About the Dunedin Merchants Association
Picture it Dunedin 1987….. Nothing but boarded up windows and tumbleweeds blowing down Main Street. In 1988 the City of Dunedin formed DTAC (Downtown Technical Advisory Committee) which is now the CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) and the City Commission sits as its board.
We, meaning a couple of business people, formed a loose knit group to handle problems. After all they were moving 580 off of Main Street and on to Skinner Blvd. They were also tearing up ail the sidewalks and streets, it was a mess. After completion the committee wanted to disband. There were several of us who thought we could channel that same energy to promote ourselves.
We got together to form the first Mardi Gras in 1991 and saw the need afterward to incorporate into the Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association. Since then we have added several more events, like the Taste of Dunedin, Dunedin wines the Blues and started the first Orange Festival.
Because of our growth it was determined that becoming a 501 © 6, business not-for-profit was in our best interest.
All of our funds are used to promote our business community through advertising. Though our organization is delineated by the Downtown Core, we have members from throughout the city with an associate membership available.
Easy to get to from any direction, Dunedin, Florida offers a little of everything that folks visiting Florida are looking for. Our beautiful beaches, recreation facilities, shops and restaurants are second to none.
Those looking for exercise, the Pinellas Trail runs right through downtown. You can ride, skate, jog or just walk along the trail all the way to the Dunedin Causeway which will take you over to remarkable Honeymoon Island. Or stop along the way and rent a sailboat or jetski to enjoy the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
If watching is more your style, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League brings some great baseball to town. Our own Dunedin Jays do very well through the summer months as well.
Something more sedate? How about sipping a nice cool (or hot) beverage on a lovely outdoor patio. Or perhaps art is more your taste? Dunedin has several galleries and centers for the culturally minded.
Want to come in from the water? Dunedin has a gorgeous marina, right within walking distance of downtown.
Come, relax and enjoy Florida at its best!