News and Happenings
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Labor Day 2020
April Annual Meeting Held – in Oct
Ballot Count Completed
President Dave Resigned
DON’T GET TOWED!!!
Ramp Gate Fixed
Village Excludes Vessels at the Beach
Kiddie Pools Allowed.
Stone Crab Rules Change, Again
A Busy Fourth
Close Call at the Boat Ramp
Village Limits Parking at The FILLS
FWC Requires New License for Reef Fishing
PAPOA Meetings, Rentals, and COVID-19
See the Fl Dept of Ag ENewsletter
Beach Entrance “Contest”
Getting What You Are Paying For?
Grates, Grills & More!
Sign of the Times
Crocs, Carcasses, & Canals
Be Sure They Can Get to You
Scams, Fraud and Phishing
Renting Your House?
The Fills and Holidays
Golf Carts & The Village & P A
Notes from the Security Chief
Building Tiki’s on the Beach
Thefts, Fires, and Unpleasantness
One Man’s Trash…
Important August 2019 Board Action
Deputies Make a Difference!
An October visitor to one of our Port Antigua properties caused a bit of a stir. Several workers noticed the American Crocodile sunning itself on a neighboring step-down.
These animals are protected, and a FWC officer who stopped by to look at it, said it was 5 to 6 footer.
Fortunately they are not particularly aggressive toward adults, but people should watch children and pets closely, even if you don’t see one of these close by. And these guys just love the discards from your catch of the day. Be sure to bag, freeze, and throw those carcasses in the trash – NOT the canal.
For more information, see an article in the Keys Weekly.
The Labor Day weekend was a relatively quiet one in Port Antigua. The weather was great and the people were taking advantage of the sun and water.
There were about 300 boats offshore on Saturday and 200 on Sunday. The Security Detail reported that they stopped some 40 trespassers, made 14 vessel stops resulting in 6 summons and 4 warnings. They also stopped 5 people who tried to use our boat ramp.
As they have in the past, the Deputies used an unmarked boat to patrol the offshore waters.
Deputies Kilmurray and O’Neal at the Beach Entrance
The long postponed 2020 Annual Meeting was finally held via ZOOM technology on October 18th. The meeting and subsequent organizational board of directors meeting lasted over five hours which resulted in the rescheduling of the ACC meeting.
At the meeting, Caren Brinson, Bill Hardy, and Ray Bana were re-elected, but at the subsequent board meeting, Martin Pico was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Bill Hardy earlier this year. Oscar Callejas was elected president; Otto Ortega, vice-president; Rita Klopf, treasuer; and Caren Brinson, secretary. The board also welcomed Bill Hardy’s return to chair the maintenance committee and Vivian Williams to chair the financial review committee. All the committee chairs are listed on the “About” page.
MANY THANKS to the Members who volunteered to count the 2020 Board Election Ballots at the October 16 meeting. They braved threatening skies and COVID-19 to meet with CAM Mari and Secretary Caren at the Methodist Church in Islamorada to open and count the proxies and ballots.
Thank you (left to right in the picture) Martin Pico, Adele West, Jim and Judy Winstel for your work!
After two and a half years at the helm, President Dave decided to not stand for re-election by the Board as the Association president. He intends to remain a member of the Board.
The Board chose Oscar as our new president at the October 17, 2020 meeting. For the text of Dave’s message that was sent to all the members for whom we have email addresses, click here.
We appreciate Dave’s hard and untiring work on behalf of the PAPOA and wish him well!
There are two places people need to be careful about parking at the beach. First – in front of the emergency entrance gate to the beach, and second – trailer parking in the beach lot. While trailers are allowed to be left in the small ramp lot for not more than 30 minutes, they are not to be left in the main lot. People who violate these restrictions may have their vehicles towed – and getting the car/truck/golf cart/trailer back isn’t cheap.
There are good reasons for these rules. Parking is limited and trailers take up lots of space. More importantly, the emergency entrance is used by paramedics to get to people who need help. There are two signs on the gate clearly stating that it is a tow away zone. PLEASE DON’T park there!
What’s wrong with this picture??
On occasion, you may notice a vehicle blocking the gate, like the black pickup truck that was there on the labor day weekend. A board member checked and found that the vehicle was an unmarked MCSO truck whose owner was very, very close by. He had parked there so as not to take up a valuable parking space. Had that not been the case, this vehicle would have been towed. And as an aside, PAPOA DOES NOT receive any money when a vehicle is towed.
