Editor: We vacationed in Dunedin for several years before deciding to retire here a few months ago. We chose Dunedin as our new home for many reasons, its dog-friendly reputation being one of the primary ones. We especially loved taking our beagle out to eat with us.
Once we moved here, we started researching pet-friendly restaurants in Dunedin where we could dine with our dog. Although we discovered several websites that list pet-friendly restaurants, we could not find one that offered a comprehensive listing of all of them so we developed our own: www.dogeatin.weebly.com.
We love living in and loving Dunedin but feel that the community could become even more of a “Dogedin” and build an even stronger reputation as a place that is welcoming to dog owners, both tourists and permanent residents, and their canine kids. One strategy would be for all of Dunedin’s restaurants that have outdoor eating areas to become pet friendly. Pet-friendly restaurants have to meet certain standards, such as having dog water bowls and outside entrance to the pet-friendly area, and acquiring an annual permit.
We would like to urge all Dunedin restaurants that have outdoor eating areas to apply for a permit and take the necessary steps to become pet-friendly. We would also urge Dunedin residents and visitors with dogs to patronize the 20 restaurants in our community that are pet-friendly and thank them for allowing our furry friends to dine with their owners.
Editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 for having a coastal cleanup at Bay Park on Sand Key March 2.
My husband, neighbors and several other Sand Key residents who utilize the park had noticed quite a collection of trash collecting in the mangrove area. After finding out the city’s jurisdiction ended at the seawall, we learned that the USCGAux, a volunteer organization, is involved with island and coastal cleanups. After being told about the issue at Bay Park on Sand Key, they immediately (within two days) organized a crew and spent three hours early Sunday morning cleaning out the trash. I was told they gathered three pickup truck loads of trash - approximately 600 pounds of garbage removed from the mangroves.
Again, a huge thank you goes out to this volunteer organization from the residents of Sand Key.
Editor: How many pedestrians need to be killed on Gulf Boulevard before we stop the illusion that a pedestrian is safer in a crosswalk?
North Redington Beach completed a $3.2 million project which included: “to enhance safety to the existing Gulf Boulevard crosswalks - changes will improve pedestrian safety,” February 2014. The following month three pedestrians were killed trying to cross Gulf Boulevard, March 2014.
The Department of Transportation concluded a seven-year study May 1, 2010, and reached this conclusion: “6 to 1 ratio a pedestrian is more likely to have an accident inside versus outside crosswalk.” “Mid-block crosswalks are dangerous” (Franklin County Traffic Safety Board) advises “four lane roads with 10,000 traffic or more mid-block crosswalks should not be considered even if a pedestrian safety median separates opposing traffic lanes.”
The North Redington Beach Gulf Boulevard traffic count is 14,551+/- (Pinellas County records) All being mid-block crosswalks. North Redington Beach has more crosswalks per linear feet on Gulf Boulevard in .9 mile of a 13.5-mile segment of BIG-C beach towns stretching from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater.
Editor: We wife and I have lived in Harbor Bluffs/Belleair for 35 years. We have enjoyed the Belleair Bee for many years.
I cannot remember the Bee having a nationally syndicated opinion writer in the past. I respectfully suggest that Debra Saunders does not enhance your publication one iota. Her recent piece on the Affordable Care Act is just plain not correct. I strongly suggest you reconsider the need for a national columnist.
Editor: It’s an accident that is about to happen. It has a place, the right participants, (men, women, boys, girls, small children and bikers) and it’s only waiting for the right time.
With the warm weather coming, spring break is here and many more visitors on the beach where bikers are trying to share a narrow strip of hard beach with many beachgoers walking and playing on the shore line.
Never mind that it’s illegal to ride your bike on the beach. There’s no signage to tell you so, rental shops don’t warn you, and little law enforcement activity or effort will make a difference.
Unfortunately most beachgoers don’t know their rights and the little ones may be the first victims.
Editor: Dear Treasure Island decision makers and all visitors of the beach: I am writing today about the boats pulling blimps and the planes dragging banners along the beaches.
We are inundated with commercialism at every turn, in every corner, and at a constant and furious pace. Why? Please. Why does the city of Treasure Island allow this to happen in a place that residents and tourists alike go to vacate the madness?
We want to hear surf, birds, and the voice of a person sitting next to us, not the roar of a small plane slowly dragging a banner that propels us back to the real world and makes us wonder if our auto insurance offers the best rate.
We don’t want these thoughts. We’ve gone to the beach to vacate our lives for a period of time, and residents and tourists alike pay a hefty price to do so. And yet, even here, we are victims to more calls to consumerism.
Editors: Opinions are like noses, we all have one. However, to vehemently espouse preserving the Belleview Biltmore hotel without the facts is divisive and causing our town of Belleair to choose sides.
You have lost sight of the fact that the town does not own the hotel. It is a private enterprise and not part of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department. Your anger and frustration is misdirected. Rather than chide the commission you should be chiding Kawa, Richard Heisenbottle, R.C. Johnson and D. Hein, all consummate prevaricators. They have been dangling the carrot in front of you and twisting the facts.
Some of you have suggested the commissioners insist the present owners sell only to those who will restore the hotel. Can you imagine telling you whom you can market your home to? Have you never heard of private property rights?
Some are jumping the gun and drawing conclusions without knowing the facts, i.e. “Cheezem’s cheesy cookie cutter condo clusters.” If you would wait, like you’re asking us to wait, you’d hear Mr. Cheezem’s plan rather than using your clever alliteration, which is counterproductive. We have waited patiently for five years for Heisenbottle to close the deal. How much longer can we wait?
Editor: I recently visited the website of the city of Seminole. In particular, I visited the wonderful posting for the Department of Public Works.
I am thrilled to learn that Waste Management will deliver 64-gallon recycle carts to residential customers in March 2014. The enhanced recycling program is scheduled to begin the first week of April 2014.
Seminole residential customers will be able to place aluminum and steel cans, cardboard, cartons, all color glass, mixed paper, newspapers, and plastic bottles (with caps removed). Of course, NO plastic bags should be placed into the recycle cart.
This is wonderful progress for Seminole’s recycling program. Congratulations to the city for making this important program grow.
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