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St. Augustine adding City Hall security

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 4/22/2013 11:43 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine city commissioners don't feel safe enough in their historic commission room inside City Hall, so they've decided to make changes.

Nancy Sikes-Kline, St. Augustine's vice-mayor and commissioner, told Action News, "Sometimes it's a little uncomfortable. We have contentious issues. I would like to feel perfectly safe."

Commissioners say one thing they feel would help them do that is a bullet-resistant table.

Loren Lueders, chief of the St. Augustine Police Department, said, "That was the commissioners' idea. They want an impact-resistant table so if something was to happen, they could actually get under the table and hide."

From the current commission table, city commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to spend $8,000 to replace it with a bullet-resistant one.

Commissioners also approved several thousand dollars more to install a metal gate in front of the new commission table and alter a historic door behind the table. Commissioners also approved the addition of an extra uniformed police officer to wand every person who enters with metal detector,

"It probably seems like overkill to a lot of people, but it's something that makes them feel safer," said Lueders.

Commissioners tell Action News that the upgraded security measures have been under consideration for two years. Chief Leuders made the specific recommendations to the commission in a memorandum dated April 5th.







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