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The Protect Rio Vista program utilizes your subscription funds to hire off-duty Fort Lauderdale police officers to patrol in the neighborhood.  The officers are in uniform when on duty and have full authority to take official action action should a crime take place while on patrol.  The officers patrol in a marked car leased by the civic association and will be dispatched by FLPD for any 911 call recieved from the neighborhood.  Members also recieve a cell phone number by which they may contact the patrol officers directly while they are on duty.  Members also recieve the opportunity to request a vacation check of their home when they are out of town. 


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1615    Checked the business along US 1 and the entrances to Rio Vista.

1630    I was flagged down in reference to a very large black Rotweiler running loose.  It was reported the dog was threatening persons by its aggressive actions (growling and chasing people). Upon arrival the dog also charged at me and this was truly not appreciated from my perspective.  While quickly taking inventory of my digits and limbs, I retreated faster that a Wildebeest pursued by a pride of hungry lions; all the while controlling an overwhelming urge to soil myself.

            This rather unpleasant fellow weighed in at about 125 pounds and had the enraged disposition of a sleep deprived Grizzly Bear.  I noted what surely must have been about 3000 gleaming sharp teeth inside of his salivating jowls as he appeared to be sizing up the bite width required to remove my thigh. Clearly, he was not pleased with my presence.

            Now that we had established a mutual not-so-admiration society between us, I was quite pleased with myself when I successfully duped the bad mannered buffoon into a entering a fenced yard.  I allowed him to believe I could be his next tasty mid-day snack should he enter the gate and commence to devour me. 

            He charged towards me once again as if I was wearing a necklace draped with fresh pork chops but he soon came to the sad realization that I could jump safely to the opposing side of the fence thusly thwarting his attempt to render me forever mutilated. I must claim an entirely new appreciation for chain link fencing on this day. 

            Finding it impossible to hide my outward laughter while closing the gate securely behind him; I taunted “Cujo” (from a safe distance, of course) on his basic lack of intelligence.  Grinning from ear to ear animal control was summonsed to come take possession this beast and I rejoiced openly in my victory in this battle of wits with man’s best friend.

            Unfortunately, my self-achieved elation was very short lived as our beloved local animal control agency advised me it was a legal holiday and they do not respond to any such foolishness on holidays. Awesome!! Thank-you so much for the warm inner feelings I now achieved knowing why I pay my property taxes each and every fall and spring!! 

            Nearly out of options, I left my new found friend drooling and captive inside his temporary quarters. I drove through the neighborhood fervently asking all persons who were found if anyone may know who in the world may possess such a hostile creature.

            I was eventually directed to a possible owner.  Contact was made with a pleasant chap who, acknowledged the dog was his after checking his back yard and finding his dog was auspiciously missing.  

            He immediately came to the address and retrieved his possessed possession without further incident.   

            An animal complaint case report was filed #14-005734

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 


0630    I patrolled the isles, mainland and LYC and I checked 1105 twice.

1515    Patrols and re-checks of vacation homes in sprinkling rain.

1530    Resident called and stated this morning at 1:15 hrs the house alarm activated indicating a rear door breech which has never happened before. There was nothing found by the officers investigating the call. Currently the home is under heavy renovations and many works are present daily.

1630    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check. (rain continues)

1700    Patrolled the Isles, Cordova Road and the Yacht Club.

1815    Patrolled the business along US 1 and entrance streets.

1925    Dispatched in reference to a silent panic alarm from the residence.  Upon arrival I was met in the street by the homeowner who stated she had incorrectly input the code causing the activation.  All was secure and the homeowner was appreciative of the “very fast” response time.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


1140    While conducting vacation checks, noticed an empty spot for a TV in swim up pool bar.  I emailed homeowner for confirmation.

1200    Completed vacation checks.  I moved a package to the rear.

1240    Resident above confirmed that the other TV had broken previously.

1540   Phantom 9-11 hang-up again from construction site. It had come in repeatedly during

           Day shift. Lt Scelfo began working on contacting AT&T to end the problem.

1830   Many residents walking about the neighborhood enjoying the weather. Corridors,

           LYC, parks and neighborhood secure. 10-7.

Thursday, January 23, 2014           


0945    10-8, No messages were found on cell phone.  Reference the 911 hang-ups, I called the ATT customer service number.  After a grueling phone tree gauntlet, I made it to a representative. ATT stated the problem should be corrected by today. 

1100    Call from resident.  Her unlocked car was broken into sometime Tuesday after 730 pm to 730 am.  Taken was a black duffle bag.  I processed for prints (got some good ones if they’re not hers).  Report #14-008525.

1150    Responded to alarm.  I cleared it as accidental by the homeowner.

1155    Received call form resident regarding a suspicious tan vehicle with a man sitting in her swale.  Responded after the alarm, subject was GOA.  I advised resident we would keep a look out for him to return.

1647   Contact with W/M cutting palm fronds from city trees in median at 9 Ave &

           Ponce. He was advised the trees were city property, warned & sent on way.

