http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cedar Key joins worldwide Coastal Cleanup http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-joins-worldwide-coastal-cleanup-0 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2017-ck-coastalcleanup2_copy.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The 32nd International Coastal Cleanup is a thing of the past, but like the tide, the event and marine debris will return until people change their behavior. The cleanup is always on the third Saturday of September.</p> <p> <br /> Cedar Key joined hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat marine debris during International Coastal Cleanup, the world&rsquo;s largest single-day volunteer effort to remove trash from our beaches, waterways, lakes, rivers and parks. The cleanup took place Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers received a free lunch and a t-shirt.</p> Cedar Key Pirate Invasion rescheduled for December http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-pirate-invasion-rescheduled-december <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/21728606_1302279243234161_5024506770506740603_o.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="123" height="85" /><p> The Cedar Key Pirate Invasion was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 15 through Sept. 17.</p> <p> But Hurricane Irma, which arrived the Monday before the festival, spoiled those plans. Event organizers decided to postpone the event while millions around Florida remained without power and fuel and dealt with the storm&rsquo;s aftermath.</p> <p> The festival now has a new date, and it fall after hurricane season. The Fifth Annual Cedar Key Pirate Invasion will be held Dec. 1 through Dec. 3.</p> Levy escapes worst from Irma http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/levy-escapes-worst-irma <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8968.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The worst-case projections for Irma predicted a potential Category 2 &ndash; even 3 &ndash; barreling through the area, with sustained winds of more than 100 miles per hour, and a storm surge around 15 or 20 feet, leaving parts of Cedar Key and Yankeetown inaccessible for the foreseeable future.</p> <p> Thankfully, the county was spared from that scenario.</p> Police struggle to keep traffic moving north ahead of Irma http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/police-struggle-keep-traffic-moving-north-ahead-irma <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/irma_traffic_us19_north_cheifland.jpeg" alt="An aerial shot of US 19 northbound traffic and a winding line at the Marathon gas station (front-center), with Walmart pictured in the distance on right." title="An aerial shot of US 19 northbound traffic and a winding line at the Marathon gas station (front-center), with Walmart pictured in the distance on right." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> By the time Hurricane Irma passed, the city of Chiefland fared well, except for car after car after car, camping trailers, motorhomes and more cars lined up one after another as they fled north from south Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma.</p> <p> Friday seemed like a typical day. The weather was nice, sunny, a few fluffy clouds floated through the sky, there was nothing threatening that would explain an impending natural disaster.</p> Senator Nelson discusses issues on stop in Fanning Springs http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/senator-nelson-discusses-issues-stop-fanning-springs <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_8135.jpg" alt="U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in Fanning Springs." title="U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in Fanning Springs." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Healthcare was a hot topic during U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson&rsquo;s stop at the Suwannee River Fair and Livestock Association Tri-County Pavilion in Fanning Springs on Aug. 29.</p> <p> A crowd of around 45, including many local officials from the Tri-County area, gathered to hear the Democratic senator, who soon handed the floor over to those in attendance to voice their concerns over issues that are affecting the area.</p> Around the world in 120 days http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/around-world-120-days <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/robert_mohr_0145_filtered.jpg" alt="Robert Mohr, of Munich, Germany, stops at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland Aug. 24 to charge the batteries for his electric bicycle. Mohr was on the last leg of his trip around the world." title="Robert Mohr, of Munich, Germany, stops at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland Aug. 24 to charge the batteries for his electric bicycle. Mohr was on the last leg of his trip around the world." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A Russian newspaper reported the future had come to its village with the speed of the past. Three months later, that future arrived in Chiefland personified by a German man on a Norwegian electric bicycle.</p> <p> Robert Mohr, 41, left Oslo, Norway, May 16 at noon with the hope of riding into the Guinness Book of World Records on a Buddy Bike Model M2. He expects to finish during the Street Life Festival in Munich on Sept. 9-10.</p> Levy Emergency Director completes FEMA course http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/levy-emergency-director-completes-fema-course <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/john_macdonald2.jpg" alt="Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, left, FEMA Emergency Management Institute Superintendent Tony Russell, right, presents the Advanced Academy Diploma to Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald Aug. 18." title="Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, left, FEMA Emergency Management Institute Superintendent Tony Russell, right, presents the Advanced Academy Diploma to Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald Aug. 18." align="left" hspace="6" width="136" height="85" /><p> Levy County Emergency Management Director John MacDonald graduated the FEMA National Emergency Management Advanced Academy Aug. 18 after completing 160 hours of course study. The academy is one of the most demanding programs FEMA offers and includes &quot;Best Practices&quot; in leadership, preparedness and response to disasters.</p> County seeks bids for Courthouse renovations http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/county-seeks-bids-courthouse-renovations <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/paul_silverman.jpg" alt="Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, presents his findings on possible renovations to the Levy County Courthouse." title="Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, presents his findings on possible renovations to the Levy County Courthouse." align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> Levy County needs a new courthouse, but the project is too cost-prohibitive at the moment.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s what Paul Silverman, trial court administrator for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Appeals, found in exploring the courthouse&rsquo;s infrastructure needs and the options available.</p> <p> However, he concluded there are affordable short-term options available to address its pair of most pressing security needs.</p>