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  • FDOT up to 8 plans for C/Dock Street Bridge

    Possible plans for the replacement C/Dock Street bridge are up to eight possible options with the introduction of the latest, No. 8, at an open house and public comment session hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation on Tuesday evening at the Cedar Key Community Center.

    It is one of three bridges proposed for replacement with construction planned for Fiscal Year 2017, beginning July 1, 2016. The other two on Gulf Boulevard at Daughtry Bayou and Lewis Pass.

  • Two department heads hired

     

    The Cedar Key Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 11, and decided on two individuals to hire for department head openings. 

    City employee Bill Crandley was offered and has accepted the Public Works Director position via a phone call with Mayor Dale Register and City Clerk Teresa George. His annual salary is $35,000 and he begins his new job on Saturday, March 21.

  • Davis regains seat on commission

    Former city commissioner and mayor Heath Davis will be back on the Cedar Key City Commission soon, after his candidacy for Seat 1 in the May election did not draw any opposition.

    But two other races will be going to the voters as incumbent Sue Colson drew opposition from John G. Blouse III for Seat 5 and newcomers Diana L. Toppings and Jamie Griffin face off in the race for Seat 3.

  • Something for everyone at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts

     

    Cedar Key will be hosting its 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival this weekend.  Recently named one of the top 50 juried fine arts festivals in America by ArtFairCalendar.com (including recognition as one of the top 5 juried arts festivals in the South), the small island community of Cedar Key clearly knows how to put on a great show! 

  • Cedar Key hires two department heads

    The Cedar Key Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 11, and decided on two individuals to hire for department head openings. 

    City employee Bill Crandley was offered and has accepted the Public Works Director position via a phone call with Mayor Dale Register and City Clerk Teresa George. His annual salary is $35,000 and he begins his new job on Saturday, March 21.

  • County opposes laxer wildlife rules

    The state agency that issues permits that allow people to own lions, tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other exotic and dangerous animals is reviewing its regulations and the Levy County Commission wants to put a choke chain on any attempts to loosen the rules.

    Between 2008 and 2010 there were a series of situations where county officials learned they were not notified in advance that permits were issued to keep captive wildlife classified as dangerous by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

  • 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival Mar. 28 and Mar. 29

    Recently named one of the top 50 juried fine arts festivals in America by ArtFairCalendar.com (including recognition as one of the top five juried arts festivals in the South), the small island community of Cedar Key knows how to put on a great show.

  • Longtime Levy educator, Robert Philpot, dies at 67

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.

    Robert Philpot, the gentle giant who taught agriculture at Williston High School for 37 years, passed from this life to the next at his home March 13.

    Throughout the day, social media was ablaze with this beloved son’s death as family, friends, colleagues and students remembered the life he led and his influence on their lives.

  • Testing the limits

     

    By ASHLEY THORNTON

    athornton@chieflandcitizen.com

    A Cedar Key girl is one of few in the state who participates in adapted track and field for persons with specific physical limitations.

  • Longtime Levy educator, Robert Philpot, dies at 67

     

    By Carolyn Ten Broeck

    editor@willistonpioneer.com

    As word spread last Friday morning that one of Williston’s favorite sons had suddenly died, disbelief coupled with sorrow quickly filled the community, leaving tears – and laughter– in its wake.