Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cocoa Beach To Consider Ending Red Light Cameras

UPDATE:  Cocoa Beach May Continue Red Light Cameras

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -- City of Cocoa Beach Commissioners will consider ending the City's red light camera contract during their meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall located at 2 South Orlando Avenue in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Last February, the Commission voted 3 - 2 to direct the City Manager Robert Majka to develop a plan to phase out the red light camera program and bring it back to the Commission for a final approval and implementation.  A month later, the City Manager suggested that the Commission allow the red light program to continue until the contract with American Traffic Solutions, Inc. (“ATS”) expires in April 2015.

While the City was exploring its options to remove the red light cameras, Brevard County Judge John Murphy ruled in May 2014 that the red light camera contract between the City of Cocoa Beach and  ATS violated Florida Statutes and was therefore unlawful.   Court records show that the City did not appeal that decision.

The City estimates that it will cost between $13,000 and $15,00 to remove the cameras.  If the City of Cocoa Beach removes the cameras, Brevard County would be completely free of red light cameras.