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  • Cedar Key Beacon Readers' Photo Galleries - Last call for Architecture

    The Beacon is creating readers' photo galleries of Cedar Key character and beauty. Next month we'll look at structures, landmarks and buildings, so send us your photographs of your favorite Cedar Key architecture. New or old, fancy or run-down, small or large, the possibilities are endless. 

    Deadline is noon March 30 for publication in the April 2 edition. Email photos should be a minimum of 150 dpi (resolution) and in jpeg format.

    For more information or questions, call Kellie at 543-5701, or email her at editor@cedarkeybeacon.com.  

  • Teachers’ personal laptops, cell phones subject to confiscation

    With the unanimous passage of new Anti-Fraud policy 7.23 last week, Bob Clemons, Director of Finance for the School Board of Levy County, has been given the additional duty of Fraud Investigator, authorized to confiscate both district and personal employee property.

    “Any irregularity, that is detected or suspected . . . shall be reported immediately to the Director of Finance” who will decide “whether pursuit of an investigation is warranted,” the policy states.

  • Coffee now available on 2nd Street

    Coffee now available on 2nd Street

    Java lovers can now enjoy a cup of fresh ground coffee at the Barefoot Artist Gallery located on historic 2nd Street.

    “Customers can get coffee-to-go or sit at tables and enjoy the art,” said Carmen Day, artist, owner, and operator of the gallery. Those who prefer to sip outdoors will find themselves well accommodated in the garden area. “When the weather’s good (it) should be nice to sit out there,” Day said.

  • Qualifying period starts Monday

    Anyone wishing to campaign for the City of Cedar Key Commission or the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District Board must complete the necessary paperwork next week during the qualifying period Monday, March 16 at 9 a.m. until Friday, March 20 at 12 p.m.

    Each candidate is required to submit a form designating a treasurer, open a campaign bank account, sign a loyalty oath, provide a statement of financial intent, and read chapter 106 of the Florida statutes. Qualified individuals will be given two handbooks, one for the candidate, one for the appointed treasurer.

  • City reconsiders Creswell House

    The Cedar Key Commission is reconsidering its decision last month regarding the Chamber of Commerce’s request to use the city-owned Creswell House.

    The structure, located on 2nd Street next to the Cedar Key Library, is in dire need of repair, according to Commissioner Scott Dennison. “It needs a comprehensive inspection by a licensed professional,” he said. Dennison’s preliminary assessment reports water damage, paint decay, mold, mildew, plumbing issues, termite damage, and broken stairs.

  • Finally, a plan to fix Whiddon Ave

    There'll be no more speeding through the school zone on Whiddon Avenue, if the Cedar Key City Commission has anything to do with it. Tuesday, the commission heard a presentation by Rick Hall of HPE Engineering with a proposal for traffic calming solutions for the Whiddon corridor. The project has been a long time coming, because in addition to being the street on which Cedar Key School is located, Whiddon is also, as Mayor Heath Davis called it, “the bottleneck between Way Key and the back islands, Hudson Hill, the airport, and most of the residential part of Cedar Key.”

  • Cedar Key plays host to the stars

    The Cedar Key Star Party is the event of the season, according to City Commissioner Sue Colson. “It’s the most enjoyable experience,” she said.

  • Cedar Key to get new recycling center

    As part of the city-wide conservation movement, a recycling group in Cedar Key will be placing three recycling trailers in the lot across from the Market. The trailers will be painted dark green and local artists will be given the opportunity to paint the sides for a unique Cedar Key impression, said city public works director Josh Wilson.

    The plan will remove the current trailer from Sundance laundry and provide greater capacity and easier access for residents to recycle.

  • Roundabout likely for Whiddon Ave fix

    Representing the City of Cedar Key, CRA interim Director Greg Lang spoke to the School Board of Levy County Tuesday about Whiddon Ave. and options to improve safety throughout the school zone and surrounding area. Options presented include placing a three-way all-stop or a continuous all-yield traffic roundabout at the intersection of Whiddon and H Street.

  • City appoints Form Based Code Committee

    City Commissioners each designated one community member of their choice to be appointed to the Form Base Code Committee to incorporate some and replace all of the current Land Development Regulations and building codes.

    Dr. Earl Starnes, retired architect, planner, and professor, was selected by Gene Hodges.

    Phil Parker, Plum Creek Executive, was selected by Scott Dennision.

    Vanessa Edmunds, photographer, writer and former city commissioner, was selected by Pat O’Neal.

    Ada Lang, building designer, was selected by Sue Colson.