The Mexico Beach City Council is looking to make improvements to its fire service. At a Pre-Agenda workshop earlier today, council members discussed an ordinance that would help do just that.
It would require annual fire inspections for facilities with fire suppression systems, which are facilities like condos, hotels, or restaurants.
City Administrator's Chris Hubbard says the ordinance follows a Florida statue that states any building with a fire suppression system will abide by the manufacturer's maintenance and testing schedule, as well as by the National Fire Protection Association.
Hubbard says because of the city's small size and the fact that they have a volunteer fire department, they weren't following the statue. But, if they were to do so, it could help lower the city's ISO rating, which is currently a 5.
"The goal is..is by adopting an ordinance such as this and making improvements to our volunteer fire department that we'll be able to actually lower that," said Hubbard. "So that it will help out with our property owner's fire insurance."
The ordinance is expected to have it's first reading at the Regular City Council Meeting next Tuesday.
Also on the agenda next Tuesday, the design build team for the new City Hall being built on the Parker house property will be present to give a full update.
Once those plans are finalized and the storm water permit fee is received, contractors should be able to move forward with construction as soon as possible.