🌱 Paint Dunedin Purple + Pinellas County Superintendent Selected

Morning, neighbors! Kristen here with the Wednesday issue of the Dunedin Daily.

First, today’s weather:

Nice with plenty of sunshine. High: 87 Low: 75.

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Here are the top 5 stories today in Dunedin:

  1. Add the 19th Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival to your calendar! The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM along Main Street† Browse the work of dozens of local artists selling ceramic planters, functional pottery, hair accessories, handmade jewelry pieces, and more. (Art Festival)
  2. Kevin Hendrick has been named Pinellas County’s new school superintendent. The School Board approved Hendrick’s appointment unanimously on Tuesday after a national search assisted by the Florida School Boards Association. “I am so excited to be doing this, and to be doing it here in Pinellas County,” Hendrick said after the vote, calling the appointment “a lifelong dream.” As the principal of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg off and on between 2008 and 2017, he improved the school’s grade from a D to as high as an A and established new career academies. He was then promoted to associate director for teaching and learning and increased the high school graduation rate to 92 percent. (Tampa Bay Times – Subscription Required)
  3. Dunedin Pride Week has been scheduled for June 11 through 18! The week will be full of events including a Pride Golf Cart Parade, Pride at TD Ball Park, a silent disco at HOB, drag brunch and pool party at the Fenway Hotel, a film festival, and much more. Tickets for these events are currently available online so get them before they’re sold out! The city is also looking for volunteers to assist with these events as well as local sponsors. (Dunedin Pride)
  4. The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association will Paint Dunedin Purple on June 4 and 5 to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Event organizers ask that residents show their support by wearing purple and choose businesses donating portions of proceeds to the cause. a concert is scheduled for June 4 at 6:30 PM in Pioneer Park with live music from Push Button Rocket. HOB has also planned a music festival on June 5 to raise money for the event with several bands performing between 3:00 and 7:00 PM. (Facebook | Eventbrite)
  5. City commissioners have approved a zoning change that will allow the Dunedin Brewery to renovate and expand brewery operations. At the Local Planning Agency’s meeting, Chairwoman Diane Brand asked about there “being no parties, after hours and so forth.” Dunedin Brewery owner Michael Bryant replied stating there will be “no more than what is going on now and what has been going on for the past 25 years.” A final reading of the proposed zoning change is set for Thursday. Likely we will learn more about their expansion plans after a final decision on the rezoning request is made. (TBN Weekly)

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Today in Dunedin:

  • Young Entrepreneur Market at North Dunedin Baptist Church (10:00 AM)
  • Relationship Builders Networking Group at the Dunedin Golf Club (12:00 PM)
  • Business After Hours at South State Bank (5:00 PM)
  • Fly Casting Night at Soggy Bottom Brewery (7:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • TONIGHT: Soggy Bottom Brewery is offering free fly casting lessons at 7:00 PM. All skill levels are welcome! There will be a friendly competition towards the end of the lesson with a prize awarded to the lucky winner. A portion of all food and beer sales will be donated to Captains For Cleanwater. (Dunedin Patch)
  • The Sunset Music Festival continues this weekend on May 20 with a performance by the ’90s alternative band Fuse Box. The free concert begins at 7:00 PM at Weaver Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy the various concessions available on site. (Dunedin Gov)
  • TONIGHT: The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business After Hours at SouthState Bank on Main Street between 5:00 and 7:00 PM. Business after hours is the perfect opportunity to network with other professionals in your field. RSVP online if you plan to attend. (Facebook | RSVP)

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