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Taser case resolution approved by commissioners

The City Of Cedar Key approved a resolution Tuesday night “authorizing a negotiated settlement agreement, post mediation and the execution of documents required to effectuate the settlement, for the City of Cedar Key and Michael Cosseboom with Danny Beckham in the case styled Beckham V. The City of Cedar Key.” 

Commissioners were advised by City Attorney David Coffey to approve the resolution without discussion. “It’s recommended that you approve this authorization, and not recommended that there is discussion regarding it, since (the City) is still in litigation,” he said. Coffey also noted that the City is being represented by outside council in the case, which concerns the April 2008 police tasering incident on Dock Street. 

The amount of the settlement has not been released at this time. 



State library aid eliminated from preliminary budget

On March 10 the Florida House and Senate TED Committees eliminated all State Aid to Public Libraries funding from the proposed state budget for the coming year.

The Cedar Key Library, along with public libraries across Florida, is asking you to contact your legislators, the Governor, and legislative leaders and ask them to take the steps necessary to continue funding State Aid to Public Libraries at this year’s $21.2 million level in next year’s budget.  The Senate and House Com-mittees are expected to report out their bills this week or next.   Elimination of State Aid to Public Libraries funding will force the closings of library branches around the state and have a particularly devastating impact on rural counties.  State aid makes up 25 percent of the Cedar Key Library budget. It is also tied to federal funding that is only available with state aid. Contact your Legislative Delegation to tell them about how the elimination of state funds for libraries will affect your community. Ask them to go to the House and Senate leadership and insist that they fund State Aid. The Governor's Office - (850) 488-7146, Charlie.Crist@MyFlorida.com. Larry Cretul, Speaker of the House , whose District includes Levy County: larry.cretul@myfloridahouse.gov, (352) 873-6564.  Contact the library for more information.



Only $1,800 more needed for Art Teacher

The Cedar Key School Art Teacher funding campaign is close to its goal of $20,000. “This morning we were $2,800 from our goal,” Mayor Sue Colson said Tuesday night. “And by ten we were $1,800 away.” 

Colson said that a couple who winters in Cedar Key saw a fundraising sign and came to inquire how the efforts were going. “They wrote a check for $1,000,” she said. 

A final fundraising drive will be held in City Park this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

CKS students will be selling their art and the Schwan’s Food Service truck will be on hand, donating a portion of the sales.

Island Pizzeria will also be at the park selling slices of pizza and donating all proceeds to the Art Teacher Fund.


Scholarship sends Wilson to Kansas City

Cedar Key public Works Director Josh Wilson attended a Public Works Association conference this month in Kansas City. The trip was funded through a scholarship that Commissioner Scott Dennison suggested he apply for last year. Wilson was one of 12 people in the  U.S. to receive the scholarship in which thousands applied, Dennison said. 

Wilson said the conference was very helpful, and included training on such things as learning to work with different commissioners, time management, and prioritizing. Out of all of the attendees, Wilson was from the smallest city, he said.


– Compiled by Kellie Parkin