http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Rescue workers respond to two overturned boats http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/rescue-workers-respond-two-overturned-boats <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/100_0044.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> At about 7 p.m., Friday, July 18, the Levy County 9-1-1 Communications Center received a call reporting an overturned boat with three passengers. Cedar Key Fire and Department of Public Safety Battalion-1 and Medic 5 (Cedar Key) responded to the scene. En route to that call, another call came in for an overturned kayak with two passengers in the water.<br /> Property taxes could go down this year http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/property-taxes-could-go-down-year <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_32.jpg" alt="The commission meeting on Tuesday, from left to right, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown, Commissioners John Meeks, Danny Stevens, Ryan Bell, Mike Joyner and Chad Johnson, and Sheila Rees, deputy clerk for finance, standing in for the absent Clerk Danny Shipp." title="The commission meeting on Tuesday, from left to right, County Attorney Anne Bast Brown, Commissioners John Meeks, Danny Stevens, Ryan Bell, Mike Joyner and Chad Johnson, and Sheila Rees, deputy clerk for finance, standing in for the absent Clerk Danny Shipp." align="left" hspace="6" width="171" height="85" /><p> Property values are up a smidgen this year, so the Levy County Commission will be giving property owners a break, tentatively dropping the millage from last year&rsquo;s 8.3307 to 8.2741 mills.</p> <p> The unanimous action by the commissioners came at the end of a budget workshop on Tuesday, said County Coordinator Fred Moody. Property taxes are just one part of the budget picture with grants, fees, penalties and interest on due bills and assessments also being collected. The preliminary county budget is estimated to have $61,953,536 in revenue in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.</p> Two arrested in torturing tortoises http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/two-arrested-torturing-tortoises <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/gopher.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two Clay County teenagers Friday morning on charges of torturing a gopher tortoise.<br /> Danielle Susan Dionne, 15, and Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, have been arrested on charges of felony cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony, and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor.<br /> Mighty Youth Conservation Corps breaks records http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/mighty-youth-conservation-corps-breaks-records <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1489.jpg" alt="Tristan Smith, Riverside HS, Peter Bariteau, Chiefland HS,  Tucker Woodward, Buchholz HS, and Dalton Koonce,  Chiefland HS trimmed the River Trail." title="Tristan Smith, Riverside HS, Peter Bariteau, Chiefland HS,  Tucker Woodward, Buchholz HS, and Dalton Koonce,  Chiefland HS trimmed the River Trail." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Summer work begins early in the morning for the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) students at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. Before the sun makes it over the long leaf pines in the forest, the ice is already in the cooler. Equipment for the day&rsquo;s work is loaded into the truck along with other essentials, but nothing that would attract bats.</p> Cedar Key to get billboard boost http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-get-billboard-boost <p> Cedar Key and Levy County will get a high profile boost with tourists along Interstate 75 in Gainesville during what is typically a slow season.<br /> Carol McQueen has been in negotiations to design billboards that tout the county&rsquo;s attractions to people traveling through Gainesville.<br /> Florida landmark relocated http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/florida-landmark-relocated <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cape_san_blas_house_move.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The Cape San Blas lighthouse, located 12-miles south of the city of Port St. Joe on the south point of the St. Joseph Peninsula, is no stranger to the effects of erosion. First lighted in 1849, the lighthouse fell down during a gale in 1851. The light was rebuilt in 1856 but destroyed two months later.</p> 'Dear Gov. Scott, CK oysters need help, too' http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/dear-gov-scott-ck-oysters-need-help-too <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/10426691_802746953083655_6057049247665906476_n.jpg" alt="Heath Davis is farming oysters in bags on a submerged site in Cedar Key. " title="Heath Davis is farming oysters in bags on a submerged site in Cedar Key. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> While Cedar Key is famed for its sweet, succulent clams, it was the area&rsquo;s fat, salty oysters that once ruled the shellfish business.</p> <p> But they have fallen on hard times, much like their neighbors to the north in Apalachicola Bay and the local waters were depleted by a drought of several years that made the area waters too salty for oysters to thrive and made them vulnerable to disease.</p> CK CRA, Commission Agendas for Tuesday, Aug. 5 meeting http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/ck-cra-commission-agendas-tuesday-aug-5-meeting <p> <strong>City of Cedar Key</strong></p> <p> <strong>Audit Committee</strong></p> <p> August 5, 2014</p> <p> City Hall</p> <p> 5:15 PM</p> <p> Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance</p> <p> Public Comment</p> <p> Discussion Regarding Audit Engagement Letter from Purvis &amp; Gray</p> <p> Adjourn</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Cedar Key</strong></p> <p> <strong>Community Redevelopment Agency</strong></p> <p> August 5, 2014</p> <p> City Hall</p> <p> 6:00 PM</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance</p> <p> Public Comment</p>