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DUNEDIN - Opinions vary whether a proposed mixed-use development at Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Dunedin would be an eyesore or an eclectic addition for the city’s vibrant downtown.

The fate of it now rests with the City Commission.

The Local Planning Agency Jan. 11 recommended approval of the development, reversing an earlier recommendation Nov. 9 that it be denied.
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DUNEDIN - Maestro Miljenko V. Banovic, renowned ballet artist and choreographer, died on Dec. 24, 2016 in Dunedin, Florida.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1936 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was an avid athlete in his teens and started ballet studies when he was 17 years old at the suggestion of his mother. Two years later he left Zagreb to study at the Legat School of Ballet in England.

In 1956, he moved to Paris where he lived for 17 years. During his time in France he performed as principal dancer with many notable dance companies such as Roland Petit Company, Ballet des Étoiles de Paris, Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Ballet de la Jeunesse and Company, and Paris Opera.
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DUNEDIN - Rock Solid Fitness, the area’s premier private personal training studio, recently hosted its grand opening at its new location in the Coastal Plaza on Main Street in Dunedin.

Lynn Wargo, president of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, conducted a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening. The event drew more than 200 attendees and was catered by Cindy Phillips of the Home Plate Restaurant of Dunedin. Entertainment was provided by D.J. Phil Pasek of Fast Breaks Entertainment. Also in attendance and lending support at the event were the Dunedin BNI Success Alliance, Rick Incorvia of International Sign Company and Sarah Evans of FOUND Treasures for Living.

“The buzz from our party was incredible,” said Patty Durell, CEO of Rock Solid Fitness. “The support we received from the Dunedin Chamber, the city, and the community was overwhelming.”
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Friday, January 6
DUNEDIN - City officials asked for it and they got it: an earful from Dunedin citizens, merchants and boaters on the downtown pilot paid parking program.

At a Jan. 4 meeting attended by between175 to 225 people at the Hale Senior Activity Senior Center, dozens of speakers voiced complaints and observations about the paid parking program, which took effect in early October.

Many said certain elements of the programs were confusing. They took issue with the maximum three-hour parking limit and expressed frustration in trying to operate the parking stations.
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DUNEDIN - The city of Dunedin is looking for interested citizens to apply for consideration for appointment to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.

This newly established committee consists of seven regular members serving three-year terms. All members must be residents of Dunedin.

Committee members’ duties are to safeguard the heritage of Dunedin by preserving the resources of the community that reflect elements of historical significance; identify, designate, and make recommendations on regulating historic landmarks to preserve their historical significance; maintain an inventory of historic structures; and develop a historic plaque policy and application process.
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DUNEDIN - Bill Coleman’s Institute for Creative Arts in Dunedin has secured a contract with the St Petersburg College Tarpon Springs campus to fabricate an artistic bicycle rack shaped in the image of a double helix DNA strand.

The bike rack will be located in front of the college’s science building and accommodate six to eight bikes.

Bill Coleman’s Institute for Creative Arts has also received a commission from the Dunedin Community Garden to fabricate an artistic bicycle rack in the form of two giant sunflowers with aluminum watering cans on each side. This bicycle rack will hold six bikes.
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Friday, December 23
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DUNEDIN - Downtown Dunedin is known for its variety of shops, restaurants and drinking establishments. What’s missing, city officials are hearing, is a gourmet market.

That could change now that city commissioners are trying again to take steps to have vacant tracts of land known as the Gateway property developed.

City Housing and Economic Director Bob Ironsmith said Dec. 15 that there are many variables for the City Commission to consider in their vision for the area, but he suggested that city officials try to establish a market on the property in the development process.
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DUNEDIN - While new developments and projects take shape in town, another important facet of Dunedin’s makeup also continues to grow: the city’s thriving arts scene.

From the Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Stirling Commons and the Institute for Creative Arts to the many galleries and public art installations spread throughout the downtown district, there’s no question art is an integral part of what makes the city so attractive to residents and visitors alike.
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Dec. 15 to establish a Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.

The committee’s functions will be to:
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DUNEDIN - More than 200 people from the United States, Canada and other countries are expected to attend a workshop Jan. 11-15 to improve their understanding of Taoist Tai Chi arts.

The upcoming workshop will include a special Chinese New Year’s Banquet to which Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski, city and county commissioners, other civic leaders and neighbors in close proximity have been invited.

Traditionally held in Toronto, the organization has now transferred the workshop and banquet to Dunedin.
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Monday, December 5
DUNEDIN - Some shop owners along Main Street east of Highland Avenue in Dunedin have seen their sales drop significantly since the city started a paid parking program in early October.

City commissioners acted quickly to the complaints Dec. 1. They unanimously approved staff’s recommendation to include Main Street east of Highland Avenue as a free parking area from Monday through Friday until 6 p.m. Motorists can park their vehicles for free a maximum of two hours during the day in the area, which extends east to Skinner Boulevard.

Janet Long, the owner of Kookie Krums on Main Street, said that since parking stations have been installed, her walk-in business has been down 35-45 percent. She sells cookies, cupcakes, coffee and other items.
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DUNEDIN - Newly elected Dunedin City Commissioner Moe Freaney said Nov. 21 she was undergoing a surreal experience as she sat at the dais in the City Hall auditorium that evening.

The last time she was on the dais, she said, she was in a nearby seat as interim city manager in 2006.

Freaney, who defeated Mike Jones in the Nov. 8 election, was sworn into office Nov. 21 along with the two incumbents who retained their seat, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski and Commissioner Heather Gracy.
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DUNEDIN - Former Dunedin City Manager Rob DiSpirito will become the next city manager of Rockville, Maryland, Jan. 3.

DiSpirito, who was Dunedin’s city manager for more than nine years, said he signed an employment agreement Nov. 23 for the position in Rockville, which has a population of about 66,000 and is the county seat of Montgomery County.
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