1911   Contacted urban camper at the gazebo & sent him on his way. When returning to

           my car I contacted a driver who went the wrong way on the roadway to get to

           his parking spot at the apartment bldg adjacent to the park. I reminded him of the

           dangers inherent in his actions and the consequences. He was warned and


1930   Corridors, parks, LYC & neighborhood secure. 10-7.  

 Friday, January 24, 2014   

0715    Patrolling mainland, LYC and Isles.

0940    Called by residence reference a fraud, looked on list and did not see them. They called into 5700.

1015    10-7

 Saturday, January 25, 2014

1715    Completed a loop of the mainland, LYC and Isles.

1820    I’m still driving around it is very quiet.

1915    Completed all checks, all appears secure. Rough day it was very, very quiet.

Sunday, January 26, 2014  


0645    10-8, called in, 10 missed calls from a private number. Let the patrolling begin.

0745    Very quiet out

0945    Completed check of the mainland, LYC and isles.

1045    10-7

Monday, January 27, 2014  

0620    Conducted a walking patrol

1545    I began patrols and checks of the vacation homes

1610    I received a call from the resident who stated she accidentally activated her house alarm and wanted no police assistance.  Apparently she was able to deactivate the alarm before the alarm company called FLPD as I was never dispatched.

1645    I began distributing the new yard signs to the renewing members on the list.

1820    Discontinued yard sign stickers due to darkness.

1900    Patrolled the Isles, Yacht Club and Cordova Road.

2000    Patrolled the businesses along US 1 and entrance streets to Rio Vista.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 

0730    Patrolling

0830    Completed a loop of mainland, isles and LYC.

0900    House manager for residence stated they are tenting the house today and could we keep an Eye on it. 10-7


1545    Began checks of vacation homes and disbursements of renewal yard stickers

1620    I received a call on the detail phone in reference to a W/F subject passed out on the sidewalk in front of the market at SE 7 Street and Federal Hwy.  Upon arrival I located the damsel in distress apparently over come by the evil forces of gravity and lying near the front door of the grocery sprawled out in a small puddle of foamy saliva.

            Initially, I foolishly believed this maiden to be a tad intoxicated, however; she quickly corrected my errant interpretation of the observed data.  She inferred she was only cleverly disguising herself to be an incoherent, slobbering muddle of horizontally entrapped humanity who was enjoying the view of this vast world from the perspective of a common insect. 

            Had I not observed the half-dozen empty beer cans contained in her purse and was nearly assassinated by the inordinate distilled toxic odors spewing from her oral cavity; I may have totally bought into her account of this circumstance.  Questioning if I may have been a bit hasty in my assessment of the situation I elected to err on the side of prudence as I summonsed an ambulance to possibly render her aid.

            After close examination of my prone princess, FLFD/EMS surmised her to be uninjured but unfortunately seriously snookered.  Dazed and confused, I was shaking my head in disbelief as I drove away from this uncommon encounter; it appeared my brothers in public service had also never seen a professional entomologist at work!! 

            Enter paradigm shift - stage left J

1705    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check.

1715    I began posting renewed membership yard signs.

1840    I discontinued sticker posting as darkness abounds.

1915    Patrols of the entrance street to Rio Vista.

2000    Checked all of the parks.

2100    Met with a member resident on N. Rio Vista in reference to questions/advice.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014  

1550   Checks completed and apparently secure. Began patrol and updating of the RVSP signs.

1755   Traffic stop at 6 St & Federal Hwy, vehicle traveling at an accelerated speed and

           cutting into traffic across solid pavement markings just prior to the tunnel. Rio Vista resident warned and admonished.

1830   Corridors, parks and neighborhood secure. RVSP signs updated as weather permitted

           (I got wet, some of the stickers would not adhere when wet, others did). 10-7.

Thursday, January 30, 2014   

1525    Out of town checks completed.

Began updating RVSP signs amidst the rain. WOOHOO!

1727   Flagged down by resident on Cordova  complaining about

           an illegal golf cart that had just passed being operated by a 12 year old girl. He intends

           to call us when he sees an unlawfully operated cart in the future as he thinks things

           have gotten out of hand. A reminder in the civic association newsletter about the

           lawful operation of the carts might remedy the situation.

1900   Updated a number of the RVSP signs, but stopped on account of heavy rains. We are

           out of the circular RVSP sign, (I did not locate any in the trunk) I had to replace some of

           the older shield-type signs when doing the updates. Corridors, parks & neighborhood

           secure. 10-7.                                                                    

Friday, January 31, 2014         


0815- Began and completed out of town checks. All appear to be secure.

0840- Patrolled bridges, LYC. No unusual activity to report.

0900- Picked up 2 new signs from Carole and delivered to requested locations.

1110- Final patrol all areas provided directions to jogger looking for cemetery.

2300    Patrols through area.  Quiet.

0200    Continued Patrols

Saturday, February 01, 2014


1230    Patrolling mainland, LYC and Isles.

1330    Completed vacation checks all appears secure

1430    Beautiful day constantly assisting with lost drivers

2300    Patrols through area.  Quiet



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