+ Longboat Key burglaries decrease 62.5%
Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming released crime statistics for the first six months of the year that reflect a 62.5% decrease in burglaries and larcenies when compared to the same period in 2012.
Total cases involving burglary and larcenies amounted to 48 incidents, compared to 128 in 2012, for a 62.5% decrease.
The highest percentage of service calls fell under the category of fire department assistance, with a total of 814 calls for the first half of 2013, a 4.6% decrease from the same period in 2012.
Burglary alarm responses represent the next-highest number of responses with 372 calls, compared with 437 in 2012, for a 14.9% decrease.
Traffic related activity, including accidents, stand at 703 calls so far for 2013, down by 30 calls, for a 4% decrease.
The police department responded to a total of 1,463 calls for service in the first quarter of the year and 1,613 calls in the second quarter, for a total of 3,076 incidents. That’s a 1.1% decrease in police department calls when compared to the first half of 2012.
“In summary, the police department is experiencing a level of activity in all areas typical with seasonal fluctuation and criminal activity commonly associated with this community,” wrote Cumming in a crime incident report.
+ Holiday schedule changes
Longboat Key solid waste and recycling collections will be made Tuesday, Sept. 3, due to the Labor Day holiday. Waste and recycling should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Longboat Key Town Hall and its various departments will also be closed Monday, Sept. 2 and will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.
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Correction: Heitlers to net 75 years in April
In its Sept. 18 issue, the Longboat Observer featured Plymouth Harbor resident George Heitler, a lifelong tennis player who has played tennis for most of his 99 years and is a regular at the Longboat Key Public Tennis Center.
Win big in two Observer contests
Starting in October, the Observer will now offer prizes for winners of the weather photo contest, sponsored by Manasota Flooring Inc.
Mar Vista begins dock construction
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant & Pub is on track to have a new dock by the end of October.