http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Why FEMA is not here, yet http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/why-fema-not-here-yet <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fema.jpg" alt="Damage at the Cedar Key City Marina after Hermine came through. " title="Damage at the Cedar Key City Marina after Hermine came through. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <style type="text/css"> P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }</style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> If you suffered damage when Hurricane Hermine swept by on Sept. 1 and are wondering why FEMA has not shown up to stroke a check it is not going to happen.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, doers not do things that way any longer. Since 2002 there has been a federal law setting in place a process for obtaining federal aid.</p> Recreation impact fee money closes gap for Shell Mound road http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/recreation-impact-fee-money-closes-gap-shell-mound-road <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/shell_mound_2.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> That worn out, way too narrow strip of asphalt known as Shell Mound Road will finally be widened to 22 feet, have guardrails in a vulnerable spot and be repaved, thanks to the county recreation impact fee fund.</p> Posters show author’s purpose http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/posters-show-author%E2%80%99s-purpose <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8723.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <strong>Annie McCain</strong></p> <p> <strong>Shark Correspondent</strong></p> <p> Fourth graders at Cedar Key School recently participated in a poster contest about the concept of an author&rsquo;s purpose.</p> <p> The winners were Jeremiah Brown, Dana Hinkle and Raechel Brinkman. Jeremiah and Dana tied for first place and Raechel placed second.</p> <p> After the contest Dana said she learned that, &ldquo;Authors can write to inform, express feelings, entertain, or persuade.&rdquo;</p> Welcome to Cedar Key Mrs. Brooke http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/welcome-cedar-key-mrs-brooke <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8572.jpg" alt="Brooke Smith is the new elementary ESE teacher" title="Brooke Smith is the new elementary ESE teacher" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Annie McCain<br /> </strong></p> <p> <strong>Shark Correspondent</strong></p> <p> Mrs. Brooke Smith is the new elementary ESE teacher at Cedar Key School.</p> <p> She came to Cedar Key from Chiefland Elementary after teaching there for a year. She has been teaching for 14 years in all since earning her degree from the University of South Florida where she played soccer. Miss Brooke still holds some soccer records at the USF and was formerly a member of the U.S. Olympic soccer team.</p> Cedar Key Pirate Invasion this weekend http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-pirate-invasion-weekend <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7560_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> There will be some changes to the invasion due to Hermine, however the invasion is still on. Check www.facebook.com/CedarKeyPirateInvasion for updates.</p> <p> Volunteers are needed to help with the 4th Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion weekend Sept. 16-18.</p> <p> Plans for the event calls for a historical reenactment where visitors can check out an authentic pirate encampment in the City Park and see how real pirates lived and worked on land.</p> Storm news from the Levy Health Department http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/storm-news-levy-health-department <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> Hurricane warning, watches for Levy http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/hurricane-warning-watches-levy <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/image.gif" alt="Here is a wind speed probability map. Levy is on the edge of the purple." title="Here is a wind speed probability map. Levy is on the edge of the purple." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The National Hurricane Center has issued a Hurricane Watch for the area from Anclote Key to the Suwannee River that includes tLevy County.</p> <p> A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Suwannee River north toMexico Beach.</p> <p> With that announcement, the Levy County Department of Public Safety pulled its ambulance from the Cedar Key area and brought it to Bronson. Residents with special needs can evacuate to the special needs shorter at Bronson Elementary School.&nbsp;</p> Scam alert http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/scam-alert <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2016-09-06_at_2.53.34_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Levy County Emergency Management wants to warn the residents of Levy County to be on the lookout for people attempting to scam residents that have been affected by Hurricane Hermine.<br /> <br /> There have been reports in surrounding counties of people offering to assist with FEMA claims for a fee.&nbsp; Please do not fall for this.&nbsp; FEMA has not opened the claim period as of yet, and even when they do, they will not require any other person or entity to assist with filing the claim.<br /> <br />