City, fire district may partner on new station

Sheri Kotzum | 315-4353 | @DestinLogSheri |
Located on Calhoun Avenue, Clement Taylor Park is scheduled to be remolded using funds from the Restore Act. [SHERI KOTZUM/THE LOG]

A new fire station may be in the work for the Destin Fire Control District.

The city of Destin is slated to receive around $750,000 in Restore Act funds that they plan to use to remodel Clement Taylor Park. Destin Fire wants to include a new fire sub-station as a part of that project.

At a Harbor CRA committee meeting in August, Destin Fire Chief Kevin Sasser explained that the park is a good location for a new station due to the large amount of calls that are coming from that area.

The fire department currently has a station on Airport Road, one on Crystal Beach Drive and a fire boat located in the Destin harbor. Sasser said it takes a significant amount of time to get to calls from the west side of the city, and having a sub-station at the park on Calhoun Avenue would help cut down response times.

The new station would be two stories, with living quarters on the second floor. A new dock would also be added to the south side of the property that would allow them to have another fire boat. Sasser proposed that the new station be built where the current restrooms are located. New restrooms would be added onto the fire station, which would free up additional parking spaces and ensure they were maintained.

The project is still in the beginning stages, and Destin Public information Officer Doug Rainer said nothing has been decided yet.

“The fire department is having conceptual plans developed so that they can come back and present them to the City Council,” Rainer said.

Fire Commissioner Bob Wagner said the new station will be fully funded by impact fees, so the taxpayers won’t bear the burden or the cost, but Rainer said funding will be discussed and decided by the City Council and the fire department.