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Updated: 10/23/2013 08:00:03AM

Sarasota County approves new Emergency Operations Center

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SARASOTA COUNTY — The Sarasota County Commission approved Tuesday moving forward with building a new Emergency Operations Center/911 Center at 6050 Porter Way, Sarasota. The new EOC/911 Center will replace the existing facility located at the Sarasota County Administration Center, 1660 Ringling Blvd.

The board unanimously approved $15.3 million in funding for Phase II of the project, as well as an amendment adding $119,020 to the cost for addition architectural and engineering services for Phase I and II. The added funds will not increase the overall cost of the project. While the facility is designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane (of 157 mph or higher sustained winds), it will also be used year-round by 911 staff and other Emergency Management officials. Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias said the building originally started out at 20,000 square feet, but nearly doubled to 39,000 after research indicated more space was needed.

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