One lane will be open in each direction in the construction area on S Gulfview Boulevard, just south of Beach Walk, for the Labor Day weekend. But starting Tuesday morning, S Gulfview Boulevard will revert to being open to local traffic only from the intersection with Bayway Boulevard south to the Sand Key bridge. The $1.1 million project includes reconstruction of the road base and pavement with new sidewalks, water mains, storm drains, street lighting, curbs and gutters. Work should be done by the end of February. For more information, call (727) 462-6988.
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Statewide award praises city parks
Dunedin's Parks and Recreation Department was one of five across the state recognized last week with the Florida Recreation and Park Association's Agency Excellence Award. Dunedin, which won in the category representing populations of 35,000 to 74,999, was praised for its park planning, development and programming.
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Deputies: Toddler waits as couple robs
A husband and wife were arrested Friday morning and accused of attempting to rob a Dunedin convenience store while their 2-year-old daughter was in the car. Marc Johnson, 22, and Rachel Buchner-Johnson, 24, of Pinellas Park were arrested within minutes of the 4 a.m. incident. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office child protection investigators took custody of the child, who was later released to a relative. The Sheriff's Office said Johnson threatened the clerk with what appeared to be a handgun, later found to be a toy pellet pistol. The Main Street Shell clerk, who said the gun was pointed at his head, hit the store alarm and Johnson fled without obtaining any money. Both remain in the Pinellas County Jail, with Johnson on $250,000 bail and Buchner-Johnson on $50,000 bail.
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On his 40th, runner helps two charities
In honor of his 40th birthday today, a Palm Harbor marathon runner is running 40 miles for two charities. Joel Wonicker-Cook aims to raise $4,040 for Kids Wish Network and the Ulman Cancer Fund. His route includes the loops south of Lansbrook Lakefront Park in Palm Harbor, east to the Pinellas Trail along East Lake Road, north to Lansbrook Parkway and back to the park. He plans to start at 4 a.m. and be finished between noon and 1 p.m. When he's done, there will be a party with refreshments in the park. For donations, visit his Web site at www.4040run.com.