For Palmetto Bay, this got started under my first term. The Council worked at establishing levels of service, both municipal and enhancing County – and we worded with County Fire and Government leadership at that time. We got our residents involved and appointed a Public Safety committee back on November 25, 2002, one of our first resolutions – 02-19. I’d like to thank those members who joined in our vision for a safer Palmetto Bay area.
The locations shifted – delaying this project. We worked with the Feds to put a fire station on the USDA land, federal land, but that would take an act of congress – but we nearly did – twice – it passed the house of Representatives – Sept. 2009 E-Currents : Diaz-Balart Passes Legislation to Provide Land for Fire Station
The U.S. House of Representatives had passed a bill sponsored by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) that authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to sell two acres located on the east side of SW 67th Ave. between SW 136 St. and SW 144 St., to Miami-Dade County for the purpose of building a fire station. The entire original village council had been to Washington several times. I want to thank our original sponsor Illeana Ros Lehtinen. Special thanks to Palmetto Bay Building Official Edward Silva and Olga Cadaval, Assistant to the Manager, the original village council.
That Was then, but the location failed between 2010 and 2013. New realities set in. We thank those who focused upon life safety.
A divided former council approved the site plan for this location on a 3-2 vote back in October 2014. I want to thank Vice Mayor DuBois and council members Fiore and Schaffer for their support of enhanced life safety for this area.
Station 62 - at least the temporary station - become operation as of "1900" on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. This temporary station is located adjacent to the permanent home off 142 / Old Cutler Road. I am pleased to have stopped by to witness this local Palmetto Bay history - a project that commenced back with our original village council and members of our Public Safety Committee as one of Palmetto Bay's original priorities.
Again - Thank you Miami-Dade County, MDFR, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and our commissioner Daniella Levine Cava.