On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 9, 2018

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

Mar. 2

No fishing

9:08 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Longboat Pass bridge in regard to subjects fishing between the no fishing signs. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron spoke to several subjects and advised them that they were in a no fishing area. The subjects promptly moved to the proper areas to fish. Nothing further. Case closed.


Mar. 3

Lights out

12:20 p.m.

Officer Houchin responded to Longboat Club Road in reference to all the traffic lights being out. Officer Houchin observed and determined that this was the case. He notified dispatch, and a few minutes later, the lights began working again.


Open container

1:00 p.m.

Officer Martin responded to North Shore Road for a traffic stop. The vehicle was parked in the area of North Shore Road, and Officer Martin observed a subject get out of the driver’s side rear seat and had a beverage in his hand later determined to be a Miller Light 12 oz. beer. After the subject saw Officer Martin, he quickly turned around and opened the door and put it back in the car. This was a fluid investigation since the vehicle was still running and occupied by three other people. Officer Martin subsequently ran a check on all the occupants and they checked out cleared. Officer Martin issued the man a citation for open container. Case closed.


Missing placard

7:27 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 2500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to a vehicle burglary. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron met with the complainant who advised that someone had taken his handicap placard from the rear view mirror of his Cadillac. Officer Bergeron checked the vehicle and found the placard between the front passenger seat. Officer Bergeron advised the complainant that he had found the placard and placed it on the front of the dash of the vehicle. Case closed.


Mar. 4

Beverage violation

12:15 p.m.

Officer Nagell while conducting beach patrol in the area of Greer Island observed subjects in possession of alcoholic beverages. Officer Nagell advised them of the town ordinance prohibiting possession of alcohol on the beach and escorted them off the beach. Officer Nagell issued both subjects a Notice to Appear for the violation and advised them of their responsibility to attend the court date.


Dog on beach

12:40 p.m.

Officer Houchin was dispatched to 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a dog on the beach. When Officer Houchin arrived, the owner approached the officer and provided him with paperwork showing that the dog in question was a registered ‘emotional support animal.’ Officer Houchin explained that even with that paperwork the dog must stay leashed. The dog was leashed and owner understood.


Mar. 7


9:49 a.m.

Officer Smith responded to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a dispute. Officer Smith was approached by the complainant who informed he was having a disagreement with an employee of the art center and would like to have him removed from the property. The complainant said he found the man sitting down during work hours and had been told that this was an ongoing issue. The complainant stated that athe employee became belligerent and an argument ensued. The complainant stated that he told the employee to leave the worksite and the employee refused. As Officer Smith approached, he observed the employee preparing to leave the scene. Officer Smith made contact with the employee and he stated that the complainant had approached him and an argument ensued. He said that the complainant then told him he was fired and told him to leave the property. The employee stated that he told the complainant that he did not have the authority to fire him and contacted the company owner. The employee stated the owner told him to move to a different work site. Officer Smith made a check of all the parties through FCIC/NCIC and the return indicated no wants or warrants. The employee left the area without incident.


Mar. 8

Noise disturbance

7:02 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Broadway in regard to a report of a cooking oil recycling truck making noise. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron did not see any truck at the location. He checked the restaurant and did not see any truck. Officer Bergeron called the complainant and asked him for a better location. He advised that the truck was behind another restaurant at Whitney Beach Plaza. Officer Bergeron responded to that location and found the truck to be gone. Nothing further.


Noise disturbance

5:35 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Hornblower Lane for a noise disturbance. Upon arrival at the location Officer Nazareno heard the sound of a tile saw being used at the rear of the home in the pool area. Officer Nazareno made contact with the business owner of the company. He then advised the owner was in violation of the town ordinance on sound regulations. Officer Nazareno further advised that construction using power tools can only be performed between the house of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday. The owner then ordered his workers to immediately stop the use of the tile saw and cleaned the area. Nothing further.

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