🌱 Hazardous Trash + Charging Forward + Free Small Business Counseling

Hello neighbours! It’s Kristen, your host of the Dunedin Daily. Here’s a look at everything happening in town today…

First, today’s weather:

An afternoon thunderstorm. High: 88 Low: 77.

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Here are the top three stories today in Dunedin:

  1. After a garbage truck went up in flames, the City of Dunedin hopes the incident serves as a wake-up call for trash customers. According to ABC Action News, Bill Pickrum, the City of Dunedin’s Solid Waste Division Director, said the driver “…pulled in the middle of the street … He was able to stay composed. He exited the truck, got the fire extinguisher, and extinguished it all within two minutes.” This fire was started by a discarded laundry detergent bottle holding fuel, but it’s not an uncommon occurrence in Dunedin as residents often throw away hazardous materials. Moving forward, remember not to discard stuff like fuels and accelerants, propane tanks, pool chemicals, lithium-ion batteries, auto/marine batteries, paint products, yard products, antifreeze, household chemicals, and mercury-containing items with your regular trash. (ABC Action News Tampa Bay)
  2. The City of Dunedin is “charging forward” as it continues to expand and improve electric transportation charging infrastructure within the community. Since the city partnered with Duke Energy in 2019, they’ve installed 10 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports throughout the community. Five charging stations are available for your use in town. You can find a map of charging port locations at the link. (Dunedin Gov | Google Maps)
  3. The Dunedin Chamber of Commerce is offering free small business counseling to local entrepreneurs TODAY August 3. Offered by Pinellas County business consultant Kurt Forster, you can schedule a one-hour meeting online between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you can’t make it today, don’t worry. This event repeats on the first Wednesday of each month. (Dunedin Chamber of Commerce via Facebook | Online Registration)

Dunedin Daily Pic of the Day:

Australian Labradoodle | Submitted by Marsha Francis
Thank you Marsha Francis for sharing this adorable photo of your Australian Labradoodle doing what she loves most!

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Today in Dunedin:

  • Small Business Consulting at The Hub (10:00 AM)
  • lego club at the Dunedin Public Library (2:00 PM)
  • Wahine Wednesday Ladies Only Drum Circle at The Honu (7:00 PM)
  • Drunken Spelling Bee at Caledonia Brewing (7:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • The Dunedin Blue Jays are hosting Back to School Night on August 12 at TD Ballpark. The first 250 kids in attendance get to take home a Dunedin Blue Jays backpack! Kids also get to run the bases post-game. Gates open at 5:30 PM. (Dunedin Blue Jays via Facebook | Ticketmaster)
  • Pinellas County Schools honored one of its employees, Justin Russell, who teaches Algebra and Geometry honors classes at Dunedin Highland Middle School’s Center for Gifted Studies. Russell was featured in the county’s video series titled “Inspiring Teacher.” He was chosen as his teaching methods are constantly evolving as he works to create a collaborative and comfortable environment for his students. (Pinellas County Schools via Facebook)
  • Studio 1212 is hosting Open Studio at Kirk Hall on August 4 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tables, chairs, and a water source are provided. Bring a table cover, paper towels, your art supplies, an easel if you wish, a floor covering, and a snack or lunch. The cost is a $10 cash donation. (Studio 1212 via Facebook)
  • Hope Grove is hosting a Community Clothing Swap for both adults and children on August 6 between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. They ask that you not bring hangers, socks, or underwear. Bring a box of your donations and swap them for what you want! (Hope Grove via Facebook)

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Thanks for following along and staying informed. I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow morning with a new update!

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