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History-making season
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DUNEDIN - For the first time in Dunedin High School’s 50-year history, eight Falcon wrestlers competed in the state championships in Kissimmee, capping off an outstanding 2014-2015 season.

Dunedin City commissioners May 7 recognized Falcons coaches and team members for taking “8 to states” and for their other accomplishments.

Among its honors, the wrestling team took first place in the Falcon Duels, an annual tournament at home, first place in the district for the second consecutive year and their first regional title.
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DUNEDIN - Commissioner John Tornga said that sometime before the next City Commission meeting a World War II landing vehicle may be brought by truck to Dunedin.

He said at the commission meeting May 7 a variety of organizations are working to bring the Landing Vehicle Tracked to Dunedin.

“We have support from a lot of different people just to get it here,” Tornga said.

The groups backing the project may be taking a risk by bringing the LVT to Dunedin because all the funds needed have not been acquired yet, but “we’re going to do that.”
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Saturday, May 9
DUNEDIN - City commissioners authorized staff May 7 to begin negotiations for an amended development agreement pertaining to the proposed mixed-use Gateway project at Main Street and Milwaukee Avenue in Dunedin.

Plans call for 120 multi-family apartment units and 15,000 square-feet of retail space to be built on the property.

The unanimous vote taken by the commission was the first step in approval process for developers to begin their project. City officials will bring a formal agreement to commissioners after it goes through reviews.

Commissioner Deborah Kynes would like Dunedin officials to include an arts feature in negotiations with the developers, who are the Pizzuti Companies of Columbus, Ohio, the Wright Group of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Voeller Construction of Palm Harbor.
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Friday, May 8
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners got an earful May 7 on parking options in downtown Dunedin, but they want to hear more from the public - pro or con.

Commissioners agreed to hold a workshop Tuesday, June 23, 6 p.m., to discuss options that would lead to a parking management plan. The meeting will be held in the City Hall auditorium, 542 Main St.

Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said city officials need to have an aggressive marketing campaign to let residents know about the meeting.
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Thursday, April 30
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DUNEDIN - City officials are pleased that a new partnership plans to develop a piece of property valued as the gateway to downtown Dunedin.

The proposed mixed-use development at Main Street and Milwaukee Avenue includes 120 multi-family apartment units and 15,000-square-feet of retail use.

Jim Russell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Pizzuti Companies of Columbus, Ohio, told commissioners April 23 that development took longer than the company thought because of financial and other issues. Though Pizzuti had many potential offers, the company sought a partner “who shared the same vision that we have brought to the project that we have stayed very close to and worked very hard to meet.”
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DUNEDIN - City Manager Rob DiSpirito will update the commission at its next meeting on the status of the staff’s work on downtown Dunedin parking issues.

Commissioner John Tornga said April 23 the parking situation hasn’t “gotten any better and it’s highly unlikely that it will.”

“Second of all, we have enough people who are asking for it. Third of all, it could affect budget items that are coming up,” he said.
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DUNEDIN - City officials and the company that runs the Stirling Links golf course are looking at creative ways to keep the course out of a financial hole

Dunedin Commissioners voted 4-1 April 9 to continue abating the annual $25,000 license fee Billy Casper Golf pays to the city through 2017 or once annual golf revenues reach $500,000. However, commissioners stipulated the company provide maintenance or programming that equates to the dollar amount of the fee.

Tony Cianci, vice president of operations for Billy Casper Golf, said he believes the golf course opeation is in better shape now than in previous years because of the company’s partnership with the city.
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DUNEDIN - In the back of the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dunedin, after most of the building has cleared out, a stream of voices echoes through the wooden door.

Songs of religious joy and well-known heartbreak, lyrics in English and Greek and Spanish. They don’t discriminate with their musical selection in the International Chorale of Dunedin.

“We choose songs that people would want to hear,” said JoAnn Metropolous, the chorale director and accompanist, “and songs that people can relate to.”
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Dunedin’s earliest history was recorded in 1852, by the federal government in accordance with the Homestead Act, which allowed the Garrison family to live and farm over 160 acres of property around Curlew Creek.

The Garrison family was the community’s first official residents. Besides our early pioneering history, Dunedin also maintains several of its historical structures that relate to the community’s growth. Four of these buildings are now designated on the federal list of the National Register of Historic Places.
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