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Dispute simmers over Dunedin Green Market management

Published Oct. 17, 2013

Change is never easy, and one proposed for Dunedin's Green Market is no exception.

Emails, letters and phone calls have been pouring in to City Hall about a city committee's recommendation that Dunedin replace its local Green Market manager with a company out of Hillsborough County.

City officials say Dunedin resident Richard Kendler has done a good job running the market he founded nine years ago. But committee members say a deal with Tampa Bay Markets of Hillsborough makes more financial sense, among other positives.

The five-member evaluation committee chose Tampa Bay Markets over Kendler after the city asked for proposals to manage the market. The City Commission will debate Thursday whether to approve the committee's choice.

Kendler and dozens of vendors, customers and city residents have launched an email and Facebook campaign in hopes of tilting the scales in his favor.

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Markets has complained that Kendler is spreading misinformation about them. And emails show city officials are upset that Kendler is using a Facebook page that gives the impression it is government-related to rally against the city.

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