http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Seahorse Key welcome visitors next weekend http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seahorse-key-welcome-visitors-next-weekend <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2828.jpg" alt="Seahorse Key is ready to welcome guests." title="Seahorse Key is ready to welcome guests." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 10.0px Times"> After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> Commission reverses course on ag extension job http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/commission-reverses-course-ag-extension-job <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7145.jpg" alt="Cattleman Brad Etheridge, left, asked for a change in the extension director&#039;s job that Eric Simmone, northeast director for UF IFAS extension service, said could affect the start of the 4-H year in August." title="Cattleman Brad Etheridge, left, asked for a change in the extension director&#039;s job that Eric Simmone, northeast director for UF IFAS extension service, said could affect the start of the 4-H year in August." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 12.2px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 10.0px Tahoma"> <b>By Lou Elliott Jones&nbsp;</b></p> The Gulf waters never cease to amaze me http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/gulf-waters-never-cease-amaze-me <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_20160616_095455905.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 10.0px 'Times New Roman'"> Fishing redfish one day last week a client from Colorado hooked what I thought was a medium size shark. When the mystery fish hit it immediately took off with the speed of a king mackerel. I immediately began pulling up the anchor because the fish quickly ran so far that the reel was well into the backing line. With only about ten wraps left on the spool, I started the motor to follow it and it turned back toward the boat. Whew!&nbsp;</p> Smiles abound at the Kindergarten Circus http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/smiles-abound-kindergarten-circus <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_9334.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The jokesters of the big top kept the laughs coming as the Cedar Key Kindergarten class held their annual end of school year circus.</p> <p class="p1"> From magicians to wild animals, the Cedar Key kindergarten students strutted their stuff at teh annual end of the school year circus.</p> Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/operation-dry-water-national-crackdown-boating-under-influence <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'Times New Roman'"> As the summer recreational boating season gets into full swing, the FWC Law Enforcement Division is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on boating under the influence.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'Times New Roman'"> The annual three-day, heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, focuses on deterring boaters from boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.</p> Levy cleans up after TS Colin http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/levy-cleans-after-ts-colin <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/13319729_10154231058642630_7100486558476970949_n.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Tropical Storm Colin washed ashore on Monday and for residents and officials it looked more like a hurricane exercise than a storm that could do real damage.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was a very nice wake up call to shake the rust off,&rdquo; said Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton.</p> Congratulations to the Class of 2016 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/congratulations-class-2016-0 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1964.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Smiles were all around as Cedar Key celebrated their Class of 2016.</p> Pledge to Vote http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/pledge-vote <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/flag_0.gif" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> The Levy County Supervisor of Elections is seeking to increase voter participation this election year by organizing a &ldquo;Pledge to Vote&rdquo; campaign.</p> <p> Supervisor Tammy Jones said this is a non-partisan push to encourage voters to take a proactive role in this year&rsquo;s elections. Businesses and organizations that partner with her office on this campaign will be promoted on the Supervisor of Elections Office Facebook page.</p>