ZEPHYRHILLS — The downtown Zephyrhills fire station is in shambles.
A recent storm flooded Station 2 and destroyed its floors, walls and even the toilets, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The city's insurance company has agreed to foot the bill for the station's repair, according to a city memo. But, fire officials are asking if the aging building is worth repair.
They had already proposed to build a new fire station within the next few years. So, fire officials ask, could the $26,500 in insurance money be best used towards a new building?
This and other issues will be discussed at the next Zephyrhills City Council meeting at 6 tonight.
A potential tenant wants to build a 10,000-square-foot hangar at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport.
But an ordinance requires all hangars over 5,000 square feet be equipped with sprinklers. This could add an additional $20,000 to the cost of this hangar.
The council will discuss whether to change the ordinance to exclude hangers under 12,000 square feet.
Representatives from Pinnacle Housing Group are set to return to council to present a preliminary draft site plan for Sweetwater Cove, a proposed affordable apartment complex for the elderly and others. Pinnacle is asking the council to waive up to $150,000 in transportation impact fees for this project.
The municipal election is set for April 8. On Monday, the council will set a date and time to hold a special meeting and offer oaths of office.