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DUNEDIN - City officials continue to talk to the Toronto Blue Jays about the team’s needs for spring training, including the possibility of building a new stadium on 22 acres off Patricia Avenue.

The Jays’ contract with Dunedin expires Dec. 30, 2017, and city officials hope to get a commitment from the Jays for at least another 20 years.

In a memo City Parks and Recreation Director Vince Gizzi said city officials and Jays executives discussed expanding training facilities at a meeting March 24. After further discussion a suggestion came up that 375 Patricia Avenue, known as the former Neilson property, would make a better site to meet the needs of the Blue Jays.
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DUNEDIN - A Pinellas Park man suffered serious injuries during a 10-vehicle crash that occurred just after 5 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 19 north of Curlew Road.

Florida Highway Patrol released a report on the 10-vehicle crash Wednesday morning. The driver of the F250, which was towing the trailer, Robert Piper, 37, of Clearwater was cited for careless driving.

Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene about 5:11 p.m. July 22. According to the report, the truck and trailer had been traveling in the center lane of southbound U.S. 19. When Piper attempted to change lanes, he lost control of the trailer, which struck a curb. The F250 then began to rotate out of control.
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DUNEDIN - An out of control vehicle injured a pedestrian and bicyclist about 3:12 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the parking lot of Causeway Plaza, at U.S. Alt. 19 and Curlew Road in Dunedin.

According to deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Major Accident Investigation Team, Robert Reed, 73, of Dunedin was driving his 2010 Audi northbound through the parking lot on the northwest corner of the plaza. For an unknown reason, the vehicle accelerated striking a concrete block wall in front of the Dunedin Family Fitness Center.

When Reed struck the wall, large chunks of the concrete wall broke apart and struck Jeanette Kelly, 63, of Dunedin who was walking into the gym. Reed then struck a bicyclist, Mark A. Imperato, 55. of Dunedin, who was crossing in the parking lot.
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Thursday, July 17
DUNEDIN - City commissioners will set a tentative tax rate for the next fiscal year at their regular meeting Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m., at Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St.

The city’s proposed $24.6 million operating budget for the next fiscal year includes no reductions in service to the public and no tax increases.

“Our optimism about the future is highlighted by the estimated 6.29 percent increase in property values within Dunedin,” wrote City Manager Rob DiSpirito in a budget message to city commissioners.
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Monday, June 30
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DUNEDIN - The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and AARP presented a town hall June 25 to discuss how transportation and mobility options can help Pinellas seniors live on their own terms.

More than fifty seniors and residents attended the open forum at the Hale Senior Activity Center in Dunedin to hear from several speakers about how current PSTA services and potential future services through the Greenlight Pinellas plan would benefit the region's seniors.
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Friday, June 27
A Dunedin woman suffered critical injuries and was transported to Bayfront Medical Center Thursday, June 26, after crashing into two parked vehicles on the northbound Skyway Bridge.

According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, Alice Marie Donahue, 67, was traveling northbound on I-275 in the outside lane approaching the top of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge when she drifted out of the travel lane onto the outside paved shoulder.

Two unoccupied construction trucks were parked on top of the bridge on the shoulder as part of a construction and maintenance project.
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Thursday, June 26
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DUNEDIN - State Senator Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Representative Carl Zimmermann, D-Palm Harbor, touted their successes over the most recent legislative quarter at a luncheon hosted by the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce on June 20.

To a crowd of about 50, Latvala talked about the $3 billion in reserves the Senate was able to write into the budget, as well as $500 million in reductions in taxes and fees, including a rollback in car registration and license fees.
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DUNEDIN - It was mixed news at the June 19 Dunedin City Commission meeting for the pilots of light amphibious aircraft.

The commission unanimously voted to reaffirm the county’s prohibition for seaplanes, ultralights and light sport aircraft instructional businesses on the Dunedin Causeway, but it acknowledged that private recreational flights are allowed under specific conditions.

At the April 3 commission meeting, Dave Myers, owner of Amphibian Air, asked the city to consider allowing him to conduct a light sport aircraft instructional business on Dunedin Causeway, according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito. After investigation by city staff, they discovered that the county governs such activities on the causeway and prohibits a private enterprise on a public right of way, the memo said.
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DUNEDIN - On June 19, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved two contracts on its consent agenda.

The first item was to award a contract to West Coast Roofing and Contracting, Inc. of Clearwater for $67,885 for the emergency replacement of the Dunedin Historical Museum roof. Recent rains have caused significant leaks that require the expedition of this project to an emergency replacement, according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito.

The second item was to award a contract to Crom Engineering & Construction Services of Gainesville for $35,150 for the cleaning and inspection of six ground water storage tanks. FDEP rules require that this service be performed every five years, and the last service was done in 2009, according to a memo from DiSpirito.
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DUNEDIN - Light rain sprinkled from the dark gray clouds billowing over Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on a humid summer night.

On the field, the Dunedin Blue Jays were playing the Daytona Cubs.

In the broadcast booth, play-by-play announcer Tyler Murray was calling the game with one eye on the diamond below and the other on the weather radar on his laptop computer.

Then came a text message. Murray passed the announcing to his assistant, took off his headset and ran down to the field - for tarp duty.
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