http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en No decisions: C Street Bridge, cell tower still up in the air http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/no-decisions-c-street-bridge-cell-tower-still-air <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ckcstreet.jpg" alt="C Street Bridge" title="C Street Bridge" align="left" hspace="6" width="62" height="85" /><p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Cedar Key Commission meeting opened on a quiet note of prayer and a pledge, discussion about bridge construction, then went into a pretty heated public comment session as resident Bob Kay said if a cell phone and wireless broadband tower is built on the island he will have to move away.</span></p> <p> Mayor Dale Register announced at the opening of the Jan. 20 meeting that Commissioners Nettie Hodges and Sue Colson were absent due to illness.</p> Cedar Key FFA donates four tons of food http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-ffa-donates-four-tons-food <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_20150115_140639733.jpg" alt="Cedar Key FFA members pose with a load of food." title="Cedar Key FFA members pose with a load of food." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">By SARAH BARTHOLEMY</strong></p> <p> <strong>Shark Correspondent</strong></p> <p> Jan. 16 was a big day for Cedar Key FFA. After two and a half years of growing and donating fresh food to the Cedar Key Food Pantry, the chapter officially donated four tons of food, that&rsquo;s 8,000 pounds of freshly grown crops, farm raised tilapia, fresh Gulf of Mexico reef fish, one hog and five deer that have been donated over the years.&nbsp;</p> TNR program nears 1,000 cats http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/tnr-program-nears-1000-cats <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cats.jpg" alt="Cats!" title="Cats!" align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">A Trap Neuter Return program in Cedar Key has treated nearly 1,000 of the town&rsquo;s feline friends.</span></p> <p> The TNR program, organized by Cedar Key&rsquo;s Oliver and Doreen Bauer - owners of the Faraway Inn, has spayed or neutered and vaccinated a whopping 951 cats since its start in Oct. 2006.</p> Homecoming Fever http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/homecoming-fever <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1028.jpg" alt="Easten Hathcox was one of the many in a sea of purple and gold during last week&#039;s homecoming parade. More pictures from the event are on pages 4-5." title="Easten Hathcox was one of the many in a sea of purple and gold during last week&#039;s homecoming parade. More pictures from the event are on pages 4-5." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /> Manatee deaths down in 2014 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/manatee-deaths-down-2014 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2015-01-08_at_2.43.49_pm.png" alt="Manatees are plentiful this time of the year, as is evident by this photo of the creatures swimming in Crystal River recently." title="Manatees are plentiful this time of the year, as is evident by this photo of the creatures swimming in Crystal River recently." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Manatee deaths appear to be down last year compared to the record numbers reported by state officials in 2013.</span></p> <p> As of December, 2014, 368 manatee deaths were reported for the year by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One-hundred-twenty-five of those deaths were labeled as undetermined. Manatee infant deaths accounted for 99 mortalities. Sixty-seven were the result of collisions with watercraft. Twenty-six were attributed to natural causes and 24 died due to cold stress.</p> Welcome, weekend warriors http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/welcome-weekend-warriors <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/roycenelson.jpg" alt="Cedar Key Commissioner Roy Nelson expressed concern at a recent city meeting over an Army Reserve training exercise scheduled in Cedar Key this weekend." title="Cedar Key Commissioner Roy Nelson expressed concern at a recent city meeting over an Army Reserve training exercise scheduled in Cedar Key this weekend." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">An Army Reserve unit that goes into areas after combat or natural disasters to help reestablish civil government is coming to Bronson and Cedar Key this weekend for a training exercise.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> And while a media release says this is a way of sharpening weekend warrior&rsquo;s skills for when they are deployed to places like war torn Bagdad or Sierra Leone during the ebola outbreak, at least one Cedar Key city commissioner sees a more sinister plan at work.&nbsp;</p> Forestry team finishes fourth in state http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/forestry-team-finishes-fourth-state <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/forestry_team.jpg" alt="Members of the Forestry Judging team are, from left, Taryn Epperson, Nathanael Brinkman, Kit Riley and Michael Shewey." title="Members of the Forestry Judging team are, from left, Taryn Epperson, Nathanael Brinkman, Kit Riley and Michael Shewey." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">The Cedar Key FFA added some more trophies to the ag room wall last month by placing fourthoverall in the state forestry contest held in Perry.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> Aside from placing fourth, the team also brought home plaques for&nbsp; second place in equipment identification, third in general knowledge and first in compass and pacing.&nbsp;</p> Legislators listen to wish lists http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/legislators-listen-wish-lists <p> <span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">There must be a law in nature that says the smaller the meeting room the bigger the turnout. Such was the situation when the Levy County legislative delegation met last week to hear what county and municipal leaders and residents want to see come out of the upcoming legislative session.</span></p>