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Ocean Ridge considers PBSO merger

OCEAN RIDGE, FL (WFLX)-  The future of the Town of Ocean Ridge Police Department is up in the air.

A special hearing is being held on Tuesday that could determine whether the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office takes over law enforcement serving Ocean Ridge.

The current budget for Ocean Ridge Police is $1.7 million and under the proposed two-year contract with PBSO, it would save the city about $600,000 for the first two years.

Staffing number would also change.

Ocean Ridge Police currently has 20 people a part of their department. A PBSO merger would reduce staff to a lieutenant and 10 deputies.

"Interesting opportunity when you look at the numbers and the current economic conditions going on not only locally but nationally. It's worthy of review. My only concern is can they provide the same level of service," said Chris Yannuzzi, Ocean Ridge Police Chief.

The City of Boynton Beach has also inquired into using PBSO and is still waiting to receive a proposal.

A PBSO spokesperson said in the last 10 years, eight different cities, towns or villages have merged with PBSO.

The special hearing and public comment forum for the Town of Ocean Ridge is schedule for 6 p.m. at town hall.

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