DUNEDIN - The lack of downtown parking in the city of Dunedin is considered a problem - a good problem. It shows that development and activity downtown is vibrant.
Nevertheless, city officials and a downtown parking committee, consisting of merchants and other stakeholders, say they need to resolve the problem. They are working on developing alternatives with consultants.
“We believe we need to develop an overall parking management plan to make sure that adequate parking is available without disrupting the lives with citizens or businesses. This is our goal,” said Andy Chiodo, a spokesman for the group.
DUNEDIN - The city of Dunedin realized it was losing a significant amount of money in 2009 due to major utility billing errors, and has since worked hard to not only correct those errors but also overhaul the whole system in order to ensure a smooth, efficient and accurate system.
At its Oct. 9 meeting, Dunedin received a final report and update from Water Company of America and not only got a superb report, the city also received an award for its impeccable system.
After the errors were identified in 2009, Phase I began by hiring the outside audit firm, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland to review the utility billing operation, and the firm later reported its findings in February 2010, said Paul Stanek, assistant public works and utilities director. The report identified 16 findings, Stanek said, and had corresponding recommendations.
DUNEDIN - The Dunedin City Commission, on Oct. 9, unanimously approved the purchase of sodium aluminate from Thatcher Chemical of Florida in Deland for an estimated $93,900.
“The wastewater treatment facility uses sodium aluminate as part of the process to treat and dispose of wastewater,” according to a memo to the commission from Jorge Quintas, city engineer and director of public works and utilities. “The city has used a cooperative bid managed by Hillsborough County as a method of purchasing sodium aluminate for a number of years.”
Hillsborough recently awarded a two-year contract to Thatcher Chemical of Florida, Inc., and Dunedin is piggybacking onto that contract. Pricing is $0.1565 per pound, which is less than the current cost of $0.1638 per pound.
DUNEDIN - Soleil Galleria, Beautiful and Sustainable Living, is now open in Downtown Dunedin at the corner of Main Street and Broadway.
Soleil Galleria has local and international artisan creations, furniture, luxury sheet ensembles by DreamFit, organic candles, Nespresso coffee makers, aromatherapy soaps and household cleaning products, recycled glassware and much more.
Sally Alexandra Pola is the sole owner of the business. Originally from England, she has lived in Florida all of her adult life. Sally is from a family of artists and had a 25-year career in heavy construction management.
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.
DUNEDIN - Incidents in which emergency personnel are hindered or helpless in efforts to rescue swimmers, boaters and others along Dunedin’s 37 miles of coastline convinced city officials that they need to buy a fire/EMS boat.
After more than an hour of discussion Oct. 23, city commissioners agreed unanimously to buy the $167,327 25-foot Fire/EMS rescue boat.
Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski said Fire Chief Jeff Parks has done the due diligence necessary to determine what will type and size of a boat is needed.
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.
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.
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.