Updated:COCOA BEACH, Fla. —
Firefighters in Cocoa Beach will soon have a new fire station that has been years in the making.
The current station is limping along at best, plagued with mold issues and structural damage, including a floor that’s caved in.
Officials said the fire station on south Orlando Avenue is so old it’s not even up to hurricane standards.
The new station being built right across the street will not only meet hurricane codes, but will have room for more firefighters than before to accommodate the future growth of the city.
“All the important stuff will be on the second and third floors. It will be the housing for firefighters and training room, those kinds of things,” said Cocoa Beach Mayor Skip Williams. “The first floor is built mostly for stuff that can handle a storm surge should one ever occur.”
The project is estimated to cost in the $3 million range, which leaders said is money well spent.
The new station is set to be up and running by February of next year.