The official start of summer is still a few weeks away, but already the beaches are starting to fill up in Gulf Shores.
A big part of keeping people safe is being able to have eyes on the area to monitor the beach area. Because the cameras currently eying beach goers are about six years old, the city said it’s time for an upgrade.
“We like to be the flagship of technology for the State of Alabama. So keeping current and changing with the times. Technology changes every day and if you don’t stay one step ahead of it, you’re two steps behind,” Mike Hawley, information technology officer for the city, said.
In order to stay ahead, the city is looking to take down the 13 cameras around the public beach and replace them with 25 new high definition cameras at the cost of $49,420.20.