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  • 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.

  • Cedar Key Historical Society has the Key to Open Doors to the Past

    Cedar Key Historical Society will open the doors to ten of Cedar Key’s Historic houses, churches and hotels on Saturday, April 7.  Five of the tours are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an additional five tours scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Plan to visit all ten locations.  Easy-to-follow maps will be available.  In addition, tour locations will display festive banners and signs to guide ticket holders to the door!

  • 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

    The hours are from 10 a.m. To 5 p.m, Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. The Cedar Key Arts Center is the coordinating sponsor of this event. This events was named one of the top ten arts festivals in America in 2016.

    For information visit cederkeyartscenter.org.