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.
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.
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
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.”
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.