Friday, March 3
No beach parking
4:57 p.m., 3800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Parking warning: While on patrol, an officer noticed a vehicle parked in a no parking zone. Soon after, the owner of the vehicle returned and said he was on the beach. The officer issued the driver a warning.
Saturday, March 4
11:49 p.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Citizen assist: The officer met two couples who had just arrived on Longboat Key and were having trouble finding their vacation home. The officer provided directions and sent them on their way.
Sunday, March 5
Making the trek back
2:02 a.m., 6400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Suspicious person: While on patrol, an officer noticed two men walking northbound along the shoulder of the road. The individuals told the officer they were returning to one of their residences after a walk on the beach.
Monday, March 6
Can’t work, yet
7:17 a.m., 6800 block of Longboat Drive
Noise complaints from land: The officer was dispatched following a noise complaint of a house under construction. The caller told the officer a hammer was being used before 8 a.m., which violates the town’s noise ordinance. The officer spoke with the employee’s supervisor who said they were not aware of the ordinance, apologized for the noise complaint and said the worker would wait until after 8 a.m. to start working.
Sickly trash panda
10:08 a.m., 5400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Animal complaint: An officer was sent to the address after a call about a possible rabid raccoon. The caller showed the officer the raccoon’s location. Animal services was called and sent to the location.
12:43 p.m., 500 block of Jungle Queen Way
Citizen assist: Officers were sent to the address after a call about an abandoned vehicle near the bushes. Upon arrival, the vehicle was found parked off into the brush next to the street near a no parking sign. A license plate check revealed the vehicle belonged to a homeowner on that same street. When the officer was returning to his patrol car, the vehicle’s owner returned and told officers a tow truck was en route to pick it up.
Light the way
9:11 p.m., 400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive
Traffic warning: An officer observed a vehicle traveling north on Gulf of Mexico Drive with no headlights or tail lights on. The driver was pulled over and made aware of her violation, which she corrected on the spot. The driver was only given a verbal warning.
Tuesday, March 7
Ice, ice, missing purse
9:12 a.m., Longboat Key Police Department
Found property: A cyclist came to the department after finding a purse while biking that morning. The purse was found at the Mobil gas station. Department staff were able to retrieve a phone number from a receipt found in the purse. The woman was called to pick up the purse and told staff she likely left the purse near her car while loading bags of ice inside.
Make a wraparound
6:20 p.m., 7000 block of Lois Avenue
Citizen assist: A vehicle idling in a resident-only zone prompted a call to the police. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the limo driver, who said he was waiting for his customer to leave the Shore Restaurant. He was told to either drive back around or wait in the parking lot of Whitney Plaza.
Thursday, March 9
Making a call
1:24 p.m., 400 block of North Shore Road
Parking warning: Officers were dispatched because of a call about a vehicle parked illegally in front of the residence. The officer spoke with the driver, who said she had pulled over to make a phone call and would be leaving.
Friday, March 10
9:24 a.m., 300 block of Longboat Club Road
Juvenile problem: Officers were sent to Longboat Key Club after a call about juveniles fishing illegally on the property. An officer spoke with the two juveniles who were found fishing on the golf course. They said they were visiting the island and were unaware they were not allowed to fish on the property. They were warned that if they were to come back they would be in trouble for trespassing.