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DUNEDIN - Plans for the renovation of the Fenway hotel will be revised to eliminate the proposed development of 27 townhomes on the property.

The Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA plans to renovate the hotel to include 102 rooms, 3,000 square feet of conference space and practice halls. In the second phase three buildings were to be demolished to make room for the town homes on 1.8 acres.

Attorney Ed Armstrong, who represents the Taoists, said at the Dunedin City Commission’s meeting Feb. 8 that it has “become apparent in recent days that there was a significant amount of neighborhood angst with respect to townhome component.”

In response, the society is dropping the townhome component from the application and will revise its plans, he said.
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DUNEDIN - City officials have postponed their workshop Thursday, Jan. 29, on parking in downtown Dunedin to give staff time to review a recent staff analysis on the issue.

Dunedin City Manager Rob DiSpirito said at the City Commission meeting Jan. 22 that delaying the workshop will allow staff additional time to work with the ad hoc downtown parking committee on recommendations and discuss the report before presenting options at a workshop. A date will be set later for the workshop.

Commissioner John Tornga asked to add a parking discussion to the next commission meeting’s agenda to consider some easy ways to help improve the situation.
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Friday, January 23
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DUNEDIN - City officials are paying more than just lip service to the claim they promote and celebrate diversity in the community.

They are partnering with a local company to hold a wedding celebration on Valentine’s Day that will be open LGBT couples who want to get married or exchange vows as well as heterosexual couples.

Dunedin Commissioners agreed unanimously Jan. 22 to waive the $460 rental fee for the use of the park.
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Wednesday, January 21
DUNEDIN - Team G Events of Pinellas County will celebrate with LGBT couples who will get married or have their vow renewed on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

The nuptials will be individually scheduled ceremonies to take place, by appointment, at the beautiful Weaver Park in Dunedin.

The park is located on St. Joseph Sound, 2750 Bayshore Blvd. The event will take place from noon until sunset.
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Friday, January 16
DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Dunedin man Jan. 14 after he reportedly fabricated reports about three car burglaries in attempt to collect money from his insurance company.

Joseph Harris, 26, was booked into the county jail and charged with two counts of false report of a crime and two counts of defrauding an insurance company. He was released on $4,300 bond Jan. 15.

According to the sheriff’s report, Harris reported that the vehicle burglaries occurred at his home on Feb. 28, 2014, June 12, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2014.
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Friday, January 9
DUNEDIN - Spurred by civil rights decisions in the courts, the city of Dunedin may hold a mass wedding ceremony that is similar to those staged recently in other large municipalities.

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski proposed at the City Commission meeting Jan. 8 that Dunedin have a mass wedding ceremony at Weaver’s Park on Valentines Day, Saturday, Feb. 14.

“I just thought it would be a very Dunedin thing to do in recognition of our diversity and what’s been going on,” she said. “If nobody RSVPs, of course we wouldn’t go forward.”
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Tuesday, January 6
DUNEDIN - The public is invited to attend the city of Dunedin’s downtown parking forum to listen and give input on a parking management strategy plan Monday, Jan. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Dunedin City Hall, 542 Main St.

City officials say only 37 percent of downtown parking is permanent as the rest of the parking supply is either leased or considered overflow parking areas. These sites are rapidly going away as development occurs and the city is looking at ways to pro-actively address the downtown parking challenge. The parking management plan in development would entail the following elements:

- Ensuring parking space turnover through a paid parking system
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Wednesday, December 24
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DUNEDIN - Congestion at the Dunedin boat ramp is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, city officials say.

The issue came up during a City Commission discussion Dec. 4 on staff recommendations for St. Joseph Sound and islands stemming from a report of the Dunedin Waterfront Task Force.

“The key point here is knowing that our boat ramp and boat marina is special to us and the usefulness that it serves toward our community,” Deputy City Manager Doug Hutchens said. “It is narrow and its steep, and one might say it is substandard. But it is ours and it is being utilized. It does create congestion, whether for getting through the turning basin in the marina or whether it’s parking of boats and trailers.”
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners took action Dec. 18 to appease people who recoiled at proposed regulations that would have prohibited them from having constrictor snakes larger than 4 feet in length.

The issue stems from a proposed ordinance that would make city regulations on animals conform to a countywide ordinance.

When the proposed ordinance was discussed at the commissioners’ Dec. 4 meeting, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said commissioners received more than 200 emails pertaining to the length limitation on constrictors. Commissioners postponed the item so that City Attorney Tom Trask could review the emails to consider the legal aspects of the proposed regulations.
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The city of Dunedin provided some frequently asked questions on the new once-per-week garbage collection service.

Q: When is the City starting once-a-week garbage collection?

Same day service begins the week of Monday, Jan. 5 The three collection services include the green garbage cart, the blue recycling cart, and yard waste. (Known as 1-1-1).
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Frances Scott Fruchey, 107, was born in Hamden, Ohio, June 5, 1907 to George and Edith Scott.

She attended Ohio University as a music major. In 1928, she moved to Michigan where she married Elmer Fruchey in 1932. In 1954, they moved to Dunedin, Florida, then moved to Kennesaw, Georga in 2005.

She was a member of Kennesaw United Methodist Church and former member of First United Methodist of Dunedin.
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