Coastal Erosion Along G Street Prompts Community Discussion

Posted on October 14, 2016 by

Background The coastal area next to G Street in Cedar Key has changed a lot since the 1970s. A 2008 study funded by the FL Department of Environmental Protection found that the construction of G and 1st streets in the late 1960s and 1970s accelerated erosion and resulted in the loss of the beach from […]

Fall Moons bring Horseshoe Crabs and Citizen Scientists to Nature Coast beaches

Posted on September 25, 2016 by

Horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) are a common sight on sandy beaches and other nearshore habitats in Florida. They mate along beaches, especially during full and new moons of the fall and spring months. This behavior makes study of population numbers convenient because researchers simply need to walk along the beach and count. A citizen science […]

Huge Turnout in Cedar Key for Post-Hermine International Coastal Cleanup Event

Posted on September 23, 2016 by

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is an internationally synchronized marine debris cleanup event – it always occurs on the third Saturday in September and has been running for almost 30 years. In Cedar Key, the cleanup has been running for 10 years and usually has a turnout of between 60 and 120 volunteers. This year, […]

New Sustainability Measures at the Steinhatchee Boat Ramp

Posted on August 31, 2016 by

UPDATE 9/23/2016: The ramp in Steinhatchee is open and operational. UPDATE 9/4/2016: The Ideal Marina ramp in Steinhatchee was damaged during Hurricane Hermine, shortly after the original post below was written. The sign and monofilament bin are still located at the ramp but other aspects of the facility will require repairs. I was very sad to […]

What’s Happening at Joe Raines Beach?

Posted on August 12, 2016 by

By Dr. Mark Clark and Dr. Savanna Barry If you’ve been to Cedar Key lately, you may have noticed heavy machinery and lots of activity going on at Joe Raines Beach and adjacent properties (pictured above). This activity is all due to the Cedar Key Living Shoreline and Tyree Canal Enhancement Project, led by Dr. […]

Make a Difference by Reducing Your Plastic Use

Posted on July 7, 2016 by

  Today is the last day of National Clean Beaches Week but reducing trash in the ocean and on our shorelines, especially plastic debris, is important all year long! What is Clean Beaches Week? (Video) Holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and 4th of July are very popular times to head to the coast – it […]

Recreational Scallop Season 2016

Posted on June 23, 2016 by

Recreational bay scallop season begins this weekend on June 25th, 2016! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the coastal areas of Florida between the Pasco-Hernando County line and Mexico Beach Canal to seek out their limit of scallops. Recreational boating in the Nature Coast reaches peak levels during scallop season, so expect congestion […]