DUNEDIN - Attendance was up about 30 percent at the 2014 Dunedin Highland Games and Festival April 5, with just under 5,000 people coming through gates.
“The games, by all accounts, were our biggest and best ever,” Alan McHale, president of the Dunedin Highland Games, said in an email. “In athletics two world records were broken. In piping and drumming, solo performance, with 110 contestants - this was the highest in the state of Florida. The weather, of course, was perfect, and the entertainment went on well into the night.”
The 48th annual event, held at Highlander Park, featured pipe bands vying for awards along with dancers, entertainers and athletes. More than 40 clans and societies signed up to set up shop in the Clan Village. Demonstrations by sheep-herding dogs were presented on the main field throughout the day.
DUNEDIN - City commissioners received assurances April 3 that a study on the Dunedin Causeway will consider several alternatives and the process will involve heavy public input.
A presentation by a county official to city commissioners was intended to allay the public’s fears that the public is not going to have a say in the project, Mayor Dave Eggers said. The process, which could take a couple of years, is just in its beginning stages, he said.
DUNEDIN - It was a perfect day to learn about and enjoy history.
March 8 was sunny and crisp with the temperature hitting 70 degrees in the early morning when the History Comes Alive event began at the Dunedin Cemetery. It was a perfect day to stroll through the cemetery and stop at one of several displays where actors portraying people from long ago, took visitors in a trip back in time.
DUNEDIN - After many years of waiting, the city of Dunedin is moving forward with plans for a new municipal services building.
About a decade ago, the city had purchased the First Baptist Church site downtown to build a new municipal services annex, said City Manager Rob DiSpirito. However, that was when the economy was still booming and the Penny for Pinellas funds were growing each year. Now, the site is still vacant and is being used as additional parking for the downtown.
“It was purchased for an envisioned entirely new governmental center for the city,” DiSpirito said. “I think with the current economic situation and with other capital priorities that we have as a city and the estimation of what it would cost to build a brand new facility for all city employees and offices that are now located here in City Hall and the Municipal Services Building and the Technical Services Building, including the sheriff would be a very cost-prohibitive challenge. So the thought was, let’s look at something a little more modest.”
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission March 20 unanimously voted to approve the first reading of Ordinance 14-08, which is to correct errors in the city charter regarding the transition period for City Commission seats 2 and 4.
The voters approved an amendment in 2010 to the charter to have four-year terms for Dunedin’s mayor and city commissioners.
“Seats 2 and 4 were automatically filled by the qualification of the incumbents for the March 8, 2011 election and no other candidates qualified for those seats; therefore the incumbents were automatically elected to serve their new three-year term at the time, allowing for the transition into a four-year term,” according to a memo to the commission by City Attorney Tom Trask.
DUNEDIN - 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Dunedin’s sister city relationship with Stirling, Scotland. As part of the exchange of historical materials, the city of Dunedin will be sending a time capsule to Stirling that will be kept sealed until 2064 to celebrate the 100th anniversary.
The Dunedin Historical Museum is lending its full support to the Sister Cities program.
The museum is looking for people who want to have one of their items become part of the contents.
DUNEDIN - The Donoghue-Dunedin Toastmasters Club 2166 will mark its 40th anniversary this year.
In honor of the occasion, a dinner party will be held on April 26, 6 p.m., at the Dunedin Golf Club, 1050 Palm Blvd. The evening will include a social hour, dinner, a proclamation by the mayor of Dunedin, and several local speakers.
The Dunedin Toastmasters Club was chartered in April 1974 with help from Clearwater Club 3087 and Carl Keltner. In 1990, the club was renamed the Donoghue-
DUNEDIN - Money Matters for Kids is a financial capability program for kids.
Because April is National Financial Literary Month, What’s Your GPA? is teaming up with the Dunedin Public Library to introduce the program.
What’s Your GPA? is a newly formed not-for-profit organization established to assist children and adults with developing goals, plans and action steps to assist them in obtaining financial security to achieve the lifestyles they desire.