Red-light camera revenue dwindles

The red-light camera system in the City of Gulf Breeze, which has drawn criticism from some drivers as creating a profitable speed trap, has fallen on hard times financially and could well become partially dismantled.

Installed at the city’s three main intersections along a brief stretch of U.S. 98 in 2006, the cameras were an economic boon to the city for years. Their photos produced citations for everyone from commuters to and from work in Pensacola to out-of-town beachgoers.

At $158 a ticket, of which the city gets to keep less than half after paying the camera leasing company and a share to the State of Florida, Gulf Breeze City Manager Buz Eddy said, “We have profited by hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Read the full story in the Aug. 20 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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