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Opinion

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     As the Cedar Key Beacon wrapped up its 25th year of serving the island community in September, it seems fitting that Oct. 4-10 marks National Newspaper Week.

     

  • Dear Editor,

    The Hathcox Reunion was once again a huge success. The staff at the Island Place could not have been more accomodating: the sightseeing trip; the Ellwood fishing trip.

    I have been a member of the Hathcox and Cedar Key community for over 43 years. I've seen many, many changes; the old Cedar Key is no more, but the lasting relationships with the old families is always a cherished reminder of the 60's to present. Don't lose that special touch of yesteryear.

    Hopefully, we will meet again at the annual Old Timers Celebration.

  • A new home town

    Dear Editor,

  • City has done well without restaurant’s help

    Dear Editor,

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    Brian Mattice selflessly saved the day

     

    Dear Editor, 

  • January 28, 2010 

    We all have had those experiences that will forever be etched in our minds. Some moments are simply unforgettable –  and no matter how much we might like to forget them from time to time – it’s too important not to remember. 

  •  Fifty eight degrees. Fifty-seven. Fifty-six. Fifty-five. Groans filled our van, accompanied by shouts of “Nooooo – make it stop!” 

  • Energy Advisory Panel UPDATE

  • Dear Editor, Levy County Friends, Business Owners and Community Leaders,

    As a concerned resident and member of the Cedar Key Energy Advisory Panel (EAP), I am writing to you to encourage you to attend an upcoming educational seminar that is planned for Oct. 22, from 1-3 p.m., at the Cedar Key Community Center on “Alternative Ways to Manage Solid Waste (trash & recycling).” As our waste hauling contract runs out in the spring of 2010, now is the time for us to be thinking about more economical and environmentally friendly ways to manage our solid waste.

  •  Hey everyone hope all is well. I had a kinda boring week as far as charters go, but I had by far the most exciting for my business and my overall passion for fishing. My excitement for fishing started early and kinda cruised until I was 19. That’s when the every weekend redfishing kicked in, that’s what it took to kill the bug work all week. To fish one day just didn’t seem fair. I fished my first tournament in Wacassassa Bay in Oct.

  • When I was growing up my mom stayed home. She worked, and worked, and worked. At home. She had 10 children. Twins were born at the end, myself and my sister Wendy. My mom was a master of talking on the phone, cooking, and carrying on multiple conversations with me or one or two of my siblings and looking out for us at the same time.

    Before computers and the internet, she was the original multi-tasker.

  • Well, what can I say? I had a couple of drinks too many so I decided to stay in Cedar Key and fish. (As good a reason as any.)

    Alas, 3:30 in the morning approached and I was tired of letting the catfish off my hook. I threw out the poles anyway and stuck them out the window of my vehicle, kicked the seat back and waited for the drag to sing. I would doze for a few and check the bait again later.

  • Hey everyone I hope that the long weekend was full of busy cool fun or very laid back an relaxing, which ever one you were shooting for.

    I was out 2 days this week an’ man let me say this: I can't remember a full moon lock jaw like I saw this weekend. Our 100 percent full phase moon came Friday night and it seemed to put the brakes on ‘em. Most stories had over sized redfish and some small ones but what I noticed based on the stories and my trips, is the quantity and the quality fell off a bit. But we had a cool snap with a full moon.

  •  While preparing for my first-ever CLAMerica experience, gathering material for the Beacon’s Special Section and learning all I could about clamming, I realized how little I really knew about the industry that encompasses so much of this community of islands.

    I immediately went in search of a clam farmer who would teach me. Just my luck, the first clammer I approached happened to mention that he would be out on the water the very next morning – on a Saturday.

  • AAA has announced a Safe Summer contest to run from July 1 through Sept 9, inviting high school and college students to produce effective communication campaigns that will help AAA spread the Buckle Up message and otherwise promote driving safety.

    The contest is a grassroots effort designed to engage teens and their peers in conversations that will improve driver safety, by encouraging them to create effective avenues and messages.

  • Dear Editor,

    In the article Warren Parkin wrote for the July 9 paper (Natures Landing Under New Management), he did not learn that more than half of the Natures Landing owners have been very pleased with the service that JD and Pam McCormick provide in renting the units and have stayed with them. Their office is now on C Street, next to the Drummond Bank and just around the corner from where your office was previously. Thought that you would like to know.

    Malcolm Cox

     

    Dear Editor,

  • Editors note: The following letter was received Saturday, Aug. 1. The first day of its featured status, the Rosewood article was viewed 116,273 times.

    Several months ago, I began improving the Wikipedia article on Rosewood massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosewood_massacre) with the intent of getting it promoted through rigorous peer review to featured article status. Featured articles on Wikipedia represent the site's finest and most comprehensive well-researched writing; only featured articles appear on the main page.

  • Hello my name is Capt. Danny Allen I'm owner and operator of Southern Salt Charters, and hopefully your new provider of reports, stories, and photos for Cedar Keys backcountry and flats fishing.

  •  Hello to Cedar Key and its far away visitors. Fishing this week seemed to have picked up.

    I was out this morning and we were able to catch some nice reds.

  • A few months ago you may have notice that I went green – in a big way.

    I traded my cash for a clunker. That’s right, it’s a reused vehicle – 11 years old. It’s a pretty safe green van, too. I found that out when an even bigger clunker – driven by a pajama-clad teenager – rammed into my previous van of the same model, disrupting my plans to drive that beloved vehicle beyond the 300,000 mile mark (I only had about 22,000 to go). She took that clunker off the road without any help from the government.