Busted – Again – And Fixed two months later
The Boat Ramp gate did not fare too well over the August 22nd weekend as it was heavily damaged and is now inoperative. A report was filed with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office. The vendors had it working again October 17th..
The damage was done by a person who is not a PAPOA member but someone who had borrowed the card with permission. The member whose card was used when the gate was damaged has been identified, contacted, and notified that they will be responsible for the repair.
The PAPOA Board reminds everyone that the Key Cards are the property of PAPOA and are not to be loaned, rented or sold! They are for the sole use of the member, their “live-in” family/guests, or legitimate renters. Loaning the key can be very expensive as this member found out.
August 13, 2020
At a specially called meeting of the Islamorada Village Council on August 12, 2020, Members heard from over 40 people who spoke both for and against excluding boats from the waters off White Marlin and Port Antigua. In the end, the Council Members voted 5 – 0 to implement a 300-foot restricted area from the shore.
Some speakers offered alternative proposals, one of which was a “Beach Ambassador” program which would have members of the community approaching loud or misbehaving people on the Beach, in the water, or on their boats and politely ask them to stop. This was met with some reluctance on the part of the Council Members who were concerned about the safety of the volunteers and their effectiveness. Private security was also suggested as was increased law enforcement. Increased law enforcement, given budgetary constraints, was not an option for the Council.
Behavior on the waters off the Port Antigua beach has been an ongoing issue for the past seven or eight years, and has only worsened with the advent of social media sites that advertise the area a fantastic party spot. The PAPOA Board had been inundated with comments from its members demanding some sort of action, and more recently with comments that the Villages’ proposal was too restrictive. The Board used a methodical approach to the problem, first sending out a survey to get the sense of the membership and then developing a proposal that it hoped the Village would adopt. The PAPOA proposal which entailed a buffer zone between the beach and the idle-speed demarcation gained significant support from the Membership as evidenced by a second survey. This proposal was rejected by the Village in favor of a broader vessel exclusion zone (VEZ) that had been proposed by others. The PAPOA Board decided that sufficient membership support existed for it to endorse the Village’s proposal.
After hearing good arguments from both sides of the issue, the Council took the side of those for a VEZ, citing safety taking precedence over any other issue. Mr. Sante suggested that the Council should implement a “pilot” program, but since the future Councils have the authority to revisit the VEZ, the other Council Members deemed such a program unnecessary. Mr. Davis commented that he would be in favor of a pilot program only if the option at its end was to push the zone to 400 feet. Ms. Gillis suggested that the PAPOA needed to continue to provide security and that the Ambassador program would be hard to do. Mr. Mooney lamented that this had been going on for six years, and life safety had to take precedence. Finally, Mayor Forster showed a picture that appears on a popular social media site that shows numerous boats off the Port Antigua and commented that this beach had become the go to spot in the Keys.
While most of us regret the loss of the “unrestricted” beach access that we have now, the fact that to get to the beach may involve threading one’s way through an obstacle course of sometimes drunk, loud, and obnoxious people really limits our members’ use of the beach. When this is coupled with the offshore behavior, there was a situation in which some members of PAPOA were unable to use their own beach at all.
This action of the Village Council will not completely solve the problem, but it is a first step and one that the Board of Directors will have to build on to regain control of “our” property.
For past articles that have appeared here on the Beach, click here.
The Port Antigua Property Owners’ Association adopted a rule designed to prevent the use of the unsightly and unregulated above ground swimming pools. Some of the Members complained that the old rule was too restrictive going so far as to prohibit even small wading pools popular among the youngsters. A committee consisting of Rod Fletcher, Otto Ortega and Richard Wielandt examined the issue and made their recommendations to the Board. The new rule was adopted at the August 17th meeting.
Concerned about a decreasing harvest in the commercial stone crab fishery, the FWC has implemented several new rules which will be effective in October 2020. The changes will apply to both commercial and recreational stone crabbers. The two rules that will affect most of us will be increasing the claw size to 2 7/8 and closing the season two weeks earlier so it will be closed on May 2, 2021. The other rule goes into effect for the 2021-2022 season and requires an escape ring in each trap. See the FWC press release for more details.
A Busy Fourth
Great weather, people escaping COVID-19, and the “usual” holiday weekend crowds meant for a very busy and sometimes hectic Fourth of July weekend.
