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Storm preparation

(ran West, Seminole editions)

Pedro Malagon, left, and Jose Perez, workers from La Honda Corp. and Seacoast Constructors of Orlando, are repairing Fire Station 29, 11195 70th Ave. N, Seminole, doing structural hardening of the building to help it withstand hurricane-force winds. The building opened in 1991, a year before Hurricane Andrew delivered catastrophic damage to parts of Florida. As a result, state officials strengthened building codes. The north wall and roof of the 17,000-square-foot building did not meet current standards, Chief Dan Graves said. In addition, once work began, laborers found termite and water damage inside. The renovation will cost around $600,000 and should be finished by the first week of March. "They're moving along pretty quickly on it," Graves said.

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