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New live, work, play, stay places coming to Downtown Dunedin

Downtown Dunedin undergoes major renovations as a mixed-use building goes up and two large projects are in the pre-construction phase. 

Pinellas County plans to replace aging bridges

Aging bridges catch the eye of Pinellas County officials as San Martin Bridge in St. Peterburg and the Dunedin Causeway meet and surpass their 50-year lifespans. Plans are in the study phase right now, however, construction could start as early as 2018 if funding is in place. 

Holiday Inn Express will be first hotel in Trinity in West Pasco County

Pasco County is in the midst of a development boom of new residences, restaurants and malls. In late 2015, the Trinity area will get its first hotel, a Holiday Inn Express. Hotel developer Michael Holtz of MPH Hotels, Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Group partnered on the deal.

City Of Tarpon Springs Seeks Bids To Improve Sponge Docks

A proposed $1.3 million project to spruce up the historical Tarpon Springs sponge docks will add a small, oval-shaped amphitheater, a floating dock for visitors including kayakers, Florida native landscaping, benches along the seawall, wooden directional and historical markers and brick elements along Dodocanese Boulevard and around the docks.

Construction Begins On New Transit Center In Pinellas Park

Bus riders in Pinellas County will be able to access improved services and full bathroom facilities at the new transfer station being built in Pinellas Park.

Honeymoon Island To Get More Beach, Dunedin

Honeymoon Island by Dunedin will undergo a $5.6 million revitalization project, adding three rock T-Groin structures to the beach and nourishing about 2,000 feet of shoreline.

Weaver Park Opens On Waterfront In Dunedin

Beach Trolley Connects St. Pete To Tarpon Springs

For years, tourists and residents have enjoyed riding the Jolley Trolley from the beaches of Pass-A-Grille in St. Petersburg to the northern tip of Clearwater Beach and points in between. They can now extend that ride even farther north to the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs.

The new route, which extends Jolley Trolley public transit service from Clearwater Beach through the downtown neighborhoods of Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and the docks at Tarpon Springs, began on Nov. 17 and will run every weekend on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight and until 10 p.m. on Sundays.

"We have all these communities along the Alternate 19 corridor with these great downtown areas like Dunedin and Palm Harbor on up to Tarpon Springs," says R.B. Johnson, chairman of Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority's board of directors. "The idea was to link these areas together to make it easier for tourists and residents to go to these areas of concentration without worrying about getting in and out of their cars."

The route extension is financed through contributions made by the Clearwater Downtown Development Board, the municipalities of Tarpon Springs and Dunedin, Pinellas County and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Jolley Trolley fare is $2 one way.

"It's helping promote these areas," says Johnson. "It works off of itself and builds up community. It fills that transit gap on weekends, going to restaurants and bar hopping from point A to point B, and points in between. We feel like we need to have better transit in north county. This is one small step toward that end."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: R.B. Johnson, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Get Your Swivle On: Hoola Monsters Circle Tampa Bay

What started in a St. Petersburg backyard is now catching on throughout Tampa Bay as a path to fitness and serenity.

Abby Albaum rediscovered hula hooping in a friend's backyard a few years ago and got hooked. Her passion led her to further research and practice at a weekly drum circle in Treasure Island, and before she knew it she was teaching classes, designing her own hoops and leading a performance group of like-minded hoopers. Hoola Monsters was born.

Albaum recently began teaching classes in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and South Tampa that explore the fitness and meditative benefits of hula hooping. She performs at Casa Tina restaurant in Dunedin every Friday and with her troupe at the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete on a regular basis.

"It's a movement meditative practice using hula hoops," explains Albaum. "A mind-body-spirit practice as well as an aerobic activity that can burn up to 600 calories an hour. It's totally addictive."

Albaum makes and sells her own line of hoops, which are custom fitted to each individual.

"You can fit hoops just like a bicycle," explains Albaum. "It's based on height and body type. The hoops you get  from the toy store are too lightweight for an adult. Ours are made of industrial-strength material with four different types of tubing. I always make sure they are outfitted with grip tape just like on a tennis racket or baseball bat."

So where did the name, Hoola Monsters, come from?

