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2/2 - 9:37 a.m.
I would like to say THANK YOU!, to the Men and Women of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. You are so appreciated for bravely putting on that uniform, and facing the dangers that await. While we all run from danger, you run towards it. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
For keeping us all safe. You are truly the finest.....Luke
Answer: I forwarded this message agency-wide. Thanks for the recognition.
2/2 - 12:22 a.m.
The cars on laurel ave that don't leave and people live our of them need to be towed away... they are here on private property they sell drugs our of a dark color car with tinted windows.owner of car is known dealer please move this car its right behind murray marine to much drug sales because of this car
Answer: This comment was forwarded to our Lower Keys road patrol division for follow up.
1/31 - 7:55 p.m.
I recently bought a house in Key Largo in a nice neighborhood. Unfortunately the house next to me does not match the rest of the neighborhood. The yard is filled with junk, dog urine and feces. Is there someway to force them to clean up their yard ???? Code enforcement???
Answer: You could call Code Enforcement and have them come out and take a look at it. If you think there are any criminal laws being broken, or would like to consult with a deputy about the problem, you can call us at 305-289-2351.
1/28 - 6:34 a.m.
Sorry if this is the wrong outlet for this email but Its been an adventure trying to get my complaint heard by the right person. Please fwd this to the appropriate place or tell me where to send it.
I live in islander village on 5th ave on stock island. The parking is scarce and strict in this development so I am often forced to park out on the street. In the past 6 months we have collected over 6 trailers on the side of the road that never move. I assume if nothing is done about this they will continue to multiply. Some are storage trailers for sale, some are boats, one has been there over a year and appears to be used as a permanent storage shed. They take up about half the available street spots. I had to park several blocks from my place today because of it. It is also causing some people to get creative with how they park around here, creating dangerous situations and blocking bike lanes. It would be great for a lot of our residents if these trailers were moved. Especially since this is a growing community with new building put in every month, street parking is fast becoming impossible.
Thanks for your time
Answer: After receiving your comment, I referred the issue to Lt. Donnie Catala, the Lower Keys station commander. He had deputies check the area and they reported waking a number of people who were sleeping in their cars. These people were informed they cannot sleep overnight in their vehicles. There were also a number of recreational vehicles and trailers which were posted with 5 day notices. If they are not removed in that time frame, they can be towed. We will continue to check on this issue. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.
1/27 - 10:58 a.m.
what is the legality of people sleeping in their vehicles in a public parking space? The parking lot at rest beach has 3 campers vans from out of town that haven't moved in days. They themselves haven't caused a problem, but where are people who actually use the beach supposed to park? Where are their restroom facilities?
Answer: I referred this comment to the Key West Police Department. Rest Beach is their patrol area.
Asnwer: Key West Police answered the inquiry. They said there is a city ordinance that bans camping, If you see someone sleeping in their vehicle overnight. call the police department. Their non-emerency number is 305-809-1111.
1/26 - 1:09 p.m.
please get someone to go see the dirty place on maloney avenue people piling furniture,garbage bags everyone throw garbage and more furniture noone call to have this pick up code enforment needs to come out to fine this filthy people is by maloney in the right side by the pink taxis and on the left side a family move out threw all furniture in the side walk and two boxes of sardines that has rotten full of flies and the smell is horroble please find the correct person to go fast to fix this is a mess and it looks horrible for the block.
Answer: This complaint has been referred to the Lower Keys station commander, Lt. Donnie Catala (email@example.com). He has asked his officers to look into the matter and to determine what needs to be done to take care of it.
Answer: The trash has been removed!
1/14 - 2:22 p.m.
The light in front of Key Largo school is constantly on (blinking). Some cars are slowing down to the 20 mph. speed limit others are going 45 when not during the start or end of school. All in all, causing confusion. Is there something wrong with the light or is the speed zone now 20 mph all day and night?
Answer: I sent this question to Lt. Al Ramirez (firstname.lastname@example.org), the station commander for that area. He said he was aware of the issue and it has been referred to County Public Works, the agency charged with repair and maintenance of the light. They are working on it.
1/13 - 11:08 a.m.
There is a residence at the end of east Cahill drive, last house. Owner is doing lots of work. Understandably there is noise involved, but wonder why there is a pump that runs from dawn to dusk. It is very noisy and is disturbing the neighborhood. Can something be done about this?
Answer: This question was referred to our Lower Keys Station Commander, Lt. Donnie Catala (email@example.com). He sent it to County Code Enforcement, and to deputies patrolling the area. Code Enforcement confirmed a legal permit for a pool and spa at the address, and because of this it would not be unusual for a pump to be running to handle seawater intrusion. Deputies drove by at night to ensure the noise was not continuing into unreasonable nighttime hours and the officers did not hear anything at those times. The noise should stop once the project is complete.
1/11 - 9:36 a.m.
A doctor (name withheld)is prescribing narcotics to known drug offenders, who in turn are out selling their prescription. And this is drug control?
Answer: The information was passed along to our Special Investigations Unit.
01/02 - 2:17 p.m.
I am a homeowner on the Old Highway. The traffic get worse every year. Drivers are speeding down the Old HIghway at very high speed and passing drivers as well. We need more control of the speeding before there is a fatality. As well, once the kids get out of school. They also fly down the highway. Also there parents taking them to school in the morning. Old Highway is getting very bad. Maybe a temporary speed bumps during the busy holidays.
Answer: I passed your comment along to the District Commander, Captain Corey Bryan.
12/07 - 10:28 a.m.
This is big a thank-you for the GREAT job your deputies did yesterday morning during the TRIKW Olympic cycling event. As a volunteer at Cross Street and US1 from 7-10 AM, I worked with a few of your finest. Without them this event would have been a catastrophe, with pedestrians, drivers, local bikers, and competitors all vying for the same terrority at the same time from all directions. I was very impressed by the teamwork, dedication to everyone's safety, and ability to keep traffic moving despite constantly-changing conditions. I feel safer in Paradies now having witnessed first-hand what your deputies do so well. - Haley Herriott
Answer: I passed your comment along to the commander of the Lower Keys patrol district.
12/05 - 8:07 a.m.
How come there were no officers controlling the pedal bike groups that were forcing cars on the commute South to weave into oncoming traffic, cross solid lines and such? Very dangerous for everyone. I can't attach pics from my phone here but the "bike paths" we're 80% empty yet they chose to disrupt the flow of traffic 100% of the time.
Answer: If you observe a dangerous situation on the road, you should call us while it is happening so we can address it. 305-289-2351. Without actually seeing what was happening, I really can't answer the question except to say bicycles do have the right to ride on the roadway as long as they follow traffic laws.
11/30 - 12:43 p.m.
I recently was driving behind Kmart in KW.I stopped at the stop sign which is on the left side of the back parking lot along with the stop line on the left side as well. I was yelled at by one motorist and a police officer loud horned me that I was on the wrong side of the road! Am I wrong or should there be a "wrong way" sign into the parking lot? Afraid someone will get hurt.
11/22 - 6:27 p.m.
Sheriff Ramasy, when are you going to release the video of Clifford Green who died April 8 of this year in MCSO custody?
Answer: The Monroe County Sheriff's Office always makes it a practice to release information to anyone requesting it when it is or later becomes a public record. The state of Florida has a very broad public records law and we follow it closely. That beign said, the state of Florida has specifically made it illegal to release any audio, video or photographs depicting the death of a person or events leading up to the death of a person. This prohibits us from releasing any video which might exist in connection with this case.
11/21 - 9:19 a.m.
Sorry to be a bother, but our neighborhood has been calling Animal Control for the last week or two asking for assistance regarding one of our neighbor residing at 538 Powell in Ltl Torch. They have acquired three roosters in the past month that are caged up under their dwelling. The roosters crow non stop from 6 am to sometimes past noon. Recently one rooster had its legs shaved and later was no longer there. I was advised by another neighbor that this usually means the roosters are used for illegal cock fighting. This does not surprise me since the residents living have prior criminal history with a recent arrest. Normally I would engage my neighbor but knowing them as i do it would be useless. Could you advise other departments that might assist quicker.
Answer: I forwarded your comment to District One Lieutenant Donnie Elomina. He, in turn, forwarded it to the Florida Keys SPCA to see if they are currently investigatng such a complaint. I will let you know if there is any further information regarding this.
11/7 - 10:07 p.m.
What is being done regarding the constant fireworks being lit off in Sunset Acres, Tavernier? This is a weekly event and not only is it inconvient for anyone in the area, but it's also extremely dangerous.
Answer: Lt. Al Ramirez ran a report about calls for service regarding fireworks in this area. The last fireworks call he could find for Sunset Acres was 7/31/2014. The next time there is an issue with fireworks, make sure you call us right away so we can respond and check it out. If we don't have a report, we have no way of knowing there is a problem. You cal also call Lt. Ramirez and discuss this with him if you would like. His number is 305-853-3211.
11/5 - 6:52 p.m.
Why isn't issues of concern updated more often?
Answer: I have found, with this comments page, that people don't seem to be paying much attention to the "issues of concern" I have listed. They use it more as a forum for questions they have, which is find by me. That beign said, I would be happy to add any issues you may have to the list, as long as they are general issues and do not target any one person and/or business in particular.
11/5 - 6:50 p.m.
The new bike path in key largo is beautiful. Now, how about we get some lights along that path or on the road. UsS 1 in the upper keys is severely lacking in street lights and it is so dangerous. The well known drug area is completely dark. Help!!
10/10 - 11:07 a.m.
Who's the idiot barrelling down Duval St in the SuzukiSamurai with Guyana plates and coconuts flying off the roof driving like he's aiming for tourists on bicycles? I was in Key West a week ago and he came zooming out of the Mallory Square parking lot after Sunset Celebration almost plowing into my wife. And i almost got hit with a coconut as it flew from the roof of his Samurai. The blonde girl riding with him stuck her head out the window and laughed as my wife started to lose balance and almost fell. We caught up to them at a red light and asked them What the hell is their problem?!?! They both just laughed and sped off. I didnt get his plate number but i did notice that his Samurai HAS NO FRONT SEATS OR SEATBELTS! Since then i found out that he's the KEY WEST COCONUT GUY who performs at SunsetCelebration nightly and he runs his QUITE PROFITABLE BUSINESS FROM HIS VEHICLE. REAL SWIFT KEY WEST. REAL FRICKING SWIFT.
Answer: I forwarded your comment to the Key West Police Department. It has been passed along to their traffic enforcement unit and to Captain JR Torres.
9/22 - 11:19 a.m.
Who do I contact regarding illicit drug sales in the key largo area. I have mentioned it to patrol officers and have not seen any change in sales and distribution activities around port largo and surrounding areas.
Answer: You can email the sergeant of our Special Investigations Unit, Juan Llera, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 305-28902410. I did pass your message along to him.
9/21 - 8:47 a.m.
I write this with the utmost respect for law enforcement, but this question has to be asked. Are your deputies encouraged not to do traffic stops? Every morning, I see careless drivers who speed by as much as 15-20 over the speed limit on the Boca Chica 4-lane. This morning when 2 cars passed me at mach 1, I was releived to see a deputy matching their speed, assuming they were going to get pulled over. The unit number was 1466. But it never happened. Instead, all 3 cars continued on at 70+ mph. One of the cars even passed another deputy, unit number 1581, in the right lane and still, no one got pulled over. To make matters worse, there was a large chunk of plastic and some shredded tire in the middle of the road at the 7mm causing everyone to swerve to go around it. Both deputies ignored it. So I guess my complaint is 2-fold. One, can we get a little more traffic enforcement and two, can deputies please be part of the solution, not the problem. Thank you.
