On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending October 19, 2018

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

Oct. 13

Boat violation

2:39 p.m.

Officer Connors and Officer Reno observed a boat operating above the posted ‘Idle Speed Zone’ outside of the ICW Channel. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator the reason for the stop. The operator advised that he was unaware that he was outside of the channel. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning.


Public service

7:03 p.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Marbury Lane for a report of a large piling floating in the canal. The caller who did not wish to be met with advised they were concerned for boat traffic hitting the piling. Officer Nagell located the 15 foot piling floating in the middle of the canal and was unable to retrieve it due to its location. Officer Nagell notified U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez duty desk of the hazard to navigation and email the Longboat Key Police Department Marine unit to retrieve the piling.


Oct. 14

Coyote sighting

9:25 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 5700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a call of a coyote walking southbound on the beach. Officer saw no signs of the animal and asked several citizens walking on the beach who also did not observe any animal on the beach. A person walking north on the beach did not observe any animal walking southbound.


Noise disturbance

1:30 p.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to Gulfside Road for a report of a boat playing loud music. Upon arrival, Sgt. Smith met with a group of subjects, that had open containers of alcohol or dogs on the beach. The group stated they were unaware and would move the group back up to the house they were renting. Sgt. Smith spoke with the subject that owned the boat and informed him that since he was anchored to the beach he would need to turn down or off the music. The owner the boat complied and turned off the music. Sgt. Smith noted that there was one subject in the group that became argumentative in reference to the town ordinances indicating the beach high tide watermark is federal property. As Sgt. Smith tried to explain that the beach does fall under the town of Longboat Key’s jurisdiction, and the ordinances he started to use profanity towards Sgt. Smith. The subject had to be told by his friends to let it go and just move to the house. All parties agreed to comply with the town ordinance and left the beach with their friend.


Traffic infraction

7:22 p.m.

Officer Schoepfer responded to Companion Way in reference for an expired driver’s license. The vehicle was a 2013 black Hyndai. Officer Schoepfr verified the driver’s license suspension through DAVID. Officer Schoepfer located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 600 block of Companion Way. Officer Schoepfer made contact with the driver who said he was the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Schoepfer advised the driver of the reason for the traffic stop was that his driver’s license was suspended on Oct. 8 for failure to pay traffic fine. Officer Schoepfer confirmed the man’s identity through dispatch. The driver stated he knew he didn’t pay the traffic fine but did not know his driver’s license had been suspended. The driver was then issued a criminal citation for Driving while Driver’s License is Suspended with knowledge. The driver was provided his copy of the criminal citation along with his court date, time and location. The driver was then released.


Injured raccoon

9:47 p.m.

Officer Hodo was dispatched to 4600 Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to an injured raccoon sitting in the middle of the roadway. Officer Hodo arrived and contacted the caller. The caller stated that she was driving northbound on Gulf of Mexico Drive when she saw an injured raccoon sitting in the middle of the roadway. The caller stated that she did not know what to do so she called the police for help. Officer Hodo walked up to the injured raccoon to move him with the snare and he ran of into the tree line area by the sidewalk. No further investigation.


Oct. 15

Coyote sighting

7:02 a.m.

Officer Vogt was dispatched to the area of Golf Links Lane in reference to a coyote sighting. Upon arrival, Officer Vogt checked the area and did not observe a coyote. Officer Vogt did drive up and down the area closest to the sighting and was unable to spot the coyote in these areas as well.


Noise disturbance

2:30 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to meet with the complainant for a noise disturbance. The complainant stated that the air conditioner units at the condominium are running too loud at night, keeping her awake. She stated there are four units that sit on the water and the noise is carried over the water onto her property. She also stated this could be a violation of ordinance 158.157. She further stated it is worse around 3 a.m. The complainant had maps of the area and Officer Ascencio entered them into evidence.


Coyote sighting

4:00 p.m.

Officer Ascencio responded to 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive on a report of a coyote. Upon arrival, Officer Ascencio met with the complainant who stated he saw a coyote running northbound on the beach. Officer Ascencio checked the area but the animal was gone on arrival.

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