Tuesday, January 16, 2018
News Roundup

Help is needed to identify cyclist injured on Causeway Boulevard

Dunedin

Help needed to ID man

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is seeking help from the public to identify a man who was seriously injured Monday night while riding a bicycle on Causeway Boulevard.

The man is white, in his late 50s or early 60s and weighs about 220 pounds, according to the Sheriff's Office. He has salt and pepper hair, sideburns and a moustache. He was wearing blue cargo shorts, a ring on his right hand and a silver metal-banded watch. He has no scars or tattoos.

The man was cycling west on Causeway Boulevard Monday when he crashed sometime after 9:11 p.m., deputies said. A passer-by saw him on the sidewalk on the west side of the drawbridge and called 911. An ambulance rushed the man to a local hospital. Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, deputies said. The man may have had a medical episode.

Anyone with information that could help identify the bicyclist should contact Deputy Todd Nellebach at (727) 582-6200.

RV parking is topic tonight

A citizen advisory group tonight will decide whether to recommend that the Dunedin City Commission approve new regulations for parking recreational vehicles in neighborhoods.

The proposal stems from complaints in the Golf View Estates neighborhood about discrepancies in city code. Current rules let homeowners park RVs with a "rated length of 35 feet" on the back or sides of homes. However, the length rule has led to confusion about whether vehicle additions, such as trailers and storage tanks, should count as part of the vehicle's overall length.

The city wants to tweak the rules to allow any RV "with no more than two axles." Requirements that RVs be screened on the back or side of homes by fencing or landscaping would remain.

Dunedin's local planning agency, a citizen advisory board that reviews all matters affecting the land development code, will meet at City Hall, 542 Main St., at 6:30 tonight. The City Commission is expected to hold public hearings April 18 and May 2.

Sister city in the spotlight

A Scottish dignitary will take a break from this week's Highland Games to host a presentation highlighting the significance of two upcoming anniversaries: Stirling's 50-year sister city relationship with Dunedin and Stirling's 700th celebration of Scotland's independence from England. Former Stirling Provost Colin O'Brien will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday at Andrews Memorial Chapel, 1899 San Mateo Drive. The event is free, but donations benefitting a 2014 Exhibition Exchange between Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum and the Dunedin Historical Museum will be accepted. For information, visit dunedinhighlandgames.com.

Clearwater

Gulf-to-Bay /U.S. 19 detour

Eastbound and westbound traffic on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard at U.S. 19 will be closed tonight while contractors erect steel girders for the new overpass. This is part of the U.S. 19 interchanges project from north of Whitney Road to north of Gulf-to-Bay (State Road 60). Gulf-to-Bay will close from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic on Gulf-to-Bay will need to follow marked detours using Drew Street, Belcher Road and Druid Road to get around the closed intersection.

Safety Harbor

Commissioners ask: Do you watch city TV?

Before Safety Harbor approves a plan for the city to shell out $4,000 per year for public access television, commissioners want to answer one question.

Is anybody watching?

City Manager Matt Spoor is getting price estimates on a scientific survey. But in the meantime, Safety Harbor wants viewers of the city TV channel to make themselves known.

So for about 20 hours a day, those who tune in will see this on the screen: "From April 3rd to May 3rd, the city is asking for resident feedback. If you watch this channel daily, weekly or monthly, please let us know. Our goal is to weigh the cost to continue hosting a government access channel with the number of residents who utilize the service. We would like to see how often you watch InSight Safety Harbor along with any other comments about its programming."

The message has been up for more than 100 hours. The response? One call and one email. The caller was a former city commissioner.

"If more people don't speak, we're going to assume there's not a lot of people watching the television," Spoor said.

The city's TV production equipment needed to be replaced at a cost of $40,000, so Spoor negotiated a deal to share a station and programming with Oldsmar at an annual rate of $4,000. But some commissioners last week proposed scrapping the channel, expressing skepticism about whether the number of viewers warrants even that smaller investment.

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