CORAL SPRINGS, FL – In front of the Coral Springs Public Safety Building, the city is looking to build a memorial for fallen first responders.
Once built, Coral Springs Public Safety Memorial will be a place to honor police, fire, and other first responders who have died in the line of work.
This Wednesday, city commissioners had planned to vote on awarding the $133,900 project to a Wellington-based firm, E&F Florida Enterprises, but officials on Monday pulled the item off the meeting agenda after determining they needed more time to go over funding for the project.
The memorial is expected to stand on the right side of the front entrance to the Public Safety Building at 2801 Coral Springs Drive, according to a city memo.
The planned design will be in the shape of a peace ribbon and feature an external flame and dedicated plaques in honor of those who have fallen, the memo said.
City officials wrote in the memo that they envision the memorial to serve as the place where “loved ones and neighbors can peacefully gather, reflect, and honor” the fallen first responders.
The money for the construction will need to be donated, officials said.
A meeting later this month between the city's police and fire unions will discuss plans for raising the money. They will also discuss the possibility of broadening the memorial to include other first responders who have died and not just those who died in the line of duty.
If all goes as planned, E&F Florida Enterprises will build the memorial if the commission approves it.
The lowest bidder on the project, E&F Florida Enterprises has done similar work in other cities and “performed well,” the memo said. Specifications and drawings for the project were prepared by CPZ Architects, Inc.
Editor's note: this article was updated Monday after Coral Springs officials took the request to award a contract for the memorial off Wednesday's City Commission agenda.
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