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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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 Sunday, March 16, 2014              


1645    Begin patrols and house checks.

1800    House checks completed during patrols.

1815    Patrol parks, and mainland. 3 traffic stops for wrong way at 9ave/12 ct. Warnings issued.

1900    Check federal highway business district.

1930    Re-check isles.

Monday, March 17, 2014                 


0830    Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0930    Patrolled bridges, Isles, and LYC. No unusual activity to report.

1030    Patrolled Rio Vista mainland and foot patrol of parks.

1100    Spoke with resident, who stated one of the dogs she walks (on a leash) was attacked by another dog that ran from the residence wanted to bring it to our attention in case we have similar incidents.

1120    Traffic stop conducted N. Rio and 9ave. due to stop sign. Verbal provided to driver.

1140    Remained visible VSY Park since several parents/kids out playing.

1230    Patrolled business area along Federal Highway including intersections which were clear of any panhandling activity.

1250    Observed a run away dog 9 Ave/7 St. He was reunited with his owner.

1315    Traffic enforcement 9 Ave/11Ct. No violators.

1345    Final rounds.

1500    1-A complaint was made from a member resident in reference to parking problem involving many construction vehicles at the construction site.  The caller indicated many vehicles are parking on both sides of the street when construction is ongoing thereby blocking passage of other motorists.

1545    I began the patrols and re-checks of the vacation homes.

1615    I checked the aforementioned traffic complaint.  All vehicles were gone as apparently work stopped at 1600 hrs.  I made a return call to the complainant advising we would continue to look at the situation and if she would witness a problem to please call back anytime.

1715    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check.

1800    Checked all of the parks – secure.

1830    Several traffic stops at SE 9 Ave & 11 Ct.

1920    Patrolled business along Federal Hwy., school and church.

2015    Final patrols of area, including Yacht Club and Isles.

2055    Removed three juvenile skateboarders from Virginia Young Park who were being loud an obnoxious after dark when the park was closed. They left without incident dragging their boards behind them.             


Sunday, March 02, 2014


1905    Completed checks

2005    Patrolling area, very quiet

2105    10-7

Monday, March 03, 2014                  


1015    Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

1040    Patrolled Rio Vista mainland and parks.

1100    Patrolled Isles and LYC.

1130    Directions provided to motorist seeking LYC.

1144    Observed a partially open trunk to a vehicle. Contact was made with resident/member who stated her cleaning lady failed to secure.

1220    Patrolled business district. No unusual activity to report. No panhandlers present.

1240    Final patrol.


1545    Began patrols and re-checks of vacation homes.

1700    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check.

1830    Assisted a lost motorist seeking a route to the beach.

1915    Attended the Rio Vista neighborhood meeting.

2045    Final patrols of the area  

Sunday, February 16, 2014 


1215    Patrolling the mainland, spoke with resident concerned about large boats parking on the swell.

1300    Resident is concerned about large jacked-up trucks driving fast on 10th Street Isle. Numerous children play in the streets. I will keep an eye open.

1415    Completed checks, all appeared secure.

Monday, February 17, 2014


0725    Completed checks, all appear secure

1645    Responded to a residential hold up alarm.  Upon arrival no persons were found to be present and the home checked secure from exterior.         

1700    Resumed patrols and re-checks of vacation homes.

1745    Multiple alarms continue to come from residence.  I have re-checked the property and find no problems.  I have been unable to make phone contact with the home owner but did leave messages regarding the malfunctioning alarm.

1815    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check.

1845    I spoke to the homeowner in reference to his alarm malfunctions.  He did advise me ADT will be coming on Thursday to remedy the problem.

2000    Patrolled the isles and Yacht Club.

2045    Final patrols. 



Sunday, February 02, 2014 


1200    Completed checks, all appear secure

1330    Giving out many directions today.

1400    10-7

Monday, February 03, 2014               


0900    Dispatched to disturbance reference to a Homeless person causing a problem, arrived less then a minute. The man was in search of a free bus pass. He left without incident. No warrants.

0920    Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0950    Call reference a domestic situation

1015    Traffic enforcement 9ave. area. All law abiding citizens today.

1120    Patrolled Bridges and LYC.

1145    Patrolled Rio Vista mainland and parks. No unusual activity to report.

1155    Patrolled business district along Federal.

1545    I began my patrols and re-checks of the vacation homes

1610    Washed, fueled and vacuumed the patrol car.

1645    All vacation check homes appeared to be secure on re-check.

1705    I drove up on a disturbance in progress.  A resident was complaining that a neighbor at had pulled his parked vehicle down the street for the second time today and abandoned it in the roadway because he did not like it parked in front of his home.  He stated he did not actually witness this but rather the offending neighbor had told him that he had done it.

