The following are actual police reports as written by Longboat Key Police Officers. They are edited for length, punctuation and to protect privacy.
Officer Martinson while on patrol in the area of Palm Drive, observed heavy construction equipment being operated on the parking lot construction project prior to the Longboat Key hours pertaining to noise. Officer Martinson spoke to the foreman, advised them that of the complaint and informed them of the construction hours pertaining to Longboat Key ordinance.
Officer Martinson while on patrol in the area of Greer Island and Land’s End, observed a Florida vessel, anchored and blocking access to the north shore lagoon. Officer Martinson was able to make contact with the operator, advised him of the violation and informed him that the channel needs to be accessible at all times. The operator was unaware due to the depth of water, pulled anchor and left the area without incident. Case clear.
Officer Kolodzieski was dispatched to a boat adrift in Sarasota Bay. Officer Kolodzieski located a white over light blue, 45-foot Chris Craft Cabin Cruise east of Country Club Shores in Sarasota Bay. The vessel did not display Florida numbers or a federal documentation name. The vessel appeared to be in poor condition, unmanned and did not have an anchor line. The vessel was drifting south as a result of a strong northly wind and was a hazard to navigation. Officer Kolodzienski notified the U.S. Coast Guard of the vessel’s location and they broadcast a Notice to Mariners of the hazard. Officer Kolodzienski contacted U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg and requested their assistance and Officer Connors notified U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez. Officer Kolodzienski was then informed that the U.S. Coast Guard was responding would not be able to tow the vessel, due to the conditions and location, but FWC would respond. Officer Connors advised that Sea Tow was responding. At 11:45 Sarasota Marine Officer Dixon responded and advised he was going to the 10th Street boat launch to secure a safe location for the boat. At 11:47, U.S. Coast Guard and Sea Tow arrived on scene. The vessel was towed to the 10th Street launch by Sea Tow while escorted by the U.S. Coast Guard and police patrol vessel. No further action, case clear.
Noise on water
Officer Kolodzieski was dispatched to the area of Hughes Street on the report of loud music. Upon his arrival, Officer Kolodzieski observed a large gathering of adults having a block party and listening to music. The block party was an event held by the Village Association. Officer Kolodzieski spoke with the host of the event and advised them that there had been a complaint about the loud music. The man stated they were just finishing up and would turn off the music immediately. Officer Kolodzieski explained the town ordinance and they understood. Case clear.
Officer Kolodzieski while on patrol, observed a man riding a bike in the are of Broadway without a front or rear light. Officer Kolodzieski made contact with the bicyclist and explained the reason for the stop. He did have a front light affixed to the bike, but the batteries were expired. Officer Kolodzieski gave the bike owner two new lights, a white and a red. The lights were donated to the agency as a part of the safe bike program with FDOT. The man put the lights on his bike and was free to leave. Case clear.
Dog on the beach
Officer Montfort was dispatched to Greer Island for a report of a dog on the beach. Officer Montfort arrived in the area and observed a small dog being placed back into a vessel. Officer Montfort informed the owner of the ordinance and returned to service. Case clear.
Officer Montfort was dispatched to Harbourside Drive for an illegal parking complaint. It was reported that a Mercedes camper van was parked with no license plate. Officer Montfort arrived in the parking lot near the community pool area and was greeted by the man who owned the van and he stated that he had just purchased the vehicle. Officer Montfort observed that the vehicle displayed registration from Wisconsin and the man was advised to contact the maintenance manager as they were requesting to have the vehicle removed. Officer Montfort notified the owner that he had no authority to remove the vehicle. Officer Montfort informed the maintenance manager that the owner of the van would be in contact with him and that the officer had no authority to remove the vehicle since it was located on private property. Case clear.
Officer Montfort responded to the front of the police department for a found driver’s license. Officer Montfort noted that the license was a Mexican driver’s license that was found in the roadway on Tarawitt Drive. The license is printed in Spanish and specific to Mexico City stating only the name of the owner and no address listed. License was placed into a temporary locker for safe-keeping.
Officer Montfort was dispatched to the 2300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, Officer Montfort spoke to the property manager who advised that he located the RTV on the front of his property and was unsure of the owner. Officer Montfort advised him that it most likely belongs to the construction crew doing work in the area. Officer Montfort advised him to contact the police with anything further. Case clear.
Dog on the beach
Officer Montfort was dispatched to the beach area of the 3500 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for an anonymous report of a dog on the beach. Upon arrival, Officer Montfort located a group of people with a dog on the beach, Officer Montfort advised the party of the violation pertaining to the town ordinance. The party was unaware and immediately removed the dog.
Officer Martinson responded to the 2300 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive for a call for citizen assist. The caller said that a company was picking up an 80-foot boom lift and needed to park on Gulf of Mexico Drive. Upon arrival, Officer Martinson parked in the safety lane behind the truck with the squad car’s emergency lights activated and directed traffic to assist the driver load the boom lift onto his truck. Case clear.
Officer Martinson responded to Hughes Street for a report of three suspicious people wearing yellow safety vests. The caller said she saw the people on camera from her residence and was unsure of who they were. A check of the area confirmed the parties to be underground utility workers and all appeared to be in order. Case clear.