DUNEDIN - A display at the Dunedin Public Library features a sculpture of the American Flag made of approximately 1,500 cans. The tribute is designed to reflect the gratitude of the nation.
“We remain forever indebted to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their unmatched bravery and heroism. We join a grateful nation in paying tribute to these American heroes who so willingly sacrificed themselves, never stopping to think about the price they were paying,” said a news release form Dunedin Cares, which operates a food pantry in the community. “The flag is a reminder that no member of the American Armed Forces, wherever he or she serves or wherever he or she has fallen is forgotten. All who serve are our heroes.”
“Dunedin Cares Inc. would not exist without your support. Thank you for your generosity,” said Joe Mackin, vice president.
DUNEDIN - City commissioners plan to interview four applicants June 12 for the position of city manager.
They are Kevin Cowper, assistant city manager, Auburn, Alabama; Jamie Croteau, management services director, Boca Raton; Michael Rankin, deputy city manager, Leesburg, and Jennifer Bramley, deputy city manager, city of Coral Springs.
City commissioners selected the four officials from a list of eight candidates recommended by S. Renee Narloch & Associates, the executive search consulting firm for the process.
DUNEDIN - When Achieva Credit Union was first formed in 1937, nearly half of America’s banks had failed amid the Great Depression. Nevertheless, seven Pinellas County educators pooled together $99.25 to create a new credit union for teachers.
Today, 80 years later, Achieva serves more than 140,000 members in 10 counties and has more than $1.4 billion in assets.
Achieva has not only grown in size, it has also built a reputation for innovative leadership and as a great place to work. As Achieva enters its ninth decade, some things have changed but others have not. The size and technology behind a modern credit union would stun its founding members, but they would recognize the culture, according to Gary Regoli, Achieva CEO.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”