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Dunedin Beacon
Oktoberfest license agreement OK’d
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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.

Quit Claims Deed allows parking lot to move ahead

DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved the execution of a Quit Claims Deed and acceptance of the underlying utility easements on Aug. 21.

“The owners of 1090 Pinehurst Road seek to construct a parking lot expansion to serve their business property,” according to a memo to the commission by City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “Construction was proposed to extend beyond the owner’s property line into what appears to be public right-of-way on the northwest corner of Pinehurst Road and S.R. 580. As such, without verification of the right-of-way jurisdictional authority, or verification of private ownership of the area in question, a permit could not be issued for the proposed parking lot expansion.”

A title search was completed, and releases were given by the Florida Department of Transportation and also Pinellas County, saying they have no interest in the parcel. Likewise, the title search did not indicate any rights or claims to this apparent right-of-way by the city or anyone else. Therefore, the commission approved the Quit Claims Deed, allowing the parking lot expansion to be built.

Agreements OK’d

DUNEDIN – The Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved several agreements on Aug. 21, including a license agreement, an interlocal agreement and an EMS ALS first responder agreement.

The first item was to approve a license agreement between Pinellas County and the city of Dunedin regarding the historical museum and the Pinellas Trail. This will allow the Dunedin Historical Museum to add additional outdoor seating for its Orange Crate Café, otherwise known as the Box Car.

“This area of Main Street is a high focal point for downtown,” according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito. “The addition of the museum building and additional outdoor seating at the Orange Crate Café will further strengthen the ambience for downtown visitors and those utilizing the Pinellas Trail. In compliance with the direction from Pinellas County, the Orange Crate Café will not be serving alcoholic beverages.”

In return for using the Pinellas Trail right-of-way, the city agreed to maintain any structures and amenities placed on or around the trail as well as to indemnify and hold the county harmless from all suits, damages, injuries and claims that could arise from the license agreement.

The second item was renewing an interlocal agreement for planning and mapping services with the Pinellas Planning Council. This agreement is essentially the same as the one that was set to expire in September and is renewed for four years, beginning Oct. 1 of this year.

“The city uses PPC ‘short list’ planning consultant for its various corridor studies and miscellaneous downtown planning activities,” according to a memo to the commission from City Manager Rob DiSpirito.

The final item was to approve the Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services ALS First Responder Agreement. Currently, the city provides its own ALS first responder service to the city and the Dunedin Fire District, but this agreement expires at the end of September. The county proposed a new three-year agreement with an optional two-year extension, which is effective as of Oct. 1.

“Pinellas County EMS has been in negotiations with the 18 first responders that operate within Pinellas County and have proposed (the agreement) to Dunedin …”
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