Keyonna Summers, Times Staff Writer

Keyonna Summers

Keyonna Summers covers the city of Dunedin and social services for the Tampa Bay Times. Keyonna, a Detroit native, earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Michigan University, with a double minor in Spanish and psychology. She covered immigration for the Washington (D.C.) Times, then reported on courts and education and served as an on-air anchor for Florida Today before joining the Times' Clearwater bureau in 2011.

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  1. New zoning option for Belleview Biltmore sparked emotional debate

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Votes on two new zoning measures that could smooth the path for demolition of all or part of the former Belleview Biltmore hotel sparked passionate speeches last week by several town commissioners and a member of a preservationist group attempting to buy and save the historic structure.

    The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the Biltmore and build condos or townhomes in its place. ...

    The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. A mixed-use option was rejected.
  2. Keyonna’s Desert Island Product: Caress Body Wash

    Blog

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a makeup maven. So when I started racking my brain for theme week ideas, my mind immediately jumped to those strategical items that would make a long Gilligan’s Island experience more enjoyable … like those comfy yoga pants I scored a couple years ago on deep discount at Tar-jay … or my pretty purple and grey Sketchers sneakers that I could walk in for hours....

    Stranded on a desert island? Trust me: Your fellow castaways will thank you for packing this fragrant Caress body wash (I recommend 'Sheer Twilight!) after a few days of sweating it out in the hot sun.
  3. Dunedin: Blue Jays architect to calculate spring training upgrade needs, costs

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| It will be at least another month or so before the Toronto Blue Jays submit a spring training facilities wish list and cost estimate to the city.

    Dunedin officials, who met several weeks ago with top Jays executives to kick off talks about a possible contract renewal, had been expecting the document by mid April....

  4. Belleair Commission creates new zoning district that could affect Belleview Biltmore

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — The Belleair Town Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday night to create a new zoning district a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to raze the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa and build condos or townhomes in its place.

    Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.

    The new zoning option, RM-10, offers more flexibility and height than the town's two existing multifamily residential zoning designations. It allows up to 10 units per acre —- a density between the other two zoning categories — and the potential for building heights up to 80 feet if the developer incorporates certain incentives like enclosed parking....

  5. Blue Jays architect will tally Dunedin spring training needs, costs

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — It will be at least another month or so before the Toronto Blue Jays submit a spring training facilities wish list and cost estimate to the city.

    Dunedin officials, who met several weeks ago with top Jays executives to kick off talks about a possible contract renewal, had been expecting the document by mid April.

    But Mayor Dave Eggers said Jays president Paul Beeston told him Monday that the team intends to send an architect next week to determine whether the upgrades the team wants at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and the nearby Englebert practice complex are possible and, if so, how much they would cost....

    Next week an architect from the Toronto Blue Jays will evaluate Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and its practice complex. Its needs will then be presented to the city of Dunedin.
  6. Political newcomer raises more cash than veterans in Dunedin commission race

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Just one month into the nonpartisan race to win one of four City Commission seats on the November ballot, a political newcomer has raised more money than three candidates who have up to a decade of experience each.

    As of Thursday, the deadline for the first monthly campaign treasurer's report, records showed it was Bruce Livingston, a community volunteer and retired dental industry businessman making his first run for office, who raised the most money in March....

  7. One man dead, two hospitalized after shooting in St. Petersburg

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man who family members say is a military veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder was arrested Saturday after police said he shot three people, one of whom died later in a local hospital.

    The shooting happened just after 10 p.m. in the 4300 block of Seventh Avenue N.

    The suspect, Jason Faber, 34, was taken into custody after a short pursuit. Police said that Faber has had an ongoing dispute with a neighbor who was one of the people wounded. Faber told police he believes the neighbor is a drug dealer....

    Jason Faber, 34, is charged with first-degree murder.
  8. Political newcomer raises more cash than veterans in Dunedin commission race

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Just one month into the nonpartisan race to win one of four City Commission seats on the November ballot, a political newcomer has raised more money than three candidates who have up to a decade of experience each.

    Commissioners Julie Scales, on the board since 2003, and Julie Ward Bujalski, a commissioner since 2006, are both running to succeed Mayor Dave Eggers, who is seeking a Pinellas County Commission seat....

