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Village to remove beachfront emergency phones


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“Code Blue” emergency phones will be removed from Bal Harbour’s beach walk.

The Village Council voted to remove the eight emergency phones at last week’s council meeting. The phones, installed in 2005, have become damaged and obsolete said Police Chief Mark Overton.

None of the phones work correctly, he said, and they would be costly to refurbish. He said it could cost around $27,000 to repair them, or about $60,000 to replace the devices, while removing the phones would only cost $7,000. If the phones were fixed or replaced, there would be an additional expense for maintenance.

Village Manager Jorge Gonzalez said that when he toured the city for the first time, he noticed the phones didn’t work.

“In today’s day and age, most people carry their cell phones,” said Gonzalez, who was hired late last year. “Last thing you want to have out there is an attractive nuisance, when folks press the button they think help is going to come but in fact it does not come.”

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