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Open Letter to Southside: Residents Called to Action

While the city has "done quite a bit in the last few years, we know there is still more to do and we want to hear from all of you who have invested so much of yourselves in this great historical area ..." Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski write

Dunedin’s Southside is one of our oldest and dearest neighborhoods. While it doesn’t necessarily have a defined boundary like some neighborhoods, it does have wonderful people with strong connections to their neighbors. 

Folks have created their own mini-neighborhoods within the Southside, generally by a street or group of streets. There are a mix of retired seniors and young families just getting started and the folks that live there are culturally diverse. But the most important attribute these residents have is pride in their neighborhood.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard from many in this area of the city. We heard about the need for better drainage, lighting, safety, recreation, code enforcement, and the list goes on.

We started out by having a group of Southside Neighborhood meetings. We received some great feedback and took action on many items. We increased targeted law enforcement, completed several major drainage projects, reconstructed some roads where needed and added sidewalks where desired. We worked to add the PAL (Police Athletic League) program at Dunedin Highland Middle School, added a playground at the library, and are presently working Patricia and South Douglas avenue beautification projects.

While we have done quite a bit in the last few years, we know there is still more to do and we want to hear from all of you who have invested so much of yourselves in this great historical area of our city. 

Please join us next week on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hale Senior Activity Center on Douglas Avenue for our latest Southside Town Hall meeting.  We will discuss drainage and street projects, safety issues, neighborhood watch opportunities, code enforcement and foreclosure problems, Dunedin Highland Middle School’s progress, recreation needs, and beautification projects. 

Attendees will have plenty of time to express their concerns and future needs on all of these issues. We’ve also invited officials from the City of Clearwater to join us so that they can hear directly from you about your concerns around Union Street. 

The most important element of this meeting is you!    

Come work with us to make our Southside an even better place to live.

P.S. Got kids? No worries. We’ll provide onsite babysitting. Worried about dinner?  We’ve got that covered, too. Hot Dogs, chips, and drinks will be served.  

Lori November 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
City of Dunedin...HONEST?! Yea, hot bed of deceit...Good suggestion tho.
James T Bryson November 12, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Appointing "former employees" who have a interpersonal relationship with "current city employees" is laden with conflict of interest...especially, if the current employee has frequent contact with the commissioner who made the appointment. You kind of wandered off point.
Jake Mackinhanan November 16, 2012 at 02:03 AM
You people amaze me! Crime usually occurs in low income/poverty areas. South Dunedin is just that, coupled with the fact South Dunedin borders North Clearwater, which is also low income/poverty area. The SCUM that live in these areas are lazy, jobless and SELL DRUGS! and ARM themselves while committing a BURGLARY Lori! The Sheriff's Office can only do so much, which was what was told to you at the meeting. You people should step back a few steps and work with the Sheriff instead of bashing him and his Deputies. The drug problem will never go away, never!
Lori November 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
S^%$W you Jake....MY NEIGBORS AND I ARE NOT LOW INCOME NOT DRUG DEALERS AND LAZY JOBLESS....! LEO can only do so much? They haven't done CRAP!
connie brown November 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Connnie You know Jake there is medicine that can help you control those outbursts. May you never be humbled enough to need help from the folks you refer to as Scum. Get a health check up and try to be kinder to your fellow man.

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