http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Festival blessed with perfect weather http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/festival-blessed-perfect-weather <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5602.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Artists, visitors and volunteers could not have asked for a more perfect weekend to celebrate the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival.&nbsp; A nearly full moon and clear skies on Friday night, along with starting set-up at 7pm on all of 2nd Street, made it much easier for artists to get their booths up and have a reasonable night&rsquo;s sleep before the big weekend.&nbsp; Sunny skies and light winds with temperatures reaching into the 80&rsquo;s greeted festival visitors both days.<br /> Festival of the Arts award winners — 2014 http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/festival-arts-award-winners-%E2%80%94-2014 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/best_of_show_copy_1.jpg" alt="Photo provided Painter Bob Goodlett, of Dunnellon, won the Best of Show award for the 50th annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. " title="Photo provided Painter Bob Goodlett, of Dunnellon, won the Best of Show award for the 50th annual Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Bob Goodlett<br /> Painting &ndash; Booth 80<br /> Dunnellon, FL<br /> Best of Show<br /> <br /> Debra<br /> Mixon-Holiday<br /> Hand-pulled prints &ndash; Booth 91<br /> Homossassa, FL<br /> Best 2D<br /> <br /> Jean Yao<br /> Fiber &ndash; Booth 86<br /> Fort Lauderdale<br /> Best 3D<br /> <br /> Douglas Alexander<br /> Award of Excellence<br /> Drawing - Booth 43<br /> <br /> Susan Dauphinee<br /> Award of Excellence<br /> Painting &ndash; Booth 72<br /> <br /> Anatasia Alexandrin<br /> Award of Excellence<br /> Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race launches next week http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/wild-hog-canoe-and-kayak-race-launches-next-week <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/front.jpg" alt="A participant in last year&#039;s race negotiates a fallen log near the finish line of the Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race." title="A participant in last year&#039;s race negotiates a fallen log near the finish line of the Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Organizers are gearing up for another year of &quot;the roughest, wildest, most challenging canoe race in america.&quot;<br /> The Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak race, which is coming up on its 37th anniversary, covers 15 miles down the wild Waccasassa River between Bronson and Otter Creek.<br /> This year&#39;s event is scheduled for April 26, with the race beginning at 9:30 a.m. and entertainment and food scheduled to begin at the finish line a little bit later in the day.<br /> RV resort gets what it needs: swimming pool http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/rv-resort-gets-what-it-needs-swimming-pool <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pool.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If you&#39;re going to have an RV resort, you need to have a swimming pool, too.<br /> &ldquo;It makes sense to me,&rdquo; said Levy County Commissioner John Meeks of Bronson (R-District 1) of a request by a Cedar Key RV park to build a 12-by-31-foot pool on the 10.17 acre facility.<br /> Angler&#39;s Campground, formerly Rainbow Campground, on State Road 24 at Southwest Shiloh Road, made the request because the permit that allowed the RV resort&#39;s construction is a special exception in a C-2 commercial zoning.<br /> Pollinators have garden of their own http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/pollinators-have-garden-their-own <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5378.jpg" alt="Volunters plant gardens for pollinators at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters each spring." title="Volunters plant gardens for pollinators at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters each spring." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Whether you plant by the Farmer&rsquo;s Almanac or Rodale&rsquo;s Organic Gardening, many are planting gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables now.&nbsp; Donna Thalacker and companions plant to a different drummer.&nbsp; She plants for pollinators at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters each spring.<br /> Community calendar (Week of 4-17-2014) http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/community-calendar-week-4-17-2014 <p> April<br /> Amateur radio club forming<br /> A new amateur radio club is forming in Levy County &ndash; The Gator Amateur Society. Interested parties should go to www.w1gas.com&nbsp; for &nbsp;further information. The club will have monthly meetings and offer classes to prepare you for your first amateur radio license, as well as upgrade testing for those already licensed.<br /> If you do not have internet access, please call 352-528-0992 for information.<br /> <br /> Saturday<br /> <br /> Cedar Key Garden Tour<br /> The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/old-florida-celebration-arts-2 <img src="http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/sites/www.cedarkeybeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/honeymoon_cottage_1959_tony_krysinsky.jpg" alt="&quot;Honeymoon Cottage 1959,&quot; painted by artist Tony Krysinsky." title="&quot;Honeymoon Cottage 1959,&quot; painted by artist Tony Krysinsky." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> With the 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival in Cedar Key coming up this weekend, the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Committee kicked off festivities with the dedication of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Mural and Opening of the Cedar Key Arts Center&rsquo;s April Exhibit on Saturday evening.<br /> &ldquo;The idea of doing a mural had been in the works for a number of years,&rdquo; reported Bev Ringenberg, festival coordinator.<br /> County settles with landowner over concert injunction http://www.cedarkeybeacon.com/content/county-settles-landowner-over-concert-injunction <p> The property owners of a site east of Williston that was to host a Labor Day hip hop concert have reached a settlement with Levy County that would dismiss them from a preliminary injunction that halted the event.<br /> The Levy County Commission sought and received the injunction on Sept. 2, the day before the event was to be held, after approving the action at an emergency meeting earlier in the day. The commission said the concert organizers had not applied for or received a permit under the county&#39;s music entertainment and festival ordinance.<br />