Local News

  • New Director of Aquaculture named

    Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam has announced that Kal Knickerbocker has accepted the position of Director of Aquaculture at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

  • Clear water makes for good sights

    Hey everyone, I want to start by saying, “ Stop doing the rain dance!”

  • Hand(s) full

    These three brothers from Jacksonville fished with Captain Voyles in Cedar Key recently and landed this 61-inch king mackerel in just 12 feet of water near Seahorse Key.

    The fish had a 21-inch girth and took 25 minutes to subdue. They also caught several blacktip sharks in the 3-5 foot range. The boys said they plan to return to Cedar Key for more fantastic inshore fishing.


    Overall, Cedar Key School’s FFA Chapter earned trophies in nine contests this year – not too shabby for the smallest public school in Florida. Only the top five teams in the state in each contest are invited to be on stage during the awards ceremony. There are about 16,000 FFA members statewide.

       Denny Voyles is the FFA advisor for both chapters (middle and high).

       “I am so proud of the accomplishments of our FFA chapters here at Cedar Key. We all work very hard to earn these awards,” Voyles said.

  • Ask a Lawyer: Let buyer beware when buying ‘bargain’ house

    T. L. of Old Town asks “I recently purchased a house on five acres and thought I got a pretty good deal. However, a few weeks after I bought the place, I found out that somebody had been murdered in the house and it gave me the creeps. I don’t want to live in it anymore. Is there anything I can do to get my money back? Isn’t there a law which requires a seller to disclose something like that?

  • Cedar Key part of stone crab research

    Florida’s commercial stone crab fishery averages between 2 and 3 million pounds of claws per season and provides 99 percent of all landings in the U.S. 

  • Helping vets heal away from home

    Eileen Senecal of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club presents a check for $2,000 to Patti Fabiani, executive director of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. During 2012 and 2013 the ladies of the club have raffled off two quilts as a fundraiser for the soon to be built Fisher House. The first quilt to be raffled was made by several of the local

  • CK Light Station to host Seminole reenactors

    The Cedar Keys Light Station is nearly 159 years old.  To celebrate its part in our history, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host a lighthouse open house on August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring your own boat or take a tour boat out into the Gulf to join in the fun.  

  • Amid Fourth fun, Market robbed

    By Janel Heflin, Special to the Beacon

    While the Fourth of July is typically a day for celebration with family and friends, food and fireworks, unfortunate events including the robbery of The Market, and incidences of shoplifting at the Dilly Dally Gally, rained down disappointment on business owners of the small island community of Cedar Key. 

  • FWC blue crab trap closure affects Levy County waters

    Two regional blue crab trap closures are coming up and Levy County is included in one of them.

    During these closures, all blue crab traps must be removed from the water. These closures help FWC identify and retrieve lost and abandoned traps from the water.

    On July 10-19, blue crab traps must be removed from all waters of Broward through Pasco counties.

    On July 20-29, blue crab traps must be removed from all waters of Hernando through Wakulla counties, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay.