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Workshops to Be Held on New Fire Sprinkler Requirements in Condominiums and Apartment Buildings

9/3/2003

CONTACT: Jim Goodloe/Harriett Abrams
(850) 413-3629


TALLAHASSEE– State Fire Marshal Tom Gallagher announced today that several workshops will be held around the state to help educate condominium association owners about new fire sprinkler and safety requirements enacted by state lawmakers during the 2003 legislative session.


Originally, all high-rise buildings taller than eight stories were required to retrofit the building and individual residential units with fire sprinklers or an approved engineering life safety system by 2012.

Senate Bill 592, sponsored by Representative Connie Mack and Senator Evelyn Lynn, allows condominium associations and apartment building owners to "opt-out" of the retrofit requirement with a two-thirds vote of their membership. The vote must be recorded and submitted as a public record to the county where the building is located.

By 2014, condominium association owners must still install fire sprinkler systems in the building's common areas, including hallways, corridors, stairwells and the lobby.

Workshops will be held on September 9 and 10 in the following cities: Largo, Pinellas Park, Sarasota, Naples, Ft. Myers, West Palm Beach, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona Beach Shores, Ormond Beach, Satellite Beach, Panama City Beach, Innerarity Pointe, Destin, Pensacola Beach, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville Beach.

Staff from the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Prevention, will be on hand at the workshops to provide information and technical assistance. The State Fire Marshal is charged with the responsibility of minimizing the loss of life and property due to fire.

Below is the workshop schedule:

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: Daytona Beach Shores Community Center, 3048 Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: Ormond Beach Council Chambers, 22 S Beach Street, Ormond Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: 1089 S Patrick Drive, Satellite Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 1:30PM
PLACE: Panama City Beach City Hall, Commission Meeting Room, 110 South Arnold Road, Panama City Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 7:00PM
PLACE: Perdido Bay United Methodist Church, 13660 Innerarity Pointe Road, Innerarity Pointe, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 9:30AM
PLACE: Destin Community Center, 101 Stahlman Avenue, Destin, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 6:30PM
PLACE: Sabine Yacht & Racquet Club, 330 Ft. Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: St. Augustine City Hall, Commission Meeting Room Ground Floor, 75 King Street, St. Augustine, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: Jacksonville Beach City Hall, City Council Meeting Room 1st Floor, 11 North 3rd Street, Jacksonville Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 9:30AM
PLACE: Sunstar/EMS Building, Auditorium, 12490 Ulmerton Road, Largo, FL

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: City Auditorium, 7690 59th Street, Pinellas Park, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: Jane B. Cook Theater, FSU Performing of Arts, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: North Naples Fire Control & Rescue District, 1885 Veterans Park Drive, Naples, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire Prevention, 2295 Victoria Avenue Suite 165C&D, Ft. Myers, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 9:00AM
PLACE: 400 N Congress Avenue, 2nd Floor Conference Room, West Palm Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 9, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: 21st Street Community Center Auditorium, 21st and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL.

DATE AND TIME: September 10, 2003 at 1:00PM
PLACE: Beach Community Center, 3351 NE 33rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.