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Longboat Key Cops Corner: Chef's kiss for a false alarm

Police reports from around Longboat Key.
by: Eric Garwood Managing Editor

 ​Friday, Sept. 24

Cooking up an alarm

8:47 a.m., 700 block of Broadway Street

Alarm: Police responded to a restaurant on a report of an activated alarm. When they arrived, the business’ chef apologized for accidentally setting off the device before entering the proper code to deactivate it.

Saturday, Sept. 25

New to making waves

11:30 a.m., near Jewfish Key

Boating: The town’s marine patrol officer stopped the new owner of a power boat that was creating a wake in a slow-speed, minimum-wake zone. The boat operator said he was unfamiliar with the local rules. He received a verbal warning.

Jumping for joy

6:44 p.m., 7200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Juvenile problem: Police were unable to locate a group of six male juveniles following a report of people jumping from the Longboat Pass bridge. A witness reported them walking north toward Coquina Beach.


9:10 p.m., 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Noise: A caller from a residential community sought police help about a group by the pool making noise. Police encountered a family that promised to be quieter once told of the complaint.

Sunday, Sept. 26

Neighborly concern

10:38 a.m., 6200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: Police returned to a home following an earlier call regarding a water leak from a broken well. Officers originally responded and reported the issue, which required a private company’s repair attention. About two hours later, the repair work failed and the resident was concerned about water entering an out-of-town neighbor’s property. An officer looked around and saw no immediate peril and was told the repair company was returning to fix the problem again.

Five of six good tires

11:42 a.m., 4200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Citizen assist: Police stopped to see if a cyclist with a flat tire was OK. The cyclist said his car was parked elsewhere in town, but miles away, and he had no means of getting to it. While an officer stayed with the disabled bike, another officer drove the cyclist to retrieve his vehicle and returned to pick up the two-wheeler.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Casting their nets

4:27 p.m., 2600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Suspicious incident: A caller reported boats close to shore, using nets to apparently catch fish. Police found no crime in what appeared to be fishermen catching baitfish.

Show me the way to go home

5:59 p.m., 200 block of Sands Point Road

Citizen dispute: Security personnel from a resort called police after asking a patron who was being loud to leave. The man was sitting outside waiting for a ride. An officer agreed to take the man home.

Thursday, Sept. 30

Angry on the road

4:05 p.m., 5800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Traffic: Police looked for but didn’t spot a vehicle that tailgated and honked at a driver who wasn’t attaining the 45 mph speed limit. The driver flagged down an officer to complain about the incident, delivering an account of what happened and a description. An officer checked to the northern edge of the town with no success.

Tonight's episode: A whiff . . . of danger

6:13 p.m., 4400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive

Fire assist: Police and fire units responded to a call about the strong odor of gas and a potentially dangerous leak. Police blocked northbound and southbound traffic while fire-rescue teams found the leak and capped it before a crew from the utility could arrive.

Friday, Oct. 1

Good morning

8:03 a.m., 800 block of Broadway Street

Noise: The operator of a grease removal truck was told not to again start work at a business until after 8 a.m., in accordance with town regulations. The operator said he would amend orders to take that rule into account.


9:26 a.m., 600 block of Russell Street

Citizen dispute: A resident called police to complain about the odor coming from a recently dumped-in construction debris container near her home. The officer reported encountering a language barrier with the workers at the site when he wanted to learn what company last dumped into the container. The officer advised the resident that there appeared to be no crime, but the town’s code-enforcement officer could address the issue of the debris-container location.

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