Letter to Citizens:
Democracy doesn’t work when citizens don’t participate. One of the tools for participation is the town hall. Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is calling on folks to exercise their right to have a say in their government.
CEE, in partnership with AARP Williston Chapter 912, is hosting a double-header of town halls on May 6, first at Dunnellon Public Library (10:30 a.m.-12 noon) and then at Williston Community Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.) on Main Street (behind Walgreen’s, which is on Noble Avenue).
Levy County is in the new U.S. Congressional District 2, and our congressman is Republican Neal Dunn. The district runs from the Florida’s Panhandle to Dunnellon; Dunn’s regional offices are in Panama City and Tallahassee.
Representative Dunn has declined our invitation to meet with citizens, but CEE members are researching his campaign statements, newsletters and press coverage as a congressman as well as his votes so far. We will be presenting this information at both town halls.
More important, we will provide citizens a chance to tell their stories about what they expect from their government and how much certain programs and legislation mean to them. Examples of topics include: health care and health insurance, Medicare, Social Security, clean water, public parks, public education, and the U.S. Postal Service.
In addition to being invited to comment briefly on topics at the town hall, attendees will also have the opportunity to fill out cards with questions or comments and have them forwarded to Rep. Dunn's staff.
Find out what your U.S. Representative is doing for you. We’ll record the meeting so it can be delivered to the congressman. We’re hopeful it will entice our representative to come to our next town hall to learn better how to represent the citizens at the far south end of his district.
Approximately twenty-five Cedar Keys Audubon Chapter members met at the Cedar Key Library on Monday afternoon at 5 pm to hear Ann Paul, Tampa Bay Regional Coordinator for Audubon’s Coastal Islands Sanctuaries.
Co-Presidents Crosby Hunt and Deborah Anderson updated members on the group’s upcoming events.
Paul’s presentation provided a full historical base upon which Audubon Florida was built. She contextualized Audubon from the 1800s through plume hunting and growing social awareness, to today. Through the years, Paul stressed, Audubon has nurtured relationships with critical agencies, such as the United States Fish and Wildlife Commission, expanding its conservational strength and influence.
Paul over vied her work at the Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries. The Sanctuaries include water bird nesting and habitat islands in the west central Florida estuaries, including St. Joseph Sound, Clearwater Harbor, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, and north Charlotte Harbor and Estero Bay. Pelicans, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, storks, oystercatchers, gulls, terns, and skimmers nest on these sites.
The Levy County Board of County Commissioners has enacted Emergency Declaration 2017-018 and Emergency Order 2017-019 establishing a burn ban throughout the unincorporated areas of Levy County. This is an executive emergency order due to the extreme dry conditions that affect our county. Levy County has suffered massive losses in the past from unintentional fires caused by unattended or irresponsibly set fires.
DO NOT burn yard debris, trash or other unwanted items around your homes during this time. Due to these current conditions, fires will rapidly spread out of control and could endanger lives.
This Emergency Order establishes this violation is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to Section 252.50, Florida Statutes.
Anyone having questions are asked to contact the Division of Forestry at 352-493-6060.
Posted By Lt. Scott Tummond to Levy County Sheriff's Star at 4/25/2017 11:13:00 AM
April 25, 2017
The Cedar Key Dolphin Project has been doing research on the bottlenose dolphins of the Nature Coast area (mostly Cedar Key) since 2001. This work is important for many reasons: dolphins are frequently thought of as ocean sentinels, which means that what affects them likely affects humans as well. Having this research continue with little interruption is also important, as it is the only way we can get information on this long lived species.
This summer, I have three goals:
I currently have some funding from the University of Florida, but I do not have enough to sustain a field season. To that end, I have set up a GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/ckdolphinproject. As of the morning of April 25th I am almost halfway to $2500.00, which will allow us to do research for 4 weeks. If I can raise $4000.00, we will be able to do research for eight weeks. Funds will be used for housing, travel, gas, and equipment maintenance.
There is a time limit as well! I need to hit close to my base $2500 goal by April 30th to start setting up the season. I've added some fun benefits for donating for locals.
Are you looking for suspense? Thrills? And all of this in a cushioned seat surrounded by air conditioning?
Then look no further than SVP's next production Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. The cast has been working very hard to perform this fantastic show for you that you will want to see again and again. So, please, tell your friends they will thank you for it.
Show dates are May 5-7, and 12-14. Make your reservations now as seats are already filling up. Call 493-ARTS for more information!