Answer: First, I would like to thank you for the information. Too often people send us a complaint like this but don't include enough details for us to be able to tell who the officers are. I have passed this information along to Captain Don Hiller and Lt. Donnie Elomina, the supervisors of the Lower Keys District. They will be looking into it.
9/20 - 9:35 a.m.
I saw the article in the newspaper about the credit card scanners found at the two BOA offices. In the article there was a discussion of scanners at gas stations. On Thursday, September 10th, one of my BOA credit cards was used fraudulently three times. Once at Publix in Key Largo, once at Shell in Key largo, and once at Shell in Florida City. A few days latter we noticed the charges and contacted BOA, they deactivated that card. We had not used the ATMS at BOA but I had used the card that was compromised the previous Tuesday to buy gas at the Chevron in Tavernier. I suggested that those pumps should be checked for scanners.
Answer: After we received the scanner report, we sent deputies out to check all banks in the area and to also check for scanners on gas pumps. Thank you!
9/19 - 11:35 a.m.
I am homeowner in the East Mooring Basin area in Astoria Oregon next to the sea lions, The Port of Astoria allows people to moor their boats there without any concern for all the wildlife in the area or the homeowner's that live there. Some of the fishermen on the boats shoot at the sea lions with marbles and other things such as guns all hours of the night and it effects all of us that own homes in the area and care about our sea lions. Can the port of Astoria be held accountable for all the disturbances caused by these people harming our wildlife and keeping the sea lions all stirred up all night long?It disturbs the peace in the whole neighborhood. When certain boats are not here the sea lions are quiet.
Answer: This is Monroe County in the Florida Keys, not in Oregon.
9/20 - 9:37 a.m.
I worked for Sheriff Billy Freeman in the late 1980'S as a correction officer in the old jail. While there for 3 years, I found a number of inmates were possessed by Demons that I cast out of them. Inmate April Dawn Thomason should be checked out by a number of clergy right away. Her actions are classic demon behavior that she had very little control over. E-Mail: email@example.com
Answer: I passed your message along to Major Tim Age, at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. If you would like to contact him directly, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 305-293-7300.
9/16 - 8:44 a.m.
I am concerned that the occupants of 1501 Ocean Bay Dr #2 are involved in drug trafficking and/or distribution. There has been a lot of vehicular activity without the residential activity. These occupants have been charged as felons in previous in previous incidents.
Answer: I passed your message along to Sgt. Juan Llera with our Special Investigations Unit. If you would like to contact him directly, he can be reached at email@example.com or at 305-289-2410.
8/29 - 10:34 p.m.
I have noticed the increase of erratic driving behavior within the last several weeks in the ramrod and little torch area. Incidents: car driving in wrong direction in lane causing oncoming vehicle to swerve in order to avoid collision. A car passing in no passing area and cutting it close as oncoming traffic nears, a car causing my husband to swerve off road because it cut too close when passing, a car speeding on us1, tailgating and passing me on the change lanes. I am beginning to worry more and more regarding these near misses on US1.
Answered by Lt. Donnie Elomina: Thank you for the information about the erratic driving in the Ramrod / Little Torch areas. I will have the Deputies conduct extra patrols and I move place our message board there to hopefully deter any additional erratic driving.
8/18 - 8:52 p.m.
Who do we contact to ask for more street lights in stock island? especially on cross at the corners of the higher avenues (12th, 11th, etc.) there are some pedophiles who live around there and those streets should be well lit.
Answer: I am not totally certain, but I would start with Keys Energy Services. Maybe the county, but Keys Energy would probably be the place to start. I will also forward your comment to the Lower Keys command staff.
8/10 - 1:30 p.m.
The pedestrian cross-walk light at Overseas Highway and Sombrero Beach Rd when going from ocean to bay side of street NEVER works. I have tried it at least 20 times. Could someone please fix it? I didn't know who to contact.
Answer: Lt. Derek Paul forwarded your comment to the city of Marathon Public Works; they maintain that particular light. Carlos Solis, Director of Public Works and Engineering responded that he would have someone check it this week. In the future, if you notice a problem again, he can be reached at his office, 305-289-5008.
8/7 - 10:30 a.m.
The announcement sign at tavernier creek says don't leave your kids in the car, but it should also add animals to it. Idiots leave animals in the car all the time.
Answer: The sign you are referring to belongs to the Florida Department of Transportation.
7/30 - 8:55 a.m.
This individual is a walking time bomb
Be careful with this guy.
Eventually he's going to kill somebody.
7/29 - 8:26 a.m.
What is the code/law about citizens letting their dogs bark incessantly? This usually happens at 7:30am when others are trying to sleep. Nobody from the house comes out to correct or train the dogs. The two roam free between the yard and the inside of the house.
I've tried knocking on the door to confront my neighbors in person but they never answer. I've had to leave a polite note for them but there has been zero acknowledgement.
This is in Mid Town Key West. Thanks!
Answer: The city of Key West has its own code of ordinances and I am not sure of what hours their noise ordinance might apply. In our agency, I would tell you to call us when they are barking incessantly and we would send someone out to try to resolve the problem by speaking with them. I cannot answer for certain for the city, however. You might try calling and asking them.
7/27 - 9:20 a.m.
No not enough traffic enforcement, also I would like to see more diversity amoung officers that patrol my neighborhood. I feel that some of your officers, not all; pre-judge some (citizens)based on the color of their skin and places they live and the amount of income a person earns. I can say I have never seen a person of color driving a police car within our county limits, thats just weird to me to think not one minority has applied or been qualified for some of these positions.
-Concerned TAX PAYING Citizen
Answer: Your comment was passed along to Sheriff Rick Ramsay, Human Resources Director Donna Moore and our Traffic Enforcement Sgt. Kevin Mimosa.
Answered by Human Resources Executive Director Donna Moore: The MCSO is an equal opportunity employer that looks to hire the most highly qualified candidates and strives to achieve the goal of having an ethnic, racial, and gender workforce composition in approximate ratio of our service area. As part of our recruitment efforts, we communicate with group leaders, i.e. Chamber of Commerce, Key West Business Guild, National Organization for Women, Zonta Club of Key West, Society for Human Resources Management, local Churches and Rotary Clubs throughout Monroe County, etc. to expound upon the positive aspects of working for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and provide external job openings that they may share with members in their organizations and the community.
The Monroe Sheriff’s Office continually attempts to determine classifications of persons within the community under-represented and makes every reasonable attempt to draw and encourage qualified candidates from those classifications to apply for positions. The Monroe Sheriff’s Office works to maintain a diverse workforce that effectively mirrors the community in which we serve.
If you would like to speak to me personally to discuss any additional ideas that can be utilized in the agency’s recruitment efforts to increase minority recruitment please contact me at (305) 292-7044.
7/27 - 9:19 a.m.
I was stopped for speeding up to catch a yellow light by officer Caridad Calbway #4116.
She was very professional with an upbeat attitude. It was very refreshing from the arrogant cocky attitude I have witnessed for many years now.
Rick, I hope this is the future of law enforcement in the keys.
Answered by Sheriff Rick Ramsay: Thank you for your kind E-mail. We are trying!!!
Note: This message was passed along to the Sheriff, to Deputy Calloway herself and to Deputy Calloway's commanding officer.
7/23 - 9:36 a.m.
I am concerned that a man named ********. is impersonating an officer of the law when he is simply a bail bonds agent (bounty hunter) and weapons permit instructor.
Yesterday afternoon he approached my wife and her friends being very aggressive, he claimed to be working with "the feds" and they were looking for some individuals. As he approached he had his hand at his waist as if he had a gun and was asking them "if they had any weapons?", he threatened that he could enter our homes without a warrant and was very intimidating, he did leave his card behind. He continued to drive around the neighborhood (Stock Island) throught the afternoon and evening.
I was not present but when she told me about it I asked her to call her father********** and he advised us to call the sheriff department if he continues to come around.
My concern is that if this man is trying to do something malicious he may succeed because until my wife spoke to her father she was convinced that if he came back she would have to let him into our home and if his intentions are other than what he says he may hurt someone who falls for this scam. He approached my family while my smallest child was playing in the yard in this manner which pissed me off to the point where I grabbed my firearm and took a ride through the neighborhood (without the intent to harm him but to get a reaction when he asked me if I was armed or so that I could confront him and ask him why he felt he needed to approach these women in this manner). I know looking for him was'nt the wisest thing to do but it's part of my point that what he is doing is wrong and may end bad.
I hope this is something that is looked into and if he is a legitimate officer he should probably be re-trained because there was no need to act the way he did when a few women are simply speaking infront of ones home and if he is not an officer some action should be taken.
Answer: Your information is very non-specific and difficult to verify. If anything like this happens again, make sure you contact Sheriff's Office dispatch so we can send a deputy out to document the situation. In the meantime, the information in your comment was forwarded to command staff in the lower Keys.
7/13 - 7:01 p.m.
We are planning a Highway Clean Up event on Overseas Highway, July 22 starting at 7:30AM from MM60 - MM62 and would like to invite everyone interested in participating to join us at MM61 in front of the Hawks Cay Resort sign on Duck Key... Klean Keys for all!
Answer: Can you please give us your contact information so we can talk to you about it? The emails submitted through this page are anonymous. I'm sure we would be more than happy to help! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/12 - 6:07 p.m.
I just had a Boston Whaler stolen and the motor removed from it. The boat was found but the damage had been done. My concern is I seldom if at all never see anyone patrol the waters from Marathon marina into boot key harbor. Seems this is happening a lot but yet I see no presence on the water by any law enforcement. This must change if you expect to ever catch these low life's.
6/29 - 8:57 a.m.
Am i correct to understand that people are allowed to leave animals in a vehicle so long as windows are cracked and the animal has food and water? What about temperature? I see a truck in marathon behind the holiday inn rather frequently, for up to thirteen hours at a time, not in the shade, with a large black dog in it. This seems disgustingly inhumane.
Answer: I forwarded this to our Marathon command staff so they could have someone check on it. If the dog appears to be in distress, then we would call animal control officers to the scene to deal with it. If you see this again, and the dog appears to be in distress, please call us ASAP at 305-289-2351 so we can respond and take care of it.
6/17 - 9:01 a.m.
Hi there,I was driving on N Roosevelt blvd K.W. and "experienced" the new yellow blinking light crosswalks? I am not sure what to call them because I don't think I have ever seen this type of a "crossing" in the road before.I am concerned that pedestrians are going to get hurt.There were people in the road walking and more than one car had to come to an abrupt stop.How do these crossings function? What is the correct procedure?I understand that yellow means slow down.That area has always been a busy one and it is great that pedestrians now have a "safer"place to cross.I always yield to pedestrians but I would appreciate an explanation of the correct procedures when passing through these crossings while walking and while driving. Thank you for your time. Mona Goldring
Answered by FDOT Spokesperson Dean Walters: On North Roosevelt, the median area of the crosswalk is a safety zone for pedestrians/bicyclists as they traverse the boulevard. Since there are so many distractions (such as our lovely vistas), the yellow lights are there to focus the attention of the drivers back to the crosswalk. However, it should be known that in Florida, a pedestrian or bicyclist cannot just walk into the roadway simply because a crosswalk exists; there must be ample time for a motor vehicle to come to a stop.
