County 9-1-1 maps sometimes send responders wrong way

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - Dividing Levy County into quadrants for the 9-1-1 mapping process created a problem for first responders from Cedar Key, according to Cedar Key Assistant Fire Chief Robert Robinson.

Levy County is split into four sections at the intersection of State Road 24 and U.S. Highway 19 at Otter Creek, Robinson explained. While U.S. 19 actually goes southeast to northwest and SR 24 goes southwest to northeast, the map builders made it read as if SR 24 goes north and south, he said.

This causes problems on occasion, he added, because it causes a conflict in map numbering of addresses in a grid.

For instance, if Cedar Key Fire Rescue is called to respond to 9500 SR 24, Robinson said, that puts the address close to the fire tower in the Rosewood area. A CKFR truck would go racing past the place where help is really needed, Robinson said, because the real location of the scene is four to five miles closer to Cedar Key than the 9-1-1 map shows.

There are problems in the town of Cedar Key, too, he said. An address of 12250 Whitman Road is mapped on the 9-1-1 grid as 12250 S.W. 165th Terrace, Robinson said.

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