My wife and I sent an email to the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) in reference to the article in the Pilot’s March 18 edition reporting increasing vandalism to many of the ACND’s public facilities. We note some of this when we’re out walking in various places around the beaches in Rockport and Fulton because restroom facilities are oftentimes locked up for extended periods of time.
The purpose of my letter to the ACND was to point out the need for the District to step up and being proactive about the vandalism issues by installing much better lighting and surveillance cameras. These types of improvements are being used all over towns and residences for helping to solve the exact problems the District seems to continually be fighting.
Surprisingly, the costs for such improvements are moderate when compared to repair costs and the hassle of downtime for usage by the public. In fact, in many areas, surveillance cameras are being monitored by local police departments in conjunction with other governmental departments to help solve vandalism and other issues, oftentimes in advance of destruction happening.
The ACND needs to modernize its handling of the various public services it offers and to keep them and the public safe. Lights and cameras - not new technology, can solve the problem.
Don & Meredith Griffiths