Therefore, safety and proper use of the crosswalks is a combination of awareness on the part of the drivers, and common sense and caution on the part of those using the crosswalks.
Public Information Specialist
Key West * Miami * Hollywood * Fort Myers
6/22 - 8:45 p.m.
Our family was traveling home today. While crossing the seven mile bridge, a USPS mail truck passed us and two cars ahead of us. The danger was very serious. How do we report such actions? We were disconnected after a 52 minute hold time calling USPS. We have tag and photos.
Answer: Unfortunately, reporting the information to the Postal Service is most likely your only alternative. We cannot write a ticket after the fact without witnessing the driving ourselves. Maybe the next time you call they won't keep you waiting so long. Most of the postal service trucks in the Keys are out of the Miami office, if that helps at all.
6/5 - 9:10 a.m.
Hi, with respect to the bike path (not the shoulder lane) in Key Largo from MM99 and north:
It's become a white knuckle event to pull out onto Route 1. The cyclists do not stop, yield and in many cases even look to see if a car may be coming down a side street. In many areas of the country, bikes at these intersections must be dismounted and walked across the road. So what exactly are the rules? Most bikers are genuinely courteous and know to look for traffic, but a growing majority are not using common sense. We've even had our hood banged on by a passing biker who felt they had the right of way. What exactly are the rules?
Thank you for your time.
Answered by Lt. Al Ramirez: In Florida the bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles. These laws include stopping for stop signs and red lights, riding with the flow of traffic, using lights at night, yielding the right-of-way when entering a roadway and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks. There is only one road and it is up to bicyclists and motorists to treat each other with care and respect. Adherence to the law is the foundation for this respect, but the law itself is simply a codification of the rules of movement that make all road users predictable to one another
Editor's note: I might add that when riding on a sidewalk, a bicyclist must yeild the right of way to pedestrians. Bicyclists must also obey all traffic signs and lights, including all stop signs.
6/1 - 12:07 p.m.
how is it that Ramdesh the Sunset Coconut Guy gets to treat Mallory Square as if its his personal drug dealing and sexual favors stomping grounds? i seriously doubt that i'm the only one who noticed. is the Cultural Preservation Society really that blind and naive? he basically camped out there the entire Memorial day weekend occasionly offering random females perscription pills in exchange for blowjobs. How nice. He's also known for approaching females and young males in the Petronia St vicinity and offering to " let them suck his d**k" for some pills or crack. how is it that everybody knows except for the CPS who happens to be making money off of him and managing his Coconut Vending Business? interesting to say the least.
Answer: I passed this comment along to the Key West Police Department, since the city of Key West is their jurisdiction.
6/1 - 10:56 a.m.
My inconsiderate neighbor started shoveling rocks at 6:15am this morning. My husband and I only get to sleep in on the weekends. He goes to work at 4;30am mon- fri. I was wondering what is the noise ordinance in key largo village? They als plan on a vacation rental is that legal here?
Answer: I forwarded your comment to the Upper Keys Station Commander, Lt. Al Ramirez. I will post any reply he sends me. If you would like to contact him directly, you can email him at email@example.com or call him at 305-853-3211.
5/26 - 9:54 a.m.
The orange cones are still blocking the northbound lane of us 1 in front of the Caribbean Club. This is ridiculous. Accidents waiting to happen.
Answer: I passed your comments along to the Upper Keys station commander, Lt. Al Ramirez. If you would like to contact him directly, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5/2 - 10 a.m.
I live in Marathon and drive, ride a motorcycle, bicycle and walk here. All by choice. Speeding is the number one problem affecting quality of life. It's a shame I feel like I'm risking my life crossing US1. Much of this is due to poor infrastructure design, wide open roads and minimal crosswalks. We're talking highway speeds in front of the airport.
This is not the MCSO's fault but you can help by increasing enforcement, enlisting FHP and using more radar speed trailers. Official vehicles should also set an example by not speeding, using turn signals, etc, when not responding to calls.
Answered by Captain Gene Thompson: We can adjust the location of our two message boards that have radar capability. We can add an increase patrol in the area to assist this persons concerns.
5/11 - 8:38 a.m.
At approximately 1:00am the morning of May 7th, I had interaction with two Deputies from the Islamorada District. My 'son' (actually nephew from my ex-marriage) had come down from Clearwater and was staying at the Sunset Inn. He had 'misplaced' his car. After I drove up from Big Pine Key, we looked for the vehicle to no avail. I then telephoned a couple of towing companies. Both said they had not towed it. It was then I called the Sheriff's Department.
I extend my apology, as I only know the one Deputy as Nestor. To make a long story short, both Deputies were kind, caring, professional - no exaggeration, nothing short of superb! They spent approximately an hour and a half assisting us, and found the car parked behind Shula's at the Post Card Inn.
I just want to convey my heartfelt thanks to both of them for all they did in a very trying time for not only my son, but for me. And, I thank and salute the Sheriff's Department for having such fine men and women serving the residents and visitors of Monroe County.
Answer: Thank you so much for recognizing these officers. They were Deputy Nestor Argote and Deputy Josh Brady. I passed your praise on to the captain and lieutenant of the district as well as to the Sheriff. They will be recognized for their actions.
5/4 - 11:59 a.m.
I would like to personally thank Deputy C. Kilmurry and his assisting Deputy (whom looked like to be the training Deputy) , which i immensely regret not remembering his name but should be equally thanked for the recovery of monies lost at a local gas station. Without any success of my own to recover my loss, and with the diligent dedication of these two deputies i was returned my lost possession. As a former retired Naval Veteran who has preformed law enforcement duties and a proud father of a daughter whom is a Virginia Detective i would like to give a big BRAVO ZULU to the Monroe County deputies and Sheriff Ramsay for the excellent training being provided to all in the department.
Joseph R. Arnott Jr USN Ret.
Answered by Sheriff Rick Ramsay: Mr. Arnott, thank you for your kind E-mail regarding the Deputies and my Office. We have excellent hard working Deputies who get it and are dedicated to our citizens everyday! I appreciate the feedback as I try to design services around our community needs and wishes. I am glad that we could have been of service to you and had such a positive outcome. On another note, thank you for your service to our Country. Sheriff Rick Ramsay.
4/30 - 10:45 a.m.
Hello I am Mike Tolbert New manager of KOTS. One of our case workers had a client that was a bit unstable and hurt who left the motel she put her up in under very worrisome conditions. I talked to David Lariz near my house when he was on patrol. David Was Great more Than willing to listen and help. This is twice now your Deputy's The other was evan Calhoun few months back have went above and beyond to help us and our clients. Please be sure these 2 officers get the recognition they so definitely deserve. Dealing with MCSO has been nothing short of great every time we have had contact with them. Thanx a lot Guys! Make me glad I voted For the right guy last election cycle because great employees come from great leadership.
Answer: Thank you for your wonderful comments. I sent it to Deputy Lariz and Sgt. Calhoun's supervisors so they would be aware of the great job they are doing.
4/28 - 10:58 a.m.
The huge orange barrels along the new part of us1 in the upper keys are extremely dangerous. You can't see any oncoming traffic when leaving the businesses in the south bound lane because the Orange cans obstruct the view. Caribbean Club, a bar, is one of them.
Answer: I forwarded your comment to our Upper Keys command staff. Thanks.
Result: From the original commenter: Thank you for addressing the Orange cones along us1 southbound. Do you have a dot complaint website. They must be overloaded
With complaints they suck so much .
4/20 - 9:15 a.m.
RE: D.O.T. CROSS-WALK AT MM#100 - ACROSS FROM HOLIDAY INN
Hello MCSO, I WAS NEAR WHEN THE FIRST ACCIDENT OCCURRED AND HAVE READ EVERY ONE SINCE. THE CROSS-WALK IS HIGHLY CONFUSING, IS IN A HIGH ACCELERATION ZONE TRAVELING NORTH ON OVERSEAS HIGHWAY, AND SHOULD BE REMOVED.
PLEASE LIST MY NAME AS A SUPPORTER OF RICK RAMSEY, OUR SHERIFF, TO HAVE THIS HAZARDOUS CROSS-WALK DISASSEMBLED.
4/14 - 8:12 a.m.
My issue is with the manner in which I have seen multiple corrections buses traveling in different areas, and on different days, up and down US1. One occasion happened during heavy, inclement weather, the bus was passing very aggressively and following aggressively. Another was during clear weather, but involved the same circumstances with aggressive driving. I would think that with as dangerous as it is in almost any given area up and down the keys these officers would promote safe driving, not only on their personal vehicles, but ESPECIALLY in marked county vehicles, not contribute to the problem.
Answer: I have passed your comment on the the Major and Captain of the Bureau of Corrections. The next time you see such dangerous driving, call our dispatchers at 305-289-2351 and report it immediately please.
4/10 - 8:21 a.m.
This comment is for Debbie Johnson DV Advocate for the MCSO in Marathon without her support I don't believe I'd be sleeping safely at night. Many Many Thanks to her. Her devotion and dedication to DVs - I can’t begin to express my appreciation for your help and support during this process. I know this is far from over on his end, however at least I do have a tool I can use in case he tries to hurt me. Debbie when this all started I didn’t even know if I was ready or strong enough to actually go through with it, today having been apart for a few weeks and actually working towards piecing my life together and enjoying something as simple as lunchtime at the gym with a girlfriend I can’t believe it took me this long to realize how bad it really was. We (DV victims) are lucky to have you on our side.
Answer: This wonderful comment was passed along to Debbie Johnson and to her supervisors.
3/31 - 10:59 p.m.
I would like to know.... WHY is a convicted child molester/sexual predator allowed to live in Big Pine in the Eden Pines subdivision neighborhood directly across the street from a bus stop and numerous innocent children??? AND be able to live in a home with small children?!?!?!
Answer: I just checked records and there is no sexual predator registered who lives on Big Pine Key. Perhaps you are referring to a sexual offender? There is a very big difference between the two.
3/26 - 12:34 p.m.
The Monroe County Library in Marathon has taken a turn for the worst lately it seems. Unsure why illegal activity, camping, and parties with load music are allowed to go on in a location that the county owns and operates. I walk in the early morning hours especially in the hotter months of the year and have witnessed some very questionable behavior going on in the parking lot there. I understand this is an ongoing issue from what I have gathered from talking to other residents but do no know why that is the case. Hopefully some attention can be paid to this issue as it really does not show Marathon in the positive light and creates a possibly dangerous situation for its residents and visitors. I know Sheriff Ramsay has done many cleanups in the keys and has made a very big impact on our community and for that we are lucky and I am very thankful.