  9. New study asks: Replace or repair Dunedin bridge?

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Pinellas County is gearing up to study options for repairing or replacing the drawbridge that leads to Honeymoon Island State Park.

    The causeway reached its 50-year estimated useful life in 2013, so county officials in 2009 tried to get a head start by doing a routine feasibility study, which recommended a new bridge.

    But to get federal funding for the project, the county has to hire consultants and embark on yet another study using federal guidelines....

  10. County will start study of repairing or replacing Dunedin bridge

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Pinellas County is gearing up to study options for repairing or replacing the drawbridge that leads to Honeymoon Island State Park.

    The causeway reached its 50-year estimated useful life in 2013, so county officials in 2009 tried to get a head start by doing a routine feasibility study, which recommended a new bridge.

    But to get federal funding for the project, the county has to hire consultants and embark on yet another study using federal guidelines....

    The Dunedin drawbridge leads to Honeymoon Island State Park.
  11. Dunedin historians explore mysterious tombstone at foreclosed home

    Human Interest

    DUNEDIN

    The Dunedin Historical Society is investigating the origins of a mysterious 1880s tombstone discovered in the back yard of a foreclosed home on the city's south side.

    Historical Society director Vinnie Luisi says a utilities worker who was cutting power to the home stumbled upon the headstone a few weeks ago and notified the organization.

    The society attempted an archaeological dig near the tombstone but was thwarted by thick tree roots. Now it is searching for a local archaeology group that could bring sonar equipment to detect whether the back yard might also contain graves....

    Are the Moores related to settler Moffette Warren Moore? It is not yet known.
  12. Dunedin ballot filling up fast

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Two longtime city commissioners who often disagree on policy issues have announced they both plan to run for mayor.

    Julie Scales resigned her commission seat and announced her candidacy for mayor on March 18. Julie Ward Bujalski announced Tuesday that she plans to file paperwork to run for the top post.

    With Mayor Dave Eggers leaving to run for Pinellas County Commission and one of two commissioners who are up for re-election announcing retirement, four of the five commission seats will be up for grabs in the November election....

  13. Belleair commission approves Belleview Biltmore property division

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Town commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday night to reduce the size requirement for hotel properties, dismaying preservation advocates who say the decision paves the way for demolition of the historic Belle­view Biltmore Resort & Spa.

    The neighboring Belleair Country Club had requested the change in December, saying it wants to buy 2.3 acres of the Biltmore property from its Miami owners for continued use as surface parking. But that would have violated a town law that hotel properties must be at least 20 acres — the exact size of the Biltmore site — so commissioners were asked to reduce the requirement to 17.5 acres....

    Edward Shaughnessy, chief operating officer of the Belleair Country Club, gets a show of support Tuesday for the club’s plan to buy a portion of the Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa property.
  14. Candidates lining up for Dunedin city election; Hackworth won't run

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Two longtime city commissioners who often disagree on policy issues have announced they both plan to run for mayor.

    Julie Scales resigned her commission seat and announced her candidacy for mayor on March 18. Julie Ward Bujalski announced Tuesday that she plans to file paperwork to run for the top post.

    With Mayor Dave Eggers leaving to run for Pinellas County Commission and one of two commissioners who are up for re-election announcing retirement, four of the five commission seats will be up for grabs in the November election....

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  15. Architect's claim he has funds to restore Biltmore met with skepticism

    Local Government

    BELLEAIR — Partners of a South Florida architect who has spent years trying to raise enough money to buy and restore the historic Belleview Biltmore hotel said Monday that they have finally secured funding — though they won't reveal the investors' names or amount they have pledged.

    Gary Rosenberg, managing member of Belleview Biltmore Partners LLC, said he, tourism professional Charles Kropke and Richard Heisenbottle, the Coral Gables architect who has been leading the longtime restoration pursuit, have received a funding "commitment" from a private equity group. The money, he said, would cover purchase of the hotel and the adjacent, town-owned Biltmore Golf Course....

    The managing member of Belleview Biltmore Partners LLC said Monday the group had secured funding to buy and fix the hotel. The hotel’s owners want to tear down the landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and redevelop the property.