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Longboat's most-wanted beach chair

A beach chair has gone missing two years in a row only for it to be found half a mile down the beach. This and more Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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  • | 5:00 a.m. March 28, 2023
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Friday, March 17

No violation, yet

7:25 a.m., 2400 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Noise complaint: The presence of concrete mixing trucks led a resident to call in a noise complaint. When the officer arrived, he noticed two trucks parked with their ignitions running but no work being done. As no town ordinance violations were observed, the officer left. 

Nothing you can do

9:26 p.m., 800 block of Broadway Street 

Citizen assist: The officer was dispatched due to reports of a flooded road. Upon arrival, he noticed the flooding was from high tide. 

Saturday, March 18

Lifejacket needed

12:08 p.m., East of Greer Island 

Boating warning: While on marine patrol, an officer observed an individual on a standup paddleboard without a personal flotation device. The individual said he was on a tour and the tour operator had told him he didn’t need a lifejacket. A verbal warning was issued and the person was sent back to shore. 

Sunday, March 19

Minor leak, major scare

1:02 p.m., 700 block of Old Compass Road 

Citizen assist: A resident reported a main water line break on his property and an officer was sent to investigate. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a minor water leak coming from the line in the front lawn. The town’s Public Works department was notified of the issue. 

Monday, March 20

Unknown rule

8:54 a.m., 6800 block of Longboat Drive South 

Noise complaints from land: A construction worker was issued a written warning for starting work too early. Officers observed the worker rolling out paper and hammering nails on the roof of the address prior to the allowed start time in the town’s noise ordinance. The worker apologized for the violation and stated he did not know of the rules. 

Tuesday, March 21

No dogs allowed 

1:56 p.m., 100 block of Broadway Street 

Dog on the beach: The officer met with the caller, who pointed out a woman lying under an umbrella on the beach with her small dog. She was approached and made aware of the ordinance, which she stated she did not know. She gathered her belongings and left the beach with her dog shortly after. 

Wednesday, March 22

Waiting on help 

8:38 a.m., 100 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Traffic hazard: While on patrol, the officer noticed a vehicle parked in the traffic lane with its hazard lights on. The driver told police the car had stopped and would not go back into gear. Roadside assistance had already been contacted and the officer waited with the driver until they arrived. 

Kitchen mishap

7:48 p.m., 600 block of Bayport Way 

Alarm: Officers were dispatched to help the Longboat Key Fire Department with a fire alarm activation. Police were the first on the scene and observed the apartment in question’s door was open. The resident said they had burnt food on the stove. 

Thursday, March 23

Nothing to see or hear

7:40 a.m., Magnolia Road 

Noise complaint: The caller notified police of construction noise that had been ongoing for 10 to 15 minutes. However, when the officer arrived no one was present at the construction site and no noise was heard. 

Friday, March 24

Beach chair's most wanted

10:14 a.m., Whitney Plaza 

Suspicious incident: The caller met with police and told them about an incident where a beach chair had gone missing only for it to be found a half-mile down the beach. The same issue had happened last year, which led to the caller wanting to file a report.


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