Concessions contract renewed, park named
In unanimous votes, the Dunedin City Commission last week renewed the city's Dunedin Causeway concessions contract with Sail Honeymoon and agreed to name a future park currently known as the Bleakley property after the Dunedin Youth Guild.
The city will receive $221,180 in rent over the course of Sail Honeymoon's 10-year contract. Owner Glen Steinke agreed to pour $50,000 into a new concessions trailer and other improvements within the first year, as well as to spend $1,000 annually on sand and landscaping.
The Dunedin Youth Guild, which already has a portion of Hammock Park named after it, asked to transfer its name to the Bleakley property on Bayshore Boulevard near the Pinellas Trail overpass, where officials said the group would gain more exposure.
City officials are targeting a summer grand opening for the 2.3 acres of open grass and 400 feet of shoreline. The park will feature a bike trail, kayak launch, open recreational space, shade trees and picnic tables.
Take a book, leave a book at Little Free Library
A new Dunedin project takes restaurants' "take a penny, leave a penny" concept to a whole new level.
Library officials on Tuesday morning unveiled their first "Little Free Library," a box where the public can reach in and grab a free book and, hopefully, leave behind one of their own. The 2- by 2-foot box, located on the Pinellas Trail beside the Dunedin Historical Museum, is the first of at least five that Dunedin plans to roll out across the city.
The idea, said Dunedin library director Phyllis Gorshe, is to promote literacy, especially among children, teens and adults who aren't regular library patrons.
"It's just a great movement to encourage reading," Gorshe said.
Library staffers will fill the boxes each week with donated works that the facility has decided not to include in its collection. Patrons are encouraged, but not required, to leave a book of their own.
Friends of the Library sponsored Dunedin's first station. The city is searching for other groups or individuals who want to sponsor boxes, which cost about $765 each. Call Gorshe at (727) 298-3080 for information.
All aboard for safety
Sign up now for "About Boating Safely.'' The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 is offering the class at 8 a.m. on May 18-19 at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St. Topics include: boating emergencies, overview of vessels, navigating, safety operations and legal requirements. All graduates receive a Florida State Certification Card. Materials are $35. For information and to register, contact Peter Ubilos at (727) 469-8895 or email email@example.com.
Today, no barks in the park
The Enterprise Dog Park, 2671 Enterprise Road, will be closed today for park maintenance. The city staff will add shell to the trails, repair irrigation pipes and more. It will reopen Thursday. For more information, call (727) 562-4803
Schools chief to speak at league's meeting
Dr. Michael A. Grego, superintendent of Pinellas County District Schools, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of North Pinellas County on Saturday. The meeting will be held at the Carlouel Yacht Club, 1091 Eldorado Ave., toward the north end of Clearwater Beach. The public is invited to attend.
Registration is at 10 a.m. with a business meeting to follow. Grego will speak at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m.
The cost is $30. Send your reservation check made out to LWV-NPC to Susie Rodenbeck, 1681 Sparkling Court, Dunedin, FL 34698.
For more information, call Carol Bickford, (727) 781-0546.
Traffic out as wall panels unloaded
Osceola Avenue from Cleveland Street to the alley behind the Capitol Theatre will be closed to traffic today so that concrete wall panels can be unloaded. Fort Harrison Avenue can be used as a detour route.
Children's authors will read and share how they write
Four local authors will help the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., close out National Children's Book Week. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Lucy Forsting, Rose DeNaro, Dori Hampl and Francine Larson will discuss the craft of storytelling and how they came up with their ideas.
They will read excerpts from their books as well as sign books following the discussion. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Youth Services Department, (727) 784-3332, ext. 3018.
On Saturday, it's in the bag
Want to help feed the hungry? On Saturday morning, go no farther than your front lawn.
Campbell's Soup Co. and the United States Postal Service are partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers to sponsor "Stamp Out Hunger."
Residents should leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items beside their mailboxes.
The food will be picked up and delivered to organizations that feed the hungry.