DUNEDIN - After talking about it for several years, the Dunedin City Commission Aug. 21 unanimously approved the final reading of an ordinance to rewrite the solid waste component of the Dunedin city code, which also changes trash pickup to once a week, effective Jan. 5.
It is estimated that going to one day a week for residential trash pickup will save the city $700,000 in the first year alone, according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito.
When the changes are fully implemented, it will be what the city calls a 1-1-1 system, meaning each resident will have one day a week of trash pickup, one of recyclables pickup, and one of yard waste pickup.
DUNEDIN - One man was injured and a family lost their home when a boat caught fire at the Dunedin Marina, 51 Main St., about 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies, the fire destroyed the 38-foot Carver Aft Cabin boat belonging to the Fisher family.
Deputies said the family was not aboard the boat when the fire began. When they noticed that the boat was on fire, Raymond Fisher, 54, attempted to save the pets they had aboard - a bird, a tortoise and two lizards. When he reached into the boat to release the bird from its cage, he suffered burns on his arm up to his ear.
DUNEDIN - A 4.1-acre parcel in a location that’s prime for development in Dunedin continues to remain vacant, to the frustration of city officials.
Nevertheless, Dunedin Commissioners say the best course of action is to continue working with Pizzuti Companies, which owns more than half of the property, known as the Gateway tract, and plans to build a mixed-use project. The property is at Main Street and Milwaukee Avenue.
City commissioners voted unanimously Aug. 7 to extend a development agreement with the Pizzuti Companies to April 15 of next year in hopes that it will find a partner and secure financing for the project.
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a revocable license agreement on Aug. 21 between the city and the Dunedin Brewery for an Oktoberfest event set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4.
The $2,000 license fee will be paid to the city. The Brewery has held this event on its property for numerous years, and in 2009 it expended to include a portion of Douglas Avenue and operated under a revocable license agreement.
This year’s event is set to begin on Friday, Oct. 3, 5 to 11 p.m. and will continue on Saturday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The road closure will be from noon on Friday until 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4 and includes Douglas Avenue from the north entrance to the south entrance of the Keller public parking lot as well as a portion of the parking lot.
DUNEDIN - Coastal Properties Group International/Christie’s International Real Estate recently announced expansion plans for its Dunedin office, located at 437 Main St.
The company is taking over the space previously occupied by the tenant next door. The expansion, which will double the size of the office, is scheduled to be completed by September 2014.
“The Dunedin office is one of our most frequently visited due to its desirable downtown location and high visibility factor,” said Alex Jansen in a press release. Jansen is Coastal’s CEO and owner. “It was one of our first locations to open in 2012; and due to the additional real estate advisors joining the firm we have outgrown the original space. Acquiring the space next door will allow us to double the office size, thus enabling us to add addition conference/closing rooms and additional work space for our Real Estate Advisors.”
Dorothy (Dottie) Sabatino passed away Aug. 14, 2014 in Millsboro, Delaware. She was 88 and a former resident of Dunedin, Florida.
She was formerly employed as a Hospital Administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Sabatino, of Dunedin; daughter, Pamela Passerini, of Ocean Pines, Maryland; her parents, William Clarence Mitchell and Essie Mitchell of Henderson, North Carolina; brother, William Mitchell, of Ohio, and sister, Cheryl Faulkner, of LaGrange, Georgia.
We all try to foresee the future and make decisions today for the betterment of ourselves, our family and our community of tomorrow. Major shifts in the economy, climate, and an aging population affect our city. They occur at a pace and scope which may seem daunting and create challenges. Our children will live in the world we are structuring today. And we, no matter what age, will be occupying that future too.
Whether you are young, middle-age or elder, the Age Wave focus group for the Dunedin Committee on Aging (DCoA) needs your help to Shape Our Future Together.
We are not asking that you go to a meeting. You don’t even have to leave your home.