'Doggie dining' ordinance is approved
City commissioners unanimously approved the city's "doggie dining" ordinance Thursday night, allowing dog owners to bring their pets along when eating at some restaurants. Dogs now will be allowed in outdoor seating areas of restaurants that have the proper permit, in accordance with the state law that provides standards for health and hygiene. More than a dozen bars around town already allow dogs. The town, dubbed "Dogedin," is known for its love of pooches. At the city's Dogtoberfest in November, dog lovers at Highlander Park broke a Guinness world record for the most dogs in costumes — about 426 dogs.
Home damaged, nobody hurt in fire
No one was injured in a house fire that started in a microwave oven Friday afternoon. Dunedin Fire Rescue was called to the home at 1503 Putnam Court in the Weathersfield subdivision about 2 p.m. The fire had spread to the ceiling and cabinets, but firefighters were able to contain it to the kitchen, according to Dunedin fire Division Chief Bill McElligott. Damage was estimated at $3,000.
Hired last June, city clerk resigns
City commissioners Thursday night accepted the resignation of City Clerk C.R. Wirthlin, hired by the city in June. Wirthlin tendered her resignation on Wednesday, calling her tenure "a rewarding learning experience" but saying it was in the "best interest of her career" to leave. Wirthlin last served as a city clerk and treasurer in Crestview Hills, Ky. Former City Clerk Jerie Guegan, who retired last year after 32 years with the city, will serve in the interim.
Odor at hospital is traced to motor
More than a dozen fire rescue units responded to a report of a strange odor at Mease Dunedin Hospital on Friday afternoon. Firefighters determined that the smell was coming from an overheated motor in a mechanical room near the surgical suites. The hospital, at 601 Main St., was not evacuated, and no one was injured in the incident, which was reported about 4:10 p.m., said Dunedin fire Division Chief Bill McElligott.
YMCA will host International Day
The Greater Palm Harbor YMCA at 1600 16th St. will host its fourth annual International Day on Wednesday. The event showcases the organization and the different cultures that make up its community. Included in the day's activities will be exhibits of food and art from more than 15 countries. There will be live music from folkloric artists, choruses and bands. Tampa Bay area performers from schools and groups will express their cultures through dance. The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon and from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (727) 787-9622.