May 2, 2018

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
Welcome to the first Your City @ Work monthly online newsletter. The purpose of this outreach is to keep you up to date on current issues, developments, projects and news in the City of Dunedin. My first eight months as your City Manager have been exceptionally busy. I’ve met with most of the Boards, Committees and City employees to introduce myself and learn about the City from those who are most involved in day to day activities. During my first few weeks on the job I worked side-by-side with our residents and business owners, City Commission and staff as we pulled together to recover from Hurricane Irma. Since then we have worked together as a community to resolve issues and turned toward new and exciting endeavors. The last few weeks have been rounded out with Dunedin's designation as the First Trail Town in the State of Florida and an executed Capital Funding Tri-Party Agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays. We are excited to continue our partnership with the Jays for another 25 years. We sincerely thank Pinellas County and the State of Florida for their cooperative teamwork to keep the Jays in Dunedin. 

We hope you will find this form of communication educational and informative. Our goal is to keep you up to date on pending issues and actions before the City Commission so that you can participate in the decision making process. Please let me know if there is something we missed in this first issue of Your City @ Work so we can include it in the next edition.

~ Jennifer K. Bramley, City Manager
CITY NEWS
DUNEDIN NAMED FIRST TRAIL TOWN IN FLORIDA
This year, the City of Dunedin was designated as Florida’s first official trail town under a new program administered by the Office of Greenways and Trails, part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the downtown section of the Pinellas Trail. A Trail Town designation celebration was held on April 19 at the new Lari White Music Pavilion.

LARI WHITE MUSIC PAVILION
On April 19, the City honored Dunedin native, Lari White by naming the new Trailside Pavilion in her honor. White was a country music artist and actress who attended San Jose Elementary and Dunedin High School. White went on to be an accomplished artist in Nashville. In 1999, Lari sang at Dunedin’s centennial celebration and in 2013 received the key to the City.

FENWAY HOTEL UPDATE
The Fenway Hotel is scheduled to reopen as a boutique hotel in the fall of 2018. Mainsail Lodging & Development is planning to reopen the restored hotel, which will include a rooftop bar, 83 guest rooms and multiple suites. The Fenway Hotel is located at 453 Edgewater Drive.

Learn more about the Fenway Hotel .
BLUE JAYS STADIUM UPDATE
On Tuesday, 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, additional food and beverage options, a new HD video board and expanded stadium parking.

Learn more about the Blue Jays Stadium Agreement.
CITY PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENTS
DUNEDIN GATEWAY/DEEP
During a special workshop on March 5, City Commission unanimously endorsed a design concept for the Gateway project. The Dunedin Gateway is located at the corner of Main Street and Skinner Boulevard and the mixed-use development will include retail shops over residential townhomes, restaurants, café’s, a medical center, supermarket and a consolidated government center that will host City Hall and Municipal Services. The project emphasizes walkability, plazas, open spaces and a subsurface parking garage.

Learn more about Dunedin Gateway .
 
PARKING UPDATE
The City of Dunedin is currently working to implement a new parking plan that will tentatively begin in September 2018. 
  • On-street parking will remain free and by mid-May the pay stations in the downtown will be removed. 
  • The City of Dunedin is currently finalizing the RFP process for the selection of our parking management vendor. 
  • Part of the new parking management system selection process will include an opportunity for the public to test out several pay stations and provide their choice of machines to the City. 
  • The pay stations will be placed in the Monroe Street Parking Garage and the City owned Wood Street parking lot. 
  • All revenues from parking will go towards the upkeep and maintenance of our City funded parking areas. 
  • At this time we encourage you to enjoy our downtown and stay tuned for updates.
 
View a current map of available downtown parking.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING
There are many affordable housing projects in the works throughout Dunedin. EcoVillage Dunedin, located on the NE and SE corners of Douglas Ave and Lorraine Leland St, is an affordable housing project equipped with solar power. In addition, the USF Affordable Housing Report will be presented at the May 15 City Commission Workshop and the full report will be posted after the meeting.

CODE COMPLIANCE
The Code Enforcement Division addresses a variety of property issues in order to maintain and better the quality of life for our residents. Violations of the City's code, Florida Building Code and International Property Maintenance Code affect the community's health, safety, environment and property values.

Learn more about the top code violations .
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FUNEDIN FACT
Dunedin has always loved a parade. Little Leaguers march down Main Street to celebrate the beginning of a baseball season in the 1950s. The building on right (next to railroad track) housed the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.