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Dunedin to name official city tree, flower and bird

A parent osprey on the Dunedin Osprey Cam nest stares down Clearwater Audubon volunteers as they prepare to band its baby. City leaders on Thursday will consider a resolution to name the species the official city bird.

Jim Damaske | Times (2012)

A parent osprey on the Dunedin Osprey Cam nest stares down Clearwater Audubon volunteers as they prepare to band its baby. City leaders on Thursday will consider a resolution to name the species the official city bird.

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The Dunedin City Commission on Thursday will consider a request to name the southern magnolia the official city tree, the magnolia bloom the official flower and the osprey the city bird.

The bauhinia was named the official city tree back in 1968, but Environmental Quality Committee members in 2009 questioned the designation because it’s not a native species.

City staff researched and, after discussions with a half-dozen citizen advisory and other interested groups, is recommending a change to the southern magnolia as well as the designation of an official flower and bird.

The only dissension, city documents show, is a suggestion from the Bay Bouquet Garden Club that the black-eyed susan be named Dunedin’s flower.

[Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 2:38pm]

    

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