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Dunedin mayor apologizes for chaos during dredging debate

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February

Debate over dredging generated so much vitriol during last month's Dunedin City Commission meeting that Mayor Dave Eggers opened Thursday's meeting with an apology.

On Jan. 23, city commissioners voted 3-2 vote to forego dredging Cedar Creek and Lake Sperry. The decision followed nearly three hours of passionate comments from many of the 100 residents who came out to speak for or against the $2.4 million project.

There had been applause and boos throughout the citizen comment portion. And by the time commissioners got around to voting, tensions had reached fever pitch.

Residents yelled and loudly pleaded with commissioners as they discussed the matter and voted. Many people angrily stormed out, including a woman who was in tears.

Eggers took a moment to pause Thursday between the Pledge of Allegiance and presentations, and acknowledge that he lost order.

"Before we get started, I did just want to take a second and to my fellow commissioners, we had a spirited meeting at our last meeting. And I did my best to try to keep control of the group and I didn't do as good a job as I should have," he said. "I wanted to apologize to each of you for not having the opportunity to speak without some interruption. So we'll do a better job of that in the future."

His colleagues made no response as he moved on to the next item on the agenda.

Click here to read more about the fateful dredging vote or here for video of the debate. Watch Eggers' apology here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 10, 2014 6:49pm]

    

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