Dunedin has always been known for its welcoming & inclusive environment. Back in the early 2000’s, the city formed an Inclusive Task Force to help us connect with our black community. They recommended a number of things including renaming a portion of Highland Avenue after Dr. Martin Luther King, changing the name of the Stirling Recreation Center to MLK Recreation Center, and creating the MLK Breakfast & March celebrating Dr. King’s birthday. This event has been held for 15 years and has kept us in touch with our community.
We’ve also been known to be an LGBTQ friendly community. Back in the mid to late 2000’s, we changed our internal policies to allow for designated partner insurance. We also changed our anti-discrimination ordinances to include the LGBTQ community. I’ve joined the Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination group & urged our Commission to have our own PRIDE event. And most recently, we flew the PRIDE flag above City Hall.
But we still need to do more.
In July, I brought forward the desire to have a new Inclusiveness Task Force. One that would have thoughtful dialogue about racism, bigotry, ageism, LGBTQ rights, as well as women’s rights. This group will reach out to the community and have the hard conversations. It will also advise how we can educate ourselves to think differently. I envision special events, education forums, and maybe even law changes coming from this group. But we have to start somewhere. And we can’t be afraid of the dialogue. It’s the only way we can bring about change.
**You can trust I will work to ensure all types of people have the opportunity to thrive in Dunedin.**
These are just a few of the many issues we will face in our future. I want to hear from you as well. Tell me what you think is important. Email me @ email@example.com or call me @ 727-639-3458 and let’s discuss Dunedin’s future. Your voice is the most important one in the room!