On Patrol Longboat Key – Week ending April 19, 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 24


11:05 p.m.

Officer Bidwell responded to Spinnaker Lane in reference to a call of gasoline related hazmat incident to a boat which ended up being a broken boat lift. Officer Bidwell met with the complainant who advised she was lying in bed at approximately 10:50 p.m. when she heard an unknown noise emanating from her backyard. She had no idea what the problem was. A short time later, a neighbor across the canal knocked on her door to advise her that her son’s boat, a 23-foot Schaffer appeared to be sinking. The complainant went out back and saw the boat was off the lift with the bow pointing downwards and the stern was still on the lift. The complainant smelled gasoline and called for police and fire department to respond. Upon investigating the scene, Fire/Rescue advised there was no hazmat incident and the gasoline smell came from a small residual that had spilled out when the boat tipped. The forward lift cable holding the boat up and out of the water had broken and as a result the boat fell causing damage to the boat lift itself. Once the boat hit the water it began to take on water as the boat drain plug had been removed. Longboat Key Fire Department found the drain plug and reinstalled it, lowered the remainder of the lift down and then secured the boat to the dock via mooring lines. The complainant advised she would call the seawall company and boat services in the morning to have the lift repaired. Officer Bidwell also asked her when she initially came out to examine the boat if she saw anyone else in the area either on foot or in a boat and she said she did not. Case closed.


March 25

Parking violation

10:51 a.m.

Officer Bergeron responded to Pine Street in regard to a vehicle blocking a driveway. Upon arrival, he observed a white pickup truck parked in the middle part of the road but was not blocking any driveway. Officer Bergeron made contact with the owner of the vehicle at the construction site and advised him that he needed to move his truck and trailer on to the construction site and off the road. He quickly complied. Verbal warning,


March 30

Suspicious vehicle

4:34 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to 4900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a suspicious boat parked approximately 20 yards offshore reportedly dumping dead fish into the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to his arrival, Officer Nazareno requested the marine unit with Officer Reno to respond in the area to attempt to make contact with the vessel. Officer Reno made contact with the boat and advised that no violations were observed. Nothing further.


April 13

Helicopter crash

12:22 p.m.

Officer Reno while on Marine Patrol received through radio traffic VHF report of a helicopter crash just North of Jewfish Key. Officer Reno immediately responded from the Southern end of Jewfish Key and was on scene moments later. Officer Reno arrived to find both the pilot and co-pilot clinging to the sides of the overturned helicopter. Manatee County Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard also arrived at the same time. Manatee County was able to get both persons on board and reported no injuries. The aircraft was towed to Coquina Beach Boat Ramp and it was tied up until a salvage company could take over the recovery process.



12:44 p.m.

Officer Nazareno responded to Bayside Drive for a disturbance call. Upon arrival, he met with the caller who advised that he has an ongoing verbal dispute with the neighbor in regard to trees being planted next to his property line. The caller said that he anticipates the leaves being overgrown and going past the property line in the near future. Officer Nazareno observed the small trees planted on the property. The caller was advised that he legally can trim the leaves or branches if or when they grow past into his property.


Beverage violation

4:15 p.m.

Captain Skinner while on foot patrol on Greer Island, observed the defendants with open containers of Truly Hard Seltzer 5 percent alcohol by volume. Captain Skinner directed them to pour the contents out. Captain Skinner advised them that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on public beaches within Longboat Key. Captain Skinner advised them to put away any remaining alcohol. Captain Skinner warned them that if he were to see them again with an open container of alcohol, they would be issued a Notice To Appear and escorted off the beach. At approximately 2:15 p.m., Captain saw the defendants again with open containers of alcohol while on Greer Island. He escorted both defendants off the beach, and issued them a Notice To Appear in Manatee County for Possession of an Open Container of alcohol.

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