By JOE R. BOWLING, JR.
According to South Padre Island Fire Chief Burney Baskett, applications were filed over a year and a half ago requesting a piece to be given for display.
“It was first put out there,” said Baskett, “that applications could be filed through the New York Port Authority and they would be allowing for pieces from Ground Zero to be placed throughout the country.”
The application process, according to Baskett, was lengthy and involved several areas in which to meet demands before being accepted.
“This wasn’t something they were just going to give to anyone,” said Baskett, “there were some strict guidelines.”
Construction of a new fire house on South Padre Island is expected to begin in June with completion expected within a year. One of the stipulations on receiving the piece was that it had to be on display.
“We had our architects,” said Baskett, “design a spot in the front area of the new fire house and that is where it will be placed.”
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