Today, the Coral Gables City Commission met and discussed the proposed purchase for $4M of land on 7000 Old Cutler Road to build a fire station. The measure needed a 4/5 supermajority to pass.
Fortunately, Commissioners Mena and Lago voted against the measure and the measure failed. As a result, the topic has been removed from the agenda of tomorrow’s (Wednesday 11/14) Zoning Board meeting.
Both Commissioner Mena and Commmissioner Lago were a voice of reason during the discussion. They recognized the desire to improve emergency response times. They simply questioned whether the city and fire department had done a thorough evaluation as to the most cost effective way to achieve that goal. Clearly building a fire station with fire truck is not necessary to have an ambulance in a better location.
Instead, they recommended that we consider alternatives and even had a couple of very interesting suggestions: 1) Positioning an ambulance on Cocoplum Circle during rush hour (where the Uber drivers park) or 2) Renting a space for an ambulance at the Riviera Health Resort or a local church.
We thank Commissioners Mena and Lago for being good stewards of our city’s resources.