MEET MAYORAL CANDIDATES IN FORUM TODAY
The city will host a candidate forum starting at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 112 S Osceola Ave. Mayoral candidates George Cretekos and Christine Marketos-Cuomo will have two minutes each to answer questions from an independent moderator. Unopposed council members-elect Doreen DiPolito and Jay Polglaze will introduce themselves but not participate in the debate. The public is invited to attend. Live video will also be streamed online at myclearwater.com. The election is Jan. 31.
Coast Guard offers safety program
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 11-1 Clearwater is offering an "About Boating Safely" program starting at 8 a.m. on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Clearwater Police Department, 645 Pierce St. Topics include Boating Emergencies, Know Your Boat, Getting Underway, Navigating, Operating Your Boat Safely and Legal Requirements. All graduates receive a state certification. For more information and to register contact Ann Bennett, (727) 469-8895 or email fso-pe@a0701101. uscgaux.info.
Ad agency reveals a new city logo
Wilesmith Advertising will unveil the city's proposed new tagline and logo to the public and City Commission during the commission meeting at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 542 Main St. The presentation follows nine months of research by the West Palm Beach company. City leaders hope the $73,000 undertaking results in an image that will increase visitor and business traffic, which they hope could then translate into more employment opportunities, a higher tax base and more revenue to spend on residents. Other items on the agenda include discussion of the Charter Review Committee's recommendations, presentation of the Dunedin 2011 firefighter of the year award, and announcement of the Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest winners. Obtain a copy of the full agenda at the City Clerk's Office, 750 Milwaukee Ave., or online at bit.ly/z6mKwc.
Food trucks join annual art event
Food trucks will roll into town next month as part of the Dunedin Fine Art Center's annual Trashy Treasures and Contain It art festival. Trashy Treasures is an indoor garage sale. Contain It is an outdoor multimedia installation fair, where artists rework the interior of PODS storage units to reflect their own take on the space. New this year is the Eat This mini rally, which will include food from venues such as Ballers Traveling Bistro, La Creperia Cafe and Tamales & South of the Border. A kickoff party with drinks, live music and food is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd. Cost is $5. The free exhibit runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Visit dfac.org or call (727) 298-3322 for information.
Senior fair at Hale Center is Jan. 27
Dunedin's annual Senior Awareness Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the city's Hale Activity Center on Douglas Avenue. Obtain insight and advice on topics including health care, wellness, legal assistance, home and financial security, retirement living, insurance, nutrition and more. More than 400 people and 70 local businesses and organizations attended last year's fair. To become a vendor, call (727) 298-3299.