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  • Seahorse Key offers numerous hands-on lessons on coastal environment, sea life

    The Cedar Key School fourth- and fifth-graders spent May 3 on Seahorse Key where the University of Florida operates the Nature Coast Biological Station and Seahorse Key Marine Lab.

    The first activity planned by the UF staff and CKS teachers was to simulate climate change and glacial melting. Students placed a miniature home on the model, trying to figure out where the safest place would be. Most of the homes were flooded or washed away by the warming climate and those that could be saved were moved to a safe zone.

  • New mural painted across from chamber office

    By C.L. Watson, Cedar Key Correspondent

    Students from Cedar Key fourth and fifth grade were chosen to help paint the mural, a plaque with each of the names is attached for recognition: Payton Campbell, Kayley Sloan, Isaac Custer, Micah Dehaven, Reese Solowski, Kaytie Bailey, Karlie Bailey, Rylee Slemp and Carlie Brown. Smith said the students are really proud of all their work and were elated to see it all come to life.

  • Coast Guard finds missing boater 35 miles west of Cedar Key

    The Coast Guard located a missing 53-year-old woman aboard her 22-foot boat 35 miles west of Cedar Key, Tuesday.

    Rescued was Doreen Bauer, 53.

    At 7:41 p.m. Monday, Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call from Oliver Bauer, stating his wife left Cedar Key Marina aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat and had not returned. He reported she should have returned before†sunset. Watchstanders also received a call from Bauer’s friend reporting she called, said she was out of gas, and didn’t know where she was.

  • Small boat meet this weekend

    By C.L. Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    People, water, and small boats have been a combination for more than 10,000 years.

    The Pesse Canoe found in 1955 by a farmer in the Netherlands is the oldest known prehistoric vessel, carbon dated between 8040 and 7510 B.C. It’s a simple dugout canoe made from a scotch pine log in which the center was scraped out. The boat is on display at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands, and is named after the village in which it was found.

  • Cedar Key Women's Club supports our troops

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club recently donated $2,000 to the Fisher House of Gainesville. Presenting the donation at the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center on behalf of the CKWC, Eileen Senecal proudly poses with Michelle Howard, the Fisher House Manager. Eileen Senecal represents and lives the spirit of giving to this worthy cause—a cause she initiated 7 years ago.

  • Tale of a whale

    By C L Watson, Beacon Correspondent

    Charity and David Hyatt experienced one of the most amazing sights Sunday, Feb. 18, while fishing southwest of Seahorse Key when a 2-year-old juvenile male North Atlantic right whale breached the water very close to their boat. They photographed and took videos of the whale that caused a stir in Cedar Key.

  • Scouts help clean up the Cedar Key Cemetery

    By Deborah Goad, Beacon Correspondent

    Cedar Key Cemetery has endured many storms. Cedar Key Cub Scout Pack 114 and St. Petersburg Boy Scout Troop 209 joined to clean up the cemetery Saturday, April 15.

    St. Petersburg assistant scoutmaster Rob Hudson recently visited his father, Bob Hudson, who lives in Cedar Key. After a stroll through the cemetery, Rob noted the downed trees and debris scattered about and came up with an idea.

  • March students of the month
  • CK Open nabs over $5.5K for Fire Rescue

    The momentum continues to grow for the annual Cedar Key Open Golf Tournament.

    On March 7, the charity event set a new mark for itself in its third edition, raising $5,513 for the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

    In three years, it’s raised $13,139 for local causes. Last year’s funds went toward the Cedar Key Library.

    With 88 competitors and 22 teams, participation also saw an uptick for the Open.

  • Lisa P. Young Fine Art & Design to Display at the Festival

    Lisa P. Young Art admirers are encouraged to check out her booth at Cedar Key’s 54th Annual Fine Arts Festival taking place March 24th from 10 am to 5 pm and March 25th from 10 am to 4 pm on Historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key, FL.