Answered by Captain Gene Thompson: We have address this same problem with the branch manager on numerous occasions. Explaining community perception, panhandling, urinating on the property, sleeping in vehicles, drinking on property. The branch manager advised this is not her problem it is a police problem. So, in an effort to solve this "police problem" we reached out to county librarian Mrs. Kula. We also shared this comment with her, in turn she discussed this matter further with her branch manager. As of today Mrs Kula stated they (those hanging out all day) are not hurting or bothering anyone. Therefore at this time she doesn’t want to pursue trespass signs or discourage loitering. Without the cooperation of the library, we can not do anything about this issue unless we observe criminal activity taking place.
3/24 - 10:34 p.m.
Can you please tell me what the law is regarding driving a scooter up US1? I've heard everything from - they can't leave Key West, to they must remain outside the lane of traffic, to they are perfectly legal everywhere on US1. I have no intention of doing this, but it seems I have seen more and more scooters lately and they almost always create havoc by their slow speed. One guy in particular drives US1 every day in the lower keys with a guitar on the back and only makes about 30 mph. If this is illegal, I request a little more effort putting a stop to it. Thank you.
Answered by Traffic Sgt. Kevin Mimosa: The scooters that are rented in KW cant leave the city. Other than that if any vehicle can't maintain close to speed limit and effects traffic behind the they can get cited for obscuring traffic. The scooters that I see in the County drive on the shoulder.........
3/20 - 11:35 a.m.
Since when do Law Enforcement officers who are responding to a reported crime not even unload their considerable person out of the county car to speak to a victim? Before you start with what officer and here is the supervisor's # so you can speak with them, I think in every case the should be the procedure. The officers seem so disinterested doing their jobs, I just wish they would go some where else. Key Largo.
Answer: You are correct in assuming I will refer you to Lt. Al Ramirez when it comes to this issue. If there is a problem with one of our officers, we cannot do anything about it unless we know specifically who is the problem. Please call Lt. Ramirez with specific information about this incident at 305-853-3211.
3/16 - 8:44 a.m.
In appropriate behavior. At aprox 8:38pm Sunday 3/15/15 I was driving on the 18 mile stretch.
Traffic was a bit heavy. At around mm 114 1/2 traffic comes to a complete stop. I was almost rear ended with a child in my car.I was behind a blue ford F150. In front of the truck was a white newer model chevy camero, with a Miami Heat license plate that read 3Paul. An African American female skinny officer with long hair in a green long sleeve top, green pants monroe county uniform, stops the camero she's driving in the middle of the road, gets out of the vehicle and yells at the people in the ford truck to " turn the fucking bright lights off, I can't see anything with you blinding me like that, you could be arrested you know" . She then gets back in the camero and speeds away doing high rates up speed the rest of the way up the stretch. I am concerned, a major accident could of occurred!
Answer: This comment was sent to a number of people in the Sheriff's Office. This commentor has already received a call from Internal Affairs Captain Chad Scibilia who will be looking into the report.
3/11 - 10:29 p.m.
Could you please let me know who to contact about my neighbor's old A/C unit which is positioned close to our house, cycles on/off 24/7 and is measuring 75 db at our fence, and 65 db inside our son's bedroom?
At startup the A/C is peaking out at 85 db making sleeping very difficult.
A request to work together on a solution was denied. MM 15.
Answer: Give our Sheriff's substation a call at 305-745-3184. Speak with Lt. Donnie Elomina and perhaps he can help with a few suggestions. Too bad your neighbor was not open to a civil conversatioin about the issue.
3/3 - 12:28 p.m.
I read a post regarding underage drinking and use of illegal drugs on your citizen comments page. I to have asked a similar question and informed local law enforcement about such events and nothing was ever done. To be specific my friend’s daughter (age 19) can go to Sharkies Pub on any given evening and be served alcohol and purchase illegal drugs. How can this happen?
2/26 - 1:44 p.m.
Why does Key Largo have such a problem with underage drinking and social drug use (marijuana and liquid E, GHB) by scuba diving operation’s and bars owners and why is it not addressed by local law enforcement?
Answer: Your comment is pretty general. If you have more specific information about crimes taking place, please feel free to contact our agency, or call Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 1-800-346-TIPS.
2/24 - 5:41 p.m.
I am not sure who to contact on this issue. For the last week I've had neighbors in Monroe county that are constantly in violation of noise policies. they have 5 or 6 dogs and several birds that constantly make noise, even in the middle of the night. Loud verbal arguments can heard from the home, and on 2/24 around 5:10 PM, I witnessed him beating one of his dogs (and possibly a rabbit too) with a bundled rope. attempts to discuss the issue with the neighbor has resolved nothing, and he seems to believe everything he does is entirely okay. Audio evidence of such incidents have been recorded. please contact me at email@example.com or call me at 305-900-9680 with information about who to contact
Answer: I sent you a reply to this, asking you to be more specific about where in Monroe County this is taking place. That way I will know who to refer you to.
2/22 - 11:30 a.m.
Appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep track of the sex offenders in the area. Thanks.
Answer: You are more than welcome.
2/17 - 7:51 p.m.
I am inquiring to see if there are any fire codes against using gas grills or propane heaters on a deck of a standalone condominium within Marathon.
Answer: I do not know. Please contact the Marathon fire department. I am sure they will be able to help you.
2/11 - 7:40 a.m.
Thank you ALL for ALL you do! There are many who still respect and appreciate the profession.
1/28 - 9:30 a.m.
I am concerned about the latest abundance of "campers" on the SOUTH SIDE OF THE EAST MARTELLO building on Higg's Beach. My husband and walk that area every morning anywhere between the hours of 6:30-8:30 AM. It has turned into a camp ground with bicycles, laundry laid out, and bodies in sleeping bags.
I believe this goes beyond the definition of recreational use. We are asking for that are to be patrolled. Not only is it an eye soar but it feels very unsafe. Those that have used that area for yoga practice, meditation, and exercise have moved elsewhere.
Please help. Thank you for your consideration on this matter and we hope to see some action taken. Have a wonderful and safe day!
Answer: I think you mean West Martello. I sent your comment to City Manager Jim Scholl, and to our Lower Keys patrol district. Both agencies have some responsibility for the area since it is in the city, but is couty property.
1/27 - 9:29 p.m.
I just moved to key largo(behind KLI/fish house). A large dog a few houses down is left outside and barks all day and night. He'll bark for hours at a time. Can the police be contacted for disturbing the peace or. Breaking the sound ordnance if after 11?
Answer: You can always call us. With a noise complaint such as this one, we will respond routine, which means if we have priority calls, we will take them first. But we will respond to your call. Even if it is before 10 or 11 p.m. we can at least talk with the dog's owner about the noise and try to resolve the issue.
1/27 - 2:29 p.m.
I would like to thank Monroe County Officer Jason Madnick for keeping his promise.
I approached Officer Madnick on Saturday at the Seafood Fest in Key Largo to voice a concern over a camp set up in the woods around MM 105. He assured me that he would check it out ASAP.
I walk the route almost every morning or evening and feel unsafe of the unknown.
This morning as promised the area was cleaned out and placed on the side of US 1 for pick-up.
Thank you again for always putting our communities safety a priority!
Answer: I will make sure his supervisors receive a copy of this comment. Thanks!
1/27 - 1:35 p.m.
What does it take to make a noise problem stop in Monroe County? We have a nuisance neighbor on our street who installed a gas fire pit in his front yard and throws loud parties 2-3 times a week that go on past midnight. Last weekend, they had 20+ people in their front yard. Please don't tell me to call deputies when the problem is occuring. We have done that over and over and over again, yet nothing happens. We have talked to deputies, talked to supervisors, and filed reports. One of my neighbors even tried calling the fire marshal and code enforcement. They also did nothing and that neighbor had to move as a result. We even requested extra patrol of the street in the evening and night hours, and the only patrols we saw were daytime when the problem was not occuring. Isn't the noise ordinance 10pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends? Aren't house parties illegal? What do we need to do to control this problem?
Answer: First of all, I need to know what area of the Keys you are in, so I can refer you to the right person to try to help resolve this. And I also need contact information. If you email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will see that your information gets to the right person. Secondly, the noise ordinance in the county is 11 p.m. weekdays and weeknights. House parties are not illegal, unless they are serving alcohol to people under 21.
Note: You wrote back:
You wrote the county noise ordinance says 11 pm on all nights. Can you please post the ordinance so I can look it up? The ordinance I'm reading on the code compliance site says 10pm Sun-Thurs and 11pm on Fri and Sat. Thanks.
Answer: You are correct. My mistake. Unfortunately, though I do try, I am not an expert in all things.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Customary sleeping hours means the period of time commencing at 10:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 a.m. the following morning, except that on Friday and Saturday nights, the period shall commence at 11:00 p.m. rather than 10:00 p.m. On the New Year's Eve holiday, the period shall not commence until 1:00 a.m. on January 1.
Emergency or emergency work means any occurrence or set of circumstances involving or creating actual or imminent physical trauma or property damage that demands immediate attention.
Property boundary means the imaginary line along the surface, and its vertical plane extension, that separates the real property owned, rented, or leased by one person from that owned, rented, or leased by another person.
Public right-of-way means any street, avenue, boulevard, lane, highway, sidewalk, alley, or similar place normally accessible to the public that is owned or controlled by a governmental entity or that has been dedicated to use or access for the benefit of the public or adjacent property owners.
Soundproof means any physical arrangement or configuration of a building that is sufficient to prevent the sound of live entertainment or amplified sound from constituting unreasonable noise within any residence or residential property, or from any other nonresidential establishment more than 200 feet away from a property boundary of the sound source.
Unreasonable noise means:
Any noise of which with the exercise of reasonable care, the maker or operator should know is loud and raucous due to its volume, character, duration, time of occurrence, or the number of persons affected, regardless of its source or content; or
Any noise that equals or exceeds a measured sound level of 60 dBA for more than ten percent of any measurement period that shall not be less than ten minutes when measured at or beyond any property boundary of the sound source.
(Code 1979, § 13-52; Ord. No. 32-2000, § 3; Ord. No. 2-2001, § 2)
1/23 - 9:35 a.m.
i will like to thanks for you taking the information and helping the kids at the blake fernandez, skate park with the right person to help we can help the children that dont have helmets knee,and elbow pads,if we can try to contact someone that puts tarp because is very hot maybe one of the company can donate this for the children ,god bless every person that help our children be safe ,have a fun place to go and enjoy
1/14 - 10:06 a.m.
i will like for you try to help me with the correct person we need help with this for the children, i take my granddaughter to the blake fernandez,skate park on flagerave , that is very nice that they donated that for the children and god bless them for that ,but there is not a warter fountain for the kids to drink it gets hot the soda machine there is broken,,they are kids parent that dont have money to buy helmets,knee pads,is so hot that they are in need of a tent went it get so hot and i know here in key west people are good with anything for the children to help them be kids please direct this to the person that can help if we all put a little the kids can get head helmets,kneepads,shoulder pads, lets do for our children they love that parl they need a water fontain urgent thanks
Answer: I sent this comment to Key West City Manager Jim Scholl. He assured me he would be sending this suggestion to the appopriate city staff member.
1/6 - 6:34 a.m.
Two mornings ago (Sunday) I observed a dark blue 4 door sedan with Florda registration drive down Avenue G in Big Pine. I was out on the deck and cooking some bacon on the grill, he slowed and looking into my yard, looked into the driveway next door where we park and then slowly down the street. I thought it was odd when he stopped at the driveway as well. I ran down the steps but could not get a reg #. He was a white male with shoulder length hair and no shirt on, the window was down. That was all I got sorry, it maybe nothing but with the boat/fishing equipment thefts I thought this may place a suspect in the area.
