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DAVIE (CBSMiami) – Despite the objections of a group trying to block the building of huge federal detention center in the town of Southwest Ranches, Davie officials unanimously approved a measure to supply fire service to the town beginning as early as this October.

Southwest Ranches officials are expected to approve the fire agreement with Davie during a meeting on Thursday, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Last October, the City of Pembroke Pines agreed to provide the town with fire service. However, after a disagreement over the building of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Southwest Ranches, the city agreed to cancel the $2.5 million contract in hopes of blocking the facility from being built. Critics have said the detention center will bring crime and increased traffic to their area in addition to lowering property values.

Before Wednesday’s meeting, a group fighting against the center sent out an email blast to Davie officials urging them to turn down Southwest Ranches request to provide fire service.

Davie plans to hire an additional 12 firefighters to work in Southwest Ranches.

The Sun-Sentinel contributed to this report


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