Karl Nurse talks about funding for a new police headquarters

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Daphne Street posed an open question regarding the efficacy of putting $50 million towards a new St. Petersburg Pier while funding for a much needed new police headquarters is not available.

In response, St. Petersburg City Councilman Karl Nurse just posted a comment here: “FYI, within a few weeks, City Council will be briefed on the $33 Million that will be available from Penny for Pinellas money over the next 8 years for a new police headquarters. It will have to be more modest than the original plans, but that is the case in most areas today. Staff is working on plans now.”

This is great news for the city who has overwhelmingly in polls voted that “safety” was a top priority for them. The original plans for the new police headquarters as described to me by Chief Harmon would provide a building that would protect emergency vehicles in a natural disaster and offer needed electrical, technical and structural support for emergency personnel to sustain and remain fully operational after a disaster.

Current conditions at the existing police headquarters are flatly dismal—even in terms of supporting advancing technology needs for the city’s employees. Additionally, the cost of upkeep for a building in this condition also is sizeable.

News that Penny for Pinellas funds could help solve this problem, even in a more modest fashion than originally hoped is great news for the city.

Via Daphne Taylor Street. You can contact Daphne at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com

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