http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Cedar Key's McCain honored with award http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-keys-mccain-honored-award <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kenny.jpg" alt="From left, refuge Employee of the Year Kenny McCain, Chief of the Refuge System Jim Kurth and President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association David Houghton." title="From left, refuge Employee of the Year Kenny McCain, Chief of the Refuge System Jim Kurth and President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association David Houghton." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Recent retiree from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Ken McCain was honored with a formal ceremony last week, receiving the National Wildlife Refuge Employee of the Year Award for 2014.&nbsp; Dignitaries from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, its Refuge System, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as friends and family were in attendance for the celebration.<br /> Red tide organism found in Cedar Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/red-tide-organism-found-cedar-key <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2014-09-12_at_2.54.59_pm.png" alt=" A map showing red tide concentrations of Karenia brevis as of Sept. 10." title=" A map showing red tide concentrations of Karenia brevis as of Sept. 10." align="left" hspace="6" width="104" height="85" /><p> A dangerous toxin-producing organism known as Karenia brevis from a red tide bloom first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico near the end of July has made it to Cedar Key, according to officials.<br /> In early August, the bloom was 50 to 80 miles offshore, and testing for the organism, which can affect the nervous system of people and animals, confirmed that it had only reached areas near Pinellas County.<br /> But the bloom, over recent months, has migrated with the wind, coming as close to shore as 5 to 30 miles between Dixie and Pinellas counties.<br /> Pirates invade Cedar Key http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/pirates-invade-cedar-key <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3573.jpg" alt="Pillaging and plundering pirates shoot rifles from the beach Saturday." title="Pillaging and plundering pirates shoot rifles from the beach Saturday." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Cedar Key hosted its Second Annual Pirate Invasion last weekend.<br /> Coordinator Joe Catalono, of Bard Productions LLC. out of St. Augustine, said the event was about twice the size it was last year, with about a dozen different pirate crews from Georgia and all over Florida staging reenactments and pirate dramas throughout town.<br /> Catalono coordinated the event with the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and the Levy County Visitors Bureau.<br /> Museum on Main Street schedule of events http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/museum-main-street-schedule-events <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3523.jpg" alt="Refuge Ranger Pam Darty stares at a display making up part of the Museum on Main Street Exhibit downtown." title="Refuge Ranger Pam Darty stares at a display making up part of the Museum on Main Street Exhibit downtown." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Saturday, September 20<br /> Seahorse Key Lighthouse Tour, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Special opening of the historic lighthouse with tours provided by Cedar Key Historical Society (CKHS) docents in period dress. Shuttle boats to the island available at City Marina, A Street. Additional information available at <a href="http://CedarKeyHistoricalMuseum.org">CedarKeyHistoricalMuseum.org</a>.<br /> <br /> Sunday, September 21<br /> Cedar Key children take part in Sewing Camp http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-children-take-part-sewing-camp <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sewing1.jpg" alt="Participants at the Sewing Camp, held at The Salty Needle Quilt Shop." title="Participants at the Sewing Camp, held at The Salty Needle Quilt Shop." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> The Salty Needle Quilt Shop opened its doors to a small group of kids for a sewing camp that ran a total of five days, Aug. 4-8, sewing something new and exciting each day.&nbsp;The children got to shop in the store for material needed for their projects, adding their very own touch to everything they completed.<br /> Projects included: a pillow, chicken pin cushion, draw string bag, teddy bear and outfit, shorts and designed T-shirt. &nbsp;Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Bunny were amazing, patient and instilled a new love into all that attended. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> Brotherly advice http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/brotherly-advice <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_3452.jpg" alt="Bradley Smith, right, appears to be giving his younger brother, Jarrett, some advice on how to handle a fish he just caught. The pair were found fishing at Shell Mound this past weekend. The family then planned to spend the rest of the day in Cedar Key. " title="Bradley Smith, right, appears to be giving his younger brother, Jarrett, some advice on how to handle a fish he just caught. The pair were found fishing at Shell Mound this past weekend. The family then planned to spend the rest of the day in Cedar Key. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> Florida continues effort to control invasive lionfish http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/florida-continues-effort-control-invasive-lionfish <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2014-09-12_at_12.57.26_pm.png" alt="Experts believe the invasive lionfish was introduced into Florida waters about 30 years ago as an aquarium release." title="Experts believe the invasive lionfish was introduced into Florida waters about 30 years ago as an aquarium release." align="left" hspace="6" width="100" height="85" /><p> State officials are cracking down on lionfish cultivation.<br /> The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation moved Wednesday to prohibit the harvest and possession of eggs (other than for destruction) from the fish and have made it illegal to intentionally breed the animals, which are recognized as an invasive species that&nbsp; is bad for habitat and native Florida fish.<br /> Every vote counts when only three determine winner http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/every-vote-counts-when-only-three-determine-winner <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0105.jpg" alt="Commissioner Danny Stevens, County Judge James T. Browning and Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones verify a signature on a provisional ballot." title="Commissioner Danny Stevens, County Judge James T. Browning and Supervisor of Elections Tammy Jones verify a signature on a provisional ballot." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> It took a couple of hours on Thursday and all day Friday, but by the time the weekend started the Supervisor of Elections was able to announce that former District 4 Commissioner Lilly Rooks had won the Republican nomination by a three-vote margin.<br /> The final count: 1,728 votes for Rooks to 1,725 votes for incumbent Commissioner Ryan Bell of Chiefland. Rooks will face Democrat Jamie Griffin in the Nov. 4 general election.<br /> It was a sweet comeback for Rooks, defeating the man who unseated her four years ago, and after suffering two strokes earlier this year. &nbsp;<br />