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Oh I forgot. Mr. Magel, was on record in previous meetings that he could not justify a fire rescue boat on a cost/benefit basis. I believe the basis was on 8 incidents/year.
Voila! Pay attention Condo Owners, Mr. Magel just changed his mind, he now voted for a fire rescue boat. Mr. Magel is now seeking another constituency of convenience. What happened to character, and adherence to facts and figures. Oh yeah, just change the facts and figures?
Now. Folks. RecallMr. Murphy's plea to recommission Station 51 which was based on reducing response times, I will ask what is the response time from central station to fire boat, then fire boat to emergency scene?
Fast forward to future, Mr. Murphy will come before council to argue the need to man a platoon to reduce response time. And the folks will be lulled into believing we have competent professionals managing this city.
I say, it is the drip drip drip approach to safety management, start with purchase of assets, without full regard for staffing of assets until a later date.
We once had a fire boat that was inadequately equipped providing a false sense of safety, to now on our way to having a properly equipped boat without manpower.
My take: Mr. Magel was originally on message when approaching from a cost/benefit, but I guess the new approach is based on new information?
Folks, you are being set up for more wasteful spending!!!!!!!!!!! This is not a safety issue, this is more toys in this big playground (or playpen) I call Marco Island Wonderland Park.
All under the pretext of the city having saved money in the last two years. Really, I guess having a bloated budget is not to be questioned as a starting point.
I can only shrug my shoulders as the vacant lots lie fallow.
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