Fri., November 29, 2013 3:00pm (EST)

Driving Today? Your Tag Might Be Caught On Tape
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 7 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Tybee Island is one of only three Georgia beachfront communities where the public can arrive by car.  Island officials want to set up cameras to see who's coming on and off the island.  But the proposal might be reconsidered.  (photo Orlando Montoya)
Tybee Island is one of only three Georgia beachfront communities where the public can arrive by car. Island officials want to set up cameras to see who's coming on and off the island. But the proposal might be reconsidered. (photo Orlando Montoya)
The Mayor of Tybee Island says the city may "dial back" a proposal to use cameras to track who comes and goes to the island.

The beach municipality has been receiving lots of negative feedback about the idea.

Island officials want to know where to spend their tourism dollars.

They've proposed setting up cameras on the only road on and off the island to record license plate numbers.

The researcher who would do the tourism study says he wouldn't be looking for anything more specific than county-of-origin.

Still, Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman says, he thinks city council might reconsider the issue at its next meeting in December.

"We've gotten a lot of feedback and almost all of it has been very negative," Buelterman says. "And that's come in the form of e-mail or feedback on our city Facebook page. So, based on that feedback, it's my anticipation that we will take another look at that."

The data also would go to Tybee police.

But the community has little crime.

"There's been instances where information has gone out to the public that shouldn't have from other governmental entities," Buelterman says. "And maybe that's a concern. So, we are definitely looking at dialing back that proposal."

Critics of the plan say they wouldn't trust island authorities with the information.