Answered by Det. Sgt. Donnie Catala: Detective David Brummer called this tipster to confirm the informaiton. Thank you.
1/03 - 9:30 a.m.
Is it possible to have a deputy man the traffic control devices at MM 99 and the one in front of Publix plaza, on US1, in Key Largo? During the holidays traffic gets backed up for miles because these 2 traffic lights. I know other cities have the police operate traffic lights, especially during the holidays to help with the traffic flow and it works great.
Answer: This is, quite frankly, not a very productive use of a trained law enforcement officer so I don't think you will see a uniformed deputy doing this on a constant basis. We do, when traffic is really backed up, manually control the light. As a matter of fact we were out there for a period of time this past weekend. Given the fact that a patrol shift in Key Largo only consists of four or five officers however, if something happens that requjires a deputy's response, the deputy has to go to the priority call. As you might imagine, when the roadways are that busy we are usually extremely busy with criminal calls as well.
12/29 - 4:48 p.m.
Just wondering if there is some unknown reason why we always have a marked unit (or two) sitting in the shade behind the Walgreen's in KL , but we can never get a little traffic or "routine" patrol into the adjoining neighborhoods. I realize things can and do get hectic this time of year, but we never see any deputies in the residential streets and trust me , we could have used some with all the illegal rentals and their associated activity. We walk our dogs all hours and have security cameras and rarely see any MCSO folks since Rick R. retired. What gives? The Feds are reviewing C.O.P.S. these days. Thank you, Retired in Port Largo
Answer: Wow. That is a pretty negative comment. If you would like to talk to our Upper Keys command staff about this issue, please give them a call. Captain Don Fanelli and Lt. Al Ramirez at 305-853-3211.
12/22 - 9:40 a.m.
at the "triangle" where you enter key west headed south or leave key west headed north there are no signs stating that you should or shouldn't make a right at the stop light. it seems every car that stops at these lights (where the bikes cross) do not continue after their complete stop. its rather annoying. can you please find a way to remind drivers that it is still legal to turn right on red after completely stopping. that or pull over each car that continues to wait until the light turns green and have them retake their driving test. thanks.
p.s. but people continue to turn left at the light at flagler so maybe theres just no hope.
Answered by Key West Police: Based on reviewing Florida Statute 316.075 Traffic Control Signals, ...at a steady red signal (including a red arrow) may make a right turn, but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic (ie bicyclists)... Yes, vehicles may turn right on red, after coming to a stop; as long as it is safe to do so and yields to those in the crosswalk.
Officer Gary Celcer
Traffic Unit Coordinator
Key West Police Department
12/18 - 9:06 a.m.
How can somebody be arrested and charged solely with resisting arrest?
Answer: The definition of resisting arrest is actually pretty broad. I will post the statute so you can read it yourself.
843.02 Resisting officer without violence to his or her person.—Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Florida Commission on Offender Review or any administrative aide or supervisor employed by the commission; county probation officer; parole and probation supervisor; personnel or representative of the Department of Law Enforcement; or other person legally authorized to execute process in the execution of legal process or in the lawful execution of any legal duty, without offering or doing violence to the person of the officer, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
12/15 - 1:38 p.m.
Please, Please, Please do a better job of listing arrest locations. My mothers neighbor was arrested and they rent via Section 8. Section 8 has a "one strike" rule and if the address was listed she may have had a valid complaint.
Answer: Our corrections deputies can only enter the information they have on the arresting officers arrest form. If you see a problem, contact our jail facility where the person was booked and let them know about it. We have ways we can confirm an arrest location and make sure it is correct.
12/12 - 9:42 a.m.
i will to ask for this to be on the look at i went to ross today and i saw two men on bike going around the cars looking inside and then i went to sears and there was a man on foot doing the same thing i thing there are to steal please let the police know about this is sad for the people to get rob buy this people dont want to work there where two men on bikes going around the car looking inside the cars
Answer: I referred this information to the Key West Police Department. Ross is in the city of Key West, which is their jurisdiction. Just a note: this is not the best venue to report immediate crime information like this. Next time, please call local law enforcement right away when you see suspicious behavior so an officer or deputy can respond to check it out.
12/12 - 8:05 a.m.
I tried to post an issue of concern here about a week ago, but it seems that there were either technical issues on my end or my question was ignored. I hope it was the former, as my question was entirely legitimate and was neither "obscene" nor was it a "personal attack" against any Sheriff's Office employees. If my question is inappropriate in any other way, please let me know and I will not ask again.
My question was related to regulations concerning the raising of guinea pigs for personal consumption. Specifically, do any such regulations exist? If they do exist, what are they?
Again, this is a serious question. It is not a joke. I would really appreciate an answer. If you do not know the answer, would you please let me know which county, state, or federal institutions might be able to answer my question?
If this is judged to be an inappropriate question not worthy of an answer, feel free not to answer it, but do please provide me with an explanation of why this question was judged to be inappropriate. I value the work that you and the other employees of the MCSO do. As a lifelong resident of this county, I am making a good faith effort to understand and obey its rules and regulations. Unfortunately, it is difficult for me to do so when my questions concerning those rules and regulations are ignored by those tasked with enforcing them.
I sincerely hope that I am mistaken and that there is another explanation for why my question was not answered previously. If that is the case, I apologize. I thank you in advance for your response.
Answer: To be truthful with you I thought your question was made in jest. I did not realize it was a serious question. Sorry.
There is no cut and dried answer to your question. Animal cruelty statutes come into play anytime you deal with killing animals. I will refer you to applicable Florida Statutes, http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2014/Chapter828, and let you read them for yourself. I would also advise you to call the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (they have several local offices) and to the code enforcement office for the political entity where you live - either Monroe County, or the office for whichever city you may live in.
12/7 - 7:35 p.m.
We have just moved into a house on Bay Drive, Bay Point. Our neighbours have three German Shepherds which are kept in a cage in their yard. Tonight, it appears that the owners are out, and the dogs have been barking loudly and continuously for half an hour now. This has happened a couple of times before. We have small children and they can't sleep. We will try to talk to the owners nicely about it tomorrow, but we are wondering if there is any kind of ordnance about it?
Thanks for your assistance.
Answer: If talking with them does not resolve the issue, then give us a call the next time it happens and perhaps one of our deputies had be of assistance in working it out. The noise ordinance in Monroe County doesn't kick in until after 11 p.m. so I suspect that won't be of great help to you, but we might be able to help you resolve it peacefully.
11/28 - 3:30 p.m.
im interested in getting a mini potbelly pig and I would like to know the ordinances of having oneAnswer: They are considered farm animals - or livestock and thus are not legal here in the Florida Keys. In addition to that, I strongly advise against it. The "mini" potbelly pigs you see on line or in pet stores are not really "mini" once they grow up. They get as big as regular pigs do.
11/22 - 1:08 p.m.
MY NAME IS JULIE PRUITT. MY BROTHER, GERALD (JERRY) HIGGINS, JR. CALLED ME LAST NIGHT & WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO SPEAK BRIEFLY. I HAVE SET UP AN ACCOUNT FOR HIM TO CALL ME APPROXIMATELY 10 TIMES. I SPOKE WITH A SHERIFF AT THE OFFICE EARLIER & WAS TOLD THAT STAFF IS NOT ALLOWED TO GIVE THE INMATES MESSAGES. UNDERSTANDABLE, HOWEVER I LIVE IN TEXAS AND VISITING IS NOT AN OPTION FOR ME. I KNOW MY BROTHER HAS SEVERE BEHAVIOR/MENTAL PROBLEMS AND IN ORDER TO HELP REDUCE HIS ANXIETY, I'D LIKE FOR HIM TO KNOW HE CAN CALL ME. I WAS TOLD THAT I NEEDED TO WRITE A LETTER, WHICH IS RATHER RIDICULOUS. SO IF THERE'S ANYWAY YOU CAN HELP ME IN THIS MATTER, I'D APPRECIATE IT. JULIE PRUITT
Answer: I am sorry, Julie. I wish I could help you. Writing a lettter is, however, the only option. Letters only take a couple of days to be delivered. Since we have several hundred inmates at any given time, it just isn't practical nor is it possible for us to begin giving them messages.
11/21 - 8:38 a.m.
My question concerns the photograph of Sheriff Rick Ramsey on the opening page of the website. The display of ribbons on the upper right side of the Sheriff's uniform blouse seems a little heavy, even for law enforcement service awards which leads to the subject of my concern. Are these military awards? If so, and they are awards to the individual, I have no problem with this as they become displays of merit and valor by the wearer and something to be justifiably proud of. I DO have an additional area of concern but I need to know if my supposition about the nature of these awards is true.
Thanking you in advance for your prompt answer, E. A. Sjolin
Answer: While we do have a ribbon related to military service, Sheriff Ramsay has not served in the military. All of his ribbons are related to his 28 years of service with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. If you would like to see a list of the different awards and ribbons that are available to our officers for various types of service, you will find it here.
11/20 - 10 a.m.
My name is Lissette Martinez from Marathon Fl I am now 44 years old N my family n I moved to the Fl Keys when I was 7 yrs old its was a lifetime ago I was a huge fan of Sheriff Peryam and with all due respect voted for Sheriff Ramsey. I live on 15th Street and have seen a major change in my neighborhood which both residents as well as our welcomed tourist have seen a major improvement. I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Sheriff Ramsey and all those who may mirror his example of a true leadership. I am certain he will continue to clean up needed areas in our county and if his staff follows suit Monroe County residents have a better tomorrow to look forward to. Come re-election time I hope his accomplishments are what Monroe County remembers and not a disgruntled citizens complaint. Ramsey keep up the good work.
Answered by Sheriff Rick Ramsay: Thank you Lissette for your kind comment and support :-) I will continue my mission to have better, cleaner and safer streets and communities! 15th St does look a lot better for sure :-) Have.a great day, Sheriff Ramsay.
11/18 - 11:54 a.m.
I have a question about home construction work. A neighbor on my canal has been working on a tile project for literally months- the noise from the wet saw goes on for hours during the day (many days a week) and is driving me (and probably everyone else on the canal) crazy. Are we not entitled to enjoy peaceful time outside if it's daylight hours? There doesn't appear to be an end in sight to the sawing so I am wondering if there is any recourse for the neighbors at all. You cannot sit outside or open the windows because the noise is so constant. What a shame in an area where we live specifically to be able to enjoy that very thing.
Answer: I am afraid when it comes to the Sheriff's Office, all we can do is enforce noise ordinances and most of the time those just govern nighttime and early morning hours. You might try contacting code enforcement in your area and/or your city or county commissioner to see if there is anything they can do to assist you. I am sorry there is not more we can do to help.
11/17 - 8:57 a.m.
Is it possible to slow cars/trucks down between the 7 Mile Bridge and red light at 33rd Street in Marathon? They zoom past our shop at 65mph.
The speed limit posted is 35mph.
