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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.

Many thanks

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 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 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.

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, 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.

History.—s. 2, ch. 3276, 1881; RS 2581; GS 3501; RGS 5386; CGL 7525; s. 1, ch. 63-433; s. 1, ch. 65-226; s. 3, ch. 67-2207; ss. 20, 33, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1035, ch. 71-136; s. 1, ch. 77-174; s. 2, ch. 78-116; s. 21, ch. 79-3; s. 27, ch. 79-8; s. 6, ch. 85-87; s. 41, ch. 88-122; s. 2, ch. 88-373; s. 51, ch. 88-381; s. 43, ch. 89-526; s. 209, ch. 91-224; s. 19, ch. 2014-191.

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,, 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.

Hi there,
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.
Debbie Buterbaugh

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 one

Answer: 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.


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 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.

(1) Any law enforcement officer who investigates an alleged incident of domestic violence shall assist the victim to obtain medical treatment if such is required as a result of the alleged incident to which the officer responds. Any law enforcement officer who investigates an alleged incident of domestic violence shall advise the victim of such violence that there is a domestic violence center from which the victim may receive services. The law enforcement officer shall give the victim immediate notice of the legal rights and remedies available on a standard form developed and distributed by the department. As necessary, the department shall revise the Legal Rights and Remedies Notice to Victims to include a general summary of s. 741.30 using simple English as well as Spanish, and shall distribute the notice as a model form to be used by all law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The notice shall include:
(a) The resource listing, including telephone number, for the area domestic violence center designated by the Department of Children and Families; and
(b) A copy of the following statement: “IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, you may ask the state attorney to file a criminal complaint. You also have the right to go to court and file a petition requesting an injunction for protection from domestic violence which may include, but need not be limited to, provisions which restrain the abuser from further acts of abuse; direct the abuser to leave your household; prevent the abuser from entering your residence, school, business, or place of employment; award you custody of your minor child or children; and direct the abuser to pay support to you and the minor children if the abuser has a legal obligation to do so.”
(2) When a law enforcement officer investigates an allegation that an incident of domestic violence has occurred, the officer shall handle the incident pursuant to the arrest policy provided in s. 901.15(7), and as developed in accordance with subsections (3), (4), and (5). Whether or not an arrest is made, the officer shall make a written police report that is complete and clearly indicates the alleged offense was an incident of domestic violence. Such report shall be given to the officer’s supervisor and filed with the law enforcement agency in a manner that will permit data on domestic violence cases to be compiled. Such report must include:
(a) A description of physical injuries observed, if any.
(b) If a law enforcement officer decides not to make an arrest or decides to arrest two or more parties, the officer shall include in the report the grounds for not arresting anyone or for arresting two or more parties.
(c) A statement which indicates that a copy of the legal rights and remedies notice was given to the victim.

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.

(3) Whenever a law enforcement officer determines upon probable cause that an act of domestic violence has been committed within the jurisdiction the officer may arrest the person or persons suspected of its commission and charge such person or persons with the appropriate crime. The decision to arrest and charge shall not require consent of the victim or consideration of the relationship of the parties.
(4)(a) When complaints are received from two or more parties, the officers shall evaluate each complaint separately to determine whether there is probable cause for arrest.
(b) If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that two or more persons have committed a misdemeanor or felony, or if two or more persons make complaints to the officer, the officer shall try to determine who was the primary aggressor. Arrest is the preferred response only with respect to the primary aggressor and not the preferred response with respect to a person who acts in a reasonable manner to protect or defend oneself or another family or household member from domestic violence.
(5) No law enforcement officer shall be held liable, in any civil action, for an arrest based on probable cause, enforcement in good faith of a court order, or service of process in good faith under this chapter arising from an alleged incident of domestic violence brought by any party to the incident.
(6) A person who willfully violates a condition of pretrial release provided in s. 903.047, when the original arrest was for an act of domestic violence as defined in s. 741.28, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, and shall be held in custody until his or her first appearance.
History.—s. 12, ch. 84-343; s. 3, ch. 91-210; s. 5, ch. 94-90; s. 2, ch. 94-134; s. 2, ch. 94-135; s. 2, ch. 95-195; s. 1, ch. 97-298; s. 279, ch. 99-8; s. 7, ch. 2000-155; s. 286, ch. 2014-19.

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 are present. 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

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:

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 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:

(4)(a) “Fireworks” means and includes any combustible or explosive composition or substance or combination of substances or, except as hereinafter provided, any article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. The term includes blank cartridges and toy cannons in which explosives are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, dago bombs, and any fireworks containing any explosives or flammable compound or any tablets or other device containing any explosive substance.
(b) “Fireworks” does not include sparklers approved by the division pursuant to s. 791.013; toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns, or other devices in which paper caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used, providing they are so constructed that the hand cannot come in contact with the cap when in place for the explosion; and toy pistol paper caps which contain less than twenty hundredths grains of explosive mixture, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times.
(c) “Fireworks” also does not include the following novelties and trick noisemakers:
1. A snake or glow worm, which is a pressed pellet of not more than 10 grams of pyrotechnic composition that produces a large, snakelike ash which expands in length as the pellet burns and that does not contain mercuric thiocyanate.
2. A smoke device, which is a tube or sphere containing not more than 10 grams of pyrotechnic composition that, upon burning, produces white or colored smoke as the primary effect.
3. A trick noisemaker, which is a device that produces a small report intended to surprise the user and which includes:
a. A party popper, which is a small plastic or paper device containing not more than 16 milligrams of explosive composition that is friction sensitive, which is ignited by pulling a string protruding from the device, and which expels a paper streamer and produces a small report.
b. A booby trap, which is a small tube with a string protruding from both ends containing not more than 16 milligrams of explosive compound, which is ignited by pulling the ends of the string, and which produces a small report.
c. A snapper, which is a small, paper-wrapped device containing not more than four milligrams of explosive composition coated on small bits of sand, and which, when dropped, explodes, producing a small report. A snapper may not contain more than 250 milligrams of total sand and explosive composition.
d. A trick match, which is a kitchen or book match which is coated with not more than 16 milligrams of explosive or pyrotechnic composition and which, upon ignition, produces a small report or shower of sparks.
e. A cigarette load, which is a small wooden peg that has been coated with not more than 16 milligrams of explosive composition and which produces, upon ignition of a cigarette containing one of the pegs, a small report.
f. An auto burglar alarm, which is a tube which contains not more than 10 grams of pyrotechnic composition that produces a loud whistle or smoke when ignited and which is ignited by use of a squib. A small quantity of explosive, not exceeding 50 milligrams, may also be used to produce a small report.

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 appropriate signage.
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.
Please 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 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.
Kat Newman

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.


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?
Nancy April

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.