A preliminary rendering shows a proposed Emergency Services Complex on 173rd Avenue behind the old Wine Cellar restaurant next to the North Redington Beach Town Hall. It would house police, fire, and EMS services for the three Redington communities.
REDINGTON SHORES – Plans for a new complex that would provide police and fire services to the Redingtons were discussed at the July 12 Redington Shores town commission meeting.
The proposed facility would be built on 173rd Avenue at the Redington Shores/North Redington Beach boundary. Redington Shores’ town maintenance building is currently on the site.
Redington Shores Mayor Bert Adams and Seminole Fire Chief Heather Burford reported on recent meetings they attended where preliminary drawings and design plans for the facility were shown and discussed. Adams said the complex would include police and fire support services and likely a water rescue unit. A new maintenance workshop shared by Redington Shores and North Redington Beach would also be a part of the building, as well as a community building.
“A number of different services will be provided,” Burford said.
Burford said she found the space allocated for fire rescue “quite acceptable.”
“I think this will make a huge difference in our response times and coverage, EMS in particular, for all three of the Redingtons,” the chief said.
Adams said, “This will be a tremendous asset for our community, North Redington Beach and Redington Beach.”
In a later comment, Adams stressed the plans for the Emergency Services Complex are preliminary. He said the project was not a done deal.
That point was also made by North Redington Beach Mayor Bill Queen in later comments to the Beacon. He said funding for the Emergency Services Complex is coming from county Penny for Pinellas money, and its completion would depend on voter approval of the Penny’s renewal this fall.
Queen also spoke of the significance of the project as an outstanding example of “so many government entities coming together to make this happen.” The complex would bring police, fire and EMS capabilities to the Redington communities, which have been underserved for the past 20 years, he said.
Speeding issues addressed
Problems with speeding on town streets are continuing to be addressed.
Last month, Commissioner Jeff Neal said traffic control devices installed on 175th Avenue were “working well.” Those include an electronic speed control sign that flashes when motorists go over the speed limit, and a three-way stop sign at 175th Avenue and 175th Terrace. Neal said overall speeding in the area is down, and the town is pleased with the results.
Neal said at the July 12 meeting that traffic readers have been put on 182nd, Long Point Drive, 176th and Wall Street.
He said the town would soon have a week’s worth of readings from those locations, and “we’ll know how fast people are going and what we have to do to fix any problems.”