Thursday, July 19, 2018
News Roundup

Plan to buy land near Dunedin's Hammock Park may get $250,000 in BP money

DUNEDIN — County commissioners last week spent three hours narrowing a list of nearly 800 ideas about what to do with the $7.1 million it received in the BP oil spill settlement — and Hammock Park made the list.

The choices still have to come back to the commission for final approval, but the tentative amount allocated to the city for the purchase of a piece of land adjacent to the park is $250,000.

County Commissioner Dave Eggers said he wishes the county could have done more, but commissioners were split on their feelings about the project. One commissioner suggested giving the city as much as $700,000, but others didn't even put the project on their individual priority list.

The city originally asked for $1.4 million, the entire purchase price. But Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she is still "very excited and thankful to the County Commission for recognizing the value of preserving green space and for always being such a great partner to Dunedin and her residents."

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