Answered by Captain Gene Thompson: Deputies in the Marathon district conducted over 600 traffic stops last month. We placed our digital message board at 35st southbound reminding people that the 35mph zone is strictly enforced. The zone in question already receives more attention from our deputies when it comes to speeding than any other area of Marathon. Note: if you would like to speak to Captain Thompson directly about this issue, he can be reached at email@example.com or 305-289-2430.
10/24 - 9:24 a.m.
Sorry to bring this to the Public Information page but the Sheriff never replied to my email to him. And I would like answers.
So FL Statute 741.29(3) states the officer can make an arrest without the consent of the victims but in the case of my grandmother and aunt the officer did not make an arrest, why? when they were clearly battered by someone living in the household.
Note: My cousin is on probation so I'm sure battery of a victim 65 years and/or older would have been a violation? These two women were helpless against the cocaine addict and in the message I got back here I was told that "no one wished to press charges" but I thought thats where FL S 741.29(3) would have protected them?
The sheriff has my email so if you'd like we can continue this via email. I just want something done to protect my family and would also like the officer to be held accountable if he neglected to follow the rules.
Who should I put a complaint in with in order to make sure that is done?
Answer: Don't apologize. That is what this page is for. I would reccomend you contact either the station commander or district commander of the Lower Keys area and discuss this with them in detail. They should be able to explain to you what happened and why and, if there is a problem with the case they can also deal with that. Lt. Donnie Elomina and Captain Don Hiller can be reached at the Cudjoe Substation at 305-745-3184. They supervise all deputies and detectives in the Lower Keys.
10/23 - 11:37 a.m.
Can you explain to me Florida Statute 741.29(3)?
Answer: Here is the statute you are asking about. I think that particular subsection is fairly self-explanatory, but it basically says if a domestic battery occurs, we can make an arrest whether or not the victim wishes to press charges.
741.29 Domestic violence; investigation of incidents; notice to victims of legal rights and remedies; reporting.—
Whenever possible, the law enforcement officer shall obtain a written statement from the victim and witnesses concerning the alleged domestic violence. The officer shall submit the report to the supervisor or other person to whom the employer’s rules or policies require reports of similar allegations of criminal activity to be made. The law enforcement agency shall, without charge, send a copy of the initial police report, as well as any subsequent, supplemental, or related report, which excludes victim/witness statements or other materials that are part of an active criminal investigation and are exempt from disclosure under chapter 119, to the nearest locally certified domestic violence center within 24 hours after the agency’s receipt of the report. The report furnished to the domestic violence center must include a narrative description of the domestic violence incident.
10/6 - 9:54 a.m.
On Thursday night the Sheriff's Dept. was called to my Grandmothers house on 8th avenue because my cousin beat my Grandmother and Aunt. My Aunt was bleeding from the incident and the two or both very old and helpless. I would like to know why my cousin was not arrested? I'm not sure exacly but I thought when there was a domestic someone will get arrested? Being that my Grandma was a witness to my cousin causing the obvious lacerations to my Aunt...Why was there no arrest? Was it a lazy officer neglecting to do his duty or is just the way the law works?
Answer: I read the report you are referring to. According to the deputy who wrote the report, no one who was involved wished to press charges. If they wish to change their minds about this, they can call the Sheriff's Office substation at 305-745-3184 and discuss it with either Lt. Donnie Elomina or Captain Don Hiller.
9/29 - 7:58 p.m.
I launched my kayak today Mon 9/29/14 on the ocean side of overseas Hwy, right across from Indian Key. This is a popular place for people to park and swim. To my disbelief, the parking area was full of liter, even though there are several garbage cans close by. Cans, bottles, paper, cigarette boxes, food containers, feminine products. You name it and it was laying on the ground. I picked up what I could. Does DOT go there with the inmates and pickup trash? Do you think signs would make a difference? What a shame that some people use our great community, trash it and just leave a mess behind.
Answered by Captain Corey Bryan: First, thank you for trying to help keep the area clean. Sheriff Ramsay has
had numerous clean ups for this area using inmates, citizens and his own
people. Technically DOT has an agreement with the village to maintain the
right of ways within the Village of Islamorada, and the public works staff
is responsible for all maintenance to include trash pick up. The Public
Works staff do a great job, but as is common they are overwhelmed at times
and will clean up an area one day and the next day it will will be cluttered
with debris again.DOT is currently working with the Village staff to develop
a management plan for this entire area and have been holding meetings
monthly at Founders Park. Hopefully we will get a good plan set up which
will help to further educate and encourage people to use the trash cans that
It is a shame that people can't be better stewards of the environment, but
thank you again for going that extra mile.
9/29 - 5:38 p.m.
What can be done when someone is living in a downstairs dwelling that is not supposed to be rented as such? Codes enforcement in Key Largo reluctantly made the property owner remove the kitchen to be compliant with the codes, but it has been months and the tenant still there (which was built as a laundry room) and nothing is being done. He uses the carport as his living room and washes his dishes in the outside sink. He lets his trash blow everywhere and I am afraid that he is going to attract other who also do not care to what once used to be a safe and quiet neighborhood. Please help.
Answered by Lt. Al Ramirez: From the comment, it appears that code enforcement has taken care of the illegally built kitchen, As far as the renter is concerned we can only take action if there is a crime being committed. However, I would like to look into this further, but need the address. In the meantime, I will contact code enforcement to see what are the options.
Note from moderator: to the person who send in this comment, you can either send the address to the page anonymously, or you can contact Lt. Al Ramiraz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9/17 - 1:51 p.m.
Since Cross Fit has opened in Tavernier the intersection off US1, Hood Ave, and Sunset Dr has become very dangerous. The people from Cross Fit have no concern for vehicle traffic while working out in the road. They will jog/run past the stop sign on Sunset Dr right into Hood Ave with out watching for traffic coming off US 1. Some one is going to get hit or killed from a car turning off US 1 to go down Hood Ave or to the FKEC building to pay a bill.
Answered by Lt. Al Ramirez: Lt. Ramirez said he will be contacting the owners of Cross Fit directly and speaking with them about this issue.
9/11 - 5:34 p.m.
RE Key Largo area, is there any law on the books that says vacant yards in a neighborhood need to be maintained? If there is a law, and the yard is not maintained, what happens? Is the lot(s) allowed to revert back to natural untamed vegetation?
Answered by Lt. Al Ramirez: Yes this is a Code issue. Wanda Reina is the code compliance supervisor in the upper Keys. 305-453-8734.
8/6 - 10:01 p.m.
I am curious about bb gun/pellet gun regulations in the keys. What is the legality of using the air guns on private residential and public areas such as roadways and canal waterways. I am considered about shooting pest iguanas.
Answer: This is a complex question that deals with both shooting of such guns, and animal cruelty issues. Rather than try to address it here, on this web page, I am going to refer you to the captain or lieutenant of your particular patrol district so they can discuss all the issues and ramifications regarding this. Let me know where in the Keys you currently live and I will let you know who specifically you should call. Email: email@example.com.
6/30 - 11:59 a.m.
I can not keep tenants in my rental because of the neighbors. The police have been called out several times and said they can not help unless it's on video. Is there any recourse in a situation like this? It's been going on for years.
Answer: I contacted this person by phone and advised her to call the Upper Keys Substation and speak with either Captain Don Fanelli or Lt. Al Ramirez to see if they could help her resolve the issue.
6/30 - 5:14 a.m.
My neighbor has a sign which it said this house is protected by guns and also has a picture of guns those signs are posted on the city utility pole inside of home subdivision in the county of union in the state of NC. I want to know if this is legal ? and if is not legal please advise me what to do since I have small and teenagers children in the house and I don't feel right on this issue . Thank you
Answer: This person is contacting the wrong agency. If he/she lives in North Carolina, he/she needs to contact the law enforcement agency in that area.
6/27 - 8:31 a.m.
I've lived in Key Largo for about 5 years now after leaving Daytona Beach. One of the many things I love about living here is the lack of homeless people all over the place and the sign holders at the major intersections. These people became a big problem up there sometimes actually becoming violent. I was driving to work this morning and to my surprise I saw a guy at the intersection around mm100 holding a sign begging for money. I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come. Thanks and as always keep up the good work. I've always said the Monroe County Sheriffs Department is a real class act.
Answer: Thank you so much for the kind words. We try to stay on top of any safety issues when it comes to the highway - including people soliciting alongside the road. I have passed your comment along to our Upper Keys lieutenant and captain. If you notice this occuring more frequently, please call the substation at 305-853-3211 and let them know.
6/23 - 12 noon
Question, has any one else noticed how bad traffic has gotten at the KMart light? Ever since DOT idiots messed with the lights on Friday, it is near impossible to get from MM 99 to MM 101 in less than 30-45 minutes. Something needs to be done, Please!!!
Answer: We have been speaking frequently with the Florida Department of Transportation about this. They tinkered with the timing of the light and it caused some real problems.
6/16 - 7:02 p.m.
What can be done about neighbors playing loud and profane rap when it is between 0800 and 2100. This is in key largo at mm 100. While deputies have responded, I was told as the house is their domicile, (homestead) and they are the owners, there is nothing that can be done as long as they are playing it between 0700 and 2200.
Most of the music is fu.....K this, bitc...h , suck my d...k, etc, kill the police, etc. it is a real problem when my nieces ( age 12 and 14j visit.
Talking to them by the deputies does no good, they refuse entry on the property to the deputies as they have a fence and gated house.
On two occasions they have left the stereo playing and when out. When the deputies respond they told me nothing they could do as they could not go on private property without cause. They well meaning lecture me about taking any action on my, ie tear the speakers off the wall and throwing them in the canal.
Again the deputies were professional and well meaning, I have no complaints against them, my question .....is the bottom line is there nothing I can do?
Answer: This commentor included his phone number. Upper Keys Captain Don Fanelli will be contacting him about this issue.
6/15 - 3 p.m.
There must be a problem with the timing of the traffic light in downtown Key Largo on US1 in the north and south bound direction. Heavy traffic is created in both direction approaching the light and then flows freely thereafter. This is also causing drivers to go into the residential areas at a high rate of speed in frustration attempting to get around the traffic.
Answered by Upper Keys Captain Don Fanelli: We have been in touch with FDOT, who is in charge of the timing on this light, and the problem either already is resolved, or should be shortly.
6/8 - 8:35 p.m.
Fireworks are illegal without a permit and the are constantly be fired off in key haven. MCSO should launch a public service campaign to spread the word.
Answer: While fireworks are illegal, a number of items sold as fireworks are technically considered "sparklers" under Florida law. If someone is making loud noise of any kind that is disturbing you in your home, you can call us and we can respond and make an effort to mitigate the problem, depending on what is happening. As regards fireworks, this is what the law says:
5/27 - 12:05 a.m.
please report that at bayview park is the same thing with the homeless men looking at the children at the boys and girl club they come around the children we need more police proctetion for the children please let them ride around and proctect our kids i have two grandkids there i have complain about this and they saidis a public park whats is going to take went a child get hurt to do something no dont give them a chances please send a offuicer to check on this and on berstein park at stock island keeo our kids safe
Answer: This comment was forwarded to the Lower Keys road patrol lieutenant who will ask our deputies to spend more time patrolling this area.
5/12 - 11:20 a.m.
