🌱 City gets ‘all clear’ + hurricane aftermath tips + fundraising scams

Hello friends! I’m back in your inbox this morning with your fresh copy of the Dunedin Daily. Here’s all the things you need to know about what’s happening in the city, including:

  • Tips for dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian
  • Where to find open shops, gas stations, restaurants and more
  • How to report hurricane damage to your home and streets

But first today’s weather:

Mostly sunny and windy. High: 79 Low: 67.

Here are today’s top stories in Dunedin:

  1. Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski has given Dunedin residents the β€œall clear” after city crews drove through the city to assess the damage. They thoroughly searched for downed power lines, blocked roads and flooding, and marked the roads as safe. Even with the shelter-in-place mandate lifted, residents should continue to exercise caution when driving or walking outdoors. Winds can still cause damage to power lines, traffic lights, and trees. (Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski via Facebook)
  2. Here are some tips from the City of Dunedin for dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Ian. All intersections with inoperable traffic lights should be treated as a four-way stop. You can report road and traffic problems and damage to your home at storm.pinellascounty.org. Always assume that fallen power lines are live and stay away from them. Never drive, walk or swim through standing flood water. Store generators in a well-ventilated area outdoors, away from all doors, windows and vents. Turn off generators and allow to cool before refueling. (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  3. If you’re planning to donate money to Hurricane Ian relief funds, Pinellas County Consumer Protection officials advise everyone to beware of fraud. All charities advertising in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and submit financial information that can be verified with Check-A-Charity. They also advise obtaining a charity’s financial reports showing how donations are being used, beingware of pressure tactics, donating immediately, and never donating money in cash. Check out the full article for more tips. (ABC Action News Tampa Bay)
  4. The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will resume all scheduled services on Saturday. Until then, PSTA will support the Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center by providing evacuation services and essential medical transport. The Jolley Trolley, Looper and PSTA Access will also resume normal operations on Saturday. For the latest service updates, call 727-540-1900 or visit PSTA’s Facebook and Twitter pages. (Tampa Bay Newspapers)

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Dunedin Daily Picture of the Day:

Submitted by Becky Stein
Thank you Becky Stein for sharing this photo of the impact of Hurricane Ian on the Dunedin Marina!

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Patch readers are urged to exercise caution and follow safety protocol if electing to attend any post-Hurricane Ian event. These events are correct at the time of writing the newsletter, please check with the organizer for the latest status update.

Today in Dunedin:

  • Brewery in the spotlight: Tampa Bay Brewing Company at DHOB (5 p.m.)
  • Live music with Jimmy Griswold in fish sushi (6:30 p.m.)
  • Free open mic comedy at the Soggy Bottom Brewery (8 p.m.)
  • Live music with Clover’s Revenge at Caledonia Brewing (8 p.m.)
  • Live music with the Flint Blade Band at the Dunedin Brewery (9pm)

From my notebook:

  • Looking for a place to have dinner or shop for groceries? Q105 has compiled a list so you can find out what’s currently open and serving the public. Click the link to see where to get gas, drinks, tacos, and more. (My Q105)
  • If your home or business has been flooded, observe before you clean up This video understand how to document flood damage. Also visit https://www.floodsmart.gov/start to learn how to make a flood insurance claim. (City of Dunedin via Facebook)
  • Watch Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski provide an update on Hurricane Ian Postlude in the morning with Maria Bartiromo, airing on Fox Business Network! (Mornings with Maria via Facebook)
  • If you have Hurricane Ian supplies that you no longer need and would like to donate, you can drop them off at Soggy Bottom Brewing Co. There is a current need for durable garbage bags, work gloves, ropes, tools and cleaning supplies. (Soggy Bottom Brewing Co. via Facebook)

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