https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Ribbon cutting on the reef https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/ribbon-cutting-reef <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/reef_ribbon_cutting_better.jpg" alt="UF scientists and construction and engineering crew members who oversaw the restoration of the Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef off Cedar Key celebrate the project completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 10." title="UF scientists and construction and engineering crew members who oversaw the restoration of the Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef off Cedar Key celebrate the project completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 10." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The University of Florida and project construction and engineering crew members gathered on Dec. 10 for a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly restored Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef in Cedar Key. Boats carrying guests and media members, including a national correspondent for NPR, launched at low tide from the Shell Mound Boat Ramp.</p> Anglers offer advice ahead of saltwater license-free fishing day https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/anglers-offer-advice-ahead-saltwater-license-free-fishing-day <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fishin_1.jpg" alt="Al Smith casts out off the “Follow That Dream” bridge on CR 40 in Yankeetown." title="Al Smith casts out off the “Follow That Dream” bridge on CR 40 in Yankeetown." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Suzette Cook/Reporter</p> <p> Florida residents and visitors can try their skills and luck at catching saltwater fish without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Nov. 24.</p> Seafood fest weekend lures record crowd https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/seafood-fest-weekend-lures-record-crowd <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ck_fest_1.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="84" height="85" /><p> Suzette Cook, Reporter</p> <p> Just as Richard Rooney of Gainesville was toting an artisan designed flamingo lamp to his car, floats, students, Cedar Key locals, and hopeful politicians began making their way around the corner and over the bridge.</p> UF Scientists share research project activities, results with NCBS visitors https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/uf-scientists-share-research-project-activities-results-ncbs-visitors <img src="https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/biological_1.jpg" alt="Isabelle Ellison, 9, third grader from Orlando learns about sea species from Chelsea Conley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife grad program at UF that is working with the NCBS station." title="Isabelle Ellison, 9, third grader from Orlando learns about sea species from Chelsea Conley of the Florida Fish and Wildlife grad program at UF that is working with the NCBS station." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> By Suzette Cook, Staff writer</p> <p> Approachable University of Florida experts stood behind their efforts with detailed graphics, and hands-on samples of equipment and specimens related to Nature Coast environmental studies in areas including sea grass ecology, hard clam aquaculture, oyster clusters and reef restoration during a display at the Nature Coast Biological Station in Cedar Key.</p> Evacuation ordered for coastal residents in Levy County https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/evacuation-ordered-coastal-residents-levy-county <p> An evacuation has been ordered for Levy County residents and visitors in the coastal areas of Levy County. This includes, but is not limited to Cedar Key, Yankeetown, Fowlers Bluff, Fanning Springs, and any other area that is prone to storm surge. Please start your preparations for evacuations as soon as you can and be completed by 8pm on Tuesday. Residents and visitors of Cedar Key need to be off the island before the storm surge arrives.</p> Bridges to close ahead of Hurricane Michael https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/bridges-close-ahead-hurricane-michael <p> Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum announced that in preparation for the significant tidal surge anticipated for our coastal areas in Levy County, SR 24 at the Number 4 Bridge will be closed to traffic going onto the island of Cedar Key at 5 PM Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Only residents and business owners with proper re-entry credentials after the closure is posted will be allowed onto the island to make any final preparations.</p> <p> SR 40 west at the Yankeetown General Store will be closed to all traffic at 5 PM tomorrow.</p> Monday afternoon update on Hurricane Michael https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/monday-afternoon-update-hurricane-michael <p> Levy County residents and visitors along the coast are urged to finish their preparations for Hurricane Michael. Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall as a possible Category 3 Hurricane in the panhandle of Florida. Even though the storm is not expected to hit us directly, dangerous storm surge flooding along the Coast of Levy County is expected. Residents and visitors must make preparations now in order to make sure they are safe.</p> Tropical Storm Michael update https://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/tropical-storm-michael-update <p>