Longboat Key had long held the distinction of being the safest city in Sarasota and Manatee counties. But, in 1999, Venice became the safest city.
What happened? It wasn’t a crime wave that pushed the Key out of the No. 1 spot, but, rather, a single murder in the Longbeach Village. Because it was the island’s first homicide in years, the Key’s murder rate was up 100%, according to official crime statistics reported in the Aug. 10, 2000, issue of the Longboat Observer.
Shoplifting incidents rose from two in 1998 to six in 1999. Aggravated assaults increased from two to five over the same period.
“When you’re dealing with small numbers like we have, it’s easy to have a big jump in the percentage,” said Longboat Key Police Chief John Kintz.
+ Peacocks receive new-home offers
Busch Gardens didn’t want them; neither did the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary or State Fish and Game Commission.
But, at least two new-home offers came through for the Longbeach Village peacocks in August 1982, after the Longboat Key Town Commission directed Police Chief Wayne McCammon to locate an organization or individual who might humanely trap and relocate the peafowl.
An Arcadia farmer expressed interest in the peacocks, as did a Chicago cemetery owner who offered to fly them to the 100-acre preserve that was also home to deer, quail, rabbits and birds.
Thirty-one years later, peacocks remain at home in the Village.
+ Code enforcement reveals naked lady
A Longboat Key code-enforcement officer discovered the naked truth about a vacant home on North Shore Road when he investigated water flowing onto the driveway: There was a nude woman inside the residence.
The woman identified herself as a cleaning lady who was preparing the home for remodeling, according to the Aug. 6, 1998, issue of the Longboat Observer. At 3 a.m. the next morning, a caller reported a woman walking without a shirt on North Shore Road.
The woman said she was living in the abandoned house while repairing it, but the New Jersey-based company that owned it later filed burglary charges. Police found a mattress, bedding and electrical appliances inside the home. They arrested the woman for loitering and prowling.
Aug. 11, 2012
3:33 p.m. — 5200 block of GMD. Disturbance. A woman told police her roommate hit her the day before, leaving her with a black eye. The roommate disagreed, saying the woman’s black eye came from getting robbed the night before while trying to buy drugs.
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22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
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23 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
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23 Wine Tasting for Mote at Harry's on Longboat Key
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
26 St. Armands Fine Art Festival
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A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.