Officer Johnson responded to a vessel taking on water approximately one half-mile offshore near Wiggins Pass. Once on the scene, Officer Johnson was joined by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the USCG. Two of the occupants of the vessel were unable to swim. All five of the subjects were safely removed from the sinking vessel and returned to shore.
Officer Araujo responded to a panther depredation call in Golden Gate Estates. The complainant reported a panther had killed goats and geese on her property. She also feared that the panther was still hiding inside the goat pen. Officer Araujo confirmed that the animals were killed by a panther and it was no longer in the area. FWC’s local panther biologist has responded to previous panther depredations at the location advised that there is a panther in the area. Officer Araujo explained to the complainant that a more secure enclosure would help to avoid future panther depredations.
Officer Plussa and Florida Highway Patrol troopers conducted traffic enforcement patrol in the Collier County Panther Zone portions inside the Collier-Seminole State Park boundary. The daytime speed limit is 60 MPH and the nighttime speed limit is 45 MPH. Throughout the evening, Officer Plussa stopped numerous motorists and issued multiple citations, with many violators driving over 70 MPH in the 45 MPH zone. In addition to citations and warnings for unlawful speed, Officer Plussa took appropriate enforcement actions issuing a combination of citations and warnings for expired vehicle registration, no auto insurance, failure to transfer driver’s licenses, no headlights at night, no taillights at night and other violations.
Officer Araujo attended an FWC-sponsored youth fishing clinic at the Naples Pier. He spoke to children about how to be a responsible angler, respect the environment and how to practice catch and release fishing. After the demonstrations, the kids got a rod and reel and learned to fish, some of them for the very first time. Officer Araujo showed kids how to bait their hooks, assisted in landing fish and how to safely hold them. During the clinic, Officer Araujo was also able to demonstrate how to successfully release pelicans when one became hooked.
Officers Kleis and Arbogast were on water patrol on the Marco River when they saw a vessel create a large “rooster tail,” attempting to spray the docks at a water front restaurant. The vessel was also improperly displaying its registration decal. The vessel was stopped to address the violation and to conduct a safety inspection. Multiple signs of impairment were observed from the operator during the encounter. Seated field sobriety tasks on the operator were conducted, on which he performed poorly. Officer Kleis placed the subject under arrest for BUI. The subject, who has two previous convictions for DUI, refused to provide a breath sample. The subject was transported to the Collier County Jail.