The Tikis were fully utilized and the boat traffic off the Beach was heavy. Unfortunately, the aftermath was left for a few volunteers to clean up, and thank you to Esther, Bernie, and Caren for picking up litter and bagging trash.
Fireworks on the Beach… While fireworks for the 4th of July were legal statewide, the law does NOT apply to Homeowners’ Association or to privately owned property. Fireworks on the Port Antigua beach are not allowed for a several reasons: safety (they really are dangerous), the fire hazard they pose to the flammable tikis the Association just had rethatched at considerable expense, the litter they cause, and the liability which may be incurred by PAPOA should something bad happen. Despite this, one resident set up a substantial display in a vacant lot adjacent to the beach, aiming his pyrotechnics over the beach and the tikis. Deputy Johnson approached the resident who told him he had permission from the lot owner. A phone call revealed otherwise, and the resident was escorted off the private property.
Even though there were numerous signs prohibiting fireworks posted on the Beach, another resident was caught with fireworks on the Beach by Deputy Johnson. That resident claimed he hadn’t seen any of the 25 signs that had been posted. He, too, was escorted off the Beach.
Deputy Johnson and some fireworks
Close Call at the Ramp
One of our residents went for an unexpected and very scary swim recently when the truck he was backing down the boat ramp didn’t stop. The truck, putting a trailer in for a haul out, ended up almost fully submerged in the canal. Fortunately, the driver was pulled to safety through the passenger’s window by a passing bicyclist. There were no injuries other than to the truck which was a total loss.
Village “Re-starts” Parking Limits on the Fills
After numerous complaints at the June 18th Council Meeting, the Village re-implemented some of last year’s restrictions on the use of the popular day-trip vacation spot called “The Fills.”
Parking for picnicking and swimming will be allowed only in four designated areas. The Indian Key Fill boat ramp area will be limited to cars/trucks with trailers.
They will also be adding barricades and porta-potties. For more information, see the Village news release.
Photo Courtesy of Sue Miller
At its May meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved implementation of the new State Reef Fish Survey. This program expands the already successful Gulf Reef Fish Survey statewide to the Atlantic coast and Monroe County.
The program will improve recreational data collection on some of Florida’s most socially and economically important reef fish, such as snapper, grouper, amberjack, gray triggerfish and hogfish.
“The FWC is so thankful to be able to expand this already successful program. The State Reef Fish Survey provides a great opportunity for FWC to work with recreational fishers to improve data for reef fish statewide,” said FWC Chairman Robert Spottswood. “Accurate recreational fisheries data provides part of the foundation needed for realistic stock assessments and well-informed fisheries management decisions that promote conservation while meeting the needs of anglers.”
Starting July 1, 2020, if you are fishing for or harvesting popular reef fish, such as red snapper, on a private recreational vessel anywhere in Florida, you will be required to get the State Reef Fish Angler designation. This includes anglers who are 65 and older. Each month, a group of State Reef Fish Anglers will be mailed a short survey about their fishing trips.
If you already have the Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation, you do not need to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler until your Gulf Reef Fish Angler designation expires, even if you are fishing off the Atlantic coast.
For a full list of species included in the State Reef Fish Survey, information on how to sign up and much more, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” then “State Reef Fish Survey” under the “Reef Fish” tab.
Along with Annual Meeting notice and ballot, you received a letter from the Association which reviewed the expected costs of running the Association for the next 10 years. It is obvious that the income from the existing assessment ($500/year) will not be enough to cover the anticipated expenses. Indeed, there will be a $20K shortfall this year which will be covered by a surplus that we had for the past two years.
The reasons for this shortfall are: Inflation and your PAPOA Board of Directors taking a more aggressive and responsible position on both replacing our assets and providing for an emergency fund. We were fortunate that Hurricane Irma did very little damage to the Beach, cul-de-sacs, and other infrastructure we have. We may not be as lucky in the future.
Please look at the package you received. For your convenience, links to the documents are provided (the buttons). There will be additional information sent out and/or posted on this website as the proposal is fine-tuned. A vote will be held later in the year to implement our solution to this very real problem.
