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Cedar Keys

Seahorse Key

Photo courtesy of The Lighthouse People.

    The 30-foot tall Cedar Keys Lighthouse sits atop a 42-foot sandy peak on Seahorse Key, giving the tower a height of more than 70 feet above sea level. Smaller lights on nearby islands made Cedar Keys Lighthouse unnecessary and the Coast Guard closed it in 1915. Lying entirely within the Cedar Keys National Wildlife refuge, Cedar Key holds one of the largest bird nesting areas in Florida. Usually closed to the public, visitors may be admitted once a year during the annual Cedar Keys Seafood Festival in mid-to-late October. The University of Florida leases the lighthouse for use as a marine laboratory.

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