Dunedin

Dunedin is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

As of 2004, the population of Dunedin recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 36,632. Dunedin is home to several beaches, including Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park, which is consistently rated among the best beaches in the world.

 

Dunedin is one of the few open waterfront communities from Sarasota to Cedar Key where buildings do not completely obscure the view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. As one drives down a 1-mile stretch of Edgewater Drive south of downtown Dunedin it offers views of St. Joseph Sound, Clearwater Beach, and Caladesi Island. Downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach are a six mile drive down Edgewater.

The quaint, and thriving downtown business district of Dunedin has become a model for many other west-central Florida towns. Dunedin is striking in comparison to neighboring Florida towns for its absence of commercialized signs, franchise restaurants and retail stores.The Pinellas Trail, a 39-mile long bicycle and pedestrian trail which traverses all of Pinellas County, and downtown Dunedin. Joggers, in-line skaters and bicyclists are a common sight on the trail.

While Dunedin which is pronounced Dun-ede-in, has a small town image, it is actually a bustling city of 37,500 residents. One of the oldest towns on the West Coast of Florida, it has a wooded and subtropical setting with almost four miles of picturesque waterfront, a relaxed lifestyle, and activities for all making Dunedin a delightful place to live or visit.

Since 1977, Dunedin is the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the class-A Minor League Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League. Dunedin is one of the smallest communities used by Major League spring training teams. Dunedin Stadium is situated next to the Dunedin Public Library a few blocks south of downtown on Douglas Avenue, and is just two blocks east of Edgewater Drive. Dunedin Stadium was built as a replacement to Grant Field, the Blue Jays’ first spring training ball park.

Dunedin Stadium is home to the Toronto Blue Jays during Spring Training.

The city is also home to Dunedin Brewery, Florida’s oldest Microbrewery.

Dunedin is easy to get to from all points in the Tampa Bay area. Highways serving the area include U.S. 19, making easy trips to Tarpon Springs to the North and Clearwater and St. Petersburg to the South. The community is easily accessible from major airports such as Tampa International, just 18 miles away, and nearby St. Petersburg/Clearwater International, serviced by some domestic and many charter flights.

Dunedin has a total area of 28.2 square miles. 10.4 square miles of it is land and 17.8 square miles is water.

Dunedin is bordered by Clearwater, Florida to the south and east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and by Palm Harbor, Florida to the north.

 Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island isn’t just for lovers. A quick drive over the Dunedin Causeway brings visitors to the beautiful beaches and waters of this Florida State Park. A ferry shuttles beach-goers to nearby Caladesi Island, voted America’s Best Beach in 2008 by Dr. Beach. The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun – drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park´s concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.

 Caladesi Island State Park

As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America’s Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beach combing. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island´s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach, and picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a snack bar and gift shop. The park is accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry (727) 734-1501 and departs from Honeymoon Island State Park.

Demographics for Dunedin

As of 2000, there were 35,691 people, 17,258 households, and 9,543 families residing in Dunedin. There were 19,952 housing units at an average density of 1,922.0 per square mile. The racial makeup Dunedin was 94.88% White, 2.00% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.

In the City of Dunedin, the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 29.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.The median income for a household in Dunedin was $34,813, and the median income for a family was $47,620. Males had a median income of $31,876 versus $27,072 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,460.

Education

Pinellas County Schools operates public schools.

Within the city limits of Dunedin, there are 4 public elementary schools (Curtis Fundamental, Dunedin, Garrison-Jones, San Jose), 1 public middle school (Dunedin Highland), and 1 public high school (Dunedin High School). There are 2 charter schools ,the Athenian Academy  of Pinellas and Academie DaVinci and two private schools; Anchor Academy and Dunedin Academy and one Catholic school, Our Lady of Lourdes.

Up until July 2006, Dunedin was the home of Schiller International University. The university’s main campus is now located in Largo.

Economy

Dunedin’s economy is firmly rooted in the service industry, tourism, retail, financial institutions and services, health care, real estate and some light manufacturing.

