By Jessica Tuggle
SEBASTIAN - An empty space in the old Sebastian City Hall is available to local seniors as a recreation center, but renovations are needed.
Earlier this week, Sebastian city Councilwoman Andrea Coy sent out a memo calling on the generosity of Sebastian residents to help upgrade the space, which was left in less-than-perfect condition by the previous occupant.
The space inside the old city hall will house senior recreational activity free five days a week, Ms. Coy said.
Services for Sebastian seniors have declined in the past several years, as is evidenced by the sharing of space for recreational activities at the Sebastian Senior Center with adult daycare services offered by the nonprofit Senior Resource Association.
"When adult day care services came onsite, the seniors were relegated to one small room in the back of the building," Ms. Coy said in a memo.
"They currently share bathroom facilities with the daycare adults and their attendants. They can no longer enter through the main entrance and are able to view parts of the daycare program from their room," she said.
The tight space constraints have led to the seniors reaching out to Ms. Coy and the city for help, and in turn, she is reaching out to the community.
Cash or check donations are always welcome, but products and construction assistance are also welcomed.
Checks may be made out to the city of Sebastian with a note in the memo section for the senior center project.
The space at old city hall has a private bathroom, a small kitchenette and is about three times larger than the current room at the Sebastian Senior Center.
Some of the items needed to upgrade and renovate the space include: baseboards, a refrigerator, toilet, bathroom sink and vanity, three ceiling fans and blinds or curtains.
Other requests include paint, spackle, brushes and pans, floor covering for approximately 120 square yards, eight card tables, 32 padded folding chairs and a new air conditioning unit.
To participate or for more information, contact Ms. Coy at (772) 388-0961 or (772) 913-3563.