Thursday, August 14, 2014
Pawleys Island Police Chief Mike Fanning told Town Council on Aug. 11, that the island was “relatively – crimewise – quiet” in July.
He believes that a crackdown on parking violations has been paying off.
In July 2013, officers wrote 219 parking tickets and warnings. Last month, officers only wrote 166 tickets and warnings.
Police responded to six theft complaints in July, down from 14 in July 2013.
Council asked Fanning and Assistant Administrator Ryan Fabbri to look into how much it would cost to install cameras at all of the island’s beach accessess.
There are already cameras on the two causeways that capture the license plate numbers of every car that drives on the island.
Police issued three warnings during July for fireworks violations, including to a 12-year-old, but didn’t write any tickets.
Council has spent months trying to strengthen the town’s fireworks ordinance, and last month instituted fines ranging from $150 to $500 for violations.
However, Fanning pointed out, in some cases fines are more than doubled when the state tacks on all its fees.
So council agreed to lower the minimum fine to $50, which becomes $158 with state fees.
Fanning also asked council for money to but a new ATV. The frame on the department’s current ATV rusted through and the wheels fell off while Fanning was riding it.
Fanning told council there are areas of the island not accessible to patrol vehicles, and without an ATV there can be no beach patrols.
He did a cursory amount of research into buying a new ATV, and came up with a quote of $4,150.
Council members asked Fanning if he could do a little more research and possibly wait until the new budget begins in January to buy a new ATV, and he agreed.
“I’d rather get it right then rush into it,” Fanning said.