I am concerned about the number of homeless people taking up residence in Bernstein Park particularly when the Gerald Adams bus stop is located there. My daughter and her friend were recently stared at by a black man who rides a pink bike who was sitting inside the playground area while my daughter and her friend played on the swings while waiting for the bus. I have seen this person on almost a daily basis (usually sleeping or pretending to be until the bus comes), so I am now taking my daughter to school and picking her up at the bus stop in the afternoon.
Sincerely, Concerned Parent for the Safety of our Kids
Answer: See answer to below comment on the same topic.
5/12 - 8:16 a.m.
People sleeping on the picnic tables all day in Bernstein Park are becoming a nuisance. There is one individual who seems to be eyeing up the kids that pass through the park to use the school bus stop. Is there an ordinance prohibiting sleeping on the picnic tables there? If so, there needs to be some enforcement.
Answered by Lt. Donnie Elomina: I will pass on the information to our road patrol sergeants so that they are aware of the complaint and we will add it to our extra patrol list. There is not an ordinance prohibiting sleeping in the park, but we can plan to conduct our extra patrols during school bus hours. Thanks for the input.
Note: Shortly after sending this out to road patrol, Sgt. Linda Mixon responded as well. She said she had a deputy near the park during the time school buses would be picking up kids and she would continue to do this whenever her shift is on duty.
4/30 - 11:47 a.m.
Who's idea was it to put the crosswalk with the signage on a 4 lane highway between intersections, near MM 100 in Key Largo. I guarantee you that somebody is going to get hurt. There is going to be a rear end collision or 1 lane is going to stop and a vehicle in the other lane isn't going to see the pedestrian and plow right into them. They should have left things as they were and made people use the crosswalk that's at the nearest intersection with traffic lights.
Answer: Florida Department of Transportation. They are in charge of anything having to do with the highway.
4/28 - 8:14 p.m.
Please ask the deputies who patrol the Cudjoe/Summerland area to keep an eye on the sewage construction crew. I realize there is no getting around the inconvenience of this project, but whoever is driving the large, 4 wheel, front end loader is very reckless. I've seen him nearly cause several wrecks in the past couple months. Someone needs to get control of him before he kills someone with that massive machine.
Answer: I passed this information along to Lieutenant Donnie Elomina, at the Cudjoe Key substation. If you would like to discuss this with him further, he can be reached at 305-745-3184.
4/23 - 11:26 p.m.
Short version: What can be done to get law enforcement to obey and enforce the speed limits in the upper keys? And people wonder why we have so many accidents and road closings? If you don't think it is an issue, try taking an unmarked car up or down the four lane at the speed limit and see how many people pass you vs the ones going at or below it.
Answer: We are aware there are traffic issues throughout the Keys. We do what we can with the resources we have. Unfortunately, if we placed all of our deputies on the highway on traffic patrol, we would have no one to patrol residential areas and check businesses and respond to calls. It is always a balancing act. If you see someone driving dangerously, call our Sheriff's Office dispatch at 305-289-2351. Give them as much information as you can - location, description of the vehicle, etc. and we will do the best we can to get someone to the area to stop the person driving dangerously. I'm sure you, as a taxpayer, understand the limits of taxpayer funding for law enforcement, though.
If, as you say, you see law enforcement breaking traffic laws, get the green number off the back of the car and call your local substation to report what the officer is doing wrong. If we have that number, coupled with the location and nature of the offense, we can counsel the officer in proper conduct on the roadways.
4/22 - 3:24 p.m.
I have a friend that drinks and drives here in the Keys. I respect this friend on all other matters and need I their assistance on financial matters. so I have not approached them on this drinking issue. I don't want anything to happen to anybody. I guess you could call this person a highly functioning alcoholic, can't tell when they are drinking as they don't act drunk. How can I help?
Answer: You are asking a question that only really has one answer. Drinking and driving is against the law and endangers other people's lives. You have an obligation to either speak to them about it, or call and report it.
4/18 - 7:30 a.m.
As a landlord in Monroe County and a representative of many landlords I think it should be published who has had eviction papers served and a list of ALL evicted persons.This tool would aide the Sheriffs office and provide protection from scammers and keep our community free of troubled people being able to rent here in Monroe. This account would serve the public just as we have the sexual offender list.
Answer: This information should be on file with the County Clerk's Office. They have many records available on line. We are not the agency that handles the files regarding evictions. We do assist with enforcing them if necessary, but would not be the clearinghouse for the records.
4/15 - 9:06 a.m.
In reference to the people from Miami littering around Saunders creek on Card Sound Rd, Key Largo. If you could have a deputy in plain clothes pretending to fish there on a Saturday, he or she would be able to issue plenty of citations and get the people to stop. Half of this litter or garbage ends up in the waterway.
Answered by Lt. Al Ramirez: We are planning a clean up of that area to include Jet Ski beach both by water and by land. We will then follow up with special work details in that area if needed. Because it is now closed we should see a significant decrease in trash. If you would like to speak to me about this issue directly, I can be reached at the Plantation Key Substation: 305-853-3211.
Answered by Captain Don Fanelli: We, in conjunction with Public Works, have been shut down the areas which will eliminate a lot of the persons in the area, for example the ones with jet skis, boats, etc. We will monitor our current progress and make a determination whether we need to increase our presence in the area. I appreciate the comment and recommendation. It may be useful in the near future.
4/14 - 12:51 p.m.
We have small children. We teach them to stay out of the street, but at that speed, it takes only a moment for someone to be in the wrong place and not have time to react. Lastly, W Indies is thick with pedestrians, bicyclists, etc and we all share stories about so-so and/or their dog almost getting hit on my corner. I have sent an email to the county requesting more signage and possibly a speed bump, but is there anything you can do to deter the speeders? Thank you in advance for your consideration of this matter, I do appreciate your time. (Name redacted to protect the commenter).
Answer: I feel like part of this message is missing, but in response I have forwarded your message to Lt. Donnie Elomina and Captain Don Hiller. I'm sure they will be in touch with you about assisting you with this.
Answered by Traffic Enforcement Sgt. Kevin Mimosa: I understand your concern and hopefully the County can install the
I doubt they would lay down speed bumps; however, they also have speed humps which are wider and not as tall. These are used in areas similar to yours where vehicles are traveling on a roadway.
The only problem they might have is if they do a study on the area there hasn't been any traffic related issues.
Cudjoe Sub-Station has a radar sign that gathers information on speed and time and moves to certain locations of concern. When available they might be able to place it in your area for data.
In the mean time I will send this to the Cudjoe District Commander Lt Elomina for his troops and the Traffic Unit.
Thanks for your question and concern,
Sgt Kevin Mimosa, Special Operation Traffic Division
Answer from Lt. Donnie Elomina: I will be calling her personally to see if I can help with this matter. Note: Lt. Elomina arranged to place our traffic signs in the area in question, and there will be extra patrols there for traffic issues.
4/12 - 8:53 p.m.
Could the Cudjoe deputies ride thru Breezy Pines Rv park at least once a day? Maybe at night?And please make the loops in the rear of park too? I just believe your presence would help deter trespassing by the homeless and others. We welcome your visits! Thanks!
Answer from Lt. Donnie Elomina: We certainly can help out with this. I will pass the below on to the sergeants and we will add to our extra patrol list. If you ever have any concerns, you can contact me directly at the Cudjoe Substation, 305-745-3184.
4/11 - 10:03 a.m.
My neighbors dog continually barks non stop for hours when they are not home. I have mentioned it but of course nothing is done. It is so bad I cannot sleep in the morning. Is there anything that can be done?
Answer: When the dog is barking, give us a call on our non-emergency number - 305-289-2351. We will send a deputy and he / she can make contact with your neighbors and speak to them about it or can leave a business card asking them to contact the Sheriff's Office. We will do what we can to help you. You can also contact the Sheriff's substation in your area and ask to speak to the lieutenant of the station. He/she will talk to you about your options.
3/28 - 11:58 a.m.
Why when I go to the 7 day arrest mug shot page the first page comes up fine then when I click on the second page it just keeps says connecting with the circle spinning?I have to go back and x out of the site go back to the site and it will let me go to page 2 when I go to page 3 same thing starts all over again?
Answer: I have occasionally noticed this myself. I reported the issue to our Information Technology Division to they can take a look at it.
3/26 - 10:29 a.m.
I just noticed that the guy who lives next to me was detained for molesting a 6 y/o boy. I have two small children of my own one of which is that age. What can/should I do to make sure this man stays away from my home and my children?
The lady who lives there is under contract with housing and we have contacted the property owner who is of no help.
Answer: If he bothers you or your children call us right away and we will respond and try to help.
3/26 - 9:50 a.m.
The new app with real time dispatch is working. I was able to avoid, as well as warn others of lane closures at Snake Creek bridge yesterday. (2212) The notes section alerted that the road was closed.. Could we get a direct link on the Home page of these closures? That would eliminate the need to scroll the entire dispatch list.
Answer: When we do the next major update of the app, I have included this suggestion in my list for consideration. One thing we did do is we organized the list so that "Priority 1" calls will appear at the top of the list. That means if there is a significant accident with injuries, you should not have to scroll down to find it. Thanks for downloading and using our app!
3/23 - 2:18 p.m.
Is there anything the sheriff's office can do with the people who come from Miami and just leave all their trash everywhere. I was at Saunders creek today (Card Sound Rd)and around and under the bridge is nothing but trash (beer cans, bottles, chum boxes, sandwich bags, cigarette boxes etc etc) There are several garbage cans within feet of the garbage but apparently they are to lazy to use them. Lots of people were there fishing and they weren't Monroe county residents.
Answer: Unfortunately, this is one of those crimes our officers must be present for in order to make an arrest. One thing you can do: if you observe this happening, call us at 305-289-2351. We can send a deputy and he/she can speak to the people who are littering. I agree that such behavior is reprehensible.
3/20 - 8:03 a.m.
I'm approaching this issue with several agencies. Is there anything that can be done about lobster hunters who refuse to honor a homeowners request to stay away from their seawall? There used to be a day when locals understood not to touch other people's walls, but those days seem to be long gone. Aside from the fact it's rude, I have an undermining problem on my wall that is being accelerated by tickle sticks scraping away at the gaps. This is going to cost me a lot of money to fix. I understand the county has no jurisdiction over resources, but can't it be considered trespassing once they touch my wall? I appreciate any help you can provide. I know it's a county wide problem, so please ask someone with constructive advice to respond, not someone who is going to say it's legal, so just deal with it.
Answer: It would not be considered trespassing. One thing you can do, though: if you are having a problem with someone you believe is too close to your property, call us at 305-289-2351. If a deputy is not on a priority call, he/she can respond and check for violations and talk to those who are encroaching on your property.
3/19 - 8:19 a.m.
When is something going to be done about the Homeless?
Answer: That is a pretty open ended question. Would you like to be more specific?
3/15 - 3:08 p.m.
My concern is the criteria and training for an officer who makes contact with an individual or individuals who are acting in an irrational manner and clearly displaying what would best be described as symptoms and charateristics of mental illness. Why does the incident escalate and result in criminal charges and spraying an individual and arrest made rather than baker acting someone.
