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Dunedin Beacon
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DUNEDIN - Belly up to the bar on certain nights at Eddie’s and you might be motivated to shell out a few bucks for a good cause - without being asked to.

Ever since Pam Pravetz started having monthly craft beer dinners at her sports bar, money has been flowing toward charities.

“We do it here in the dining room. I always keep my front bar open because we found that often people sitting at the bar will donate money when they are hearing about the charity. It’s kind of beneficial that way. I know the other night there were people writing checks and handing over money,” said Pravetz.
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Dunedin Municipal Election
DUNEDIN - To a packed house at the Dunedin Hale Center on Oct. 1, candidates for Dunedin mayor and two Pinellas County Commission seats laid out their plans for the future.

The event, hosted by the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce, served to inform voters before they go to the polls for the general election on Nov. 4.

Dunedin mayor’s race
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DUNEDIN - The Toronto Blue Jays popped up frequently in discussions at a forum Sept. 19 as the two candidates for Dunedin mayor fielded questions about key issues facing the city.

City Commissioners Julie Scales and Julie Ward Bujalski discussed parking problems in the city, plans for a government center, financing a new stadium for the Blue Jays, Greenlight Pinellas and other issues during the breakfast meeting of the Dunedin Council of Organizations.

The candidates were asked who will pay for a new stadium if a decision is made to build one for the Blue Jays.
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Sunday, October 5
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin Concert Band is now under the direction of Stephen Brown, a British-American conductor and composer who has shared his music for more than 30 years in concert halls, colleges, schools, community centers, nursing homes and churches.

At a ceremony Sept. 9 at the Dunedin Community Center, band director Louis Zagar passed the baton to Brown, who is principal conductor at the Patel Conservatory and conductor of the Dunedin Concert Band, Sunfonia Chorale and Richey Community Orchestra. Brown, a two-time global music award winner, was ranked No. 2 in the Reverbnation USA Classical Music Charts.He is the founder of the Medway Chamber Orchestra, numerous percussion ensembles, Sunfonia and Concert Production training program for performers.
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LARGO - Eagle Scout Taylor Ray Wilson, son of Susan Wilson of Dunedin, was presented with an Eagle Scout Certificate of Recognition from the Clearwater Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for outstanding leadership and citizenship as demonstrated by his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.

Sons Compatriot Art Hays presented the certificate at Taylor’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony on Sept. 13 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Largo.
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DUNEDIN - Congressman David Jolly commended Troop 434’s Mark Gauzens Aug. 22 for completing a community project and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Gauzens was awarded the Eagle rank July 7 after completing more than 325 requirements, serving his troop in leadership roles, participating in community service projects, camping, hiking, and helping other Scouts attain troop ranks.
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Thursday, October 2
DUNEDIN - Volunteers are needed for the following city events:

- Oct. 25, Halloween Happening, 120 volunteers needed. The event has 30 games this year. Location: Community Center from 4 to 10 p.m. 

- Dec. 6, Breakfast With Santa, 20 volunteers needed. Location: Community Center from 8 to 11 a.m.
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Thursday, September 25
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DUNEDIN - Developers of a mixed-use development on Victoria Drive attracted several potential buyers to the property during an opening-for-sales event Sept. 18.

JMC Communities of St. Petersburg plans to build 32 luxury condominiums and have 10,000 square feet of retail space at Victoria Place.

The event marked the first time developers unveiled complete plans for the community to the public, said Mike Cheezem, JMC chief executive officer.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a request for development agreement on Sept. 18 for the property at 453 Edgewater Drive, formerly the Fenway Hotel. The new owner of the property is the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, and it seeks to redevelop a portion of the property and restore and rehabilitate the existing main building, according to a memo to the commission from Greg Rice, director of planning and development.

“The TTCS seeks to redevelop the site in two phases,” the memo said. “Phase I will involve rehabilitation of the existing hotel (Building A), demolition of an existing two-story building (Building B), removal of the basketball court and swimming pool, and the construction of additional parking spaces. All other buildings (C, D and E) will remain during Phase I.”

The development agreement is to ensure compliance with Florida Statutes and Dunedin’s Land Development Code.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission unanimously voted to pass its fiscal year 2015 budget of $75.6 million, millage rate and proposed pay plan at a first reading on Sept. 18. The final reading was set for Sept. 25.

The ad valorem property tax millage rate was set at 3.73, which is 6.12 percent higher than the calculated rolled back rate of 3.52, but there was no increase in the actual tax rate. The rolled back rate is the rate required to collect the same amount of revenues as the previous fiscal year.

City staff presented the commission with a chart going back to 2005 that shows that historically, in comparison with Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Oldsmar and Safety Harbor, Dunedin had the second-lowest millage rate. However, in 2012, Dunedin and Safety Harbor - which previously had a lower rate - tied for the lowest rate, and this year Safety Harbor’s rate went up, leaving Dunedin with the lowest tax rate of all of those cities.
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DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission on Sept. 18 unanimously passed the first reading of a stormwater rate increase of 4.5 percent, or by $0.42 per month, going up to a total of $9.72 per residential unit.

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve done about $27 million worth of capital improvements in the stormwater fund,” said Karen Feeney, Dunedin finance director. “We still have some to finish up, and we will be issuing bonds. That’s the primary reason for the increase - the costs go up for everyday things.”

It is estimated that this increase will provide for about $291,074 in additional revenue to the city in fiscal year 2015.
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DUNEDIN - A former Dunedin Jr. Falcons head coach has filed a suit in Pinellas County Small Claims Court against the organization, saying he was wrongfully fired.

Michael Gardner, whose first season as coach began in August, said in the lawsuit he was fired by league President John Miller Sept. 1.

Gardner said there was no communication, investigation or documentation that he had any deficiencies.
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