COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and Collier County is asking the state for more than $3 million to keep you safe. The county wants a fire and EMS station built in a remote area of Alligator Alley where accidents often become fatal.
The 50 miles stretch of road between mile markers 80 and 30 saw nearly one incident every day and a half last year. The Ochopee Fire District responded to everything from accidents, brushfires, car fires, medical calls and more. Some taking over a half hour to reach, and all potentially fatal.
However, the cost to build the satellite station has many questioning if it can be done, including supporter Commissioner Donna Fiala, "Three million dollars in this economy is tough to come up with. And, like Matt Hudson said, do we have three million dollars, no."
What commissioners are hoping is some kind of partnership can be struck between federal, state and county agencies to split the cost, possibly even use toll booth income to protect drivers using that road. No decision has been made yet.