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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Study sheds light on red tide blooms

    Red tide is a natural occurrence, known to predate European settlement. But new research is further supporting the notion that humans, while not the cause of the blooms, can be a contributing factor in sustaining the harmful algae that, year by year, appears to becoming more of an issue.
    Research from five years of study shows that nutrient pollution is a contributing factor in the proliferation of the highly adaptable red tide organism Karenia brevis, according to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

  • Encounter in the park

     By Tom Deverin

    Special to the Beacon

    While walking past the park in Cedar Key, a woman, a visitor to our islands, was observed taking discarded plastic and aluminum beverage containers from a city trash container and putting them into the green wire recycle bin.

     Being sort of curious, I walked over and started a conversation.
     

    “Pretty day.”

     
    “It sure is that.”

  • Community calendar week of 1-29-15

     January

     

    Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. is the annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on Highway 24 in Cedar Key. This is a fundraiser for the Cedar Key food pantry. Take home a handcrafted bowl by students or by Amy Gernhardt, Cedar Key Pottery. Take out is available.

    You decide the amount you wish to donate for your meal and bowl.

  • They're back! CK clams will be celebrated on July 4

    It won't be called "Clamerica" but the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce is reviving the July 4th celebration of all things clam.

    Clamerica, a popular celebration that drew throngs of tourists to the island, celebrated the clam in its many culinary manifestations. That celebration was sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association. 

    Some clam fans have lamented that the festival, which went away shortly after the recession hit followed by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has not been revived in recent years.

  • Author returns to Cedar Key

     A Texas author is returning to her home away from home and will be promoting her book based on Cedar Key.

    Teri Mathis of Rosenberg, Texas will be at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign her book “Notes from Faraway Inn.” The book is a compilation of 14 years of journal entries made by guests and owners of the Faraway Inn in Cedar Key.

  • Community calendar week of 1-22-15

     January

    Empty Bowls Soup Supper

    Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. is the annual Empty Bowls Soup Supper at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church on Highway 24 in Cedar Key. This is a fundraiser for the Cedar Key food pantry. Take home a handcrafted bowl by students or by Amy Gernhardt, Cedar Key Pottery. Take out is available.

    You decide the amount you wish to donate for your meal and bowl.

  • Community calendar week of 1-15-15

     January

     

    Collector's show planned

  • city election laws getting a look

     The Cedar Key City Commission has instructed its attorney to give the local election laws a once over and recommend any changes and at least one resident has a suggestion for one change.

    The commission, which took up the matter on Jan. 6, noted that changes need to be adopted by Feb. 20 in order to take effect for the May elections. 

    But at least one item was recommended by former City Commissioner Scott Dennison who asked that it look into codifying a residency requirement.