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We can be fiscally responsible and forward thinking; we do not have to choose between the two.
I might ask you to remember for instance that I was an honest and capable city commissioner and mayor who delivered better, faster, cheaper government services, who balanced budgets in both good and bad economic times, and who preferred crafting solutions to real problems rather than engaging in partisan politics.
It would be usual then to follow with an attack on my opponent's record and an accounting of his shortcomings on the dais.
But I'm going to forego that approach. Because while I am justly proud of my record in Dunedin, both my leadership and the contributions I made to good government during the years I served, and while I do have some strong disagreements with the policy positions Mayor Eggers has pursued during the last four years, I want to instead focus on why I'm running again and why I think it's important. (read more)
As the former mayor of Dunedin and two-term commissioner, I worked hard to live up to the ideal of the part-time citizen legislator who brings his life and work experience to bear in the service of his community. My decision-making while in elected office was and will again be guided by both my business management and entrepreneurial skills and by the values I hold dear as a family man with deep roots in this community (read more)
Thanks to the determination of one man and the creativity of another, Dunedin residents soon may own an open quarter-mile of land on the Intracoastal Waterway and a new park connected to the Pinellas Trail. The value of that land to future residents of Pinellas County will be immeasurable.
It was Dunedin Mayor Bob Hackworth who first proposed buying the so-called Weaver property along Bayshore Boulevard north of downtown, and who contacted representatives of the Florida Communities Trust to see if they would partner with the city to buy the land. (read more)
Officials say such paths reduce the environmental impact of vehicles, promote health and provide safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians.
That left Mayor Dave Eggers, who'd supported the measure at last week's bicycle master plan workshop, to break the tie.
A torn Eggers ultimately sided with Carson and Bujalski, saying he was concerned by officials' inability to poll residents by the Dec. 5 deadline and the possibility that the lanes would go unused. He also said he's not keen on accepting federal dollars in this economy. (read more)
Mayor Dave Eggers sided with Carson.
"This is not free money," Eggers said of the proposal. "We will have to pay it back. We have to say at some point 'no' to stimulus. If this is such a good idea, let's buy [a charging station] ourselves and not use federal money. If people can use this, they can pay $1 for a fill-up, so to speak."(read more)
The $37 million ChargePoint America grant program was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Mayor Eggers was reluctant to accept federal dollars. "(read more)
Dunedin has long been a pioneer for public water. Drawing from an expansive well field, Dunedin relies solely on water pumped from within city limits. In 1999, the prime minister of Singapore and a contingent of U.S. Secret Service agents visited Dunedin's reverse-osmosis water plant, one of the earliest in the world. (read more)
Mayor Dave Eggers changed his mind about the city's water fluoridation process almost one year after he voted to take fluoride out of the water, he announced during a candidate forum on Sept. 26th. (read more)
Eggers drastically cut our city library budget by over a million dollars, decreasing staff and threatening to cut library hours.(read more)
Voters looking for a clear contrast between the two mayoral candidates' views on quality of life enhancements in Dunedin need look no further than the debate that took place as the city worked to acquire the 8-acre waterfront property that became today's beloved Weaver Park on Bayshore Boulevard.
Faced with an initial setback in 2006 in securing state grant money for the purchase from the Florida Communities Trust, a state land-acquisition program, my response as reported in the St. Petersburg Times on Sept. 1, 2006 was this:
Mayor Bob Hackworth said Thursday that he wasn't giving up. He wants to try for the grant again next year, or find another way to keep the property from slipping into the hands of a private developer. (read more)
There's a reason Dunedin is celebrated as a jewel of a community in densely populated Pinellas County. Our city boasts one of the highest averages of parkland acreage to population in Florida, thanks to the wisdom and foresight of past city leaders.
During my years on the City Commission, LDO trust fund monies were used in combination with grants and other public and private contributions to acquire, without spending a dime of property tax revenue, a parcel of land needed to build our new Community Center, a five-acre tract that gave Hammock Park an eastern entrance and new lake, a public golf course, and one of the last undeveloped parcels of waterfront and trailside land in the city for what became Weaver Park on St. Joseph Sound in the heart of Dunedin (read more)
Too green or not too green?
That's the question the Dunedin City Commission will tackle Thursday when it discusses the fees that developers pay to subsidize the purchase of parkland and other green space in the city. (read more)
I believe the city, first and foremost, has a responsibility to keep a land development code in force that reflects the agreed upon planning and development goals of the community; it should then be applied with consistency to all comers and without micro-management from elected officials sitting in judgment during the final approval process of a specific project.
This philosophy also assumes that it is a bad idea for a city government to play real estate developer. The city should buy a property only when the purchase meets a clearly stated public purpose and should then put its plan into action the next day. Build a park, library, parking garage, or other needed municipal facility but put your public purchase into a productive public use immediately. Do not speculate on nor subsidize a private-sector real estate development. (read more)
Budgeting for public safety should always be a question of, how much will it cost to keep us safe? Not, how much money do we have? I'll set aside any rigid political agenda to always put the safety of residents and families first.(read more)
If there is one thing I've always stood for and one thing I'll continue to champion if elected to serve as your mayor again, it's good government. Government that is open, transparent and accountable to the people it represents.(read more)