07/31/14 Local Government
DUNEDIN — Residents can expect to pay the same property tax rate under the budget proposed for next fiscal year, but they will likely see a bump in their stormwater bills.
If city commissioners next month approve finance director Karen Feeney's 2015 plan, homeowners would continue to pay $3.73 per $1,000 of taxable, assessed property value. That means a property owner with a home assessed at $150,000 with a $50,000 homestead exemption is likely to see a city tax bill of $373. ...
DUNEDIN| City commissioners have decided that Dunedin will encourage the incorporation of either artwork or decorative architectural features into the design of both private and city construction projects.
The resolution was drafted by the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. For publicly funded projects, a member of the volunteer citizen group will offer ideas on how to include art “to the extent that budgets allow.”...
DUNEDIN| The Toronto Blue Jays will spend at least 30 to 45 more days researching before they submit a spring training facilities wish list and cost estimate to the city, officials say.
The Jays have trained in Dunedin for 37 years, but spent several months last year exploring a deal with the Houston Astros for a two-team stadium complex in Palm Beach Gardens on Florida’s east coast — an idea later quashed by community opposition....
JIM DAMASKE | Times
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, is joined Thursday by, from left, General Electric energy management president and CEO Mark Begor, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche and state Rep. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, at a groundbreaking for the company's new Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater. Construction has begun on the $50 million center, which will expand the capacity of GE's 40-year-old manufacturing and assembly facility next door at 1907 Calumet St. The existing facility has about 450 employees who build products such as transformers, and officials expect the new center and its 250 new local hires to be up and running within 12 months. Because of rain, the ceremony was held inside with a separate box of dirt....
07/24/14 Local Government
BELLEAIR — A rise in utility rates could be on tap for residents if town leaders can't figure out a safe, affordable way to keep drinking water clean.
Within five to 10 years, officials say, they expect desalinating water with the town's decades-old filtration system to become impossible.
Converting the water plant to a reverse-osmosis system could cost anywhere from $1.5 million to $11 million, an initial study showed. So, at the direction of the finance board and Town Commission, the staff is researching options. They include:...
As if Deal Diva Kameel weren't a bad enough influence yesterday, I'm here to add fuel to the fire by alerting you to a few weekend sales and giveaways you don't wanna miss!
BELLEAIR| The St. Petersburg developer pursuing the purchase of the Belleview Biltmore has filed applications asking the town to approve his requests that the hotel be demolished, the site rezoned and his vision for condos, townhomes and a boutique hotel approved.
Attorney Ed Armstrong submitted the more-than-300-page packet plus exhibits Friday on behalf of JMC Communities founder Mike Cheezem, who is in the process of buying the hotel from Miami investors Daniel and Raphael Ades for $6.6 million. ...
DUNEDIN| If city leaders get their way, Dunedin - home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, Blue Jays baseball and many things Scottish - could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.
After years of talk, the city has moved on road improvements, and approved the creation of grants, permit fee reductions and other incentives aimed at turning a 45-acre swath just north of downtown into a place where artists would buy deteriorating properties, renovating them into homes that double as work studios. The artists would occasionally be allowed to post sidewalk signs and sell their wares during special events, such as the 2nd Friday Art Walk, or other designated times....
07/18/14 Local Government
BELLEAIR — The St. Petersburg developer pursuing the purchase of the Belleview Biltmore filed applications Friday asking the town to approve his requests that the hotel be demolished, the site rezoned and his vision for condos, townhomes and a boutique hotel approved.
Attorney Ed Armstrong filed six computer boxes, each containing a copy of the more-than-300-page packet plus exhibits, on behalf of JMC Communities founder Mike Cheezem, who is in the process of buying the hotel from Miami investors Daniel and Raphael Ades for $6.6 million....
07/17/14 Local Government
If city leaders get their way, Dunedin — home of Honeymoon Island, craft beer, baseball and many things Scottish — could soon add another identity: arts capital of Florida.
After years of talk, the city has moved on road improvements, and approved the creation of grants, permit fee reductions and other incentives aimed at turning a 45-acre swath just north of downtown into a place where artists would buy deteriorating properties, renovating them into homes that double as work studios. The artists would occasionally be allowed to post sidewalk signs and sell their wares during special events, such as the 2nd Friday Art Walk, or other designated times. ...
The city of Dunedin will kick off 2015 budget talks during a series of public meetings slated to begin next week.
Residents are invited to listen in on city commissioners' discussions from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and July 21. The workshops will be held at City Hall, 542 Main St., and streamed live via the city's website Dunedin.gov.
Read about city leaders' initial budget projections from early spring here....
We've blogged a lot in recent weeks about getting beach ready: Sunscreen. Check! Immaculately-coiffed hair. Check! Choosing the perfect pair of shorts and slathering on even more sunscreen. Double check!...
LARGO — A judge ruled Wednesday that the Florida Bar's case against three Tampa lawyers accused of misconduct amid a defamation trial between radio shock jocks Todd Schnitt and Bubba the Love Sponge Clem can proceed, but that certain documents will not be made public.
Lawyers Robert Adams, Stephen Diaco and Adam Filthaut of Tampa's Adams & Diaco firm face admonishment, suspension or disbarment if found guilty of violating Bar rules against misconduct, unfairness to opposing counsel and disrupting court for their alleged role in a DUI scandal involving opposing counsel....
So, today I decided to take a page out of Deal Diva Keeley's book and go a little 2000-and-late.
Lately, I've really been feeling 2013's color of the year: Emerald green.
Fine, so the pieces I'm wearing aren't an exact match. But I'm happy to say that, in true Deal Diva fashion, I was able to score all this here green for very little green!...
Happy Fourth! On today's installment of Fab Friday, we bring you blogger Michelle Bremer, who is helping us ring in the holiday with her own very fashionable blend of red, white and blue clothing pieces and accessories.
Michelle -- whom I first met at a Macy's fashion show hosted by the Deal Divas -- is a fixture at local runway events where she can often be found flitting about with a camera in hand, snapping photos for her blog Runway Translator. There, she has documented the local fashion scene and offered commentary on new trends, boutiques and more since 2011. All that expertise recently landed her a gig as a judge for the Eye on Fashion wardrobe stylists competition....