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CLEARWATER - Rehabilitation of the bridges to Honeymoon Island is not a feasible alternative, a consultant told Pinellas County Commissioners Aug. 4.

Rehabilitation of the existing bridges won’t fix what makes them functionally obsolete, according to a report from county staff. At a June 8 meeting, staff agreed that replacement was the best option.

The main bascule bridge, which connects Ward Island to Dunedin Causeway, and the fixed tide relief bridge, which connects Dunedin Causeway to Honeymoon Island, were built in 1963. The 51-year-old structures are functionally obsolete.
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DUNEDIN - A proposed 90-room hotel and 4,000-square-foot restaurant are viewed as a catalyst for development in keeping with city officials’ vision for the Dunedin Causeway area.

City commissioners gave tentative approval Aug. 20 to ordinances pertaining to plans for the development at the corner of Causeway Boulevard and Michael Place despite the objections of residents of neighboring condominiums.

The lot area for the project, proposed by Causeway Properties Inc. is more than 2 acres. The total investment is about $13 million, city officials said.
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DUNEDIN - Dunedin City Commissioners are likely again to get an earful again Thursday, Sept. 17, from residents, merchants and others on downtown parking.

It’s a multi-faceted topic that city officials have been tasked to address with the help of consultants.

They have heard arguments pro and con for a parking management system and discussed a variety of ideas.

The Downtown Merchants Association believes that a move toward a long-term solution for parking in the Community Redevelopment District is needed, including a paid parking pilot program in the “hot spots areas.”
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners expressed support for a proposal to establish an artisan incubator on North Douglas Avenue, looking to strengthen cultural and commercial activities in the area.

City Manager Rob DiSpirito outlined the concept at the City Commission’s meeting July 30.

In recent years zoning action taken by the commission was hoped to encourage artists to invest in properties in the downtown, and on North Douglas in particular, where they could both live and work. The idea was that they could save money by being allowed to live in the same structure where they produce their art, display it and sell it.
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DUNEDIN - Michael Quill has always wanted to make a difference. Quill helps his community in many ways. He has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years.

“Even growing up in grade school, if I’ve seen injustice, I would always get involved,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to serve the public.”

He serves as chairman on the Dunedin Public Safety Committee and juggles multiple volunteer projects. He owns a neighborhood health food store and is the president of an international company that is working on bringing sustainable, clean energy to refrigerator trucks.
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DUNEDIN - Logan Tonra, 14, son of Chris and Joline Tonra of Dunedin, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America, July 1 for his work in raising $3,000 for a children’s play area in Holiday.

The money purchased 10,000 pounds of rubber mulch and supplies for a playground at Metropolitan Ministries, the Gulf Ridge Council of BSA said in a press release.

“I started volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries when I was working on my Citizen in the Community merit badge,” Tonra said in the statement. “I continued volunteering there for the following year once a month serving breakfast to the homeless. I knew I wanted my Eagle Scout project to benefit the children at Metropolitan Ministries.”
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All through the 1870’s on the west coast of Florida, from Cedar Key to Key West, the major route for transporting goods and supplies was by waterway. Materials such as the mail, cotton, turpentine and timber would pass along the west coast, along with passengers, from one end of the coast to the other.

Dunedin, located in the center of the west coast, was the perfect spot to stop and replenish supplies and fresh water. The Douglas and Somerville Store, located on the waterfront of Dunedin with its huge pier, was the usual stopping point for most vessels. This would continue until the Orange Belt railroad appeared in Dunedin in 1888.
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The city of Dunedin may feel like a small town, but it is actually a big place with a lively community. With more than 36,000 residents, Dunedin is a unique place whose historic charm and hometown feel appeals to people from all over the world. This amazing place offers a huge variety of activities, programs, and special events for all ages throughout the year.

In addition to our beautiful parks and popular downtown locations, people in and around Dunedin come here for our wonderful events. Something special that comes along with most of our city’s events is music; whether it comes from the radio as you take a stroll downtown, fun, holiday music that puts you in the spirit, or live music, which you can catch all year long. Live performances such as chorus concerts, Dunedin concert band concerts, Voices of Jazz Concerts, and the Dunedin Showcase Theater are just a select few that bring great music and entertainment to the City of Dunedin.

The Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department puts together a great concert series known as the Sunset Music Series each Friday in May and is held at Weaver Park in Dunedin. This music series has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years, both in terms of people attending and the quality of the acts that perform. Due to the overwhelming demand to host more live performances, we are pleased to announce the comeback of our “Starlight Concerts” that will take place each Friday in September. These concerts serve as a way to provide a chance for local bands to showcase their talents, while at the same time providing fantastic entertainment for this great community.
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DUNEDIN - The Pinellas branch of Random Acts of Flowers, a nonprofit organization that takes vases of flowers to local hospitals and care facilities, received a donation of its 100,000th vase on Aug. 5.

The donated vases are recycled, repurposed and used for bouquet deliveries.

The milestone donation was reached as a result of recent vase drives at the organization’s four locations across the United States.
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