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Man complains about loud music from South Lido Key

Officers can't pinpoint the source of noise and could take no action. This and other Sarasota Police Department reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. June 7, 2023
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Thursday, May 25

Walker tug-of-war

5:49 p.m., 300 block of North Orange Avenue

Disturbance: A complainant told officers via telephone that she witnessed two subjects arguing outside of a business. She reported that man and a woman were tugging on a walker, both attempting to gain possession of it from the other. The complainant also uploaded a video to police that captured the image of the two tugging on the walker before eventually separating and leaving the area. 

Officers canvassed the surrounding area but were unable to locate either party. No further action was taken at that time.

Friday, May 26

Key return

5:17 p.m., 400 block of South Pineapple Avenue

Civil dispute: An employee who had been terminated, but was not present, was in unauthorized possession of a building key, resulting in a dispute. The complainant stated he wished to have the key back, and if it was not returned he would have to change the locks on the doors. The complainant also stated the former employee made threats; however, further investigation indicated no threats had been made. An officer attempted to call the former employee but received no answer. No further action was taken.

Sunday, May 28

Beach music

5:45 p.m., 2200 block of Ben Franklin Drive

Noise complaint: A caller advised law enforcement of excessively loud music in the area of South Lido Beach. The complainant, who lives in a condominium facing the Gulf of Mexico, met an officer holding a decibel meter and stated music coming from the beach on the intracoastal side was reading above 90 decibels. He also cited the city’s noise ordinance that amplified sound cannot exceed 75 decibels within the city limits.

The complainant lives in a sixth floor condo approximately 500 to 600 yards away from the source of the noise. Officers walked to the beach area and observed more than 100 people not causing any disturbances. There were several tents set up and more than 20 boats docked. Most of the boats were also playing music. It was impossible to determine any specific noise disturbing the complainant and no action was taken.

Tuesday, May 30

Ride request

12:37 a.m., 1900 block of Main Street

Dispute: A couple formerly in a nine-month relationship was in an argument over a trip to Orlando. Although no longer romantically involved, the man still provides the woman with a place to live and pays for her living expenses. The two were in the area of Fourth Street when the argument started. The woman was upset because she asked the man to drive her to Orlando, which he declined. She left the vehicle and began to proceed on foot toward Main Street.

The man followed her in his vehicle because, he said, he feared for her safety. The woman told officers she was not fearful of the man, nor had he ever become physical with her. She did, however, say she did not want to leave with the man, who offered to pay for her to take an Uber to Orlando. Police left both parties while the ride was arranged and told the woman to contact police if the situation escalates.


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