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. Lawyer: New mixed-use zoning for ex-Nielsen site in Dunedin prompts offer

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| Officials say a new land use and zoning designation for the former Nielsen Media Research site has already sparked interest from at least one developer, who made a purchase offer even before the changes won final approval from the City Commission last week.

    The new designations mean the developer who eventually buys the vacant 23-acre parcel at 375 Patricia Ave. can build a mixed-use project that might include condos, offices, boutiques, restaurants and other retail instead of a light-industrial project, which city and Pinellas County officials had been trying to attract since Nielsen left in 2005....

  2. Dunedin unanimously approves mixed-use zoning for former Nielsen site

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — Officials say a new land use and zoning designation for the former Nielsen Media Research site has already sparked interest from at least one developer, who made a purchase offer even before the changes won final approval from the City Commission last week.

    The new designations mean the developer who eventually buys the vacant 23-acre parcel at 375 Patricia Ave. can build a mixed-use project that might include condos, offices, boutiques, restaurants and other retail instead of a light-industrial project, which city and Pinellas County officials had been trying to attract since Nielsen left in 2005....

    Nielsen left the Patricia Avenue site in 2005. The building was later torn down and the site has remained empty since. The city of Dunedin’s approval in April 2014 for mixed-use zoning may finally get the site redeveloped. 
  3. New Dunedin law cracks down on 'chronic nuisance' properties

    Blog

    DUNEDIN| City commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a new law that will levy tough fines against owners of properties with repeat code or criminal complaints.

    Under the "chronic nuisance" ordinance, the code enforcement fines racked up by banks and homeowners with neglected rental or homesteaded properties and those in long-term foreclosure will no longer be subordinate to the mortgage....

  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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....

  7. 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....

  8. 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.
  9. 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....

  10. 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.
  11. 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....

  12. 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....

  13. 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.
  14. 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....

    The Dunedin Historical Society is investigating the origins of an 1880s tombstone found in the back yard of a foreclosed home. Society director Vinnie Luisi says the mystery came to light a few weeks ago when a utilities worker, who was cutting power to the home, stumbled upon the headstone then contacted society officials. Luisi said the society is working with the bank to contact previous owners for more information on the four names listed on the stone, as well as to obtain permission for a local archaeology group to use sonar equipment to detect possible graves. But the tombstone is of a modern design so might simply be a memorial. Even more mysterious, none of the names match census data from that era. Luisi said officials have an idea who the deceased individuals may be but want more information before revealing their guesses.
  15. 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....