Dunedin previously hosted an office of Nielsen Research. In 2003 the company moved into its Oldsmar complex and consolidated its employees there, with workers from Dunedin and other areas in Pinellas County moving into the Oldsmar building.

Dunedin‘s History

Scottish families originally settled the City of Dunedin in the Nineteenth Century. Two Scotsmen, J.O. Douglas and James Sumerville named the settlement Dunedin, the original name of Edinburgh, their hometown in Scotland.

Dunedin became Incorporated as the City of Dunedin in 1899 in part as a response to numerous complaints about Pigs running rampant in the Settlement, Leading to a still standing ban on Livestock within city limits.

During and shortly before World War II the Food Machinery Corporation Factory in Dunedin (now demolished) was the primary site for the production of the Landing Vehicle Tracked developed by FMC Dunedin’s Engineers and Donald Roebling of Clearwater, Florida from Roebling’s own Alligator.

The training on the LVTs was done at the FMC factory under the auspices of the first Amphibian Tractor School. Until barracks and maintenance facilities were completed the School and its students were housed in the Hotel Dunedin. After training the Marines from the first Amphibian Tractor School were sent to flesh out the First Amphibian Tractor Battalion, which has served with distinction since.

Traditions

Dunedin’s Scottish-American Society maintains Dunedin’s Scottish heritage. Delightful Dunedin, with its rich Scottish heritage, is home to the Annual Highland Games

Sister city to Stirling, Scotland, Dunedin has maintained and embraced its Scottish roots, and evidence of this heritage can be seen everywhere. Once a year, a number of Scottish clans travel to the city for the Dunedin Highland Games.

The sound of bagpipes is common throughout the city. Both Dunedin High School and Dunedin Highland Middle School have competition-level pipe and drum bands. The high school’s marching band is known as the Scottish Highlander Band and both teen and adult members make up the City of Dunedin Pipe and Drum Corps. Dunedin is host to many annual festivals, the most popular among the festivals is Dunedin’s Mardi Gras celebration, during which by thousands of visitors descend on the small town.

Dunedin Government

The City of Dunedin currently operates under a nonpartisan commissioner-manager form of government. The commission comprises four commissioners and a mayor, who are elected by the registered voters under a staggered system.

The chief executive officer, known as the City Manager, oversees the ten departments and the annual budget.

Dunedin also has a large Volunteer Services section, and enables all citizens the chance to have their opinions expressed and tended to. Currently, there are 39 boards and committees that serve as advisory groups to the City Manager and the City Commission.

Recreation

Dunedin has a large Leisure Services Department, which provides low-cost recreation programming to the City’s residents. Dunedin operates four recreational facilities, each designed to provide resources for a specific age group.

In 2007, Dunedin opened its largest recreation facility, the Dunedin Community Center, at a cost of just over $10 million, mostly paid for by the Penny For Pinellas  tax program.

The Dunedin Country Club golf course is semi-private.  Memberships are available and the course is open to the public.

Other recreational facilities include the Hale Activity Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center,  Dunedin Nature Center, and the Highlander Pool Complex.

Dunedin has a large athletic base including softball teams, community soccer, baseball and hockey teams

Dunedin reflects the Gaelic origins of its name by playing host to a new American shinty club, Dunedin Camanachd.

Hospital/Medical center in Dunedin:

  • MEASE HOSPITAL DUNEDIN Acute Care Hospitals, Government – Local, provides emergency services, 601 MAIN STREET, Dunedin

Other hospitals/medical centers near Dunedin:

  • MEASE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; SAFETY HARBOR, FL
  • MORTON PLANT HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit – Private, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; CLEARWATER, FL
  • LARGO MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals, Proprietary, provides emergency services, about 8 miles away; LARGO, FL

Heliports located in Dunedin:

Amtrak stations near Dunedin:

  • 5 miles: CLEARWATER (20967 U.S. 19) – Bus Station
  • 8 miles: TARPON SPRINGS (2337 U.S. 19) – Bus Station
  • 14 miles: PINELLAS PARK (PARK BLVD. AT U.S. 19) – Bus Station . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities, free short-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, public transit connection

