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Dunedin may reinitiate visioning discussions
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Dunedin city commissioners are considering holding visioning sessions with residents on various city topics, such as future recreational improvements in the Dunedin Causeway area.
DUNEDIN – Development. The arts. Historical preservation. Recreation. Dunedin City Commissioners are beginning to lay the groundwork to have discussions with residents on these issues and other important topics as they prepare for the future.

In essence, city commissioners are interested in revamping their 12-year-old visioning plan.

The discussion stemmed from Commissioner John Tornga’s suggestion that city officials get input from groups that use the Dunedin Causeway and surrounding areas on what type of recreational improvements should be addressed in conjunction with plans to rebuild the two causeway bridges.

“We’ve called that (the causeway) one of the pearls of the city,” Tornga said, at the commission’s April 7 meeting.

Commissioner Heather Gracy said she likes Tornga’s idea for building a case for future recreation along the causeway. She suggested that city officials consider a visioning session with residents.

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she was going to bring up visioning, noting that citywide visioning was supposed to be undertaken two years ago.

“For whatever reason, it didn’t happen. I think we could fit what you (Tornga) are talking about in that,” she said.

The planning sessions on several topics were held on multiple days at different locations, Ward Bujalski said.

“It was kind of the reason I was bringing it up because we are hearing so much feedback about development,” she said.

She said the causeway could be included as part of the visioning, along with arts, historical preservation and development.

“A lot of people are unhappy with what they are seeing, and they don’t feel they have a voice and this gives them that voice,” Ward Bujalski said.

Tornga noted that a sign in the causeway area is for the temporary home of the Dunedin youth sailing center.

“You almost want to reach out and take another line and scratch through there and say ‘future home of the Dunedin Sailing Center for the Dunedin youth sailing,’” Tornga said.

He also agreed that visioning for the whole city was a good idea.

Ward Bujalski suggested that city officials distribute the last visioning documents to give commissioners an idea on what was covered. Then commissioners could discuss at a future meeting topics they want to address.

“It would be a conversation starter anyway,” she said.
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