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DUNEDIN - Only days after winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in the Grade 2 category, the city’s pipe band is considering whether a trip to Scotland to take on a bigger challenge is in its future.

“We are kind of thinking of what our game plan is for next year and whether to play again for the championships or a trip to Scotland for the world championships,” said Iain Donaldson, pipe major of the band.

About 70 Dunedin Pipe Band members attended the Glengarry Highland Games, held July 29-30 in Maxville, Ontario.
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DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin commissioners took another step Aug. 25 toward establishing a downtown parking system, but they also plan to address some questions that linger over the multi-faceted issue.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance that allows city officials to charge for parking in certain areas and spells out fees, methods of enforcement and other criteria associated with the system. The final reading of the ordinance is set for Sept. 8. Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski cast the dissenting vote, saying other options should be explored.
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Thursday, August 25
DUNEDIN - Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said her husband has paid the $1,500 that her family owed the city in boat slip fees at the Dunedin Marina.

She had been under criticism earlier this month from a Dunedin resident, David Pauley, who said he would expect as the mayor that Ward Bujalski would make it a priority to pay any debts she has to the city promptly and on time.

She told the resident in an email that her husband broke his foot and has been unable to work for several months, leaving the family without his paycheck.
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DUNEDIN - All city administrative offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day weekend.

The following are closures observed by other administrative offices:
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DUNEDIN - Twenty-three new angled parking spaces are expected to improve the ambiance and benefit businesses along north Douglas Avenue.

City commissioners unanimously took action July 28 to move forward with the new spaces along the corridor where a mixed-use development will be built by Joe Kokolakis.

Under the agreement, Kokolakis will construct all needed infrastructure for the 23 spaces at 940 and 966 Douglas Ave. The estimated cost of the work is $100,000. Kokolakis also will pay for undergrounding of utilities in that area at cost of $85,000.
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners may form a historical preservation advisory committee at the request of Commissioner Deborah Kynes Aug. 18.

“I think we really have talked about this a lot. They probably would start with low-hanging fruits, if you like. We really need to continue our historic designation,” she said.

The committee would address a broad range of topics, she said.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission recognized several committee members for their volunteer efforts at the July 28 commission meeting.

Bilal Habeeb-ullah - 5 years

Habeeb-ullah is retired. He was born at Morton Plant Hospital and is a lifelong resident of Dunedin. In 1963 Habeeb-ullah was the founder and CEO of the African-American Leadership Council Inc., a not-for-profit organization, which he managed for about 20 years. He has over 75 college credit hours and 30 years’ experience as a social service provider. Under Habeeb-ullah’s leadership, the AALC developed a model after-school program for middle and high school age youth that produced a technology education lab that was awarded funding to duplicate its program in at least 15 neighborhood centers throughout the county.
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DUNEDIN - Some 2,000 pounds of food was collected during a month-long “Christmas in July” drive to benefit a food pantry operated by Dunedin Cares.

Achieva Credit Union collected the food in partnership with the city of Dunedin and the Dunedin Library. Sharon Woods of Achieva, Donna Smith of the city of Dunedin and Phyllis Gorshe of the Dunedin Library coordinated the drive

“It is because of good deeds such as this that we have been able to help our most vulnerable brothers and sisters,” said Ed Hughes, president of Dunedin Cares, in a press release. “With help from the local churches, businesses, organizations and the citizens of Dunedin, we have been able to serve 805 individuals, which equals 1,882 family members. A total of 24,500 pounds, a little less than 12 tons, has been distributed. All because of your care and compassion for perfect strangers who are in such great need.”
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DUNEDIN - Bill Coleman’s Arc Angels Inc. and The Institute for Creative Arts have been awarded a commission to fabricate a stainless steel memorial remembering the World Trade Center disaster.

The Dunedin Fire Department has accepted a 400-pound piece of steel I-beam from the Port Authority of New York City. The I-beam was from the collapse of the twin towers. The monument will be on permanent display at Fire Station 62 located on Michigan Avenue in Dunedin.

Bill Coleman’s Arc Angels Inc. and The Institute for Creative Arts also recently received a commission to fabricate an artistic bike rack for the city of Oldsmar and the Oldsmar Fire Department. The custom bike rack will be fabricated from aluminum and will incorporate a fire hydrant, metal tubing rolled into circles and ending with an antique brass nozzle. The bike rack will be 12 feet long and accommodate eight to 10 bikes.
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DUNEDIN - Flanagan’s Irish Pub, a fixture in downtown Dunedin for almost 20 years, has been bought by Jason and Jade “Mc”Seibert.

They are longtime Dunedin residents who have been involved with Dunedin for many years. Jason has been the secretary of the Dunedin Rotary Club for the past four years and is looking forward to the fun and challenges of owning an Irish pub.
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Sunday, August 21
DUNEDIN - Bon Appétit Restaurant recently was named one of the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America for 2016 by OpenTable.

“We are very honored by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Thomas Riedl in a press release. Riedl is Bon Appétit’s general manager. “Our waterfront location has made Bon Appétit Restaurant a favorite dining and wedding destination for Tampa Bay locals and visitors for the last 40 years. We’re thrilled our guests have shared their waterfront fine dining experiences with OpenTable, giving us the opportunity to be chosen from of over 20,000 restaurants nationwide.”
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