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DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin officials will provide more free parking and make other changes to a controversial one-year pilot program that was implemented in October.

Commissioners on Feb. 2 approved a staff recommendation that the east and west ends of Main Street be free for parking to all users Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will be charged for parking in those areas after 6 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

City officials will allow free parking at all times in the Dunedin Station Square, 362 Scotland St., just south of Main Street in the downtown core area.
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DUNEDIN - City commissioners are expressing frustration over community divisiveness regarding their downtown paid parking system as they continue to tweak the pilot program.

Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski described the program, which city officials started in October, “as an ongoing saga.”

“There is nothing more that I would like to do than to rip it out right now. But it’s not responsible to do. It just isn’t,” she said at the commission’s Jan. 26 meeting.
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Thursday, January 26
DUNEDIN - Local VFW leaders hope a $420,000 renovation project on their building will encourage more veterans to visit their post and learn about the programs they offer.

The work on their 7,500-square-foot building includes a new bar, flooring, kitchen, walk-in cooler, energy-efficient lighting, televisions throughout the building and outside, rewiring, a fire suppression system, and other improvements.

Leaders of Post 2550, located at 360 Douglas Ave. in Dunedin, are trying to dispel the stereotypical image of the post being just a smoky place where veterans come to drink.
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DUNEDIN - City of Dunedin officials want a big-league negotiator to help them in their efforts to establish a long-term agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays.

They agreed Jan. 12 to staff’s recommendation that they hire the firm of Bryant Miller Olive of Tampa to assist in negotiations and to prepare the license and development agreements with the Blue Jays.

The firm has provided services for several Major League Baseball teams and other professional sports franchises, and City Attorney Tom Trask said he has worked with the law firm in several cities.
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DUNEDIN - Dalton Baldwin was destined to become a racecar driver. The 22-year-old East Lake High graduate has been following in the footsteps of his father, open-wheel modified class driver Bobby Baldwin, since he was old enough to go to the track.

His first experience behind the wheel was as a 9-year-old, when he began his racing career driving go-carts like one of his NASCAR idols, Jimmy Johnson.

“I was always into racing,” the soft-spoken old Oldsmar resident said recently from his father’s shop, Main Street Automotive in Dunedin. “I used to go to the track with my dad and hang in the pits when I was little before they did away with that, and he worked me up to the point where I wanted to be successful.”
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DUNEDIN - This city of Dunedin has been named “2016 Tree City USA” for the 28th year by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The title was awarded because of Dunedin’s commitment to effective urban forest management, the city said in a press release.

Dunedin won the recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
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DUNEDIN - In 1967, with the dramatic influx of new residents and booming suburban population, a new type of residence started to be developed in Dunedin. The city’s first condominium complex was the Douglas Arms, located off New York Avenue, which was quickly followed up by the Skye Loch Villas.

Condos in the complex were first available for purchase Jan. 14, 1967. Fifty years later on the same day, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, Douglas Arms celebrated its 50th anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by city dignitaries. After the ribbon cutting and remarks, all the residents and visiting dignitaries went to a 50th anniversary luncheon at the recreation hall.
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Eternal Cremations relocates
DUNEDIN - Eternal Cremations recently moved from Tarpon Springs to Dunedin. The new location is at 120 Patricia Ave., Dunedin. The company has been servicing the Tampa Bay area for seven years. According to a press release, Eternal Cremations offers free seminars every month. The next seminar will be Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.

Attorney Andrew Gracy will attend along with Mark Grande, owner of Eternal Cremations. The discussion will be about long term planning goals. For information, visit Etern­alCre­matio­­m or call 727-804-1702.

PharmaCo Meds opens in Dunedin
DUNEDIN - PharmaCo Meds recently opened in Dunedin at 2640 Bayshore Blvd., in the Causeway Plaza. PharmaCo Meds is an independently owned pharmacy specializing in compounding medications for people and their pets. The business specializes in vitamins and supplements for people and high quality all natural pet food. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit pharm­acome­­m.
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Since the year 2000, residents of Dunedin have had the opportunity to see a future president in Dunedin and a presidential candidate. In 2000, the future president of the United States, Barack Obama, came to give a speech at the Dunedin Florida Auto Stadium.

He was the last to stay in the VIP suite at the Belleview Biltmore and other Dunedin individuals had the opportunity to listen and see presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the John Lawrence Pioneer Park in Downtown Dunedin.
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Monday, January 16
DUNEDIN - Opinions vary whether a proposed mixed-use development at Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Dunedin would be an eyesore or an eclectic addition for the city’s vibrant downtown.

The fate of it now rests with the City Commission.

The Local Planning Agency Jan. 11 recommended approval of the development, reversing an earlier recommendation Nov. 9 that it be denied.

After the Nov. 9 Planning Agency vote, Arlis Construction revised its plans for the M&D Lofts, which would have 20,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level, 18 condominiums on two stories above it and basement parking.
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Thursday, January 12
DUNEDIN - Maestro Miljenko V. Banovic, renowned ballet artist and choreographer, died on Dec. 24, 2016 in Dunedin, Florida.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1936 in Zagreb, Croatia. He was an avid athlete in his teens and started ballet studies when he was 17 years old at the suggestion of his mother. Two years later he left Zagreb to study at the Legat School of Ballet in England.

In 1956, he moved to Paris where he lived for 17 years. During his time in France he performed as principal dancer with many notable dance companies such as Roland Petit Company, Ballet des Étoiles de Paris, Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Ballet de la Jeunesse and Company, and Paris Opera.
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DUNEDIN - Rock Solid Fitness, the area’s premier private personal training studio, recently hosted its grand opening at its new location in the Coastal Plaza on Main Street in Dunedin.

Lynn Wargo, president of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, conducted a ribbon-cutting celebrating the grand opening. The event drew more than 200 attendees and was catered by Cindy Phillips of the Home Plate Restaurant of Dunedin. Entertainment was provided by D.J. Phil Pasek of Fast Breaks Entertainment. Also in attendance and lending support at the event were the Dunedin BNI Success Alliance, Rick Incorvia of International Sign Company and Sarah Evans of FOUND Treasures for Living.

“The buzz from our party was incredible,” said Patty Durell, CEO of Rock Solid Fitness. “The support we received from the Dunedin Chamber, the city, and the community was overwhelming.”
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Friday, January 6
DUNEDIN - City officials asked for it and they got it: an earful from Dunedin citizens, merchants and boaters on the downtown pilot paid parking program.

At a Jan. 4 meeting attended by between175 to 225 people at the Hale Senior Activity Senior Center, dozens of speakers voiced complaints and observations about the paid parking program, which took effect in early October.

Many said certain elements of the programs were confusing. They took issue with the maximum three-hour parking limit and expressed frustration in trying to operate the parking stations.
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DUNEDIN - The city of Dunedin is looking for interested citizens to apply for consideration for appointment to the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee.

This newly established committee consists of seven regular members serving three-year terms. All members must be residents of Dunedin.

Committee members’ duties are to safeguard the heritage of Dunedin by preserving the resources of the community that reflect elements of historical significance; identify, designate, and make recommendations on regulating historic landmarks to preserve their historical significance; maintain an inventory of historic structures; and develop a historic plaque policy and application process.
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