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DUNEDIN - Mike Bowman recalled that when he was young he wanted to play at the Dunedin Golf Club, but the course was off limits to him.

“They didn’t want 12-year-old, 14-15-year-old kids out there tearing up their course,” Bowman told city commissioners March 2.

Bowman, who is on the club board of directors, and other club members encouraged city commissioners to take action to help get the club out of a financial hole.
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DUNEDIN - From the balcony of his upscale condominium unit at Victoria Place in Dunedin, Tony Bacon enjoys a grand view of the Intracoastal Waterway, Edgewater Park and the city marina.

He can also see vehicles snake their way along Edgewater Drive and hear pedestrians visiting the shops below him.

And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“When I bought it I actually had no idea how nice it was going to be,” said Bacon.

He is Victoria Place’s first resident, having moved into his two-bedroom unit in the mix-used development in September.
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners are preparing to advertise for a new city manager in hopes of interviewing the final candidates for the position in June.

Dunedin commissioners agreed March 16 to approve the marketing material prepared by staff for the recruitment process.

“It really covers all our bases,” said Commissioner Moe Freaney
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Thursday, February 23
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DUNEDIN - The 2017 Grapefruit League season is about to begin as the Toronto Blue Jays pitchers and catchers reported to the team’s spring training facilities in Dunedin Feb. 14.

And while the players wearing the iconic blue maple leaf-adorned uniforms may change year after year, one thing stays the same for the club here in the Sunshine State - the condition of the fields they play on.

For the third time in four years, the hardworking groundskeepers who tend the five-and-a-half fields at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and the practice facilities at the nearby Englebert Complex were recognized for their efforts, as Sports Turf Superintendent Patrick Skunda was honored with the Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award for the Dunedin Jays’ 2016 Gulf Coast League season.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Causeway Bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27-Friday, March 10, for a project to paint the underside of the bridge.

The bridge will open periodically to allow local traffic to pass through and will open for emergency vehicle access. The bridge will be open to boat traffic most of the time.

The public is advised to plan trips to the mainland between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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DUNEDIN - Residents who made passionate arguments against the current design for proposed mixed-use development in the heart of downtown Dunedin have won their battle against it.

After more than six hours of hearing testimony and discussion on The Plaza, which would consist of 20,000 square feet of retail space, 18 condominiums and basement parking at Douglas Avenue and Main Street, city commissioners voted 3-2 against the design concept for the three-story project. Arlis Construction USA is the applicant.

Contacted Feb. 20, Ed Armstrong, the attorney for the developers, said they are interested in “bringing back a new and different development plan after reaching out to all the affected the stakeholders to see if we can establish a consensus and move forward in a constructive manner.”
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DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin officials are striving to increase ways to engage the public in their decision-making process.

Speaking on the state of the city at the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon Feb. 10, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said city officials have listened to the public and taken seriously feedback they received about community input.

Big issues are discussed through listening sessions, citizens advisory committee presentations, commission workshops and then a commission meeting to make decisions.
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DUNEDIN - Patrons of the House of Beer may soon be lifting their mugs in a beer garden.

The business that Rick Clemo and partner Andy Polce opened at 927 Broadway in 2009 has traditionally been recognized as a bar that offers dozens of craft beers from all around the country, rather than a place that also brews and sells its own beer.

“When we opened in ’09, you couldn’t even get a Sierra Nevada in Dunedin,” Clemo said recently. “We felt we needed to open a tap house, and then we started making our own beer.”
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DUNEDIN - The six public schools in Dunedin nominated the city for the Business Partner of the Year.

“The far reaching impact of the city’s dedication to its schools cannot be adequately measured in this narrative,” Heather Gracy, the City Commission’s liaison to Dunedin schools, said in a press release.

Dunedin Elementary School Principal Kerry Wyatt submitted the nomination on behalf of the six public schools in Dunedin and Library Director Phyllis Gorshe and she shares the same excitement for the Executive PASS Partnership, Gracy said.
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Monday, February 6
DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin officials will provide more free parking and make other changes to a controversial one-year pilot program that was implemented in October.

Commissioners on Feb. 2 approved a staff recommendation that the east and west ends of Main Street be free for parking to all users Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be charged for parking in those areas after 6 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

City officials will allow free parking at all times in the Dunedin Station Square, 362 Scotland St., just south of Main Street in the downtown core area.
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Saturday, January 28
DUNEDIN - City commissioners are expressing frustration over community divisiveness regarding their downtown paid parking system as they continue to tweak the pilot program.

Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski described the program, which city officials started in October, “as an ongoing saga.”

“There is nothing more that I would like to do than to rip it out right now. But it’s not responsible to do. It just isn’t,” she said at the commission’s Jan. 26 meeting.
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Thursday, January 26
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DUNEDIN - Local VFW leaders hope a $420,000 renovation project on their building will encourage more veterans to visit their post and learn about the programs they offer.

The work on their 7,500-square-foot building includes a new bar, flooring, kitchen, walk-in cooler, energy-efficient lighting, televisions throughout the building and outside, rewiring, a fire suppression system, and other improvements.

Leaders of Post 2550, located at 360 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, are trying to dispel the stereotypical image of the post being just a smoky place where veterans come to drink.
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DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin officials want a big-league negotiator to help them in their efforts to establish a long-term agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays.

They agreed Jan. 12 to staff’s recommendation that they hire the firm of Bryant Miller Olive of Tampa to assist in negotiations and to prepare the license and development agreements with the Blue Jays.

The firm has provided services for several Major League Baseball teams and other professional sports franchises, and City Attorney Tom Trask said he has worked with the law firm in several cities.
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DUNEDIN - Dalton Baldwin was destined to become a racecar driver. The 22-year-old East Lake High graduate has been following in the footsteps of his father, open-wheel modified class driver Bobby Baldwin, since he was old enough to go to the track.

His first experience behind the wheel was as a 9-year-old, when he began his racing career driving go-carts like one of his NASCAR idols, Jimmy Johnson.

“I was always into racing,” the soft-spoken old Oldsmar resident said recently from his father’s shop, Main Street Automotive in Dunedin. “I used to go to the track with my dad and hang in the pits when I was little before they did away with that, and he worked me up to the point where I wanted to be successful.”
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DUNEDIN - This city of Dunedin has been named “2016 Tree City USA” for the 28th year by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The title was awarded because of Dunedin’s commitment to effective urban forest management, the city said in a press release.

Dunedin won the recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
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