License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key


License cameras will start snapping soon on Longboat Key


Date: May 31, 2013
by: Robin Hartill | City Editor




Longboat Key’s long-awaited license-plate recognition cameras are less than 60 days away.

Contractor L3 Communications was at the Longboat Key Police Department and on the north and south ends of the island, where cameras will be placed, for a test run yesterday and to ensure hardware and software compatibility.

The late Police Chief Al Hogle first proposed the idea in February 2010. But there were problems with where to place the cameras. The Florida Department of Transportation wouldn’t allow for placement of the cameras in its right-of-ways, and Florida Power & Light Co. told the department it couldn’t place cameras on its poles.
Two cameras will be placed on the Longboat Key side of both bridges — one to capture data from vehicles entering the Key, the other for vehicles leaving the Key — for a total of four cameras.

The data captured will immediately be sent through crime databases. Longboat Key police will receive notification if the images contained information about a stolen vehicle, wanted person or missing person case, such as an AMBER Alert or Silver Alert. The data will also alert police if the registered owner of the vehicle has a suspended license or tag violation.

The cameras will not photograph drivers.

For more information, pick up a June 6 copy of the Longboat Observer.

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Currently 6 Responses

  • 1.
  • Many people are attracted to the key because of its beauty and our relative safety compared to other areas. Security cameras are beoming a fact of life. What some view as an over reach by the city, others, including me, hail as a sensible and necessary method to preserve public safety.
  • blake whitney
    Tue 4th Jun 2013
    at 1:34pm
  • 2.
  • Don't do this invasion of privacy. I thought you "GOP guys" were against big government. Silly me.
  • Ross Alander
    Mon 3rd Jun 2013
    at 3:41pm
  • 3.
  • why does this make my skin crawl with the thought of every car being observed and recorded? very bad idea!
  • evans tilles
    Fri 31st May 2013
    at 5:19pm
  • 4.
  • Welcome to 1984.
  • Whit Sibley
    Fri 31st May 2013
    at 4:29pm
  • 5.
  • This is a really bad "big government" idea right out of The Stepford Wives. Are we now going to target older beat up vehicles in this invasion of privacy? Stereotyping ya think?
  • Ross Alander
    Fri 31st May 2013
    at 4:27pm
  • 6.
  • If these are new cameras then what are all the cameras for that are already on the cross arms at GMD and Longboat Club Road? I thought those were suppose to take pictures of the cars???
    Do they do anything or just wasted use of stimulus money?
  • ned pike
    Fri 31st May 2013
    at 4:23pm
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