With an eye towards hurricane season, Wilton Manors commissioners want to require new multi-unit residential buildings to install generators to ensure elevators can still operate in the event of a loss of electricity.

The regulation was proposed by Commissioner Tom Green in September of last year and commissioners voted on it for the first time at their April 10 meeting.

If approved during a second vote, new condominiums with public elevators that are at least two stories or up to 74.99 feet high would have to provide a permanent generator. The generator would have to be in use for at least seven days. The regulation would not apply to nursing homes or commercial buildings. Vice Mayor Justin Flippen said the state pre-empts local governments from regulating nursing homes. “The state pre-empts us on quite a bit. We did what we can with this. Maybe in the future [we can do more].”

Green, who lives at The Metropolitan, said he came up with the idea when he saw his wheel-chair bound neighbor being carried down the stairs because Hurricane Irma knocked-out the power to the building. “He had to be carried down by a couple friends. I don’t ever want to see that again.”

Green said it was “unfortunate” that the proposed regulation only requires a generator for new construction and he hopes the commission will eventually require existing multi-story residential buildings with elevators to install a generator.

Commissioners also brought up the issues of cost and fuel storage. Commissioners asked city staff to find out how much it would cost for a developer to install a generator. They also discussed possibly requiring the installation of underground fuel tanks.