On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 30, 2018

March 25

Suspicious circumstance

4:13 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno made contact with the complainant who stated that an unidentified white male with blonde hair in his late 20s to early 30s had dug a large hold on the beach that was 5 feet deep and just left without covering it back up with sand. She further stated that it could possibly be a safety hazard for children especially when it gets dark. Officer Nazareno observed the hole to be approximately 3 feet by six feet wide and approximately four feet deep and determined that it was a possible safety hazard. Officer Nazareno then responded to 5100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and made contact with the subject who admitted to digging the hole with his younger cousins to build a large sand castle.


March 27


11:28 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer while patrolling Longboat Pass Bridge observed several subjects fishing from the top span of the bridge inside the signs prohibiting fishing. Officer Schoepfer checked the subjects fishing licenses and issued a verbal warning in reference to fishing in the prohibited area on the bridge. The subjects moved to the outside of the posted signs where fishing is allowed. Nothing further.


Boat blocking canal

1:36 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Jungle Queen Way in regard to a second complaint concerning a boat that docked at Jungle Queen Way. The complainant advised that the owner may not have been able to have the boat removed within just a few days. Officer Bergeron advised the complainant would speak to the boat owner. Officer Bergeron spoke to the boat owner and advised her that there was another complaint concerning her boat. She advised that she has taken this week off of work to try and remedy the issue. The boat owner advised that she has taken this week off of work to try and remedy the issue. The complainant advised that so far she is not having much luck in finding a service that is available and renting a boat slip once the boat is removed. The boat owner advised that even Sea Tow was not able to tow the boat for a week or two. She also stated that she has been trying to find a boat slip to rent but most are telling her it would be at least three months until one was available. The owner advised that she contacted the Planning and Zoning to see what her options might be. Officer Bergeron advised her that Code Enforcement may contact her as well. The owner advised that she will continue to work on getting the issue resolved.


March 28

Hit by golf ball

10:02 a.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in response to property damage. Upon arrival, he met with the owner of a 2005 Audi who stated that he was traveling north on Gulf of Mexico Drive and was hit by a golf ball. There was a small dent on the driver’s side of the hood. The owner said he wasn’t sure if he was going to file a claim with his insurance company. Case closed.



7:35 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a call of juveniles seen from the high rise next door throwing bottles from the roof top. Officer Bidwell parked and walked around to the beach fenced in area. In the southwest corner he located a portion of fencing that was down allowing access. Officer Bidwell had a previous call to this address over a month ago and the same piece of fencing is still down. Officer Bidwell entered the area and made his way to the high rise. Officer Bidwell could hear a sound of voices and went to the front of the building to see if he could gain entrance. As Officer Bidwell was in front of the building, he heard noises in the rear. Officer Bidwell made his way to the corner of the building and saw three females and three males all appearing to be juveniles. He yelled that he was with the Longboat Key Police Department and he ordered all to halt. At his command to halt, all six took off running at a high rate of speed. He could hear the fence by the old tennis courts rattle and then heard a diesel truck start up and flee rapidly from the area. Officer Bidwell could not make out any faces or any other descriptive identifiers of the suspects. Insofar as any damage caused by the juveniles, he was unable to ascertain anything as the buildings are severely downtrodden. Nothing further, case closed.

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