Kerri Lambert, director of the Seaside Downtown Development Association, went before the City Council with a plea for cameras in the city lot at 220 Avenue A.

According to Lambert, people run in and out, smoke and drink in the parking lot. On other occasions, people have lit fireworks or explosives. Sometimes they drop bottles off the ledges to see how close they can get to pedestrians. In the summer, Lambert said girls were attacked with pepper spray. Shoplifters hide and run through the structure to Avenue A.

City lot

A wall is tagged at the city lot on Avenue A.

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Jane Schwenz

Thank you business association for asking the city to address this. The City Manager is quoted as not thinking this is more dangerous than anywhere else, but I disagree. Sites such as this that are not visible easily are more likely to be unsafe. The city has a responsibility here. And I’m not sure what the manage thinks a ‘study’ would do. Often that delays the action, and cost more in the process. The city must have access to someone who can address best practices on security with cameras in such locations without a paid ‘study’.

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