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Naming of official city tree splits Dunedin commission




Ask Dunedin residents which symbols represent their town, and several contenders quickly rise to the top of the list: Scottish heritage. Beer. Baseball. Dogs.

The southern magnolia tree? Not so much.

A mini-controversy erupted at City Hall Thursday night as commissioners considered a citizen advisory board's request that the city name the southern magnolia the official tree of Dunedin, along with naming the osprey the official bird and the magnolia bloom the city flower.

The City Commission approved all three items in a 4-1 vote, but not before the panel and a resident spent 20 minutes debating whether the orange tree is a better choice for Dunedin and whether the discussion should be delayed as many as three months to gather public input.

Read more here. Watch video of Thursday's discussion here.

[Last modified: Monday, April 22, 2013 11:15am]


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