Golf carts get green light for some streets
City commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday night to allow golf carts on designated city streets beginning July 1. In the coming months, city staffers will create a registration system and a driver's manual that lays out golf cart safety and traffic requirements. Commissioner Julie Scales voted against the measure, citing concerns about safety on well-traveled roads.
City to put out call for other law firms
Dunedin is searching for a new law firm to possibly take over its legal affairs. City attorney John Hubbard passed the reins to law partner Thomas Trask when he retired April 1 after serving 37 years. City commissioners said they're satisfied so far with Trask's work. But they voted 3-2 Thursday to explore pricing options for legal services and possibly seek a fresh perspective. "We very well may find that (we want to stay with that) institution of knowledge," Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski said. But "when we're spending the taxpayers' money … it behooves us to see what is the price structure out there and what are other attorneys doing." The city expects to send out a call for applicants in about two weeks.
New vice mayor a unanimous pick
Commissioner Ron Barnette was selected Thursday night as Dunedin's new vice mayor. He was unanimously appointed to the mostly ceremonial title after a swearing-in ceremony for him and fellow Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski. Bujalski was first elected to a special two-year term in 2006 to replace a commissioner who resigned; she was re-elected in 2008. Similarly, Barnette won a special two-year term in 2009. Both retained their seats this year because no other candidates challenged them. Dave Carson, the previous vice mayor who said he was sometimes called the "mini-mayor," wanted to start a new tradition. He held up Mayor Dave Eggers' large wooden gavel for comparison before presenting Barnette with a "mini gavel."
Volunteers needed for food drive
The RCS Food Bank, 700 Druid Road, needs volunteers for the Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 14. Postal workers will deliver truckloads of canned and boxed food, but volunteers must sort the items to be distributed. Here are the shifts: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Individuals or groups may sign up by calling Rachel Thurber at (727) 584-3528, ext. 407.
The devil was misidentified in a photo caption in Friday's Clearwater & North Pinellas Times. Actor Todd Donovan is playing the prince of darkness in a production of the opera Mephistopheles this weekend at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.