Beach Entrance “Contest”
We are having a CONTEST! (Well, sort of)
The pergola at the entrance to the Beach is weathered, beginning to rot in places needs replacing. It also provides too attractive a structure for people to use as a ladder for getting over the fence. We are looking for ideas. Its replacement should:
- Be inexpensive
- Be durable
- Provide an attractive and inviting entrance to the beach
- Have some shade
- Have benches for people to take off or put on shoes, or just chill
- Be free standing and not be located so close to the gate that it provides an access over the top of the fence
- Not limit accessibility to the Beach — which rules out steps and the like
- Not be constructed in such a manner that people can get injured by it.
- Did I mention “inexpensive?”
Let us know what you would like to see at your Beach! Send your suggestions to us at email@example.com!
PAPOA and COVID-19
Updated 05/01/2020 (Recent changes are in Bold)
We have all been impacted by the pandemic that is affecting the world today. The seriousness of this crisis has recently been underscored by the several deaths due to COVID-19 in Monroe County. The safety of our residents is one of the primary mandates for which the PAPOA exists. To that end, the Association is addressing its upcoming meetings, recommending how people use the Beach, and passing along important guidance from the Village on renting your house. The April yard sale has also been postponed to a later date.
The Annual Meeting has been postponed until at least May 30th. The status of that meeting depends on when the Keys are “reopened” and the restrictions on gatherings eased. There will be an additional notice and agenda mailing notifiying you when it is rescheduled. Click on the “Meetings” button for more information. The April Board of Directors and ACC meetings were be held on the 18th via telephone. The next meeting will be held on May 18th via telephone. See the “Home” page for details.
On April 1, Governor DeSantis issued a stay at home order. This requires all seniors and those with certain medical conditions to stay at home. All people in the State are to limit their movements outside the home to essential activites.
If you should venture out for exercise and the like (yes, fishing is allowed and considered an essential activity), the State and Federal Governments have restrictions on gatherings. To encourage that we abide by these, the Board suggests that members limit the gatherings on the Beach to groups of fewer than 10 as well as take precautions when using the Tikis, grills, etc. The MCSO and FWC will be enforcing the group size and vessel anchoring restrictions. Click on the “Beach” button for more information.
On March 22, 2020, Monroe County closed the hotels, RV parks, vacation rentals, etc. For PAPOA’s position on this and how it relates to us, click on the “Rentals” button.
Local governments have established a task force to develop recommendations for when to ease restrictions and reopen. The Village website has the details. Click on “Village” button to go there and then click on the “Summary of Emergency Measures” link under their Latest News Heading.
The Board has recently been advised that some P.A. homes have renters in them and are in violation of the County mandates. Click on the “Rentals Update” button for more details. On March 24th, Monroe County released an “Enforcement Protocol” outlining penalties and procedures for making people comply with the ban on tourist in the Keys. They are restricting southbound traffic at MM 112.5 (the Monroe County line). Click on the “03/25/20 Update” button for more information.
We will update this website as the situation changes. Please take every precaution to keep you and yours healthy.
Be Sure You Are Getting What You Pay For
Your Board is working hard to keep the carts and cans off the roadside and so much improvement has been made. It was brought to our attention that some property owners may not be aware that the service providers they have hired may not be giving the service that is being paid for. Please take a look at the notice that was emailed or snail-mailed to all members in February. 2020.
For bulk items, please do not use the cul-de-sacs as this can interfere with pickup by the Advanced Disposal trucks. And you do have to call Advanced to schedule a bulk pick up. The number is 305-853-3433.
If you have any questions, send us an email.
The grills at the Beach have been replaced in time for Spring Break. After an extensive search, Bill and Caren were able to find commercial-duty picnic grills that are slightly sturdier and a little less expensive than those they replaced. Bill got several estimates and had them installed in February. The new signs on the beach look great, too.
Filipe (a.k.a. Bernie) , Dave and Oscar
at a new grill
After a couple of years (think Irma) of PAPOA asking the Village to replace the signpost that blew away, one mysteriously appeared! It was quickly “populated” with three very appropriate signs. Obviously, we do have cameras in the neighborhood, but the recent croc sightings in White Marlin and up by Robbies of a 13 footer, and the dumping of several large wahoo carcasses in the canal made the additional signage very appropriate. Thanks go to A.J. and his staff at the Village for making this happen!
The reason for the emergency gate to the Beach was made abundantly clear recently. In less than two weeks, emergency personnel had to gain access to our beach twice. In the first incident, FWC cut the lock to gain access while responding to the tragic boating death up at Bowlegs Cut. In the second, a person on the beach went into anaphylactic shock and had to be treated and later taken to the hospital by EMT.
