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"Maybe you're the problem": North Port residents oppose new police HQ plan

Residents balked at the proposed 122-million-dollar project price-tag, even though the police department is having to build its own facilities on-site because there is no more room in the current HQ.
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Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 21, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-22 14:04:07-04

NORTH PORT, Fla. — The City of North Port heard loud and clear from residents at Thursday's town hall.

"What I hear over here is a very juvenile presentation," one resident said. "Everyone is about presume, assume, imply."

The city hosted the town hall to inform the public on a potential new police headquarters facility.

Police stressed the department's current station is bursting at the seams. In fact, they called North Port's Community Correspondent Victoria Scott and told her all about it back on March 13.

"Unfortunately, we've long reached the point where it no longer reaches the standards of effective law enforcement," North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison told the audience Thursday night.

However, these points didn't sit very well with some residents. A current proposal could be around $122 million when factoring in all of the project costs. City leaders said part of the brunt would be put on the taxpayers.

"Maybe you are the problem because I haven't been, I am not and have never been a criminal, but I am paying the money for police for their fat salaries," said a North Port resident.

Another resident even questioned the city about the police department's insurance money.

"Did you receive the insurance money for the police department from Ian? Did you get any money from the insurance company? Does anybody know that answer?"

The discussion is far from over. The projected proposal will be discussed by the commission next week.