On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending March 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.

March 2

Acts of nuisance

12:54 p.m.

Officer Reno while on marine patrol spotted three juveniles jump from the Longboat Pass Bridge into the water below. Officer Reno beached his boat and called the three males over. They said they just wanted to have fun and apologized for jumping. Officer Reno was informed that they came to the beach with one of the boys’ mom. Officer Reno was provided her cell phone and she said she would walk to the boat and speak to the officer. Officer Reno spoke briefly to her about catching the boys jumping and she apologized and assured Officer Reno that she would handle the matter and take the boys. They were then turned over to her. Case closed.


Property damage

2:33 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in regard to damaged property report. Upon his arrival, he met with the complainant who advised that she discovered damage to the soffit area just above one of the parking spaces. Officer Bergeron observed a gash that looked to have been caused by a box truck or a van. Officer Bergeron asked her if the property had any video cameras, she advised that it did not. Officer Bergeron called the condominium office and advised them of the damage and gave them a case number. Officer Bergeron also gave her a case number. The kite string appeared to not be related to this incident. Officer Bergeron spoke to one of the car owners who advised they saw a male subject running from that area and then returning with a small plastic kite.


March 3

Boat unsecured

4:34 p.m.

Officer Reno while patrolling the north end of Longboat Key noticed an almost completely submerged kayak near the shoreline. Officer Vogt and Officer Reno were able to grab a line that was attached to the kayak and tow it back to the Linley Street boat ramp. The kayak appeared old and dirty and was believed to have a hole in the hull somewhere as it was constantly taking on water. Officer Vogt was able to pull the kayak up the boat ramp near the trash bins. A request to have public works dispose of it will be sent out.


March 4

Noise disturbance

9:20 p.m.

Officer Bidwell was dispatched to Chatham Drive in reference to a noise disturbance of 12 people having a very loud party. Upon arrival, Officer Bidwell saw a large gathering on the second floor balcony near an open space by the elevator. Officer Bidwell took the elevator to the second floor and immediately saw a large table of food and beverages and a radio playing loud music. There was a group of 10-15 elderly females who were having a party. Officer Bidwell explained to the group that a noise complaint had been received and advised all present that the music was too loud as well as the party in general as Officer Bidwell could hear the party when he turned off Gulf of Mexico Drive into the condominium. Officer Bidwell explained to all that if the police department had to re-respond to keep the peace that further, more stringent, measures may be taken. All understood and apologized for the incident.


March 6

Beverage violation

1:21 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Greer Island in regard to a report via Deputy Chief Rubino of subjects observed bringing alcohol on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Bergeron checked the area of the beach and observed several subjects. Officer Bergeron asked the subjects if there was alcohol in their cooler and they said yes. Officer Bergeron told them alcohol is prohibited, all the subjects were over the age of 21. They all gathered their belongings and left the beach. Officer Bergeron checked further down the beach and didn’t observe any other violations.



3:50 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Hibiscus Way in regard to a tree cutting service. Upon his arrival, Officer Bergeron spoke to the complainant who advised that the tree service has o permits to cut down trees. Officer Bergeron spoke to an employee who advised that he was told that non-invasive trees did not require a permit. The complainant advised that he has been in contact with Code Enforcement. Officer Bergeron spoke to Miaka Arnold of Planning and Zoning. They advised that the service has never had a permit and will eventually require a permit. They advised that the service did cut down trees and was advised to stop due to having no permit. They did advise that the code enforcement officer did allow the service to remove the debris and clean the lot but was not given the go ahead to remove any trees. Officer Bergeron explained this to the tree service employee and he advised that he will speak with Planning and Zoning tomorrow to try and clear up the issue. The tree service halted work and left the premises. Nothing further.


March 7

Civil disturbance

5:34 p.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a dispute concerning a neighbor. The complainant advised that her neighbor that lives in unit K-1 has been harassing her and her husband concerning homeowner association issues. The neighbor below seems to be in violation of homeowner association regulations and he believes that the complainant was the person filing complaints with the homeowner’s association president. The complainant advised that the neighbor tells her that he will light his smoker and smoke them out and says that he will get them thrown out of the complex. Officer Bergeron gave the complainant a case number and asked her to contact the police if she has any further issues with the neighbor. Officer Bergeron tried to make contact with the neighbor concerning the matter but he was not home.

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