Sunday, May 12, 2013
Check out this list of businesses, schools, churches and apartments that are "committed to the environment," according to the city's website.
Did you know the City of Dunedin's website includes a list of local businesses, schools, churches and more that participate in recycling efforts? The "who's recycling" list includes those places that are "committed to the environment" and even breaks it down by which types of materials they recycle. Check it out here or in the PDF attached to this story. Any surprises? Any place not on the list that should be? Sign up for the Dunedin Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Friday, May 10, 2013
Dewayne Fast, Eric Rodriguez, Kevin Naylor and Brandon Young each received promotions within the City of Dunedin Fire Department on May 1.
Four Dunedin firefighters received promotions May 1. District Chiefs Dewayne Fast and Eric Rodriguez were promoted from lieutenants, and Lts. Kevin Naylor and Brandon Young were bumped up from firefighter-paramedics, fire officials announced Friday. Mayor Dave Eggers swore the men into office during a ceremony at Dunedin Community Center on May 1. Family members pinned badges to their uniforms and Deputy Chief Trip Barrs presented them with new helmets, according to a news release from the City of Dunedin Fire Department. Dunedin fire officials released the following about the promoted firefighters: All newly promoted officers will be formally recognized during the May 16 city commission meeting. Sign up for the free Dunedin Patch email …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
One of Dunedin's long-standing service organizations will have its moniker transferred to a yet-opened, public, waterfront park on Alternate U.S. 19.
Dunedin's up-and-coming waterfront park — known as the Bleakley property — on Alternate U.S. 19 officially opens in June with a new name. City leaders voted May 2 to name it "Dunedin Youth Guild Park," for an 49-year volunteer organization that raises money for scholarships and furthers the civic and cultural progress of the greater Dunedin area youth. The group requested its name be transferred from its current park nook on Buena Vista Drive to the Bleakley site at Dunedin's north gateway, where the Dunedin Youth Guild name would get more exposure from passing drivers on the busy two lane road. "I don't know a lot about old Youth Guild Park, but I visited it, and I wasn't very proud to have our name on it to be very honest with you," …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The group's "significant contributions" to Dunedin youth may bring its name to a prime up-and-coming waterfront park on Alt. U.S. 19.
Dunedin Youth Guild wants to trade city park spaces. Its current space at Hammock Park doesn't offer near the name exposure that Dunedin's newest, waterfront park on Alt U.S. 19 might, the group says. So, Youth Guild members, who recently donated $200,000 to a future nature-themed playground at Weaver Park, want to have their group's name transferred from its Buena Vista Drive location. City leaders vote tonight on the Dunedin Youth Guild's request to name the Bleakely property after the group during a commission meeting at City Hall. The Bleakley property, a gateway parcel at Dunedin's northernmost boundary, was purchased in 2010. It has received upgrades in recent months in preparation of its opening. The up-and-coming park has received…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Some say the adoption of the southern magnolia as Dunedin's official city tree is not the first time they've been blindsided, despite the symbol's full support from multiple citizen advisory groups.
Southern magnolia vs. citrus tree. Blue osprey heart vs. colorful wavy E. In each matchup, one image became a symbol that represents Dunedin, the other a metaphor for a possible communication problem between residents and officials designated to represent them. Some city leaders also question using social media and other non-traditional ways to reach residents in light of the dust ups. Each of the winning symbols — the magnolia tree and wavy "E" — had full support from citizen advisory boards before receiving majority approval from Dunedin city commissioners. But the symbols branding Dunedin also received widespread public backlash from residents who felt blindsided by the decisions. In the case of the magnolia tree, Dunedin's citizen …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Saul Shwarztein will take you “move by move” through the start-up of Dunedin's very own Chess Club on May 7. Here's what's to know.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Commissioners designated the southern magnolia as Dunedin's official tree April 18, despite a sudden public interest in paying homage to the city's past with the orange tree.
Jennifer Lumm wish she'd known sooner about the movement to make the southern magnolia Dunedin's official city tree. In the end, sudden public uprising in a tree that would pay homage to Dunedin's citrus grove heritage was no match against a citizen advisory group's selection for one with much deeper Southern roots. The environmental committee's southern magnolia defeated the orange tree in a 4-1 commission vote Thursday. Designations were also passed for the osprey as the city bird and magnolia as official flower. "We're from the South, we love the magnolia tree. We just don't think it's a representation of Dunedin," said Lumm, who spearheaded a budding orange tree movement that caught the sympathy of at least two commissioners. She …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
City leaders are repealing Dunedin's official tree of 45 years Thursday to make new designations for the city's tree, bird and flower.
The southern magnolia tree is Dunedin's next city symbol. So are the osprey and magnolia flower. Commissioners are repealing Dunedin's official tree of 45 years at Thursday's public meeting to make new designations for the city's official tree, bird and flower. They're replacing the bauhinia tree after it received criticism in recent years for being a non-native species. The bauhinia tree was designated the official flowering tree in 1968. It was a citizen group's recommendation as part of a city initiative meant to enhance Dunedin's reputation as a "city of beautiful trees," city records indicate. In recent years, the city's volunteer Environmental Quality Committee questioned the bauhinia's official designation because it is not native …
Friday, April 12, 2013
A newly-installed water slide at Highlander Pool welcomes the opening of Dunedin's pool season.
Highlander Pool welcomes a splashing new feature for children this season. The two-flume water slide is one of a few pool enhancements made possible from a $15,000 budget appropriation in August 2012. The pool was resurfased, and a new mobile chairlift for ADA access was also added. The water slide attraction was installed in time for the opening of pool season on April 1. Slide hours are limited, but the feature is included in admission, which is $3 a person. April to June 9: June 10 to Aug. 18: Aug. 19 to Sept. 30: *Pool hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. To see more aquatic programs offered in Dunedin, check out the Parks and Recreation Department's full schedule in the "Photos and Videos" …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Dunedin leaders issued unanimous support April 4 for Pinellas County's proposed ban on gaming devices at Internet sweepstakes cafes.
Dunedin leaders issued unanimous support April 4 for Pinellas County's proposed ban on gaming devices at Internet sweepstakes cafes. The Internet cafes, which have been popping up in Dunedin and locations throughout the county in recent years, typically offer legitimate services such as Web access or telephone cards, in addition to onsite sweepstakes games. City Attorney Tom Trask explains: In general, a player purchases internet access at a point of sale station and receives an account, usually a card or number. The player uses that card or number at a terminal, sets his or her bets and begins to play. The terminal displays a game, such as spinning wheels like those of a slot machine, and then an outcome (a win or loss). When the player …