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As in any city one must read the street signs. On many streets in SCS are signs that prohibit parking on the street overnight without a specific permit. When fishing one should be aware of current mercury levels in the lakes before consuming fish. Mercury and other hazardous levels in the lake and fish can be attained by contacting the city offices. While personal safety is always an issue in any city, I would feel comfortable going for an evening walk down any street with the city. Lastly, a few comments about our local police force. The police presence is very high in SCS and if one exceeds the speed limit by more than 5 miles per hour the chances of getting a speeding ticket are VERY good. I would also note that traveling through SCS during the hours of 2:30am and 4:00am are likely to draw the attention of the local police. The police response time to my house when my home alarm has gone off (although we have never actually been broken into.) has been less than 5 minutes every time. (By the way there is a $50.00 fee for false alarm responses.) If you have not guessed I am favorable of the SCS Police Department, they do a great job.
Written Oct 5, 2002
Here's another weird thing you need to know: If you visit someone in St. Clair Shores and you cannot park your vehicle in the driveway, you have to get some kind of pass from the police department. When we were there, you only had to have out of state tags (such as our lovely South Carolina license tags, now mentioned three times just on this page!!) but they might have changed that. Don't park on the street without checking - you might come out to find the boot on your car or it could have been towed away! Check the law!! Also, watch out for the drivers! I'm going to scan pic and get it on here so you can see what I am talking about soon! Look for new pics in the coming weeks!
Written Oct 4, 2002
Ok, this was scary but funny. We got lost when we got there because we were given bad directions. We wound up at a liquor store way back in a neighborhood somewhere and went in to ask for directions. The man said 'you ain't from around here are ya?' and of course we said 'no.' He proceeded to explain that asking for directions is not the brightest thing to do in St. Clair Shores. I guess we are lucky we weren't jacked up. Get a map, get good directions, stay away from liquor stores. We did see some pretty seedy people who were circling our car (again, with the South Carolina license plates) like a pack of vultures. Our Michigan adventure had begun with excitement!!
Written Oct 4, 2002