Today's News

  • Unopposed, re-elected commissioners speak out

    City Commissioners Sue Colson and Gene Hodges are unopposed in the May 3 Cedar Key election, thus winning automatic re-election to their seats.

    It's a situation which begs the question: Does this happen very often?

    According to long-time City Clerk Frances Hodges, while there have been unopposed candidates, there have only been two or three years without any elections.

  • Bicycle patrol pays off in drug arrest

    When the City of Cedar Key Police Department started training their officers on the police bike protocol, nobody guessed that their most recent drug arrest would come courtesy of the bicycles and no seat belts.

    On April 13, two Cedar Key Police Officers — Perry and Cosseboom — were with Levy County Sheriff's Detective Roger Bell getting familiar with the new police bikes early in the evening. They were in the Jernigan Avenue area and noticed a car approaching with two men in the front seat who were not wearing seat belts.

  • Tarmac, clammers resolve water issues

    Tarmac and the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association have successfully resolved the issue that has vexed them for months — monitoring water quality to assure the clam industry is protected.

    The two sides met in Cedar Key on Monday and say all involved agreed to terms that should make them relatively happy. Although the mine will be located miles from the island, concerns about its effects on water quality were raised months ago.

  • Lang resigns from CRA, city positions

    There has been some name-calling at Cedar Key City Hall this week, but it's all in good fun.

    It follows the announcement by Greg Lang that he is resigning as Community Redevelopment Authority director and the interim part-time city administrator post to join an engineering firm.

    "Some of the staff has made it clear how they feel," Lang said laughing. "I've been called things like traitor ... Benedict Arnold."

    But the admiration is mutual.

  • Cedar Key FFA team proves it is the leader in Aquaculture knowledge

    Kit Riley and Ridley Reynolds, both 8th graders; and Ariel Alexander, along with Nathanial Brinkman, fellow 6th graders, proved to the judges that their knowledge of aqua- culture surpassed that of any other team - thanks to being raised near the water on Cedar Key and to the dedication of their coach and teacher, Denny Voyles.

  • TDC to get free advice on marketing Levy County

    The good news is that the Tourism Development Council is going to get free marketing advice and planning to help them better utilize the Visit Florida website’ s services—to the benefit of all of Levy County.

    Visit Florida has chosen Levy County as their next marketing project. They will send a team to learn what the Council needs to attract tourists and how best to do it. After that is determined, they will share their plan with the board and business partners.

  • Now's the time to fish bottom line

    Folks, the news for the week is awesome Spotted Seatrout action. I mean good and it will do nothing but get better,  for the next month. 

    All of our flats are alive and well. The grass has begun to grow back. The bait schools are moving in and the trout are really happy about it. When the trout are happy, our clients are happy. When our clients are happy, our town is busy and well, I think we all know were this is going. Without a happy town, my boat payments don’t get paid. So all’s well at this point. 

  • City attorney resigns

    Cedar Key City Attorney, David Coffey is resigning after working for the city “for well over a decade.”  In a letter received by city officials Tuesday, Coffey said it is effective with the commission's organizational meeting in May, or sooner should the commission prefer an earlier date.

  • The longer I stayed, the more I felt at home

    In my first column for the Cedar Key Beacon I wrote that I fell in love with this island within 15 minutes of arriving here last year on a birthday trip. I know you're supposed to be happy when you're on vacation. But, it was more than a vacation glow. The longer I stayed-and the more often I returned-the more I felt as if I had come home.

    That statement seems crazy because I was born and raised in New York City. But, what I was experiencing was a very different kind of homecoming. It was a return to the heart.

  • Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Promises to be a Sustainable Event

    Submitted by Tom Deverin

    It’s that time of year again to enjoy Cedar Key’s art festival, celebrating its 47th year. This year however, there will be a new approach. The Energy Advisory Panel and festival organizers shared the same vision and commitment to make this year’s festival a sustainable event. A sustainable event conserves and restores resources, honors and supports those involved, adds value to the local economy and educates participants about the benefits of sustainability.