The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
Officer Connors while on marine patrol in the area of Jewfish Key, observed a boat operating on plane, with an excessive wake in a posted “slow speed minimum wake” zone. Officer Connors conducted a vessel stop and advised the operator of the violation. During the vessel stop, a safety check was conducted in which the operator was unable to produce the required life jackets for the parties on board, the operator was missing two life jackets. Officer Connors issued the operator a verbal warning for the wake zone violation and a citation for not having the required safety equipment. Case clear.
Officer Montfort responded to North Shore Road and Gulf of Mexico Drive where he observed a man standing outside of a vehicle in the intersection. Officer Montfort greeted the man who stated he was a door dasher and was going to deliver an order when his vehicle ran out of gas. The man stated he had two friends with him that then took the pizza and left on foot. Officer Tillman and Officer Montfort confirmed his story by looking at his text messages with the friends that left him. Officer Montfort advised the man to contact someone to bring him gas as the vehicle could not be left in the roadway. The man’s mother was contacted and she advised she would be bringing gasoline to the scene. Case clear.
Officer Connors while on marine patrol at 1:15 p.m. in the area of Jewfish Key. Officer Connors was flagged down ICW Channel Marker 34, with no current injuries and that 1PWC was sinking. While enroute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified in regards to the crash and responded to the scene. Officer Connors and Manatee Sheriff Marine Unit assisted the FWC until no further police assistance was needed.
Officer David Cooper was dispatched to a location listed for a traffic hazard. The caller reported a huge amount of broken glass in the roadway. Officer Cooper located the glass and swept it off the road. Nothing further.
Officer Montfort responded to Dream Island Road for a reported noise complaint. It was reported that loud music was coming from the location. Officer Tillman and Officer Montfort arrived at the residence which was having a wedding reception. Officer Tillman spoke with staff who had the music turned off for the evening. Case clear.
Officer Hodo responded to the 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive in reference to a caller hearing a loud boom sound in the area. Officer Hodo arrived and checked the area. Officer Hodo discovered that a transformer had blown out and Florida Power and Light was in the general area doing repair work. No further investigation. Case clear.
Officer Butler responded to the 5000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive to a call of stranded manatees on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Butler met with the complainant. The officer noted that the manatees were not stranded nor were they injured.
Officer Nazareno responded to the 3700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a citizen assist call regarding a construction equipment at the pump station that was left with the lights on. Upon arrival, Officer Nazareno observed the equipment with the overhead yellow flashers on. Officer Nazareno was unable to locate the light toggle switch for the overhead lights and notified Public Works via email. Case clear.
Officer Montfort received a call from a plumber located at the 5500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. The plumber was having issues repairing a water main leak. Officer Montfort referred the call to public works without incident. Case clear.
Officer Montfort responded to Broadway for a noise complaint. Officer Nazareno and Officer Montfort observed music coming from the rear of Broadway. Officer Nazareno and Officer Montfort greeted the homeowner who was in the pool area. The man did not realize he was playing loud music and agreed to turn the music off. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith and Officer Hodo responded to the 500 block of Bay Isles Road in reference to a panhandler in the area. Officers arrived and made contact with an unidentified man. Officers advised the man that there is a no panhandling within the town of Longboat Key. Officers noted that the man and his friend were heading toward the Sarasota area, while they were riding their bicycles. No further investigation. Case clear.
Sgt. Smith while on patrol in the 1700 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, observed a disabled school bus partially in the lane of traffic. Sgt. Smith stayed on scene until a mechanic arrived and a second school bus to pick up one student. Case clear.