Vandalism leads Sebastian Airport to get grant for cameras

SEBASTIAN – New cameras will be coming to the Sebastian Municipal Airport to provide an extra level of security.

The airport has received a $43,000 grant to pay for and install the infrared security cameras, which will be installed on the administration building.

Airport Director Joe Griffin requested the grant funding through the Florida Department of Transportation six months ago and recently received approval.

The city will not have to match any of the funds.

Griffin made the request because of vandalism that was occurring at the airport.

Parked aircraft had been damaged and a security pole with two daytime security cameras was destroyed.

The new cameras will be able to provide security coverage both day- and nighttime, according to the grant document.

The grant’s approval drew no public comment during the recent Sebastian City Council.

In response to Sebastian resident Damien Gilliams, who spoke earlier in the evening about the importance of the city appointing someone to actively seek out and obtain grants, Councilwoman Andrea Coy noted that the $43,000 is, indeed, a grant – one that did not require someone extra to find.

With the grant’s approval, the city expects to spend the next three months bidding out the cameras and work. A contract is expected to be brought back to the Sebastian City Council for approval at a later date.

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