Fort Myers City Council Votes for Plan to Install Video Surveillance Cameras
The need for cameras has been revitalized after a deadly attack on a 20-year-old on Oct. 17.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fort Myers City Council unanimously voted on Monday night for staff to put together a plan by January 2016 to arm the city with more video surveillance cameras, the News-Press reports.
While cost of the cameras is a hurdle, city officials are confident the plan can get done.
The plan for installing surveillance cameras has been revitalized after 20-year-old Expavious Taylor was attacked and killed on First Street in downtown Fort Myers on Oct. 17. Amateur footage along with security cameras from nearby stores have been “immensely helpful” to police, according to Mayor Randy Henderson.
Councilman Michael Flanders said officials need to set a goal of raising $1 million for high-definition cameras that can be placed where large public gatherings occur.
Of the $1 million needed, Flanders said $200,000 should be contributed by the city. The rest can come from private and commercial businesses.
“I want to say we are being proactive,” Interim City Manager Saeed Kazemi said. “I’m planning to get this thing wrapped up in the next couple months, no later.”
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