Surveillance cameras removed from harbor

Four cameras installed as part of a statewide, federally financed Homeland Security project have been removed from Cohasset Harbor after selectmen objected to their presence.

“The board’s concern was that [the cameras] showed up without going through the Board of Selectmen; it was a procedural issue,” said selectmen chairman Paul Schubert.

He added that some selectmen at the August meeting also worried about privacy issues, questioning how the footage would be used, and by whom. In other communities, similar surveillance systems give access to local communities with the cameras, the Coast Guard, and “any related agency.”


The Massachusetts Harbormasters Association received a federal grant to install the security cameras along the state’s coastline as part of a federal initiative to protect ports and Boston Harbor.

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In a press release about the project, the association said the camera system helps provide security against terrorism threats and can mean quicker response to safety incidents, such as recovering lost or disabled boaters.

Schubert said the board will revisit the camera issue, but has not set a date to do so.

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