From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:

WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

The Isle of Palms police will soon have more ways to keep an eye on the island.

Isle of Palms City Council approved improving their security by adding to the number of public security cameras on the island.

Mayor Dick Cronin talked with News 2 after the meeting. "Tonight, we approved the additional seven surveillance cameras, four being replaced, which we've had for the past 10 years. Which have proven to be inoperable for the past year or so."

Mayor Cronin says the $25,000 cost of the upgrade can help in several ways. "We think the cameras are beneficial to us. They help us keep an eye on how the crowd is moving and the traffic, and we're adding one to the intersection of Palm Boulevard and the connector."

In addition to being used by the city, Cronin says you may one day be able to check beach crowds before you decide to head to the beach. "Our hope is to be able to ultimately stream that live for citizens to be able to use that information for them to be able to get on and off the island at appropriate times."

Council approved the proposal, and awarded the contract to a company called Technology Solutions.

The mayor tells us he hopes to see these security cameras in place as soon as possible, possibly as soon as memorial day weekend.

Image courtesy of WCBD-TV.