Orange Park, FL

Citing need for revenue, Orange Park approves new deal for red light cameras

Julie Morgan

Orange Park drivers can expect at least two more years of red light cameras.

The council for the Town of Orange Park recently voted to enter into another 2-year agreement with Verra Mobility. The deal was set to expire in less than a month on Feb. 3, 2023.

The five council members voted unanimously to continue the partnership. They made this decision mainly because “it’s all about the money.”

“We have to have that revenue, or we’re going to have to lay off a bunch of people and change all kinds of other stuff because this is a continuing source of income. And right now, it’s very important to the operation of the town,” said Vice-Mayor Alan Watt. “The fact is until we can figure out how to raise that other $500,000 annually, we’re pretty much stuck with keeping the red light cameras.”

If you get caught by one of the three cameras, you’ll get hit with a $158 bill in the mail.

Since the traffic cameras were installed, the Town of Orange Park has brought in between $87,000 and $664,000 each year.

The lights are at three Orange Park intersections:

· Park Avenue at Loring Avenue, north and southbound lanes

· Park Avenue at Kingsley Avenue, north, south, and turning lanes

· Kingsley Avenue at DeBarry, west and eastbound lanes

Watt is the Chair of the public safety/public works committee. Although the agenda has not been released, the councilman said the committee would consider red light cameras when it meets again on Feb. 16.

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