Albaum answers: "When I started hooping, my friends were giving me a hard time because it was so addictive. They said 'You've turned in to a hula monster!' I thought that would work really well for marketing."

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Abby Albaum, Hoola Monsters

Dunedin Fine Art Center Expands, Adds Classrooms Thanks To Donors

In response to increasing demand for class instruction, the Dunedin Fine Art Center (DFAC), located at 1143 Michigan Blvd. in Dunedin, has elected to double its size.

"We're removing the oldest part of the building and replacing 3,500 square feet currently used for office space, classrooms and a gallery, and adding a whole new section of approximately 4,500 square feet," says DFAC spokesperson Ken Hannon. "It's a major project for us."

Hannon says the expansion is planned to be completed by summer 2011, and will expand the David L. Mason Children's Museum as well other amenities.

"The expansion will add a children's gallery and clay lab as well as house a newly renovated hands-on art museum for children," says Hannon. "We'll be showing children's work in the new gallery."

The $1.9 million project, designed by Collman and Karsky Architects of Tampa and constructed by J. Kokolakis Contracting of Tarpon Springs, is the first phase of the DFAC's capital campaign.

The expansion has been made possible by donations from two of the center's longtime supporters, Louis Flack and Oskar Elbert, who recently died, leaving his entire estate to the Dunedin Fine Art Center.

The existing building was built in 1975 and has carried the DFAC's vision of providing educational, cultural and creative arts experiences for adults and children. Classes include disciplines such as book arts, jewelry making and a variety of visual arts, as well as theater arts.

The David L. Mason children's museum will be closed during construction, but is expected to reopen in September 2011.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Ken Hannon, Dunedin Fine Art Center

Tampa Bay Farmers Markets Re-Open For Fall, Winter Seasons

With autumn upon us, farmers markets across the Tampa Bay region are readying to share the harvest. It seems nearly every municipality has at least one. A few are new, and a few have made some changes. Here's a thumbnail sketch:

Realize Bradenton hosts a farmers market downtown on Old Main Street between Manatee Avenue and 4th Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from October to May.

"We have built a community of vendors, residents, businesses, and most importantly, a community of dogs," says Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton's executive director. "We have live music every Saturday. The first Saturday features a chef demo, the second raffles and prizes, on the third Saturday we join with Mainly Arts, showcasing artists and craftspeople and featuring art from a Manatee County elementary school. On the last Saturday of the month we do kids' activities."

Isham says the market has generated foot traffic and revenue for Bradenton businesses since it opened a little over a year ago. "Ninety thousand people came downtown last year," she says. half of them for the farmers market. Next year 135,000 are predicted, due to more events we've planned. That equals projected consumer spending of $3.1 million for 2010-11."

Wesley Chapel is opening a new market at the The Shops at Wiregrass at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs and State Road 56 the first Saturday of every month starting in November.

According to Tiffany Ferrecchia of Tampa Downtown Market, the Winegrass market will feature produce, plants and eco-friendly arts and crafts as well as products featured at existing Wiregrass stores and restaurants.

Lizzy Lenk is a vendor who sells her Bag It Conscience products at several Tampa Bay markets. "I like going to the markets because it gives me an opportunity to talk to people and encourage them to do simple changes that can go a long way toward improving and changing the environment for the better," she says. "I find it a wonderful, creative, meaningful and fun way to earn my living. People absolutely love coming out. It gives them an opportunity to meet with friends and be outdoors. They can buy handmade, home-cooked or locally grown products. Many love not buying from the big corporations but supporting local crafters. We are fortunate that we have lots of these kinds of markets happening almost every day of the week. It brings life to the streets."

Other area markets include St. Petersburg's mammoth Saturday Morning Market;  Gulfport's Tuesday Morning Market; Clearwater's Open Air marketDunedin's farmers market; Largo's Heritage Village and downtown markets, Tampa's downtown market, Ybor Market and Seminole Heights market; Parksdale Farm Market in Plant City; Brooksville's downtown market, Hernando Beach's Open Market; and Lakeland's Farmer's Curb Market and Farmer's and Flea Market.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Sources: Johnette Isham, Realize Bradenton; Lizzy Lenk, Bag It; Tiffany A. Ferrecchia, Tampa Downtown Market
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