DUNEDIN - State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, is confident that legislation he is filing to help craft beer brewers grow their businesses will become law next year.
Latvala and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, devised identical bills that would allow microbreweries to legally sell the 64-ounce “growlers” or containers of craft beer. They held a press conference at the Dunedin Brewery Dec. 16 to discuss their views on the “Growler Bill.”
Florida and Utah are the only two states that don’t allow 64-ounce growlers, Latvala said, attributing the restrictions to “protecting monopolies.” He doesn’t see a reason for distributors to justify their opposition.
“Happily, many of the distributors including our local distributors have come around to that way of thinking,” Latvala said. “And I think our path to being able to pass this bill this year will be significantly better than the past two years. I think I can safely predict we will be successful this year, finally.”
DUNEDIN - Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for help to identify two credit card theft suspects.
According to detectives assigned to the Burglary/Pawn Unit, the theft occurred Oct. 8 between the hours of 1:30 and 5 p.m. The credit cards were taken from a vehicle that was parked off Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin. The suspects then used the victim’s credit cards at Walmart, 23106 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; Sports Authority, 23662 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; and Home Depot, 30144 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.
DUNEDIN - The religious organization that owns the Fenway Hotel hopes to get the go-ahead from city officials by the end of January to begin renovating the historic building to include 102 rooms, conference space and practice halls. A second phase includes demolishing three buildings to make way for 27 town homes.
Representatives of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, which intends to use the hotel as its national headquarters and an international conference center, outlined their plans to about 100 people Dec. 2 at the Episcopal Church of the God and tried to allay concerns about traffic and other impacts of the project on the area.
DUNEDIN - The Rotary Club of Dunedin announces that it is looking for grant requests.
As an example, two grants were previously approved on Nov. 11. They include $2,000 for Inner Wheel U.S.A. Foundation, which fits children 18 years and younger with myoelectric limbs, and $1,200 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which trains individuals on how to be mentors for youth.
The Rotary Club encourages nonprofit organizations to go to the Rotary Club website to review the guidelines and see if they would be eligible. Visit dunedinrotaryclub.com/.
DUNEDIN - Looking back as a young resident growing up in town, Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she doesn’t have too many memories that don’t include Dunedin in some way.
“Hanging out at the city’s teen center on Friday nights. Going to Dog Beach on Saturday afternoon. Seeing our former mayor hard at work at the local drug store. Knowing our police officers by name,” Ward Bujalski said, after taking office during a special commission meeting Nov. 17.
DUNEDIN - At the Nov. 20 Dunedin City Commission meeting, Firefighter/EMT Jason Griggs was named the 2014-2015 Firefighter of the Year.
The Dunedin firefighters nominated people for the award, and the lieutenants and district chiefs chose the winner, said Dunedin Fire Chief Jeff Parks. Griggs has worked in the department since March 5, 2003 and currently is an engine and truck driver and acting lieutenant as needed.
DUNEDIN - At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the first reading of a set of ordinances to amend the Dunedin Code of Ordinances regarding alcohol, animals, code enforcement and sales.
The area that brought the warmest welcome from the commission regarded Chapter 62 about sales. One of the additions is requiring an ID card to be carried by any solicitor, peddler, or his designee.
“I have had some personal experiences with people that are fed up with the way the soliciting is going,” said Greg Rice, planning and development director. “I’ve met with people who have very clearly marked on their property, ‘no soliciting,’ and it is completely disregarded. I have met with some seniors who have had, in my opinion, been sold things by predators, windows, alarm systems when you might not need alarm systems. And we’re tired of that and we’re going to be using additional fees to do more background work.”
It will take a while, but the city plans to work with the Committee on Aging to get the word out as these changes go into place.
DUNEDIN - In a rare third reading, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to amend Chapter 38 of the Fire Protection and Prevention part of the city code on Nov. 20.
Every five years, the commission appoints a committee to review city ordinances, and during this time, the fire department helped the Ordinance Review Committee in reviewing this section, according to a memo to the commission from Fire Chief Jeff Parks.
“The fire department seeks to update Chapter 38 of the code of ordinances to reflect the latest practices which regulate fire protection and prevention within the city, in order to promote public health and safety for residents and visitors of the community,” the memo said.
DUNEDIN - Congressman David Jolly announced Nov. 21 that Andrea and Chris Stewart of Dunedin have been issued an exit permit from the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring their adopted son Cruz home.
Jolly is part of a bipartisan group of 183 lawmakers, who urged parliamentary leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo to pass adoption reform legislation and resume inter-country adoptions after the DRC suspended issuance of exit letters last year.