City Officials Consider $1.7M In New Security Measures For Venice Boardwalk
VENICE (CBSLA.com) — City officials Monday proposed $1.7 million in new security measures to increase safety at Venice’s famed Ocean Front Walk after a woman was killed there last summer.
Alice Gruppioni, an Italian tourist, was struck and killed by a car allegedly driven by 28-year-old Nathan Campbell last August. Several others were injured in the incident.
The city is considering several possibilities including an automated barrier system, better lighting, security cameras and the installation of retractable posts at at least five of the 32 streets that cross the boardwalk.
Recreation and Parks officials say vehicles drive on the boardwalk an average of 15 times per day.
Some residents say the improvements would be a waste of city money.
“If somebody wants to do something stupid, they’re going to do something stupid,” one woman told KNX 1070′s Margaret Carrero.
The family of Gruppioni filed a claim Monday against the city for unspecified monetary damages.