We will be highlighting efforts that the City has already, or plans to address and resolve. “You Spoke, We Listened” will highlight solutions to priorities that residents are passionate about.
You told us that affordable housing is important. In response, the City hired Langton Consulting to conduct an Affordable Housing Needs Assessment, and is working with its housing partners to explore ways to create additional affordable housing in the City. Although many challenges exist (including the high cost of land), all ideas, such as rezoning and incentives, are being explored. Check the Affordable Housing page under the Economic Development webpage for more information.
Hurricane preparation and safety is a concern for many citizens. The Fire Department is always available to give Hurricane presentations to residents and/or groups. You may contact 727-298-3090 for more information or to schedule a presentation. We heard your hurricane shelter concerns. Because Pinellas County Emergency Management is responsible for the operation of shelters, the City met with Pinellas County twice following Hurricane Irma to express our concerns for the shelter operation at the Community Center. We are hopeful this has been resolved for any future incidents.
Parking issues are on many of our citizens’ minds. To address those concerns, the City will be building a new parking garage downtown in 2020-2021, and we have eliminated paid parking downtown except during certain special events, with no plans to reinstate paid parking.
Many of our residents have asked us to address the tremendous need for parking in the downtown area during special events. We have formed a task force to explore various opportunities and solutions, including researching and working to establish ride share (i.e. Uber and Lyft) drop-off and pick-up sites in the downtown. City staff is also working together to establish offsite parking locations that would utilize shuttle services to events.
Thanks to your suggestions, our Parks Division recently added staff to now provide for daily trash collection throughout the City’s parks and downtown areas. Previous collections were only 4 days per week.
Dunedin takes great pride in offering a safe and clean environment for all of our visitors to our facilities. After much discussion, the City of Dunedin has listened to our residents and park users. To avoid conflicts between different golf carts and pedestrians, golf carts will now be restricted to just the southern portion of Highlander Park between the Patricia Avenue bridge and Harvard Avenue providing access to the Little League fields and other park amenities. If you are driving a golf cart to Highlander Park or the Dunedin Community Center, we ask that you please remain on designated cart areas only and park in appropriate parking spaces. We thank everyone for their cooperation in this matter.
You told us traffic is a major concern. As a result, a traffic engineer position is being created to examine and make recommendations on traffic flow, safety and volume; we will continue to advocate with the County and FDOT on streets outside of the City’s jurisdiction; and new technology is planned for the Skinner Blvd. trail crossing to alert trail users and vehicles on Skinner Blvd. to improve safety.
In response to your transportation concerns, the City reviews public transportation options on a regular basis; one opportunity that has developed is using the downtown Tiki Rides to transport people living at Mease Manor.