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Police break up beach, street parties

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

Police late April 9 broke up a large party involving an estimated 200 young people gathered around the 65th Street beach access and in nearby streets.

When officers with the Holmes Beach Police Department arrived, the revelers fled, according to reports from both the HBPD and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in the law enforcement response.

HBPD was called to the area at about 10:40 p.m. on the Saturday night.

Juveniles were “standing in the roadways drinking,” stated the HBPD report. “The roadway was covered in juveniles and young adults from Holmes Boulevard down 65th Street to the beach access and up and down Gulf Drive.”

When they saw HBPD arrive, people quickly ran to other streets and to the beach.

Officers pursued the partiers, going as far north as the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, according to one report, and issuing warnings for camping and alcohol.

“Almost everyone on scene had alcoholic drinks in hand,” the HBPD report continued.

Officers did not make arrests, but disposed of the alcohol and called parents.

“We were able to clear out the streets and beach,” the police report said.

In the vicinity on April 10, a MCSO deputy arrested Sam K. Lee, 33, of Bradenton, for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of felony probation.

Lee allegedly was with four juveniles hanging around the White Avenue beach area with a cooler containing a bottle of alcohol. One of the juveniles was so intoxicated he couldn’t stand, according to the MCSO report.

Later, after checking records, the MCSO arrested Lee for allowing the youths to drink and the felony probation violation. Lee is on probation until November 2013 for a conviction of dealing in stolen property.

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