If you see someone blocking the gate, PLEASE ask them to move! And, golf carts are not allowed to park there either!
SCAMS, FRAUD AND PHISHING
The Monroe County Sheriff Office has been busy over the past few weeks. There have been eight cases reported to them, totaling tens of thousands of dollars. These can be prevented if people are careful with their personal information. Don’t fall for the “Microsoft is corrupted, you will lose all of your data unless you click here,” the “Your grandson has been arrested,” or one of the many other schemes designed to separate you from your money. And don’t say it can’t happen to you – it can. Remember, legitimate government agencies like the IRS, the Social Security Office, and the police will never call and ask you to send them a gift card. Hang up if over the phone or back out of the site if on your computer. Don’t be a victim.
For the latest from the MCSO, see Oscar’s summary.
Renting Your House? Be AWARE!
A recent article in the Free Press, January 1, 2020, highlighted an issue that may affect some of the homeowners in Port Antigua. The article detailed the arrest of a Pennsylvania couple that owned and rented a condominium in Key Largo. The couple are facing felony and misdemeanor charges of theft and failure to obtain required certificates of registration.
Monroe County requires owners of rentals of six months or less to open a tourist development tax account with the Tax Collectors Office and remit a 5% tax on those rentals. The State of Florida also requires the remittance of 7.5% on the rentals as well and owners of rental property must claim the proceeds on their Federal Income Tax.
Contrary to urban legend, renting for less than 28 days, which requires a separate permit from the Village of Islamorada, does not exempt owners of rental properties from the above requirements.
The FILLS – and Holidays
After the Labor Day weekend, enforcement activity by the Village at the Fills has been limited, and while the “porta-potties” have disappeared, the unsightly orange and white barricades and no parking signs remain. The portable sign that says the boat ramp lot is restricted to vehicles with trailers is still there. However according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, when the boat ramp area is not full of boats and trailers, the deputies do not take enforcement action as there is plenty of room. They do enforce the NO PARKING areas along the Fills to help stop erosion.
The Village is currently working out a schedule for upcoming holidays and plans to have staff on hand to control access at the boat ramp during peak times. They will limit the parking in that lot to vehicles with trailers.
Golf Carts & The Village & Port Antigua
Please be sure you are familiar with and obey the Village requirements for the use of golf carts on our streets. They may be found in the Frequently Asked Questions on the “About PAPOA” page. For your convenience, you may see a summary here.
Notes from the Security Chief:
Recently residents in nearby communities have had endorsed checks stolen from their mailbox. In each separate instance the stolen checks were whited out and another name added. The checks also had the dollar amount changed to a larger amount than the victim wrote. Subjects are still at large.
The Sheriff’s Office urges residents to take their paid bills/checks to the U.S. Post Office and mail them there.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Spencer Curry at; 305-292-7060 or Crime Stoppers at; 1-866-471-8477
Mail and doorstep delivery thefts will increase during the upcoming holiday season. U.S. Postal Inspectors and the MCSO are working diligently to arrest the offenders.
Golf Carts GONE…
MCSO deputies have made one arrest so far in a series of small electric vehicle and golf cart thefts in the Key Largo area. The offender, Sean Richardson, 26 from Tavernier, was already locked up on an unrelated warrant from Miami-Dade County.
According to another inmate questioned by MCSO, who is jailed on unrelated charges, there are several people involved in stealing small electric vehicles and golf carts. The investigation is ongoing.
A reminder – keep your carts locked up and preferably out of sight. They are attractive targets not just for people who want to turn them into cash, but for kids (or others) who want to see how fast they can go on Port Antigua streets!
Building Tikis at the Beach
Thefts, Scams, Fires
and Other Unpleasantness
By Oscar Callejas
Beware of scam calls. If you receive a call/text/email from someone saying they’re law enforcement or some other legal professional claiming one of your family member has been arrested, hang up immediately and call that person to verify the claim. Odds are you’re being scammed!
The latest scam involves callers saying your Social Security Number will be suspended due to unpaid taxes. Your SSN is NEVER suspended. See the SSA Inspector General’s website for more into.
