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Perdido Key Fire Station 19 grand opening
PERDIDO KEY -- Escambia County broke the seal on a brand new fire station and community center on Perdido Key today.
It's a project that cost the county, and the tax payers, more than 5.7 million dollars.
Even in tough economic times like this, Escambia County is able to put together multi-million dollar projects tanks to pennies.
You've probably got a bunch of them on your dresser at home.
The county collects millions of these every year in local option sales tax.
That penny of sales tax on every dollar spent in Escambia County adds up to things like this.
Some have called in the "Garage-Mahal". Some fought against their new neighbor. But today was about celebrating a successfully completed project, and a shiny new asset for district two.
"It's beautiful. I really like it. I'm glad we have this fire station here. Being a resident of the island, it's good to have something close," says Julia Stone, who lives on Perdido Key.
"You know for the overall good of the community it's an facility and an excellent location. It will help save a lot of lives," says Perdido Key resident Randy Cudd.
The facility also includes a visitors center, where staff can welcome people to the key.
You'll also find space for meetings and events.
Commissioner Gene Valentino sees the building as a way to promote Perdido, and to help grow the tax base.
And this, along with other projects like it, are happening without raising property taxes for Escambia County residents.
"It's just been a long time coming. There's many people that have been involved in this process, and I'm just so grateful that the county was able to complete the project," says Debbie Waters, who also lives in Perdido Key.
"To see something so beautiful out of our tax payer money. We're lucky to have it," says Stone.
"You couldn't fund infrastructure without it. And it's hard to sell something the the citizens that they don't completely understand. But they did a good job in doing that, and now it's pretty easy to understand why it's necessary when you see a facility like this," says Cudd.