The College of Central Florida will launch its new Timber Harvesting Equipment Program May 8. The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, April 28.
The eight-week noncredit program is designed to increase the number of workforce ready employees for the timber industry in North Central Florida.
Beginning May 8, students will participate in five weeks of classroom instruction followed by three weeks of field instruction with hands-on experience. Upon successful completion, students will earn Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification and have the opportunity to interview with area logging contractors for immediate employment in the timber harvesting industry.
The timber program is being offered thanks to support from two grants: an $11,000 Big Bend Region Seed Grant from the Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation Fund and a $200,000 grant from Lyme Timber.
If you’ve been to Cedar Key recently, chances are you’ve seen them. Whether you’re fishing at the Big Dock, walking down G Street in search of the perfect sunset, or trolling Dock Street for the best deal on a clam dinner, you will encounter significant signage: “Do Not Feed the Birds,” “Prevent seabird Entanglement ,” “Hooked a Bird? Don’t Cut the line,” and “Injured Bird? Contact one of the volunteers for assistance.” The signs are a relatively new feature of the Cedar Key fishing and birding community and are an attempt to address an old and familiar (to any who have fished off the main pier regularly) problem: sea birds (mainly pelicans) getting entangled in fishing lines.
The original idea came from Doug Maple, bird authority and former owner of Captain’s Doug’s Tidewater Tours, who started his own informal bird rescue more than ten years ago. “They were getting slaughtered down there,” Maple said, “and I was already down there with a boat.” Doug and, a bit later, Florida biologist Tiffany Black began helping fishermen unhook distressed pelicans and, when necessary, transporting them to veterinary facilities who could provide medical expertise such as the University of Florida Vet School. He then contacted the on site professional science community, led by the University of Florida IFAS, The Nature Coast Biological Station, and Sea Grant Florida.
CHIEFLAND, Fla. (April 14, 2017) — The College of Central Florida is offering $500 scholarships to students who want to be among the first to attend the new CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus opening in August.
One-hundred scholarships are available to eligible students who take six or more credits at the new campus in fall semester, with classes beginning Aug. 21. The scholarships are available to new, returning and transfer students.
The scholarships are a one-time opportunity to celebrate the opening of the campus, which is the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The $30 college application fee will also be waived for students who plan to attend the new campus.
Students simply need to apply to CF Levy Campus for fall 2017 to be considered. Additional information will be sent via mail and scholarships will be awarded upon completed registration.
Among the items on display at the Audubon booth at this year’s Spring Arts Festival, next to the T-shirts, pamphlets, children’s art, and the two live owls, courtesy of the Homosassa Wildlife Rescue, was the poster explaining who to call for injured birds. Fortuitous, as well as prophetic, since an injured osprey had been sighted on Atsena Otie by a kayaker who had used this information and called it in.
Local bird rescuer extraordinaire Doug Maple borrowed a boat, enlisted a volunteer, and headed out to the island. Initially unable to locate the osprey, Doug asked the kayaker who had called in the sighting to text a picture of where the bird had been seen-which turned out to be about twenty yards from the old dock, in some fairly thick underbrush. Using a net and a towel, Doug was finally able to secure the osprey, load her into a carrier, and motor back to the main marina, where they were met by Janie Veltkamp, a well-known raptor expert.
Janie determined that this osprey-a female- was a good candidate for rehabilitation, having suffered no serious damage to wings or head. Since Stacy and Mike, the Homosassa Wildlife volunteers who were displaying the two owls- a screech owl and a great horned – were heading back to the facility, they transported the osprey, who could then be examined and treated by animal vets.
The Cedar Key Bird Rescue Program, slightly more than a year old, has responded to over thirty calls, rescued numerous injured water fowl, and continues to recruit and train volunteers. Although not all calls result in successful outcomes, the diligence and persistence of the volunteers, make this fledgling program one of Cedar Key’s most worthwhile endeavors.
The Levy County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau is currently accepting applications for Corrections/Detention Officer. The State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) is required. Starting Salary is $32,000.
Applicants must have excellent communication skills, general computer skills, high school diploma or equivalent and cannot have a criminal history or an arrest record. Employment requires rotating 12 hour shifts. Benefit package includes health insurance and Florida State Retirement. Applications can be downloaded from the Levy County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.levyso.com or picked up at the Sheriff's Office. Applications must be submitted to the Levy County Sheriff's Office Human Resource Division. Equal Opportunity Employer.