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The Good Morning Tampa Bay team focused on Dunedin on Friday.
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Frenchy’s very first seafood market opens on Dunedin’s Causeway
The bright orange building sits right on Dunedin’s Causeway, almost opposite its current restaurant, Frenchy’s Outpost.
Le Marché is a whole new venture for Frenchy himself.
“It’s just, you know, the latest evolution of what we’ve been doing for 40 years, and who knows, there’s probably more going on on the road. I mean, I keep the door open with, you know, if that makes sense, and it’s gonna be good, ”says Michael ‘Frenchy’ Preston, owner of Frenchy’s Restaurants.
Dunedin’s progressive arts help kids shine
Progressive Arts in Dunedin has one slogan that covers it all: singing. To dance. Act. Carry out.
The performance art theater filled every hall in Dunedin.
Walking Club: Explore Hammock Park in Dunedin
If you are looking to escape the heat, consider visiting Hammock Park in Dunedin. You will find lots of shade and lots of charm!
Even during the pandemic, the community supports the Dunedin Fine Arts Center
What started as a small idea in the late 1960s is now a big initiative with a ton of community support.
“Today it’s 40,000 square feet here. We have two other buildings that we use. We use a historic cottage on Bayshore which is about 1,500 square feet and in downtown Dunedin on Douglas Street we have 3,000 square feet, which we use for woodturning and stone carving, ”says George Ann Bissett, President and CEO of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
Local artist paints oranges on hundreds of houses in Dunedin
It’s almost like a fun spy game, how many oranges can you find on the buildings in Dunedin?
The answer – just over 900, right now.
Local artist Steve Spathelf came up with the idea during the economic downturn of the early 2000s. He paints murals for a living and business slows down.
Lane’s Lemonade meets success in an old red boxcar on the Pinellas Trail
Located directly on the Pinellas Trail in Dunedin, next to the Dunedin History Museum, is a small red covered wagon.
Inside, delicious lemonade, pretzels and ice cream at Lane’s Lemonade.
“So I left the company and decided to take over,” says new owner Marie Todd. “It’s amazing. It’s amazing. It’s the friendliest community. I love that people come up to the window now and say, Hey, Mary, you know, how are you? And we have a loyal following, we have made a few changes now started with the freshly baked pretzels. And it has been a great success. “
Dunedin’s first boutique hotel, The Fenway, has a lot of history
The historic old Fenway Hotel sits right across the water on Dunedin’s Edgewater Drive.
From the 1920s to the 1960s the building was a hotel. It also housed a Pinellas County radio station in the 1920s. In the 80s and 90s it was a local college, but the building also sat empty for a while.
Mickey Melendez from Fenway Hotel said: “For me how this relates to the history of Dunedin, you know, especially Scottish culture, not everyone is aware of it, especially live music , you know. I think the epitome of the Fenway Hotel is about being within walking distance, you know, near TD Park where the Blue Jays play, Main Street with all the local restaurants and also the sunset of sun that binds them and again, it’s in the middle of a neighborhood, you know, so it’s probably one of my favorite parts. “
Skip’s Bar Dog Mural Creates Lasting Memories for Local Families
If you’re already in downtown Dunedin, you’ve probably stopped by the dog mural on the side of Skip’s Bar.
The project began in May 2010, 11 years ago, when bar owner Skip and local artist Anna Fields were looking for a way to help a rescue animal.
“It also became a community project, because each of these animals is someone’s animal. So they paid to do it. And then I donated money to our local rescue services,” explains Fields.
Pipe Band Blows Dunedin With Pride
When you think of Champa Bay, you usually think of the Lightning and the Bucs. However, there is a group of musicians in Dunedin who have won championships long before anyone else.
Not to sound their own flute, but you don’t have to go to Scotland to hear the world’s greatest bagpipers, they are here in Dunedin.
Pinellas County Focuses on Design and Timing of Dunedin Causeway Upgrades
Pinellas County leaders have now focused on a design and schedule for the reconstruction and modernization of the Dunedin Causeway. It includes several security fixes.
The two bridges along the Dunedin Causeway were built in 1963 and do not meet current bridge standards, according to Pinellas County. There are no bike paths and just two foot long shoulders.
But in the next few years, that is all set to change. After hearing from the public, Pinellas County leaders are considering replacing the main bridge that connects Ward Island with the Dunedin Causeway with a mid-level movable bridge.
Dunedin walkers help train the dogs and clean the area
If you’re already near Dunedin’s Weaver Park in the morning, you might have seen Jerry and Barb Lindley.
Jerry is the one with the dogs and Barb is the one collecting the trash along the way.
The mission started out as training for the Southeast Guide Dogs, but Barb got bored and started bringing supplies to clean up the area.
The Beatles Museum in Dunedin gives visitors a glimpse into the history of music
Just off the main drag in downtown Dunedin you will find the Penny Lane Beatles Museum.
It’s a whole collection of local Dunedin residents. This collection started when he was studying in England in the early 80’s. He was visiting a flea market when he noticed some of the Beatles he liked.