Northeast Palmetto Bay, southeast Pinecrest and a slice of Coral Gables will soon benefit from a cooperative effort between the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department and Palmetto Bay. For ages, it has been known that response times for fire and medical emergencies have been too long in this area. A widow recently stood at a Palmetto Bay Town Hall meeting and said her husband would still be alive had it not been for the 17-minute response time to reach their home. Nothing punctuated the issue better.
With the considerable efforts made by many parties, it looks like a solution is near. A single-family house at 14200 Old Cutler Road has been selected as the location for a new fire station. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue says the station will be carefully designed and built to blend into the area.
This location was not settled upon easily. Politics and several NIMBY (not in my backyard) homeowners made the process lengthy. With just a few loose ends and Palmetto Bay’s Village Council to rezone the property left to go, area residents will finally get the shorter emergency response times they need and deserve.