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Today's News

  • 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.

  • CKS track and field duo bring home handful of medals

    Cedar Key sophomores Wade Gore and Sam Parks didn’t just make an appearance at the Florida High School Track & Field State Championships in Jacksonville.

    The Sharks’ track-and-field duo collected multiple medals on their trip to the state meet hosted by the University of North Florida on May 4 and May 5.

    Gore matched his 1.82-meter jump at regionals to finish fifth in the state in Class 1A in the boys’ high jump. Parks, meanwhile, nabbed a trio of state championship medals in adaptive events, including the 200 meter, 800 meter and shot put.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Sharks move on to track and field regionals

    Cedar Key School track and field saw several of its standouts advance to regionals out of the April 11 district meet at Oak Hall School. Shark regional qualifiers include: Wade Gore; Jadyn Beckham; Amanda Robinson; Mikey Beckham; Jasmin Jackson; Annie McCain and Sam Parks. The Cedar Key competitors were particularly impressive in the field events.

    Below is a more detailed list of regional qualifiers and district medalists from Cedar Key, Chiefland and Bronson. The top four placers advance to regionals, and the top eight earned district medals.

  • 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!