The FBI reports that every year, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to financial fraud through a variety of methods including charity/lottery/ sweepstakes scams, grandparents scams, romance scams, and more. Protect yourself or your loved one from elder fraud by never giving or sending personally identifiable information or money to unknown people or businesses. Report suspicious calls, emails, and letters to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. http://ow.ly/mM9m50wiGsN
MCSO presence has increased in our community thanks to their commitment in making Port Antigua safe and enjoyable for all.
However, MCSO Detectives advise residents to lock their vehicles due to recent car burglaries in the neighboring City of Layton. Detectives are concerned that thieves may be targeting residents personal identification information. Keep all valuables, including wallets, checkbooks etc. at home and not your vehicle.
Angelo Marks, 45, was charged with arson and remains at large. Anyone with information should contact MCSO at 305-853-2311 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-866-471-8477 tips submitted online at; www.floridakeyscrimestoppers.com
A Vivid Reminder that Fiberglass Burns
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced a new awareness campaign aimed at addressing school threats made by students in Florida.
The “It’s No Joke” campaign aims to dissuade youth from making school threats, because doing so can lead to being arrested and charged with a felony.
Finally, if you “see something, say something”. Don’t forget to snap a picture or record the incident, since evidence will make your case more compelling! Remember, it’s your word against theirs, and video captures the truth.
“One man’s trash is
another man’s treasure…”
Recent Board Actions
At its August meeting, the PAPOA Board temporarily suspended the existing Beach Function Policy and adopted a new Key Card Replacement Policy.
Beach Policy: Due to some recent incidents, the Board determined that the existing policy covering private functions at the PAPOA Beach was inadequate. Therefore, the Board voted to suspend the policy while a new one was being developed. If you are planning a function, please contact us to check on the status of the policy update. If you have comments on what you think a new policy should or should not include, your input is more than welcome. Please send an email.
Key Cards: Documentation from the surveillance cameras and key card data base substantiate that some Port Antigua residents are either loaning or selling proprietary Port Antigua key cards allowing access to the common areas to non-property owners. This intentional misuse of the key cards is a violation of the community documents which restrict the use of the common areas to property owners. Additionally, use of the common areas by additional numbers of unauthorized individuals increases the maintenance costs for all property owners. The Fee Schedule, the Key Card Replacement Form and the Key Card Policy are available on this website.
ACC Issues: Finally the Board would like to remind everyone that the front setback requirements outlined in the covenants include canopies/awnings and any other structure between the dripline of the home and the street. If in doubt, please send us an email.
Non-Residents Enjoying Your Ramp
Oscar has the numbers from Sheriff Enforcement activities on the Memorial Day weekend. As expected, the increase in patrols did increase the number of violations. (See the table below.)
We ask all residents to video incidents and not get into a confrontation with trespassers or any others who are involved with annoying incidents. If you see something, nicely say something, and/or contact the Sheriff. Do not take matters into your own hands (even if your in a group). Keeping the peace and enforcing the law is why we have the MCSO for holiday weekends.
Violations On Memorial Day Weekend.
14 Beach Property Trespassers,
19 Boat trespassers.
TOTAL TRESPASSERS: 33
Boat Stops: 18
Boat Citations: 10
Arrest: 1 Reckless boating
Traffic Stops: 20
Golf Cart Stops (Juveniles) 10
Violations On Fourth of July Week
TOTAL TRESPASSERS: 13
Boat stops: 6
Boat Citations: 3
Boat Warnings: 3
Medical Emergencies: 2
Vehicle Tows: 2
Fireworks shut down: 2
Please join us in keeping Port Antigua a safe place for our families and visitors!
Sheriff Deputies Make a Difference!
The Memorial Day Weekend saw enhanced law enforcement in Port Antigua to prevent trespassing violations, traffic regulation infractions, and unruly behavior.
While the focus was on safety, the Deputies were mindful of the desires of the residents to enjoy themselves but not at the expense of their neighbors and fellow Association Members.
Unfortunately, there were several arrests (not Association Members), summons issued and more than one trespasser escorted off the property.
On Friday, a group of juveniles was seen passing a picnic table over the beach fence on one of the adjacent vacant lots. When the Deputies confronted them, they admitted to not being residents and said they were from Key Largo. They were escorted off the beach and advised not to return.
Sgt Johnson Watches for Trespassers
Trespassers lift a table over the fence
In another incident after a Member opened the gate, she stopped a young adult from entering the Beach. The would be intruder angrily stated that they had “lived here my whole life….” But they could not even provide a local address!