On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending February 8, 2019

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

Jan. 29

Suspicious flying object

1:46 p.m.

Officer Hodo responded to Sands Point Rd. in reference to a drone flying around the area. Officer Hodo contacted the caller who stated that she saw a drone flying over their complex. The caller stated that she later found out that the drone operator was located on the property taking pictures for a unit that was up for sale. The caller said she called the police to check on the laws. Officer Hodo advised the caller that there were no laws that prohibited drone flying for the purpose of taking pictures for property sales. No further investigation.


Feb. 2

Traffic violation

12:19 a.m.

Officer Bergeron received an activation that showed a registered owner having suspended driver’s license. Officer Bergeron located the vehicle in the 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive and conducted a traffic stop. The driver pulled the vehicle into the parking lot. Officer Bergeron made contact with the driver and advised her that the owner of the vehicle has a suspended driver’s license. The driver advised that the owner was her father and that he had just passed away. Officer Bergeron offered his condolences and ended the traffic stop.


Feb. 3


2:11 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Falmouth Drive in regard to a report of a disturbance by a caller that did not want contact. Upon the officer’s arrival, he made contact with the boyfriend of the couple that was arguing. The boyfriend advised he and his girlfriend had been out drinking and when they returned to her apartment they got into an argument. The boyfriend said that the girlfriend gets argumentative when she’s been drinking. Officer Bergeron spoke with the girlfriend who advised that they had been out and when they got to her house, started to argue about stupid things. The girlfriend was visibly intoxicated and advised that she just wanted to go to sleep. Officer Bergeron spoke to the boyfriend again and asked him how long have he and his girlfriend been a couple. He said approximately six months. The boyfriend advised that he commutes from his home in St. Petersburg to his girlfriend’s on and off. He said he does not live with his girlfriend. The boyfriend agreed to sleep on the sofa in the living room and the girlfriend stayed in her bedroom for the evening. The couple do not have any children or live together. Nothing further.



11:33 a.m.

Officer Nagell responded to Lighthouse Point Drive in regard to a trespassing complaint. The officers met with a man who related that a tree trimmer from one of the condominiums had topped off two to three ficus trees which were on his property, without his permission. Officer Nagell observed the trees which had been trimmed and they were located on the complainant’s property. He also said that he has a civil agreement with the condominium that the trees were only to be trimmed down to 18 feet and the work was to be done in April annually. Officers then met with the president  of the condominium association. He said that the person who called the trimmer was  not working on behalf of the association and gave the officers his name and also stated that this has been an issue with this person in the past. Officer Nagell met with the man who called the trimmer and he admitted that he had hired a handyman to cut the trees back. Officer Nagell explained to the man that there was a civil order for the tree trimming which dated back 20 years and has been honored without issue. The man advised that the association has a good working relationship with the complainant and would clean up the mess left by the handyman who had left the area prior to officers’ arrival. The complainant requested that the man be trespassed and a trespass warning was completed and issued. The man was advised of the warning and the consequences for violating it.


Suspicious person

11:01 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to the Longboat Pass Bridge for a suspicious person call. The caller stated that an unidentified subject wearing dark clothing was standing on the southbound side of the bridge with one foot over the side of the bridge. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno checked the northbound and southbound side of the bridge. The only person at the bridge at the time of Officer Nazareno’s arrival was holding a fishing pole at the northbound side and did not match the description given by the caller. The male subject who was fishing stated that he did not see anyone walking at the southbound side of the bridge. Officer Nazareno also checked the water and did not observe anyone swimming in the water. Nothing further.


Feb. 5

Parking violation

5:30 p.m.

Capt. Skinner was dispatched to the 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a black sedan parked on the basketball courts. Upon Capt. Skinner’s arrival, he observed a new black SUV parked on the basketball courts with a small group photographing the vehicle with a NCAA Final Four Trophy and other basketball related items. Capt. Skinner met with one of the individuals who stated she had received verbal permission to photograph the vehicle on the court by Parks Director Mark Richardson. The woman showed Capt. Skinner she had a brief email correspondence with Richardson about Bayfront Park, but Capt. Skinner did not see where she received permission to do the photo shoot on the town’s courts. The woman stated that the permission was verbal and she also produced a Certificate of Insurance that listed the Town of Longboat Key as a party being protected. Capt. Skinner attempted phone contact with Richardson but with negative results. Capt. Skinner requested for Richardson to call back. There was no one waiting to use the courts. There was no damage being done to the courts. The woman stated that the shoot would be completed in just a few more minutes. Capt. Skinner allowed the to complete the photo shoot at the time.


Feb. 6

Suspicious vehicle

3:32 a.m.

Sgt. Coffman while on patrol observed a white Mitsubishi parked off the southbound lane in the 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The vehicle was partially blocking the bike lane and had no lights on. As Sgt. Coffman approached the vehicle, he observed a couple walking toward him coming from the beach carrying some food. They advised that it was their vehicle and that they had just stopped to eat some food on the beach. Sgt. Coffman advised them they could not park there and that the beaches were closed. They apologized and said they would leave.


Parking violation

11:38 a.m.

Sgt. Smith was dispatched to 5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a vehicle parked in the bike lane. Sgt. Smith arrived and observed a tractor trailer parked approximately six inches in the bike lane. Sgt. Smith made contact with the driver who stated he was unable to pull into the parking lot of the restaurant. The driver said that he thought he was far enough off the roadway. Sgt. Smith informed him that he  needed to be completely out of the bike lane. Sgt. Smith made contact with the caller and he stated that the same company had parked in the bike lane last month. The caller stated he called the company and complained. Sgt. Smith informed him he had issued a warning and any further violation observed would result in a citation.



6:41 p.m.

Capt. Skinner and Officer Nagell responded to 300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a trespassing complaint. Two white male juveniles in a brown Suburban were fishing on the resort property. Upon arrival to the guard gate, Capt. Skinner was informed that the Club had notified the guard gate about the incident. Capt. Skinner then made contact with the Security Officer who stated he contacted the subjects and asked them to leave and they complied. The Security Officer stated that he contacted the guard gate to inform them to not allow the subjects back through the gate.

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