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Officials consider lifting ban on dock cams at Lake Lanier

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CBS46 has learned that authorities are considering lifting a 13-year ban on dock cameras at Lake Lanier.

Whether they're catching crimes at our homes, or in the stores where we shop, the unblinking eye of surveillance cameras are commonplace.

"I think that'd be nice, to have cameras out there on the docks," says boater Orlando Lewis.

Boaters like Lewis feel that allowing people to mount and monitor cameras on their own docks around the lake could make it safer.

"You got to go out there every so often and check and make sure no one is tampering with your boat," says Lewis.

CBS46 talked with Nick Baggett with the Army Corps of Engineers. He explains that a lot has changed in technology since 2004 when cameras on docks were banned for privacy concerns. 

Despite the ban, they're all over the lake now anyway.

"People have cell phones and other things where they can videotape, or take pictures," says Baggett.

Baggett adds that the lake has more than 10,000 private docks connected to residences and marinas, which means plenty of opinions.

"We want to hear from the public, both the pros and the cons of allowing security cameras," says Baggett.

So if you want officials to know how you feel, you have until June 16 to do so. You can use this email to send your comments. 

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