Dunedin Causeway to get $108,000 facelift
DUNEDIN - More than 1 million visitors to Honeymoon Island State Park will soon trek along a more colorful and tree-lined Dunedin Causeway. City commissioners unanimously approved a $108,000 landscaping design for the causeway, which is Curlew Road west of Alt. 19. Commissioner Ron Barnette said the beautification effort could serve as a catalyst to spark future economic development in the area. The money for the causeway landscaping makeover was included in the city's budget for the 2009 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Art Finn, city parks superintendent, said the city will install landscaping at various points along the 2 1/2-mile length of the causeway.A landscape feature at the northern corner of Alt. 19 and Causeway Boulevard will be removed to make room for the addition of palm trees, colorful bushes and a sign noting the entrance to Honeymoon Island and Caladesi state parks. The feature being removed is a large clock reminiscent of a float in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade. Additional palm trees and landscaping will be placed on the opposite side of the street, adjacent to the Walgreens. It will include an entrance sign welcoming visitors to Dunedin. A few hundred feet along the causeway, adjacent to the Sandbar Restaurant, the causeway roadside will be landscaped with palms and colorful bushes, giving diners a much more picturesque vantage point, Finn said. Similar landscaping will be placed in medians at the shopping center that abuts the causeway. Commissioner David Carson spoke in favor of the improvements, noting the beautification effort should continue for the entire length of the causeway so as not to leave sections at the western end without the landscaping improvements. Residents living along the causeway supported the effort but want the city to take action against people who party on the causeway after 11 p.m. They also want a crackdown against littering and the painting of graffiti under the causeway's bridge. Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski, who also spoke in favor of the plan, asked city staff to determine how much support might be enlisted from businesses adjacent to the landscaping effort. Businesses might help recoup some of the city's investment in the landscaping or help maintain it, she said.
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