January 2, 2019

Welcome to Your City @ Work, where you will find City of Dunedin highlights from the City Manager's office each month.

MESSAGE FROM THE CITY MANAGER
Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Your City @ Work newsletter of 2019. Your City @ Work is a monthly online newsletter we have developed to keep the community informed about current and upcoming events and activities. 

The upcoming year is going to be a banner year as design commences for a new City Hall, improvement to Skinner Boulevard move forward, construction upgrades begin on the Water Treatment Plant and the Blue Jays Stadium and Players Development Complex. We will also be building a much needed Emergency Operations Center on Belcher Road. We will continue to build upon the new programs and plans put in place last year such as the Strategic Plan, the Public Art Master Plan, Citizens Academy and Historic Preservation all while performing the day-to-day operational duties. We look forward to continuing to provide exceptional customer service to the community in 2019.

Jennifer K. Bramley, City Manager
A YEAR IN REVIEW
BUDGET & BUSINESS PLAN
The first Business Plan and corresponding budget have been developed for the City of Dunedin. The Business Plan serves many important purposes; it communicates to the City Commission how staff will push their agenda forward over the coming year, bringing the City closer to attaining its EPIC! Goals.

EPIC GOALS
The City of Dunedin's five EPIC! Goals, established by the City Commission at their 2018 Strategic Planning Session, provide the framework that is used to organize and align the City's 2019 programs and projects contained within the Business Plan.

BLUE JAYS STADIUM AGREEMENT
On April 24, The Pinellas County Commission approved an agreement partnering with the City of Dunedin and the Toronto Blue Jays to support improvements to the team’s spring training facilities. Prospective upgrades include an increased seating capacity, a new HD video board and expanded stadium parking.

DOWNTOWN PARKING PLAN
Dunedin City Commission voted unanimously (5-0) during the August 23rd City Commission meeting to discontinue the Downtown Parking Plan indefinitely. Parking will be free with no enforced time limits in all areas of the City.

CLEARWATER
FERRY
Commissioners unanimously approved a one-year pilot program for travel between Clearwater Beach and Dunedin via the Clearwater Ferry.

HISTORICAL PRESERVATION
The Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC) has worked hard to bring forward a Historic Preservation ordinance for Dunedin.

CITIZENS'
ACADEMY
The 2018 class of Citizens’ Academy completed their nine week course where they learned about Dunedin government and the services provided.

LOOKING FORWARD
DUNEDIN CITIZEN SURVEY
In an effort to encourage community dialogue, the City of Dunedin will conduct a Citizen Survey, to be executed by the consultant group Research Data Services, Inc. (RDS). The consultants will receive feedback from the Commission to create the final survey questions. The survey will be conducted in January and February 2019 and the information gathered will be used to ascertain citizen priorities, and will play an integral part in shaping our Business Plan going forward.

READY FOR 100
On Dec. 6, 2018, the Dunedin City Commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal of powering municipal operations entirely with renewable sources of energy by 2035, and community-wide by 2050. This action establishes Dunedin as the 101st city in the nation to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

PUBLIC ART MASTER PLAN
The City of Dunedin created the Public Art Master Plan project in fiscal year 2018, based upon the belief and understanding that formalizing a Plan will provide a path to create and maintain our public art. A Public Art Master Plan welcomes residents and visitors to our Dunedin where people care about the quality, appearance and expression of our environment. 

BLUE JAYS BOND SIGNING
The City of Dunedin has signed and executed bonds for the Blue Jays Stadium project to fund a portion of the cost of the additional improvements to the Player Development Complex and the Blue Jays Stadium. This funding represents a significant portion of the total $81.5 million project.

SKINNER BLVD INPUT MEETING
The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will be holding a public meeting on Skinner Boulevard proposed enhancements. The City was awarded a $100,000 planning grant from Forward Pinellas to explore opportunities to address a Complete Streets strategy for Skinner Blvd.

SHORT TERM RENTALS LISTENING SESSION
As Dunedin continues to be a destination for vacationers, education on short-term or transient uses rentals has increased. The City of Dunedin is hosting a listening session on the topic of short term home rentals Wednesday, January 30 from 6-8pm at the Hale Senior Activity Center.

MAYORS' CORNER

Read the latest from City of Dunedin Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski.

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FUNEDIN FACT
Join the City of Dunedin for the inaugural Dunedin International Film Festival (DIFF) on January 12 & 13. This festival supports the City of Dunedin with it's EPIC! goal of becoming the #1 Arts and Cultural City in the State of Florida.