On Patrol – Week ending October 6, 2017

The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.

Sept. 30

Wedding party cacophony – Longboat

9:21 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to the Zota Beach Resort regarding a loud wedding reception being held on the west side of the property. Officer Martin met with the evening front counter manager. The manager stated that she had guests at the resort complaining about the music. Both Officer Martin and the manager walked out to the reception area. Officer Martin told the DJ of the complaint about the music being too loud and he turned the music down. The reception was ending at 10 p.m. Case clear.


Oct. 1

Deceased dolphin – Longboat Key

7:59 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to the Gulfside Beach Access in reference to a deceased dolphin on the beach. Upon arrival, he located the dolphin just south of the 6300 block beach access. Mote was notified and was en route to the deceased dolphin’s location. Mote removed the dolphin from the beach at approximately 9:15 p.m.


Oct. 3

O.J.’s footprints? – Longboat Key

7:33 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to St. Judes Drive North for a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, he was met by the complainant who stated that sometime between Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 3 at 7 a.m., someone walked in his landscaping rocks leaving foot impressions. This area is located at the northeast corner of the property. The complainant mentioned that on Sept. 22 and Sept. 23, someone had knocked at his front door, but when he opened the door nobody was there. The foot impressions that Officer Smith observed were small and looked like a child’s. The complainant wanted the police to keep an extra eye on his property. Everything else was in order at the property. Case clear, nothing further.


Oct. 4

Ready to rock and roll – Longboat Key

5:16 p.m.

Officer Smith responded to a noise complaint regarding the demolition of the old Art Center. Upon arrival, Officer Smith spoke to workers from the excavating service. Officer Smith was informed that they had just delivered a rock crushing machine for use on the construction site. The workers weren’t actually crushing or loading debris into the machine. They were going over the operation of the machine with the mechanic who delivered it, so they would be able to commence work in the morning. One of the excavator machines was idling on the site. The workers stated they were planning to leave once they understood the proper procedure to start and run the rock crusher. Officer Smith explained that the town ordinance prohibited working or running the equipment to include idling machinery after 5 p.m. and they would have to shut the excavator off. The workers complied and apologized for any disturbance. Case closed.


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