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DUNEDIN - Continued development in the city of Dunedin may give rise to a second parking garage downtown.

Dunedin officials consider four to five of their parking lot leases to be unstable, raising concerns at the City Commission’s April 20 meeting about an eventual shortage of parking spaces.

Manager Julie Ward Bujalski asked staff to provide estimates on the cost of building a one-deck garage on the city’s parking lot at 500 Wood St.
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DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri prefers to keep his agency’s North District Station in Dunedin, but his staff and city officials have been unsuccessful in identifying a suitable location in town.

As stated in a Jan. 4, 2016, memo from Gualtieri to city officials, the Sheriff’s Office plans to vacate it’s the station in Dunedin at 737 Louden Ave. by Sept. 30, 2017.

The building has mold issues and doesn’t meet the Sheriff’s Office space needs, Gualtieri said in an interview May 11.
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Thursday, April 27
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is ecstatic that Pinellas County commissioners April 25 unanimously approved the city’s request for $46.5 million in bed tax funds for a new stadium and training facilities.

“Our City Commission and staff did an amazing job in getting our city and the Jays to this point,” said chamber president Lynn Wargo, in an email April 26. “Our hats are off to them. The Blue Jays management team, including team President Mark Shapiro and our own director of Florida Operations, Shelby Nelson, have been working hard to keep the team in Dunedin, the only spring training home it’s ever known.

The county’s funding is part of a funding package that Dunedin officials have put together to retain the Blue Jays’ spring training and related activities in the community for another 25 years. In addition to seeking county funds, commissioners agreed Oct. 6 to seek $13.6 million from the state, $15.7 million from the Blue Jays and contribute $5.6 million in city funds for the project.
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DUNEDIN - At first glance, Joe Mackin and Ed Hughes might seem like an unlikely pair to help start a nonprofit.

And no one would’ve blamed the longtime veterans of the corporate world if they’d just kicked back and enjoyed retired life in the Sunshine State instead of getting involved with the often-challenging world of organizing, launching and running an organization dedicated to feeding the less fortunate.

But by leaning heavily on their decades of experience in sales, marketing and finance and their ability to work well with others, Mackin and Hughes proved to be ideal leaders for Dunedin Cares, a food pantry located in the back of the Faith Lutheran Church at 1620 Pinehurst Road.
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DUNEDIN - Achieva won the number 4 spot among mid-sized companies in the Tampa Bay Times ranking of “Top 100 Workplaces.”

Dunedin-based Achieva has consistently ranked high among the workplace rankings for the last five years in a row, with five years in the top 10 listing alongside the area’s most-respected hotels, banks, law firms, resorts, sports teams and charitable organizations.

“It’s an honor to continually be ranked one of the best places to work,” said Achieva Chief Executive Officer Gary Regol, in a press release. “To ensure our members have a wonderful banking experience, we do all we can to attract, develop and retain the best employees. Our employees are essential to our success and it’s gratifying to know we are creating a culture where they flourish.”
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DUNEDIN - Beginning in May, Beyond the Wall Bed and Breakfast will be accepting reservations for its brand new resort located at 520 Skinner Blvd. in Dunedin.

This new property has five private rooms, with bathrooms, in the main house and six private rooms, with a bathroom and kitchenette area, in the separate cottages. Breakfast is served daily to registered guests and the menu will include hot and cold choices made-to-order. The pool is open to all the registered guests and event attendees.

Beyond the Wall Bed and Breakfast has a conference room available for guests or community members to rent with catering services available. Information on conference room configurations and available technology equipment is on the website. Events planning services also are available for a wide variety of activities.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Music Society hosted the second Pinellas Festival of Community Bands on April 8, connecting more than 1,000 enthusiastic fans of live music.

The festival began last year after local conductors and volunteers had the same idea at the same time: to help each other share live music with their communities by collaborating.

The event was such a success that this year’s festival was expanded to include additional community bands from outside Pinellas County. An estimated 680 audience members sat in warm sunshine at Dunedin’s Highlander Park as almost 500 volunteer musicians performed on Sindoon Stage, each community band performing separately but combining at the end for a rousing rendition of “Washington Post” by Sousa.
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Friday, April 14
DUNEDIN - Joe Kokolakis, a Dunedin resident who owns a contracting company, has bought about 2.4 acres of what is called the Gateway property on the east end of downtown for $1.5 million.

He’s in a “buy and hold” mode for now.

Kokolakis recognizes that city officials are in the midst of forming a vision for all the property.
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Thursday, April 13
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DUNEDIN - Some city of Dunedin officials don’t mince words in calling for construction of a consolidated city hall.

Particularly Commissioner Moe Freaney, who complained April 10 about Municipal Services Center, 750 Milwaukee Ave., which she said has been renovated many times.

“It is time to have a consolidated building. And you can quote me on that. That municipal services building is a piece of crap,” she said.

City officials recommended that a new government center be funded from the $40 million that they expect to receive from the 10-year extension of the Penny for Pinellas, if voters in the Nov. 7 election approve it.
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Friday, April 7
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DUNEDIN - Social media, website commercials and even water bills may be used by city of Dunedin officials to get the word out that they want residents to be involved in the process to form a vision for the community’s future.

City officials hope to build on the 2005 visioning process recommendations, using as many outreach methods as possible to get the maximum participation from every segment of the population.

Included would be four-to-six week online surveys, a website and possible live charrettes, Dunedin Planning and Development Director Greg Rice said at the City Commission’s April 4 meeting.
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Thursday, March 23
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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.

“I have been a member for 16 years now, and it’s really kind of painful to me because I grew up here and I remember this course in its heyday,” Bowman said. “My father at one time tried to join it and they had 450 members on the waiting list. It was really fantastic.”
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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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