ST. PETE BEACH – After a lengthy discussion Tuesday night, the commission did not decide what it wants to do with the police station building. When the city contracted with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in January, the current police vacated the building.
Ideas discussed included moving the library or city hall. The commission also discussed how to use the building to free up other areas for parking.
“I don’t personally see us having a use for it... just because of what it is. It’s a police station; you would spend a lot of money [to convert it] and still end up with a 20-year-old building,” City Manager Mike Bonfield said, admitting that he initially believed the city may have been able to retrofit the building for use as a city hall but no longer found it a viable option.
“You could move some walls and do some gingerbread,” he said when District Three Commissioner Marvin Shavlan asked his opinion, “but [you wouldn’t have] anything compared to what you have here.”