http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Enjoying time on the beach http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/enjoying-time-beach-0 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_2747.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Another perfect ending for a day spent in Cedar Key &mdash; our own island paradise.&nbsp;</p> Spring warmup rotates catch http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/spring-warmup-rotates-catch <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/king_mackerel.jpg" alt="A male king mackerel weighing about 13 pounds. " title="A male king mackerel weighing about 13 pounds. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Things seem to be heating up offshore. A few red grouper have moved into the shallower water as of late, but the bite is no where near what I would call good. The gags are ready but are still a catch and release issue until June 1.</p> <p> A few cobia have also been caught in our local waters and I expect them to continue to get better as our water temps continue to rise. I have not heard of any king mackerel so far but they should be in place at their regular haunts.</p> Red drum limited to one per person starting May 1 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/red-drum-limited-one-person-starting-may-1 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/800px-red_drum_sciaenops_ocellata.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="150" height="85" /><p> The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has approved a measure to lower the recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone (Escambia County through Fred Howard Park near Pasco County) from two fish to one fish per person.</p> <p> This change will go into effect Sunday, May 1. The daily bag limit is also one in the southwest management zone, which means after this change is effective, the daily bag limit will be one red drum per person, per day in all Gulf of Mexico state waters. &nbsp;</p> Old caboose gets moved to new home http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/old-caboose-gets-moved-new-home <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/caboose_on_the_road.jpg" alt="The Atlantic Coastline caboose is transported from its location on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock to its new home at the Wild Hog Canoe Race property on U.S. Highway 19. " title="The Atlantic Coastline caboose is transported from its location on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock to its new home at the Wild Hog Canoe Race property on U.S. Highway 19. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Levy County Historical Society has turned yet another page in the history of Levy County by purchasing the Atlantic Coast Line caboose located on County Road 326 in Gulf Hammock from a local family.</p> <p> After the purchase, Director Toni Collins set about finding out how one moves a caboose from one place to another. The caboose had been located on CR 326 for 14 years. Today it rests on the Gulf Hammock Wild Hog Canoe Race property at U.S. 19/98 and the Waccasassa River.</p> Water manager has good news on system http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/water-manager-has-good-news-system <p> By John McPherson</p> <p> Good things have been happening at the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District. Here&rsquo;s a summary.</p> <p> Special Legislative Appropriations Received</p> <p> A special thanks is owed to our state legislative delegation, state Sen. Charlie Dean of Inverness and state Rep. Charles Stone of Ocala, who were both instrumental in securing legislative appropriations in the amounts of $400,000 in 2014, and $450,000 in 2016, to help pay for new water facilities needed by the District.</p> Water talk focuses on sea level rise http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/water-talk-focuses-sea-level-rise <p> The fourth installment in &ldquo;Think Water, Think Cedar Key&rdquo; will be the &ldquo;Power of Water,&rdquo; presented on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. in the community meeting room at Cedar Key Public Library. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p> Water, water everywhere! The Gulf water surrounding Cedar Key is a powerful force of change, through daily tides, occasional storm surges, and long-term sea level rise.</p> Community calendar for the week of 4-28-16 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/community-calendar-week-4-28-16 <p> Saturday, April 30</p> <p> Denim &amp; Jewels aims to end abuse</p> <p> Another Way, Inc., Domestic Violence &amp; Rape Crisis Center and Suncoast Credit Union present the second annual Jeans &amp; Jewels event at Otter Springs on Saturday, April 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.</p> <p> The event will feature down home country cooking, live entertainment and a silent auction.</p> <p> Tickets are $75 and include meal, beverage and souvenir photo. All proceeds go to Another Way, Inc.</p> <p> For tickets or more information, call 386-719-2700.</p> <p> Sunday, May 1</p> Gulf recreational red snapper state season opens May 7 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/gulf-recreational-red-snapper-state-season-opens-may-7 <p> &nbsp;The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters.</p> <p> The 2016 season will open Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28, the season will open continuously through July 10. Finally, the season will reopen for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, and on Labor Day. This would provide for a 78-day season in Gulf state waters.</p>