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STORM CENTER The Sarasota County commissioners are joined by Sheriff Tom Knight (fourth from right), Interim Administrator Tom Harmer (right) and Emergency Management staff as they take part in the official groundbreaking at the site of the new Emergency Operations Center on Cattlemen Road. Photo by Norman Schimmel SARASOTA COUNTY BREAKS GROUND ON ITS $15.4 MILLION EMERGENCY OPERATIONS/911 CENTER Staff Reports March 2015: That is the month Sarasota the $15,417,000 contract for construction and County's new two-story, 40,000-square-foot oversight of the project. Emergency Operations/911 Center (EOC) is "This is truly a joyous occasion, especially for scheduled to be open and functioning. the many of us here who have been involved Area officials broke ground for the EOC during in the planning, designing and now cona Dec. 9 ceremony on the site. In addition to struction of this facility," Carolyn J. Mason, the EOC, the facility will include the coun- chairwoman of the County Commission, told ty's Public Safety Communications Center those gathered Monday for the ceremony. (PSCC) and the Sarasota County Call Center. The PSCC provides 911 call taking and dis- Construction began this month, a county news patch services for fire departments and law release notes. "The new facility will be built enforcement officials in the county. to withstand Category 5 hurricane winds with The Architects Design Group designed the fully duplicated utilities and communications structure and handled the permitting. Ajax networks to ensure that government services Building Corp. of Punta Gorda, in partnership can continue during significant events," a with Tandem Construction of Sarasota, won county news release says.

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