http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Something for everyone at the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/something-everyone-old-florida-celebration-arts <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/art_poster_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> Cedar Key will be hosting its 51st Annual Spring Arts Festival this weekend.&nbsp; Recently named one of the top 50 juried fine arts festivals in America by <i>ArtFairCalendar.com</i> (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!&nbsp;</p> Davis regains seat on commission http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/davis-regains-seat-commission <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> 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.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> 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.</p> Two department heads hired http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/two-department-heads-hired <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> The Cedar Key Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 11, and decided on two individuals to hire for department head openings.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 13.5px; font: 11.0px Weiss"> 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.</p> Cedar Key hires two department heads http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/cedar-key-hires-two-department-heads <p> The Cedar Key Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday, March 11, and decided on two individuals to hire for department head openings.&nbsp;</p> <p> 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.</p> County opposes laxer wildlife rules http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/county-opposes-laxer-wildlife-rules <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_48.jpg" alt="Comissioner Lilly Rooks" title="Comissioner Lilly Rooks" align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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.</p> Climate change should not be a political issue http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/climate-change-should-not-be-political-issue <p> Become a purchase award patron http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/become-purchase-award-patron <p> Maybe you&rsquo;ve thought about doing it, maybe you&rsquo;ve done it, maybe you just don&rsquo;t know how it works or maybe you just haven&rsquo;t given it a try.</p> Our View: Jim Crow of another form http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/our-view-jim-crow-another-form <p> It was just a short time ago that an appeals court in Florida ruled that the Sunshine clause in the state Constitution did not require councils and commissions of counties and municipalities to take public comment during meetings that were required to be open to the public.</p> <p> The Legislature stepped in and in 2013 told local governing bodies they had to take public comment and to formulate a policy to address the issue.</p>