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Updated: 06/23/2014 04:17:31PM

County breaks ground on new EOC

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY SARASOTA COUNTY
This rendering shows what the new Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center will look like when it's completed in 2015. Plans call for a two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility that will contain the EOC, the county’s Public Safety Communications Center and theCounty Call Center.

SUN PHOTO BY SCOTT LOCKWOOD
Sarasota County officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the new $18.7 million Emergency Operations Center that will be built on Porter Way in Sarasota. Pictured, from left, are project manager Bob Stuckey, Peter Hayes of Ajax-Tandem Construction, County Commissioners Charles Hines, Nora Patterson and Carolyn Mason, Sheriff Tom Knight, County Commissioners Joe Barbetta and Christine Robinson, and Interim County Administrator Tom Harmer.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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SARASOTA COUNTY — Sarasota County commissioners, Emergency Management officials, law enforcement officers and fire chiefs from all over the county took part in the official groundbreaking Monday for a new $18.7 million Emergency Operations Center.

“Anybody who was in Sarasota or Charlotte County during Hurricane Charley (in 2004) knows how important this is,” County Commissioner Christine Robinson said. “I’m very excited and this is a very great and necessary thing for Sarasota County.”

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