Good morning, neighbors! Kristen here with a brand-new copy of the Dunedin Daily.

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Here are the top 4 stories today in Dunedin:

  1. More than 30 abandoned and rundown water vessels will be taken out of the Intracoastal Waterway and portions of Tampa Bay in the upcoming weeks. According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, one of the boats being disposed of was hoisted out of the water near Josiah Cephas Weaver Park in Dunedin on Monday afternoon. It sat in the water for a year and a half, prompting many residents to complain. These abandoned boats are not only an eyesore but a danger to the public and the environment. Notifications were placed on each of the boats, giving owners 21 days to claim their boats before they’re disposed of. (Tampa Bay Times)
  2. Dunedin Parks & Recreation is offering a new program for kids ages 10-14 called “Full Moon Frenzy.” The first event will take place on March 11, 2022, between 8:00 and 10:00 PM with two more dates on the calendar in the fall. Kids who register for the event will enjoy a night of nocturnal fun in Hammock Park where they’ll learn about life after dark, explore trails using the light of the moon, and play glow-in-the-dark games. Register now online or at the Dunedin Community Center. (Dunedin Patch)
  3. Dunedin business owners are devastated after the MLB delayed the start of Spring Trainingdue to an ongoing lockout imposed by team owners. After taking a major hit during COVID, the hospitality industry was relying on these games to help them get back on their feet. Ralph Kleinchrod, owner of Home Plate restaurant in Dunedin fears the delay will ultimately lead to cancelation. “If the games don’t happen this year, it’s not good for us. It’s not good for the city,” Kleinchrod said. “[If] it’s coming later, it’s delayed, it’s OK, it’s not a big problem if they are here. But if they stopped completely, this is really bad for everybody here.” (ABC 10 News)
  4. Dunedin Parks & Recreation is seeking responsible teen volunteers to be a part of their Teen Leadership Program. Volunteers will work alongside camp leaders and adult mentors during our summer camp programs to gain valuable experience, leadership skills, and work ethic. The program will teach invaluable skills to help them grow as responsible young adults and provide opportunities to take on future roles within the Parks & Recreation Department. Teens between 13 and 16 years old who can commit to working five consecutive weeks over the summer are qualified to apply. Applications can be downloaded online or picked up at the MLK, Jr. Recreation Center and the Dunedin Community Center and must be submitted by March 25. (Dunedin Patch)

Today in Dunedin:

  • Dulcimer Club at the Hale Senior Activity Center (1:00 PM)
  • Dunedin Toastmasters meeting at the Unity Community Church (7:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Division of Recreation and Parks is undertaking a construction project to alleviate traffic concerns at the entrance of Honeymoon Island. Currently, the park entrance features two toll booths. Construction will add two wider entrance lanes and a third toll booth to help alleviate traffic on the causeway and allow visitors and emergency vehicles to enter the park quicker. (Facebook)
  • The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch and Learn event for entrepreneurs on March 2 at 12:00 PM. The event will be led by Kurt Forster, Center Manager for the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development. He will teach entrepreneurs how to start a business in Pinellas County and will cover topics such as licensing, permitting, taxes, and more. (Facebook)
  • The City of Dunedin is hiring a Recreation Leader responsible for planning, implementing, and supervising recreation programs and activities. They will coordinate the use and maintenance of recreation center facilities and grounds, supervise the work of volunteers and variable staff, and supervise duties in the absence of the Recreation Coordinator. (Facebook | Application)

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