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Longboat police investigate report of man soliciting cologne from backpack

An evening on the beach is interrupted by a suspicious man on the beach and a service dog dispute. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Saturday, Aug. 26

Juvenile activities 

2:30 p.m., 2200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Juvenile Problems: A Longboat Key officer on patrol was approached by a passerby who said two young men on bicycles around Bay Isles Parkway were throwing water bottles up in the air. The bottles fell to the ground and broke open, which is the reason why the complainant said he yelled some obscenities at the juveniles. The officer checked the area and could not locate the young cyclists, but he did see a plastic water bottle on the ground. 

Scent solicitor 

7:32 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Person: Police were dispatched to investigate a suspicious person on the beach soliciting cologne from a backpack. The caller stated the man traveled south on the beach and left the area. The responding officer was unable to locate the solicitor. 

Dog dispute 

7:55 p.m., 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Citizen Dispute: The beach near the 1000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive gave the Longboat Key Police Department plenty of activity to respond to. The responding officer was asked to look into a disturbance between two women arguing over a service dog on the beach. On the scene, the officer spoke to the dog’s owner who explained that a verbal dispute began because the other woman was questioning her service dog. The officer told the instigating party to contact police next time instead of taking matters into her own hands. 

Sunday, Aug. 27 

Cause for concern 

9:27 p.m., 3500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Welfare Check: Police were asked to conduct a welfare check for a caller’s elderly relative who was not answering the phone. When the police arrived, there was no answer at the door. Minutes later, the woman came out of the nearby elevator. She said she wasn’t able to answer the phone because she was walking her dog.

Tuesday, Aug. 29 

Blocker barge 

1:25 p.m., 700 block of Saint Judes Drive North 

Citizen Assist: A resident called to report a construction company’s barge that was docked on and blocking the waterway. A Longboat Key police officer investigated, but found that the barge was securely docked and not blocking the waterway. 

Wednesday, Aug. 30 

Storm security 

8:04 a.m., 500 block of Bay Isles Parkway

Unsecure Premises: While on Hurricane Idalia patrol, an officer noticed the front door of a pharmacy appeared to have been blown open due to heavy wind. The officer checked the building to make sure everything was in order, and then attempted to resecure the door with sandbags. 

Drifting concerns

8:20 a.m., 600 block of Marbury Lane 

Citizen Assist: Longboat Key Police Department officers were dispatched to respond to a resident’s boat that had fallen off of its lift. Due to the flooding of Hurricane Idalia, the resident was concerned that the boat may drift into the bay. On arrival, the officers were unable to drive to the address because of the high water, and the officers forwarded the call to the Sarasota Emergency Operations Center. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.

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