Car tag scanners would track Tybee tourists

1:27 AM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
The Island Style shop on Tybrisa Street in Tybee Island (Chatham Co. Board of Assessors)
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TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- City officials on Tybee Island want to know where their tourists are coming from, precisely when they arrive and how long they stay at the beach getaway near Savannah.

But some say the island city is going too far with plans to spend nearly $29,000 on a pair of computer-linked cameras designed to read and record the license plate number of every car and truck that comes and goes on the island. Barry Brown, the only member of Tybee's City Council who voted against installing the car tag scanners Nov. 14, says it invades the privacy of residents and tourists.

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says the city government mostly wants car tag data for a tourism study to help secure state and federal funding for beach maintenance projects.

Associated Press

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