http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Oysters given $8.3M to make a comeback http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/oysters-given-83m-make-comeback <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/peter_and_disciples.jpg" alt="Dr. Peter Frederick, center, leads a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research team that has just been awarded an $8.3 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to rebuild Lone Cabbage Reef. A restored reef could act to buffer a much larger area of fish and shellfish habitat from negative consequences of sea level rise and climate change. " title="Dr. Peter Frederick, center, leads a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research team that has just been awarded an $8.3 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to rebuild Lone Cabbage Reef. A restored reef could act to buffer a much larger area of fish and shellfish habitat from negative consequences of sea level rise and climate change. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <strong>Special to the Cedar Key Beacon<br /> </strong></p> <p> In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida&rsquo;s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent, according to University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers.</p> <p> For residents who depend on the fishing grounds and other coastal resources protected by these reefs, it&rsquo;s a worrying trend.</p> Prayers for teen in fatal hunting accident http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/prayers-teen-fatal-hunting-accident <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0174.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key community lost its holiday joy on Wednesday morning when word spread that prayers were needed for a family.</p> <p> Authorities confirmed that Jacob Solano, 18, a senior at Cedar Key School, died when his gun discharged while he was hog hunting on Black Point Island off Shell Mound.</p> <p> The loss is devastating to the school which has only 14 students in the Class of 2017 and Solano was one of four young men in the class. When students, who are on Thanksgiving break,, return to school on Monday, there will be grief counselors available.&nbsp;</p> Lion-size gift for library's children http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/lion-size-gift-librarys-children <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/175edit.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="118" height="85" /><p> Cedar Key Librarian Molly Jubitz, left, participates in the presentation of a $10,000 check by Larry Masters, Lions District Governo to Sue Wooley, President of the Friends of the Cedar Key Library. The money is part of the Lions Club International&#39;s celebration of the civic organization&#39;s Centennial.</p> Woman’s Club 2017 calendar released http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/woman%E2%80%99s-club-2017-calendar-released <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2016-11-15_at_1.03.46_pm.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key Calendar, which has become a tradition in four years, arrives in Cedar Key this week. &ldquo;This year we have been offered pictures from over 25 photographers, and the results are better than ever!&rdquo; says Calendar Coordinator Vicki Crumpley, of the Cedar Key Woman&rsquo;s Club.</p> Opening reception for Leland Williams at Arts Center http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/opening-reception-leland-williams-arts-center <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lelandwillima.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="447" height="85" /><p> An opening reception for the Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery opening of an exhibit &mdash; Time &amp; Tide &mdash; will be hosted by the center&rsquo;s patrons on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.</p> <p> The event is free to the public and appetizers, drinks and conversation will be available to all. Come share a little time with the art community at the Cedar Key Arts Center season opener.</p> A few good brews, and Moon Pies, too http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/few-good-brews-and-moon-pies-too <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2016-09-27_at_12.47.16_pm.png" alt="The 1842 Daily Grind Coffee Shop and the Cedar Key Country Store are located on Second Street and State Road 24." title="The 1842 Daily Grind Coffee Shop and the Cedar Key Country Store are located on Second Street and State Road 24." align="left" hspace="6" width="152" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Heather Sikes and Jesse Crawford</strong></p> <p> <em><strong>Shark Correspondents</strong></em></p> <p> With the revamping of Cedar Key there has been the appearance of two new establishments right on the corner of 2nd street across from Tony&rsquo;s Seafood. They are the 1842 Daily Grind Coffee Shop and the Cedar Key Country Store.</p> Cedar Key Woman's Club is fired up for year http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-womans-club-fired-year <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1708.jpg" alt="From right to left, Susan Hollandsworth, Ken Young, Susan Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal" title="From right to left, Susan Hollandsworth, Ken Young, Susan Rosenthal, Eileen Senecal" align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The first meeting of the Cedar Key Woman&rsquo;s Club&rsquo;s 2016-2017 service season started off with a bang!&nbsp; Leading the charge was First Vice-President Eileen Senecal, standing in for President Jane Moore and heading up a new roster of Woman&rsquo;s Club officers.</p> Sun shines on seafood festival http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/sun-shines-seafood-festival <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8838.jpg" alt="The seafood festival included a live petting tank where visitors could learn about marine life and touch the animals. It ws sponsored by UF/IFAS and the Nature Coast Biological Center. " title="The seafood festival included a live petting tank where visitors could learn about marine life and touch the animals. It ws sponsored by UF/IFAS and the Nature Coast Biological Center. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Lions Club President Elaine Bower was busy handing out ears of corn to the hungry crowds that showed up the past weekend for the group&#39;s 47th Annual Seafood Festival.</p> <p> Blessing the event that celebrates the islands rich variety of seafood was a bright sun, a mild breeze and crowds that came from as fsr away as The Villages and Orlando. While most visitors were from the North Central Florida area, they turned out to see a comunity that has worked hard to recover from Hurricane Hermine.</p>