The City of Dunedin established an ADA Advisory Committee in 2010 under Ordinance 10-11 as an advisory to the City Commission and to the City Manager and his staff. The Committee's mission is to address accessibility issues and areas of concern with the City of Dunedin programs, services, and facilities. This Committee is made up of seven (7) citizens who are interested in meeting the needs of Dunedin's disabled community, and meet monthly. Please join us anytime! Check the City's Government calendar to confirm meeting dates and times. The ADA Advisory Committee members for 2014 are as follows:
Joe Mackin, Chair
Marie Grubin, Member
Susan Arendell, Member
Rich LaBelle, Vice Chair
John Espey, Member
Lynn Keup, Member
Mary Twohey, Member
Follow this link to the ADA Advisory Committee brochure: ADA Committee Brochure 2014
2014 Committee events:
- In January, we set up a table at the Senior Awareness Fair at the Hale Center. This well-attended event brought some attention to our group. We offered pens and collapsible wheelchair flags, and distributed flyers for the ADA resources and the Family Network on Disabilities, whose headquarters are located here in Dunedin.
- In May, the Committee sponsored a demonstration from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections with the AutoMark, an ADA-accessible ballot-marking device designed to assist voters with special needs or disabilities. Persons are able to vote privately and independently via ballot. This forum brought awareness to this machine, which is available in every voting precinct in Pinellas County (200) at a cost of $6,000 each. The Tampa Bay Times were on hand to view, interview, and prepare a story for the newspaper. It was also mentioned on Bay News 9 television.
- In October, the City Commission issued a proclamation regarding "Accessible Voting", encouraging all citizens to vote and the ways that Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office can help.
2013 Committee events:
- In January, we were visited by members of Dunedin Community Gardens. They asked for our input on creating disable-friendly garden beds at their facility on Virginia Street. In March, we all met there to view the six beautiful new ADA garden beds! These garden beds are available to the public and are currently filled up.
- In April, we visited Honeymoon Island's new limitless playground. Park Manager Pete Krulder talked to the group about ADA accessibility at Honeymoon Island and the services available.
- In September, the Committee voted in a new Chairman, Joe Mackin. Also Mary Twohey, who has attended several meetings and brought valuable information from the Disability Achievement Center in her role as former Program Director, joined the committee as a member.
- In October, City Building Department Plans Examiner Tanya Smith came to speak about the ADA requirements for structures in Dunedin, and the Florida Building Accessibility Code. Ms. Smith gave a very informative talk regarding the requirements necessary, and gave links to two good publications:
- Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction (with illustrations)
- ADA Update - A Primer for Small Business (Dept. of Justice)
- At the November & December meetings, discussions were held regarding a draft ordinance for "on street disabled parking spaces". As this idea poses many questions, it will be reviewed at a future date.
- Members Joe & Mary attended a meeting of the St. Petersburg CAPI, a similar group to our ADA Committee, and got many new ideas.
2012 Committee events:
- In January, we held a Neighborhood meeting and dessert reception at the Dunedin Community Center as an outreach to Dunedin's citizens. We want to make the community aware of us and that we can help!
- In February, we were visited by Sheriff Gualtieri, who discussed assisting the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in reducing the number of people who illegally park in a handicapped parking space.
- In March, we were visited by Mayor Dave Eggers, who discussed our mission and offered support.
- In April, the group Sailability Greater Tampa Bay came to the Dunedin Marina and took our Committee on a boat trip. It was wonderful! Sailability can safely transport 5 wheelchair bound persons and 4-5 volunteers. Sailability can be reached at (727) 489-9468. Below is a picture of our members on that warm spring day!
- In May, Ms. Patricia Twohey, Program Director for Disability Achievement Center, attended our meeting and discussed ways they could help our citizens. This group, formerly known as the Caring & Sharing Center for Independent Living, assists disabled members of the community with how to live on their own, seek employment, and can offer financial assistance for necessary equipment to help them maintain their independence.
- In June, Library Director Phyllis Gorshe attended our meeting and spoke of the Homebound Delivery Service that is available to Dunedin residents free of charge through the Dunedin Library. The Library also has a collection of large print books, and upon request can offer interpreting services for meetings.
- Prior to taking the summer off, the Committee created a brochure full of information to assist members of the public, and plans to place copies in various City public buildings and the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce.
- In September and October, discussions about the City's downtown events and creating disable-friendly areas to park and watch parades.
Please feel free to join us at a meeting soon!