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New lifeguard towers offer sense of security for public, officials said
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Posted: 2012 Dec 21 - 06:29

Two additional towers to be built in the spring

By Chris Fish


BREVARD -- In continuance with a commitment of making Brevard County beaches safer, Brevard County Ocean Rescue unveiled two new lifeguard towers on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

The two new towers, which are located at the Cocoa Beach Pier and at Shepherd's Park in Cocoa Beach, are part of a proposed construction of four budgeted lifeguard towers, Ocean Rescue Chief Jeff Scabarozi said.

"We are happy to unveil the new towers. It's a positive image for people to actually see a lifeguard tower," Chief Scabarozi said. "We are trying to build the other two in the spring. With turtle season approaching, we hope to get the other two built before then."

Chief Scabarozi said the building materials need to create each tower cost about $5,000 each. Construction of the towers is completed at no cost to taxpayers by workers at the Brevard County Sheriff's Work Farm, Chief Scabarozi said.

Once completed, Chief Scaborozi said the two news towers were delivered from the work farm and set up at their locations with assistance from Brevard County Road and Bridge.

In a press release, Chief Scabarozi said the new towers allows for better visibility for lifeguards.

"Cocoa Beach is one of the busiest stretches of coastline that we protect," he said. "We want our guests to swim near lifeguards, and, with these new towers, it is much easier to locate lifeguards on the crowded beach. Visibility for our lifeguards has also been improved. It's truly a win-win."

Chief Scabarozi said the two towers, which will be constructed in the spring, will be located at Lori Wilson Park and the Minuteman Causeway, both of which are in Cocoa Beach. After the completion of the two additional towers in the spring, Chief Scabarozi said he hopes to see another tower located at Paradise Beach in Indialantic.

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