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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Brewery may be inconvenienced temporarily by a lack of parking, but the founder of the business supports plans for a mixed-used development that is proposed for property across the street from his popular destination.

Dunedin developer and resident Joe Kokolakis plans to build 65 apartments, 11,700 square feet of retail space and a 195-space parking garage at 940 and 966 Douglas Avenue.

Michael Bryant, whose patrons often use many parking spaces on the city-leased lot on Kokolakis’ property, told city commissioners Feb. 4 that the parking garage is needed to accommodate growth and that Kokolakis has a proven track record as a developer.
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DUNEDIN - Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski took issue Feb. 4 with a document Commissioner Bruce Livingston provided in his evaluation of the former city manager, calling it “a new low” because it included her son in “negative politics.”

The document was at the end of Livingston’s evaluation of former City Manager Rob DiSpirito. It included a statement from a citizen contending that the mayor asked the Blue Jays organization to hire her son and they did.
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Thursday, January 28
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The downtown parking problem is arguably the most controversial and complex planning issue city of Dunedin officials have addressed in the past decade.

This is a report on actions taken by city officials in recent months regarding concerns about a shortage of downtown parking.

Numerous residents, visitors, a former mayor, business owners and others have spoken out on various options as city officials move closer to establishing a parking management system.

On Jan. 7, city commissioners essentially gave staff the go-ahead to proceed with plans for free and paid parking areas. They took action after nearly four hours of discussion that night.
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DUNEDIN - Ron Isaac, who moved to Dunedin from Connecticut in October, had heard something about the city of Dunedin’s plans for paid parking downtown.

“It doesn’t make me very happy,” said Isaac.

Isaac was one of several people downtown Jan. 14 who were asked at random to comment on the proposed pilot plan. He has an office on Cleveland Street in Clearwater and calls using parking meters an extreme inconvenience.
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DUNEDIN - Sue Humphreys has horror stories to tell about the Friends of the Hammock’s arch enemy - the air potato.

She, like other members of the volunteer organization, have been fighting the spread of the invasive plant for years.

Humprheys lives on the edge of Hammock Park, which is at 1945 San Mateo Drive in Dunedin. She recalled making an effort to rid her yard of air potatoes, a creeping vine, behind her house and to keep them off trees.

“I literally had to crawl on my hands and knees to get through the massive overgrowth of invasive plants,” she said.
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DUNEDIN - Dunedin city commissioners Jan. 7 voted unanimously to donate to Dunedin Cares Inc. a van and a monetary contribution of $1,000.

The van and monetary donation will have a dramatic positive impact on the organizations’ ability to help, especially those who find themselves in difficult circumstances, Dunedin Cares said, in news release.

“True change for the better begins with you the Mayor, the Commissioners and the wonderful people in the community,” said Ed Hughes, president, board of directors. “People so willingly to stand up and speak out in the defense of the dignity of every human being. A community dedicated to sharing what they have, and with so many volunteers who give themselves generously to the serving the needy.”
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DUNEDIN - Works by John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Ken Follet, Tim Dorsey and numerous other authors will be available at bargain prices during the Dunedin Friends of the Library’s annual book sale Feb. 4-7.

The Friends of the Library, a nonprofit organization, spent months preparing for the sale, said Phyllis Gorshe, library director.

On one side of the library room will be books and items that range from 50 cents or less. On the other side are books, CDs and other items individually priced, usually up to $10. Sets of books may run higher.
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The Dunedin Historical Museum has been collecting photos, documents and artifacts related to Dunedin since the Historical Society was organized in 1970, saving the items from destruction or loss to preserve for future generations to learn about their community’s history.

Our largest artifact was Andrews Memorial Chapel, now located in the city’s Hammock Park where it was moved in two sections in 1970 to save it from destruction when it was in the way of a new church parking lot. Today the chapel is used by the museum for concerts, lectures, movies and, most of all, weddings, which is a major revenue source for the museum’s operations.
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