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Dunedin:

Pasco-Hernando Community College (about 20 miles; New Port Richey, FL; FT enrollment: 4,159
The University of Tampa (about 20 miles; Tampa, FL; FT enrollment: 5,429

Public high school in Dunedin:

Private high school in Dunedin

  • DUNEDIN ACADEMY PREP SCHOOL (Students: 181; Location:1408 COUNTY ROAD 1; Dunedin Grades: PK – 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Dunedin:

Private elementary/middle schools in Dunedin :

  • OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHOLIC SCHOOL (Students: 289; Location: 730 SAN SALVADOR DR;Dunedin Grades: PK
  • CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 82; Location: 317 MILWAUKEE AVE; Dunedin Grades:PK
  • DUNEDIN MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 26; Location: 637 MICHIGAN BLVD; Dunedin Grades: PK – KG)

Notable locations in Dunedin : Causeway Plaza, Community Plaza, Dunedin  Country Club, Dunedin Plaza, Guy Plaza.

Shopping Centers: Coastal Shopping Center, Scottish Village Shopping Center, Douglas Shopping Center,Dunedin Shopping Center, Caladisa Shopping Center

Churches in Dunedin include: Alliance Church, Saint Alfreds Church, Saint Andrews Church, Saint Andrews Memorial Chapel, North Dunedin Church, Saint Marks Church, Faith Church

Cemeteries: Parklawn Cemetery, Dunedin Cemetery, Dunedin Highland Memorial Park

Parks in Dunedin include: Caladesi Island State Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, Grant Field.Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach:Dunedin Beach

Tourist attractions: Dunedin Historical Museum 349 Main Street, Dunedin Gladys Douglas School for the Arts Museums; 1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin David L Mason Children’s Art Museum 1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin .Dunedin Fine Art Gallery Gift Shop Museums; 1143 Michigan Boulevard, Dunedin Florida Tourist Council 1575 Main St, Dunedin .

Banks with branches in Dunedin :

  • SunTrust Bank: Dunedin Branch, Mease Manor Branch, Caladesi Branch. Info updated 11/24/2010:Bank assets: $164,556.8 mil, Deposits: $123,435.4 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1732 total offices, Holding Company:Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Dunedin Branch, Main Street Dunedin Branch, Dunedin Plaza Branch. Info updated 12/01/2010: Bank assets: $1,070,489.0 mil, Deposits: $811,027.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6537 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • First Bank: Dunedin Branch at 2046 Bayshore Boulevard, Dunedin branch established on02/21/2006. Info updated 12/04/2007: Bank assets: $7,847.5 mil, Deposits: $6,645.4 mil, headquarters in Creve Coeur, MO, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 154 total offices, Holding Company: First Banks, Inc.
  • Bank of America, National Association: Dunedin Branch at 1080 Keene Road, Dunedin branch established on 09/06/1973. Info updated 11/18/2009: Bank assets: $1,489,198.0 mil, Deposits:$1,021,724.0 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5991 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Regions Bank: Dunedin Branch at 1042 Main Street, Dunedin branch established on 08/01/1934. Info updated 02/09/2009: Bank assets: $129,067.7 mil, Deposits: $99,803.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1784 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Old Harbor Bank: Main Street Dunedin Branch at 1352 Main Street, Dunedin branch established on12/27/2004. Info updated 11/03/2006: Bank assets: $22.6 mil, Deposits: $21.8 mil, headquarters in Clearwater, FL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices
  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: Dunedin Branch at 1478 Main Street, Dunedin branch established on 12/19/1994. Info updated 03/29/2010: Bank assets: $151,545.4 mil, Deposits:$105,623.4 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1795 total offices, Holding Company: BB&T Corporation

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Strongest AM radio stations in Dunedin

