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  • 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. 

  • Anonymous benefactor pays off layaways



    An anonymous person with a big heart — and pocketbook — made a stop in the Chiefland Walmart Monday and paid for about $51,000 worth of merchandise that shoppers had put on layaway in previous weeks.

    "It's a good thing. It's a great act of kindness," Walmart Co-Manager Jason Ashley said.

    Monday was the last day to pick up layaway items. 

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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). 

  • $12.1 million in restoration funds sought for Levy, Dixie

    Levy and Dixie counties are listed among the 10 major watershed projects the state is seeking Gulf Coast restoration funds for, according to officials Thursday.
    The projects, meant to redress environmental and economic harm done during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, were selected as the result of numerous stakeholder meetings and more than 1,200 online project submissions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

  • 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. 

  • Local oystermen taking action

    Local oystermen in Levy and Dixie counties are unhappy about the state of their industry and they are uniting in an effort to draw attention to their plight.
    The oyster collapse came in 2012, the height of a number of years of drought. And while the waters are getting better with the flush of rainfall in 2013 and this year, the recovery will need some help.
    Nature Coast oyster beds need to be reseeded.