Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time for Business in Keystone?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time for Business in Keystone?

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- With four of five members of the City Council being business owners, the business community is looking forward to a cozy relationship with the city, something some feel has been lacking in previous administrations.

"I sure hope [it's a better relationship]," said Judy Wagener, owner of a consignment shop. "It's about time. I think it will be great."

Peggie Dixon is the newest council member. Owner of a florist shop, Dixon gained a first-time seat on the council in the December elections and was sworn into office this month. Huntley Redfearn Jr. took his seat a few months ago to fill the term left when longtime council member Bill Beam died. Redfearn was re-elected to the seat in December. He is owner of an appliance retail and repair business. Veteran council member Jack Raleigh was also up for re-election in December, but he was unopposed. Raleigh is owner of a pest control business in Middleburg.

All three will serve two-year terms expiring in March 2003, because voters passed a measure during the December elections to change the election dates in Keystone from December to March.

The three newly elected members of the council join Mayor Archie Green, also a business owner and Ginger Johns, the only council member who does not own a business.

But even Johns gets rave reviews from the business community.

"She is persistent and gets the job done," said John Wick, a business owner who is active in Keystone's business association.

Wick said he saw a real interest in the business community when he spoke before the council earlier this month. In his presentation, Wick showed a video clip promoting Keystone Heights that ran on some cable stations last month. The video was paid for by the business association. Wick said the clip demonstrated the active participation on the part of the business association to promote Keystone's business community. He said he looks for the present council to become more of a partner with businesses in that aspect. Wagener agrees that the business community has stepped up to the plate and now it's time for the council to initiate some positive projects. …

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