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DUNEDIN - Consultants are scheduled to make a presentation on plans for a hybrid parking management system at the Dunedin City Commission meeting June 2.

Commissioners have held numerous discussions on the system, which is designed to have free and paid parking areas, and gave staff the go-ahead Jan. 7 to move forward with the concept.

“We’re looking for it to be operational in October. We are looking for a pilot program for one year with an evaluation after that time,” said Housing and Ecoconomic Development Director Bob Ironsmith May 16.
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners May 3 agreed to award a $589,905 contract to Kloote Contracting of Oldsmar to reconstruct Monroe Street, Huntley Avenue and Washington Street as part of downtown revitalization efforts.

Funding for the project includes a $225,000 grant from the county through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Except for a part area of Monroe Street, all areas will have the roadway and base reconstructed. Monroe Street, between the Pinellas Trail and Douglas Avenue, will be resurfaced. Work on Monroe Street also will include brick sidewalks, crosswalks and landscaping.
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DUNEDIN - The city of Dunedin honored the 2016 Senior Hall of Fame inductees at a luncheon at the Hale Activity Center on Wednesday, May 11. The new inductees are Dave and Layle Kremske, and Dottie and Bob Bellavance.

Both couples have made significant contributions to the city and its residents through their decades of community service, city officials said.

Dunedin has recognized outstanding seniors who donate their time and abilities to serving their community at this annual event sponsored by the Dunedin Committee on Aging since 1999.
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DUNEDIN - The Rev. David Kirk Shelor recalls getting a piece of advice that shaped his future. What made Shelor, the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin, start rethinking his career path is when he underwent vocational testing, during which the counselor said something to him that he still remembers to this day: “I’ve looked at your test, David, and you’ve got two choices: You can either be a minister or be miserable.”

Shelor’s story begins in the small mountain community of Black Mountain, North Carolina. Shelor grew up as the son of a pastor, the Rev Richard Gilmer Shelor, who served as the pastor of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church from 1966-1988.
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DUNEDIN - The 7venth Sun Brewery won a silver medal for their Saison, La Fete, in the session category at the 11th World Beer Cup, considered the most prestigious beer competition in the world.

The awards were presented at the conclusion in early May of the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

More than 200 judges gathered to taste nearly 6,600 entries from 1,907 breweries.
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Who would think that the “Peanut Race” held in Dunedin would be celebrating its 37th anniversary this Fourth of July. The Dunedin race, now known as the Annual Kiwanis-Virginia Street Dermatology Midnight Run, started from that very first race.

The midnight race is actually one year older than the annual Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot held each year on Thanksgiving Day.

It all started in early 1979 at the height of the “running craze” when Kiwanis member Henry Hardin, former track coach at Madeira Beach High School, suggested a new fundraiser for the Dunedin Kiwanis Club. At that time the Kiwanis had two major fundraisers during the year - the Annual Pancake Breakfast and the Annual Peanut Sales Event. These events were done to raise funds for local support for schools, children and special events. Because the Kiwanis were identified so much with the peanut sales, Henry decided to call the first race the “Peanut Run.”
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Dunedin Cares Inc., a nonprofit food pantry, is now open on Saturday. Located at 1620 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin Cares is a local food pantry available to help those in need of food assistance.

After strong community support, the Saturday hours were added to make it easier for working people to access the food pantry. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The organization always accepts cash donations and donations of nonperishable food.
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Sunday, May 22
DUNEDIN - Dunedin City Commissioners will have staff examine their costs for legal services over the next year, but they believe they are getting a bargain from their law firm.

Commissioners voted 5-0 May 19 to increase the monthly retainer for the firm of Trask and Daigneault from $6,500 to $10,000 per month for the next fiscal year.

“You are giving us the deal of the century,” said Bruce Livingston, referring to the amount of work City Attorney Tom Trask and his associates provide to the city for their rate of pay.
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Thursday, May 12
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DUNEDIN - All Dunedin City Commissioners are in favor of suspending the search for a new city manager until months after the November election, expressing confidence in interim City Manager Doug Hutchens’ abilities.

Commissioner Deborah Kynes led the move to allow Hutchens to retain his current position, which he has held since former City Manager Rob DiSpirito stepped down Jan. 21.

Speaking at the commission’s workshop May 10, she said the 10 semi-finalists in the search for city manager are accomplished and honorable people, but she was not convinced they were right for the job. The city received resumes from 87 applicants for the position.
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