Commissioners approve much-needed new fire station in Cocoa Beach

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COCOA BEACH, Fla. - It's been in talks for more than 10 years, but Cocoa Beach city commissioners have voted to move forward with a much-needed new fire station.

Fire Station 51 is one of only two in the city, and firefighters said the upgrade is desperately needed.

They said a couple years ago, when a city manager came to see just how bad it is, he actually fell through the floor.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to visit the fire station, she saw deplorable conditions, like extensive water damage and mold throughout the building.

The station also isn’t equipped to handle a hurricane.

Firefighters said the conditions make it difficult to quickly respond to an emergency.

At a city commission meeting Thursday night, a brand new $3.4 million fire station was finally approved.

It will be built right across the street from the current one.