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Leaders Lunch on Ozona Pig in Retreat on Dunedin's Future

City leaders were fed for their time — roughly seven hours — spent brainstorming Dunedin's future at Dunedin Community Center on Feb. 28.

After meaty discussion focused on Dunedin's future quality of life, city leaders lunched on pulled pork from Ozona Pig during Thursday's commission retreat.

City leaders were fed for their time — roughly seven hours — spent brainstorming Dunedin's future at Dunedin Community Center Feb. 28.

Commissioners dined on a catered barbecue lunch from Ozona Pig in Palm Harbor after talk of possibly creating neighborhood enhancement programs using code enforcement fines for distressed Dunedin homes. 

City staff spent $127.50 on Hickory Smoked Barbecue Picnic Pacs from the restaurant, which includes barbecue pulled pork, barbecue chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, and potato rolls, as well as $13.63 for bagged salad, dressing and apple stack cake from Publix at Granada Plaza, according to city receipts. 

A continental breakfast of fruit salad, mini blueberry and cranberry-walnut muffins, and mini powdered sugar donuts was also provided before the 8:30 a.m. start time. Breakfast items cost the city $19.12 at Publix, according to city receipts.

Beverages, paper products and coffee came from city stock.

Use of the Elliot room was free, as were City Manager Rob DiSpirito's facilitation services, which would have cost about $1,400 to hire someone else, he said.

When city leaders returned from lunch, they tackled the issues of fostering better relationships with Dunedin's sister city Stirling, Scotland and its Major League Baseball partner Toronto, Canada, suggesting some taxpayer money be set aside in the budget for travel to those cities.

"Nothing wasteful," said Commissioner Ron Barnette, "but to be polite."

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Lori March 01, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Dunedins Future...So something as simple as not keeping revenue in our city...What about the BEST BBQ @ Elis...A Dunedin Merchant! We have to go to Ozona????!
Maryellen Farinas March 01, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Our elected city officials have been going to the Obama School of Politicians. Setting aside city funds to travel to Stirling, Scotland and Toronto, Canada. Really? Half a million for their cronies' project in the Art Center is not enough, money spent on studies is not enough, a useless brand expense is not enough.
Lori March 01, 2013 at 04:09 PM
City is in shambles because of idiots who run it Maryellen
-Ed Harris- March 01, 2013 at 07:56 PM
I think micro managing the choice of food people eat is crossing the line. I love the Ozona Pig! If that's what they wanted, Great! I don't find it news worthy. I am glad they are all getting along and I am hopeful for a bright future. While I do not agree with all the choices made by the commission all the time. I do not think our city is in shambles by a long shot. As for travel, Yes Scotland, Yes Canada! They have been a good part of our community for a very long time. It's part of what makes Dunedin......Dunedin. I remember when Grant Field was changed to Blue Jay Stadium, it gave a generation dreams of growing up to play in the World Series. As for our Scottish Heritage, well being born here made you an honorary Scot and if you moved here you became an adopted honorary Scot too. It's part of who we are. A very old and good part. We do have problems, issues and concerns. The bad stuff did not happen overnight and will not be fixed overnight either. It will get fixed and we will do it together regardless or in spite of name calling.

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