Committee to consider cameras, patrols, promotional ads

Committee to consider cameras, patrols, promotional ads

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A committee will consider the best way to spend taxpayers' money within the town of Surfside Beach.

On Wednesday, the Accommodations Tax Committee listened to presentations which gave suggestions on how the A-Tax money should be spent.

Chief of Police Rodney Keziah asked the committee to consider spending some of the money on Beach Patrol and the Wildfire Camera System.

Keziah explained the costs for beach patrol are re-occurring, the police department must ask every year for funding. This includes money to provide for patrols on the beach and the boulevard.

In addition, the chief said he hopes to double the number of cameras in those areas.

“We have five cameras placed in strategic locations, they allow us to monitor traffic flow, beach accesses, and some parking lots,” said Chief Keziah.

He explained that since the department monitors the cameras through dispatch, 24/7, officers have been able to catch car break-ins in progress. They are able to stop the crime from happening, and arrest an offender.

Also on the agenda for the committee to consider is special events, including promotional advertising and tourism brochures.

Mayor Doug Samples said he hopes to build the brand of Surfside Beach being the family beach.

Once the committee hears all of the suggestions, it will make a recommendation to town council. The council will then decide the best way to spend the funding.

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