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Fire department changes location for planned communications tower in Cutler Bay



The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department has decided to change the planned location for a new communications tower in Cutler Bay.

MDFR had been considering the Cutler Ridge Fire Station 34, 10850 SW 211th St, but is now looking at the Saga Bay Fire Station 55, 21520 SW 87th Ave.

The town of Cutler Bay will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd., to discuss the project.

“When they ran some of their models, they get stronger signal coverage near Lakes by the Bay,” said Cutler Bay Town Manager Rafael Casals. “We were all ready to go with Station 34. They are doing this throughout the county as a big radio overhaul. This public meeting is just to get everybody’s concerns and everything out there.”

The ‘narrow banding’ system will aid radio communication between firefighters and paramedics in the field and dispatch office. The “monopole” antenna will also help radio reception in buildings. The project is funded MDFR through countywide general funds.

Anyone who attends the meeting can see renderings of the tower and discuss the construction with representatives from the town and county.

“I want this to be well attended,” Casals said. “There are a lot of homeowners associations that will be there. We have to have them (MDFR) come and tell the public why, who, what, when, where, and how.”

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