Local News

  • 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.

  • Snapper season to end July 15

    Just a reminder for those anglers who love red snapper and its relatives:

    The 2013 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters will close to harvest on Monday, July 15. The last day the season will be open is Sunday, July 14.  

  • O'Neal leaving commission for W.Va. job

    Pat O'Neal has announced his resignation from the City Commission effective July 17 to accept a job as lead economic development specialist for the Small Business Administration in Clarksburg, W. Va.

    He announced the move in an email and tendered his resignation at Tuesday's combined Community Redevelopment Agency-City Commission meeting. 

    O'Neal won election to the commission in May after losing his seat to Dale Register in 2011 after serving three terms. He has also served as mayor of Cedar Key and as emergency manager for the island. 

  • The Clown Prince

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

  • Cedar Key light station to open this weekend

    Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host the free Seahorse Key Open House event this Saturday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event celebrates the fledging of the nearly 15 species of young birds born on the rookery island this spring.  Access to island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

  • Community Calendar the week of July 4


  • New nests feathered

    Jim Rodgers had hoped for picturesque skies and easy tides out on the water a few weeks ago at Cedar Key, but the reality of what had blown in set him ill at ease and ready to call it a day.

  • Fourth festivities

    Thanks to the generosity of Cedar Key business and home owners, the Annual Firework Display will take place on July 4 at dusk (between 9–9:15 p.m.) from Cemetery Point.