Delray getting premium lifeguard towers. But it’ll cost taxpayers $1M
The Palm Beach PostAn empty lifeguard stand sits in Delray Beach in 2014.(Madeline Gray / The Palm Beach Post)DELRAY BEACH — The city’s shorelines are getting the crème de la crème of lifeguard towers — durable and good-looking with enhanced features such as solar panels —but it’s going to cost taxpayers about $1.1 million.And that price tag was a tough sell for some city leaders.“This is a condominium price that we’re paying for a small structure on the beach,” said Commissioner Shelly Petrolia, the lone vote Tuesday against the $1.1 million contract for the eight new lifeguard towers. The towers come out to about $126,000 a piece, with additional costs for construction.