  • WGUL 860 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: WGUL-FM, INC.
  • WFLA 970 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WMGG 820 AM; 50 kW; LARGO, FL; Owner: MEGA COMMUNICATIONS OF ST. PETERSBURG LICENSEE
  • WHNZ 1250 AM; 25 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WLVU 1470 AM; 5 kW; DUNEDIN, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
  • WTIS 1110 AM; daytime; 10 kW; TAMPA, FL; Owner: WTIS-AM, INC.)
  • WQYK 1010 AM; 50 kW; SEFFNER, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF TAMPA
  • WDAE 620 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
  • WTMP 1150 AM; 10 kW; EGYPT LAKE, FL; Owner: TAMPA BROADCASTING, LTD.
  • WWMI 1380 AM; 5 kW; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: ABC, INC.
  • WTBN 570 AM; 5 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: COMMON GROUND BROADCASTING, INC.
  • WWBA 1040 AM; 4 kW; PINELLAS PARK, FL; Owner: GENESIS COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
  • WFLF 540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.

Strongest FM radio stations in Dunedin

  • WBBY (107.3 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.

  • WXTB 97.9 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P
  • WRBQ-FM 104.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WDUV 105.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC
  • WSSR 95.7 FM; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.
  • WSUN-FM (97.1 FM; HOLIDAY, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC)
  • WPOI 101.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.
  • WWRM 94.9 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.
  • WFLZ-FM 93.3 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WMTX 100.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P
  • WQYK-FM 99.5 FM; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING CORPORATION OF FLORIDA
  • WTBT 103.5 FM; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.
  • WYUU 92.5 FM; SAFETY HARBOR, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WUSF 89.7 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF S. FLORIDA
  • WBVM 90.5 FM; TAMPA, FL; Owner: BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE/ST. PETERSBURG
  • WYFE 88.9 FM; TARPON SPRINGS, FL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.
  • WSJT 94.1 FM; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WLLD 98.7 FM; HOLMES BEACH, FL; Owner: INFINITY RADIO OPERATIONS INC.
  • WHPT 102.5 FM; SARASOTA, FL; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC
  • WLPJ(91.5 FM; NEW PORT RICHEY, FL; Owner: RADIO TRAINING NETWORK

TV broadcast stations around Dunedin

  • W36CO Channel 36; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
  • W48AY Channel 48; OLDSMAR, FL; Owner: AMKA BROADCAST NETWORK, INC.
  • WTSP Channel 10; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: PACIFIC AND SOUTHERN COMPANY, INC.
  • W33CC Channel 33; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.
  • WEDU Channel 3; TAMPA, FL; Owner: FLORIDA WEST COAST PUBLIC BROADCASTING, INC.
  • WARP-CA Channel 20; TAMPAST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: SUNSHINE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.
  • WXAX-LP (Channel 26; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORP.
  • WFLA-TV Channel 8; TAMPA, FL; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
  • WFTS-TV Channel 28; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TAMPA BAY TELEVISION, INC.
  • WTOG Channel 44; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC.
  • WXPX Channel 66; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATION LICENSE COMPANY, LLC
  • WUSF-TV Channel 16; TAMPA, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
  • WRMD-LP Channel 57; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ZGS TELEVISION OF TAMPA, INC.
  • W61AI Channel 61; ROCK HARBOR, FL; Owner: MAKO COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
  • WTTA  Channel 38; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: BAY TELEVISION, INC.
  • WFTT Channel 50; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TELEFUTURA TAMPA LLC
  • WTVT Channel 13; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TVT LICENSE, INC.
  • WCLF Channel 22; CLEARWATER, FL; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION CORPORATION, INC.
  • WTAM-LP Channel 6; TAMPA, FL; Owner: U.S. INTERACTIVE, L.L.C.)
  • WVEA-LP Channel 61; TAMPA, FL; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC
  • WMOR-LP Channel 63; ST. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
  • WMOR-TV Channel 32; LAKELAND, FL; Owner: WMOR-TV COMPANY
  • WSPF-CA Channel 35; St. PETERSBURG, FL; Owner: CITY OF
  • ST. PETERSBURG
  • W56EB (Channel 56; TAMPA, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK
  • WSVT-LP (Channel 18; BRADENTON, FL; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.
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