printed 09/03/2021

Some observers of the City Council discussion of the proposed 65th Street fire station this week probably wanted someone to blurt out, “This looks a lot like a potential new headquarters.”

Obviously, that didn’t happen, but establishing a new base of operations on that piece of property has been talked about for the past 15 years or so. Past advocates of such a move have said it would group all the city’s public safety services in one central location.

This has never come to pass for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the current 15th Street headquarters station represents the heart and soul of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, which also owns that property.

Since the resort’s firefighting and rescue abilities depend on both volunteer and career services, no one wants to start trouble by seeming to favor either one. Still, when a project once estimated to cost a little under $6 million suddenly jumps to $12 million-plus, well, one has to wonder.

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