competetion, returning to Cedar Key with the first place ribbon for individual high score.

  • Conservation Corner

    by Tom Deverin
    Special to the Beacon

    On Feb.15, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection awarded the Cedar Key School the statewide Recycle Pledge Drive Award at a special awards ceremony.
    The Sharks won this award because they solicited more recycling pledges per student than another other school in the state.

  • Save Box Tops for Education

    Did you know you are probably throwing away or recycling items that can be used to raise money and help fund programs at the Cedar Key School?
     You can and the mechanism to obtain that cash is as simple as saving your box tops — or bottoms — and dropping them off at one of the many collection spots around town. It is simple.
     Cut off the "BoxTop" logo from 100s of eligible products, and drop them into the collection box. Then, recycle the box. Last year, over $49 million was raised for schools around the country.

  • Experience the kind of love to change the world

    By Jim Wright

    Here is a possible definition of love – “When people can be totally open with one another and feel totally safe at the same time.”

    I derived this definition from a passage in a book called Will the Real Me Please Stand Up, by John Powell.  It reminds me of a statement I heard many years ago by a member of a church in Tallahassee: “What I like about church is that I can be myself and it is OK.”

  • Tide turning for island businesses

    The past month, in general, and the past two weeks in particular have put a smile on local business owners faces and probably, their bank accounts, too.

    The restaurants have been busy and, according to Eric Jungklaus of Tony’s Seafood, “this was our busiest week yet." He has kept statistics on every day’s sales since he opened in 2005. Each month in 2010 beat the same month from the prior year. So far, “2011 has blown the roof off," he said.

  • Chamber of Commerce elects new leader

    Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce members have chosen a proven and experienced businessman to lead them through the next year with the unanimous election of  Eric Jungklaus, owner of Tony’s Seafood at the Annual Meeting on Monday.

  • Show is on

    The city's fireworks show will go on despite the suspension of the companion event, Clamerica.The Cedar Key City Commission decided on Tuesday to reject a suggestion that the fireworks be moved from its traditional July 4 show — which falls on a Monday this year — to July 3.

  • You’ll need a subscription to see website

    Staff
    Beginning Thursday, March 17, the Cedar Key Beacon website, www.cedarkeybeacon.com, will transition to a subscription-based news and information site.
    The Beacon will  offer its valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more. A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Cedar Key survives fake disaster exercise

    Cedar Key had a run of bad luck last week — all of it on paper. All of it hypothetical.
    There was the no-name storm that passed through causing flooding, wind damage, and forcing evacuations. The city was hosting its “First Annual Demon Rum Cedar Key Fishing Tournament,” so there was damage to boats and vehicles parked all over town.
    Then the big blue marina facility caught fire. That sent  5,500 gallons of oil and fuel gushing into local waters for a three-mile area.