David Carson on the Patch Podium: Quality of Life
Each of the commission candidates took a moment on the Patch Podium to explain — in his or her own words — what quality of life advancements he or she sees in Dunedin's future.
As part of our continuing coverage of Dunedin's upcoming elections, we are launching a question-of-the-week feature leading up to the election. This is the candidates' opportunity to answer some questions that might be on residents' minds, right here on the Patch Podium.
This week, we asked:
- What quality of life advancements do you foresee in Dunedin's future?
David Carson responds:
I believe we have many quality of life advancements coming in the near future. First, will be Weaver Park and the amenities that will be added over the next couple of years. As more people discover this waterfront park we will see more use as they bring their families to picnic in the pavilions and fish off of the dock or just sit and enjoy the vistas of St. Joseph’s Sound. This park will be a fun new place for citizens that wish to use it.
The Blakely property will be a north side park that will offer kayak launching soon. This park is more passive in nature and will be a nice place to sit and visit with friends and families in a waterfront setting.
Our Marina will soon be connected with the downtown with a really neat new Promenade. This walkway will be larger than a usual sidewalk and lined with wonderful landscape on the north side of Alt 19. Commissioner Bujalski had an idea that was unanimously approved by the Commission. She wanted to add all of the same improvements to the south side of the street. This great idea will result in a beautiful corridor from the Marina to the Downtown. Along with the great work done by our Marina Advisory Board, and the boaters, our Marina will become an even more important part of our landscape.
This Commission continues to discuss and hopefully will be successful in connecting our neighborhoods with bike trails to the Pinellas Trail. These safe bike trails hopefully will be on wider sidewalks and away from the danger of being on the road with vehicles.
We recently approved reclaimed water to be added to the Edgewater Linear Park. This addition will allow a quality turf grass to be planted and maintained along with other landscaping making this scenic drive even more spectacular.
Our Community Center will soon have an enlarged workout facility and teen room. Our swimming pool is antiquated and must be replaced in the future. This facility has seen better days and we must prioritize this project for future generations of children in Dunedin.
If I am re-elected I will dedicate the next four years to further other advancements in quality of life. This current group of Commissioners has done a wonderful job of advancing quality of life issues and I fully expect that to continue for the next four years.
So as you can see there is much advancement in quality of life happening right now.
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See also, Heather Gracy's response.