DUNEDIN - A volunteer organization hopes to bring home to Dunedin a rare landing craft that played an important role in U.S. offensive operations during World War II.
The Dunedin LVT Preservation Group is seeking contributions to buy one of the few remaining World War II Landing Vehicles Tracked and place it at VFW Post 2550 as a tribute to the inventor, the men who used it and the city of Dunedin, where the amphibious vehicles were first produced.
“We have done all the groundwork, we’ve laid all the seeds we have to, and we just really haven’t had the time to get the information out and to raise the necessary funds,” said City Commissioner John Tornga, a spokesman for the group.
The organization has located an LVT in the Midwest and wants to have it in Dunedin prior to Memorial Day or shortly thereafter for the remainder of the 70th year anniversary of World War II and for future years.
TALLAHASSEE - Dunedin Firefighter Jason Griggs received the 2015 Florida Firefighter of the Year Award from Chief Financial Officer/State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater at an April 14 ceremony in Tallahassee with Gov. Rick Scott.
Griggs recently received the city of Dunedin Firefighter of the Year and the Pinellas County Firefighter of the Year awards.
Griggs has worked for Dunedin Fire Rescue for more than 11 years.
DUNEDIN - City commissioners will be asked next month to raise boat-launching fees to offset the cost of providing additional parking on the east side of Edgewater Drive for users of the Dunedin Marina.
City commissioners voted 5-0 April 9 to lease property owned by the Church of the Good Shepherd on Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays for vehicles with boat trailers. The three-year agreement stems from lack of parking spaces at the marina, which can accommodate 17 trailers. The city’s annual cost to lease the parking lot will be $4,200.
DUNEDIN - “Where to Retire” magazine has selected Dunedin as a top retirement destination. The city is profiled in the May/June issue, available April 14.
“Where to Retire” Editor Annette Fuller said in a press release that Dunedin possesses qualities important to today’s retirees.
“Tucked alongside the Gulf of Mexico in the Tampa Bay region, Dunedin offers retirees access to some of Florida’s most pristine barrier island beaches. Time is well-spent outdoors, walking along the beach, cycling the trail that cuts through downtown, relaxing on a sailboat or collecting seashells. Even dogs are welcome at many outdoor dining spots. The town’s rich Scottish history is celebrated at annual festivals, and the local high school has a bagpipe band,” Fuller said.
DUNEDIN - Developers broke ground April 9 on Victoria Place, a $20 million mixed-use development that will feature 30 two- and three-bedroom luxury condominiums near the downtown waterfront.
The four-story Florida coastal-style building includes units from 1,416 square feet to 2,348 square feet of air-conditioned space. Home prices start from $439,000. JMC Communities, the developer, expects construction to be complete by mid-2016. Only nine units remain to be sold, company officials said.
DUNEDIN - A proposed agreement to help provide additional parking for users of the Dunedin Marina is on the City Commission’s agenda for Thursday, April 9.
City officials have been exploring measures to increase boat trailer parking at the marina, which can only accommodate 17 parking spaces for boat trailer parking.
Commissioners are expected to discuss a parking lot lease agreement prepared by City Attorney Tom Trask between the Church of Good Shepherd and the city.
Under the agreement, the city would lease church property, located on the east side of Edgewater Drive across the street from the marina, for $4,200 annually. The city would be allowed to use the property on Saturday, Sundays and legal holidays for vehicles with boat trailers. The lot holds up to 25 parking spaces.
DUNEDIN - Staff. Sgt. Merton Crisman was one of seven Dunedin soldiers who didn’t return home alive during World War II. Mayor William Titus served two terms as mayor of Dunedin during the war and was fined for “abnormal behavior” on election night. Elaine Claire Smith Houghton joined the Army without telling her parents.
Here are some snippets and anecdotes of their lives as told by re-enactors at the History Comes Alive event March 7 at the Dunedin Cemetery.
Pinellas County, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, is conducting a Project Development and Environment Study to evaluate the rehabilitation or replacement of the existing Dunedin Causeway bridges.
An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, March 31, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Hale Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin to provide an opportunity for community input during the early stages of the project development process.
DUNEDIN - Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski hopes to raise interest in expanding transit to the Dunedin area.
She said at the commission meeting March 5 that Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority’s legislative agenda for this year for federal and state funding includes pursuing regional projects, such as a bus rapid transit line along Central Avenue where significant redevelopment is under way.