Life on South Beach could become the ultimate in reality television under a new proposal -- but violence and vice would lead to charges, not ratings.
The city's Budget Advisory Committee voted Tuesday that elected officials should consider installing surveillance cameras throughout Miami Beach's entertainment district as a means to deter crime and reduce police costs.
The recommendation, which was approved 4-1, has the support of Police Chief Carlos Noriega.
``Cameras make people feel safe,'' Noriega said after the meeting.
But whether elected officials are on board is a question, as the issue is likely to again spark debate about surveillance in public places.
A slew of traffic cameras have been installed this year in an effort to catch red-light runners. At least 30 cameras are expected to be up and running eventually, and the devices carry a 24-hour live stream that goes to police.
And in May, commissioners approved the installation of a $225,000 security and surveillance system that includes 16 cameras in the under-construction Lincoln Park.
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