Answer: This is difficult to address without more specific information. I read most of our incident reports every day and I do not recall an incident that resembles this. I am wondering if perhaps it was an agency other than the Monroe County Sheriff's Office? That being said, most of our officers have been trained in Crisis Intervention, with a week long CIT course. In addition, all officers are required complete on-line Baker Act training on line, every two years. I have taken it myself and it is pretty detailed and in-depth. If you want to talk to someone in particular about a specific case, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know where this took place so I can steer you in the right direction.
3/14 - 12:29 p.m.
What's up with all the underage drinkers at sharkeys seems to me like the place to be if you don't have a ID ...........concerned for our youth
Answer: This comment has been forwarded to Lt. Al Ramirez, Station Commander in Key Largo. He will be looking into it.
3/10 - 10:34 p.m.
On Friday evening, March 7 2014, I had occasion to make a non-emergency call to the MCSO regarding a noise issue on the ocean side, MM 82. Specifically, we were concerned about a wedding on a property down the Old Road where the music was excessively loud and had been for some time.
A deputy was dispatched quickly and she was so calm, professional, proactive and genuinely concerned - both on the initial visit and her followup after she visited the wedding. Her comments were thoughtful and polite and she was a successful problem solver and negotiator. My boyfriend and I were extremely impressed and are very very proud to be protected and served by a deputy of such high caliber. I wish I had gotten her name - but you will know who she is - please commend her from us, we couldn't thank her enough.
I have lived in the Upper Keys for about 20 months now and this is the first direct experience I have had with a deputy. I have a feeling there are many more like her out there and that makes me feel safe. Thank you.
Answer: I sent this wonderful comment to her command staff so she will get credit for her good work. Her name is Deputy Patty Garcia and Captain Corey Bryan replied "she is so great I want to clone her!" Thank you!
2/28 - 10:42 a.m.
GOOD MORNING , I WOULD TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A SHERIFF DEPUTY IN THE UPPER KEYS BY THE NAME OF (name removed - we do not allow deputies to be singled out for criticism in this public forum) THAT SEEMS TO BE TARGETING THE HOMELESS, YOUNG ADULTS , AND MINORITES (SPANISH , AND AFFRICAN AMERICANS ) TO ADD TO THIS HIS ARROGANT AND COCKY DEMEANOR DOESN'T HELP OR DETER ANY SITUATION. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS TO PROTECT AND SERVE, NOT TO HARRASS AND DISCRIMINATE. TO TOP IT OFF MOST OF HIS ARREST REPORTS ARE BADLY WRITTEN AND DONT ADD UP TO THE INCIDENT AT HAND. HOPEFULLY MOST OF THESE USELESS INCIDENTS CAN BE CORRECTED AS THIS IS A WASTE OF TAX PAYERS DOLLARS, BECAUSE THERE ARE WAY MORE PRESSING ISSUES THEN THE ONES HE SEEMS TO BE DIRECTING TO. I TRUST THAT HIS LIEUTENANT AND CAPTAIN WILL HANDLE THIS SITUATION.
Answer: I forwarded this comment to the deputy's command staff, including the name, for their review.
2/23 - 6:58 p.m.
OK, another complaint about the weekend parties at the end of Sugarloaf Blvd, behind the yellow barrier. EVERY WEEKEND. Fires in the middle of the bridge, bottles broken EVERYWHERE, trash EVERYWHERE. Why can't you do something about this? Many people use this loop to bike, walk their dogs, jog .... and the trash is ruining everything. You posted a sign hat states that the area is closed after dark, but you won't enforce it. If you can't do it with manpower, how about some cameras?
Answered by Lt. Donnie Elomina: I checked CAD and there were not any call for service or any complaints made about the location over the weekend. We will conduct extra patrol in the area and would like to encourage the complainant to call as the issues are occurring so that we can send a Deputy. The number to call is 305-289-2351. I had Deputy Ward conduct extra patrol there today who observed some trash, but more from over filled garbage cans and there did appear to be evident of fires.
2/22 - 11:30 p.m.
A bit disappointed in MCSO. I lodged a noise complaint at 11:01 and a good bit later the noise is still going on. Why do we have to put up with this?
Answer: I would like to refer you to the proper person to talk to about this, but am not sure where in the Keys the complaint took place. Please send me more information so I can refer you to the proper command staff.
12/16 - 4:03 p.m.
I have been trying to access the arrest page & it keeps saying denied.
Answered by Mike Grattan in the Information Technology Division: I think that we had a problem with our firewall. I've rebooted it.
2/10 - 12:07 p.m.
I noticed that the majority of the officers directing traffic over the weekend during the Relay race are seriously over weight and out of shape. There should be a yearly physical that officers need to pass.
2/10 - 12:03 p.m.
I called to get information for writing a formal complaint in regards to the Ragnar Relay Race event that took place last weekend, February 8. I was handled by Lieutenant Elomina (did not get spelling). Instead of being given the information, such as address and whom to address a formal complaint to, I was questioned by Lieutenant Ilomina about specifics like where do I live and was asked to give exact time frames regarding the issue of the complaint. He initiated a dialogue that was combative instead of helpful and basically undermining my story, my experience. Now there's two issues I am feeling dissatisfaction of, my original complaint of the Ragnar's Relay Race's poor organization and location. The Florida Keys are NOT ideal or smart or safe as a designated place to hold this event. Lieutenant Ilumina needs to re-think how he handles the public.
Answer: This has been referred to Captain Don Hiller, Lt. Elomina's supervisor. Please stand by for an answer, or call him directly at 305-745-3184.
Here is the answer from Captain Don Hiller: Lt. Elomina advised me of this complainant....according to Lt. Elomina, when he tried to ask the caller specifics, the caller became very defensive and combative.....the RAGNAR ran the entire length of the Keys and if there was a problem at a particular location we would want to know where and who was working in that location, but the caller was unwilling to give us the specific information we needed to look into this. If the caller is unhappy with the response from us, he/she can contact me directly at 305-745-3184 or our Internal Affairs Unit at 305-292-7138.
2/8 - 11:23 a.m.
Is there a noise rule that can be enforced in the city of Marathon? What recourse do owners have that live in a neighborhood where loud parties , obscene music blasts all night across the canal, and illegal fireworks are set off all hours of the night? Can we have some relief so we can sleep at night? Please give me some suggestions.
Answered by Lt. Derek Paul: The City of Marathon does have a noise ordinance similar to the County's. Between the hours of 10:00pm and 7:00am Sunday thru Thursday, 11:00pm thru 7:00am Friday and Saturday, there is to be no noise disturbance. If we receive calls in reference to noise, we will respond and explain the ordinance to the violator and warn them. Usually this handles the situation. If it does not, we will refer the complainant to the City of Marathon Code Enforcement Office. To report excessive noise after hours, call 305-289-2351.
1/31 - 2:29 p.m.
Our area has some chronic and persistent co. code enforcement issues. The offenders have learned to wait unit after hours for code enforcement, or weekends to violate. The Code office in the upper keys asked us to call you if it is after hours. In the past we tried this and frankly we were blown off by your call center. How should we proceed to get service? Thank you.
Answered by Communications Director Lt. Charlene Sprinkle-Huff: The Communications Division will always dispatch a Deputy to complaint that is received. If the Communication Officer tells you any differently, get their name and call me, Lt. Charlene Sprinkle-Huff at 305-289-2351. I want to know if this is occurring. They will even give you my cellular telephone number if you ask for it.
When calling in a complaint you will be asked for the dispatch location and location of occurrence. The nature of complaint, your name and telephone number. This is so the Deputy can call or make contact with you directly so you can explain to them what going on. You will have the opportunity to explain the issue / concern and provide the background. The Deputy needs the most information possible to pass the code violation on to the appropriate division.
1/22 - 5:27 p.m.
I am a owner at Executive Bay Club 87200 overseas Highway. There are several boats moored between the developments mooring poles and land, on illegally placed moorings. These boats are not on anchor. Building manger doesn't do anything about it. These are renters who don't want to pay for legal dockage.
Answer: This comment was forwarded to Captain Corey Bryan. He said he would research this issue with the Village of Islamorada to see what can be done. Please contact Captain Bryan at 305-664-6480 or Gerry Albertson with Code Compliance at 305-664-6430.
1/21 - 8:58 a.m.
Sunday night I had a complete mattress set stolen (which was there for only 1 night!) from my driveway at Key RV, 29W. My neighbor (40W) had her bicycle stolen that same night. The fence that borders Key RV and the housing on the other side is completely bend over coming from their side. They were using a pool ladder to get from one side to the other (I've seen them do it), but I don't have a phone that can take pictures. I've reported it to the management here at Key RV, but would kindly ask that you please patrol our neighborhood too and discuss with the management of their neighborhood too (which I know you do as I've seen you).
We caught them and followed them before but they just run and duck into someone's driveway (young, short, dark colored skin males).Thank you
Answer: I have forwarded your comment to Captain Bruce Winegarden, who assured me he would send someone by to see you about this. It is important for you - and anyone else who sees suspicious or criminal behavior - to call us while it is haplpening so we can respond and deal with it appropriately. And if you and/or your neighbors has property stolen, call us and let us take a report and investigate it. We can't tackle a problem we don't know exists and we can be much more effective at our jobs if we have the public on our side, helping us out.
1/6 - 1:31 p.m.
(name withheld) (aka birdman) has and has had various girls especially one named (name withheld) selling drugs for him on duval st. code seems tobe having a difficult tme stopping them. his pills are ending up in our schools resulting in angry parents. maybe law enforcement could help. just a thought.
Answer: This comment was passed along to the Key West Police narcotics unit.
1/6 - 8:02 a.m.
It's ordinarily not a problem, so I understand the lack of patrol in the area. However, please step up patrol on Summerland Key, specifically the area of Hudgins Dr, and especially at night and on weekends. During the winter season, there is a problem with loud parties, drunk driving, illegal bonfires and unleashed dogs. There is an officer who lives on the street, but he is hesitant to police his own neighborhood and suggested I request extra patrol. I think a routine presence might deter some of this behavior. Thank you.
Answer: I did pass this along to Lt. Donnie Elomina and he assured me he would assign extra patrol. when these issues arrive - ie. the "loud parties, drunk driving, illegal bonfires and unleashed dogs", call us right away and give us a chance to deal with the problems as they happen. Doing something about such behavior after the fact is very difficult. Just pick up the phone and dial 305-289-2351. That is our non-emergency number and we will send someone by to see what is happening.
1/3 - 1:09 p.m.
I live on 105th Street in Marathon. There are constantly people speeding on this street, day and night. There are many children on this street and people do not pay attention when driving. Our neighbors even have a slow down for children sign outside and little people pay attention. There are also stray cats that are being run over because people are speeding at night, which I realize in non of the MCSO concern, but it's still an issue of speeding. Our neighborhood has been pretty quiet until recently.. There is always a young woman walking on the street yelling and cussing during the day and in the evening. Traffic is a lot heavier since she has been here as well.
Answer: I forwarded this comment to Captain Bruce Winegarden. He said he and his patrol officers are aware of this situation and of the woman in question. He has directed more patrol for this area.
1/2 - 8:51 a.m.
there is a vehicle on blocks on 92nd street... every day there seems to be several men/boys in it. That in itself is no problem... but it appears to me that its a drug point of sale. now we have open weed smoking on the street. there are several kids in the neighborhood... this is getting worse and must change.
Answer: This comment was forwarded to our patrol division to deal with appropriately.