            I spoke to subject who was raking leaves from in front of his home where there had clearly been a recently parked vehicle.  I noticed a complete and obvious set a tire drag marks originating from this area and ending exactly where the vehicle was found setting nearly 4 residences to the east. 

            He admitted he was very upset the vehicle had been left abandon in front of his home because his garbage cans were not emptied this week but he would never pull the vehicle to where it was now parked and refused to admit he had stated that to the neighbor. 

            I noticed a very large 4 wheel drive pick up parked in subject’s driveway which would have worked nicely for just such an occasion.  I could not however locate any actual eye witnesses to this incident.  A disturbance report was taken and informed how to file a civil small claims lawsuit against should he find damage has occurred to his.  A report was taken #14-013127.

1815    I resumed my patrol from “Pinocchio’s Problematic Push/Pull Parking Panacea”.


1900    Patrolled the Isles, Cordova Road and the Yacht Club.

2000    Patrolled the business along Federal Hwy. and the entrance street to Rio Vista.

2100    Final patrols of the area.

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.


Sunday, December 08, 2013


0630    10-8, no calls on phone, called in detail

0730    still on patrol

0830    10-7


Monday, December 09, 2013

1230    still on patrol, asked to move car for a photo shoot, moved

1430    completed checks,

1545    I began the patrols of the neighborhood and re-checks of the vacation homes.

1630    All vacation homes checked secure on re-check

1645    I received call on detail phone from resident. The caller wished to make us aware that overnight Sunday night both of their unlocked vehicles had been entered as they were parked in front of their home. No loss was suffered or items taken but it appeared to the caller items had been displaced from the glove box/console areas.

            A report was not desired, only information imparted to the patrols officers.

1715    Fueled, washed, refilled window washer fluid and replace burnt brake lamp in patrol car.

1830    It appears there is a record amount of large trash items at curbside tonight awaiting collection tomorrow. This of course translates to a record amount of treasure hunters shopping in the neighborhood as well. I have stopped several and checked them out and all appears secure.

1900    Patrolled the Yacht Club and Isles.

1940    Checked all of the parks, all was found quiet and vacant.

2030    Checked the school and church properties

2100    Final checks of the area

Sunday, November 24, 2013      


0930 – Begin patrols.

1030 – House checks completed during patrols.

1100 – Patrol mainland and area parks.

1200 – patrol isles with attn to SE 10th St traffic complaint

1300 – Final patrols

1740    Traffic stop on moped driver riding on sidewalk against one way on SE 9 Ave. Local resident claiming to be trying to get home out of the rain. Warning given.

1910    Checked Yacht club. Rainy slow night.

1930    Dispatched to alarm at a business. Cancelled as I arrived.


Monday, November 25, 2013          


0700- Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0750- Patrolled Isles and LYC. Bridges free of fisherman.

0815- Patrolled Rio mainland and parks.

0830- Patrolled businesses along Federal.

0900- Traffic enforcement (stop sign) Cordova/9st. No violators.

0920- Final patrol all areas.

1620    Call from resident reference a solicitor for GE alarms. He did not have a City permit. He was advised and left the area.

1800    Rain. Checked the Yacht Club parking areas

1900    Continued patrols in the rain. Checked businesses along Fed.



Sunday, November 10, 2013            


1620 – Check in with Mr. Hudson and dispatch. No missed calls or voicemail.

1630 – Patrol Isles, Cordova, and LYC. Complete Isles house checks.

1720 – Patrol mainland, area parks, and finish house checks.

1830 – Check the federal business district.

Monday, November 11, 2013      


0745- Began and completed out of town checks, all appear to be secure.

0830- Patrolled Isles and bridges. All Isle bridges clear of fisherman. Contact was made with 6 fisherman at 9st N/S Rio bridge who were unable to produce any permits. All parties cleaned the area and left with out incident.

0900- While conducting traffic enforcement 9ave/9st. I was approached by member who had a 21 attempt on Saturday evening. Stated a w/m approached the walled residence with a pit bull and was attempting to loosen the front door handle with tools he had in his possession.

0930- Observed two W/M’s walking around residence. Contact was made, it was later determined they are looking for houses in disarray to purchase and flip. Everyone’s looking to make a buck.

1030- Patrolled Rio mainland, not much activity, parks are full of kids since it’s Veterans day.

1050- Patrolled to the rear of businesses along Federal Highway, no unusual activity to report.

1100- Flagged down by S-13 W/M on 9ave. who was in need of directions to Fort Lauderdale Hospital. Directions gladly provided as I on viewed him leaving Rio Vista.

1115- Final patrol all areas.

1730    Monitored traffic at SE 9 St/ Fed

1800    Checked Yacht club

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