The Marine Patrol unit has been operational full time during weekends since July 2015 and is manned by Officer Fisher who is committed to improving water safety and crime deterrence in Lake Clarke Shores.
Lake Clarke Shores Marine 1 patrolled approximately 220 hours from July 2015 to the end of the year, resulting in approximately 75 vessel stops and safety inspections.
Officer Fisher issued approximately 30 State and Ordinance violations
· Improper safety equipment
· Water Ski Violations
· Unregistered/expired registrations
· Careless Operation of Personal Water Crafts (PWC) or Vessels
· Slow Speed Zone / Minimum Wake
The Marine Unit also issued 6 criminal citations for reckless operation of a PWC, along with a felony arrest for Fleeing and Eluding on a PWC. The individual was arrested, PWC was towed. And later pled to a lesser charge of reckless operation and resisting an Officer without violence.
Officer Fisher assists Code Enforcement Officer Shack with town ordinances via the waterways with approximately 230 code violations.
The Marine Unit is an essential part of safety and assistance during Town functions like the annual lake clean-up, Bass Fishing Tournament and Holiday Boat Parade. Marine 1 also assisted LCSPD, PBSO and FWC with multiple incidents occurring on the waterways.
Together the Marine Unit, Code Enforcement and Lake Clarke Shores Utilities have joined forces in efforts to replace and update the Town’s waterway signage, ordinances, jurisdiction and marine citations for the coming year of 2016. These efforts will help to establish a safer, cleaner, water community for all residents to enjoy. Check out the Team's progress!