• Idle-speed, no-wake zones activated on Suwannee River

    Two idle-speed, no-wake zones are activated on the Suwannee River as of Thursday due to high water levels, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox rose above 9 feet Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) activated boating restrictions on Zone 4. This is the third zone to be activated this month.

  • Two New York campers die on Suwannee

    The bodies of two upstate New York residents camping at a state park in White Springs were found in the Suwannee River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

    The body of Grace C. Maynard, 73, from Auburn, N.Y., was discovered Friday at 9:20 a.m. floating in the river downstream from the Highway 51 bridge. The body of her husband, James J. Maynard, 74, also from Auburn, N.Y., was found Sunday floating approximately 1.6 miles upstream from Dowling Park, FWC officials said.

  • Blue Grotto gets facelift

    New improvements are putting Blue Grotto Dive Resort on the map as a one-stop dive spot. 

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to recent large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

  • Lionfish: ‘A plague that can be managed’

    Venomous invaders from the South Pacific and Indian oceans are in the Cedar Keys area to stay, according to a scientist from the University of Florida.

  • Cedar Key, Beacon fishing columnist featured on TV

    Cedar Key Beacon fishing columnist Capt'n. Danny Allen and his hometown are the starts in a nationally televised show on the Pursuit Channel and NBC Sports Network on Feb. 12 and 26.

    "Tidal Adventures" is a 25-minute show, sponsored by the Levy County Visitors Bureau, that showcases the world-class fishing in and around the Cedar Keys.

  • Spread cheer with manatee, sea turtle decals

    Those searching for a meaningful holiday gift should consider choosing one that helps protect Florida’s manatees and sea turtles.

  • Learn more about Florida’s other blue crab

    While I try hard to keep track of the more than 500 marine fish and invertebrates the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manages, I sometimes field calls about things I don’t deal with on a daily basis. Like when an angler wants to know about using barnacles as bait (yes, you can). 

  • Luke Corbitt fishing tournament

    The 2nd annual Luke Corbitt memorial fishing tournament benefiting  the Children's Table will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Waccasassa boat ramp.

    There's a $25 registration fee. Registration starts at 6 a.m. at the boat ramp.

    There will be cash prizes for biggest red, biggest trout, biggest combo and most unique fish caught. There will also be free barbeque and door prizes.

    For advanced registration, call 352-278-3379.  

  • More oyster harvest arrests made

    A special detail of wildlife officers has been working the Nature Coast from Cedar Key to Shired Island handing out citations and arresting fishermen cited more than once in an effort to curb the harvesting of oysters in closed areas. Officers have filed 16 cases thus far.