Safety Tips for Alligator Sightings

Safety Tips for Alligator Sightings

(September 18, 2018)-  Alligators and Crocodiles

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) advise that alligators become more active during hotter weather and therefore residents may see them more often than usual. Due to receiving a few calls over the past few weeks we want the public to be aware of some safety tips. There are more than 1.25 million alligators in Florida and some of these alligators and crocodiles call the more than 400 miles of canal (mostly brackish and fresh water) their home. 

If you see an alligator, LEAVE IT ALONE! 

Do not attempt to get close! If you want to take pictures or video do it from afar.

Do not feed an alligator, it’s actually illegal! Florida State Statute 372.667 advises: No person shall intentionally feed, or entice with feed, any wild American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) or American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus). A person in violation commits a misdemeanor of the second degree. This can also cause the alligator to associate feeding with humans.

It is also illegal to intentionally kill, injure, possess, or capture an alligator; Florida State Statute 372.663 advises: It is unlawful to intentionally kill, injure, possess, or capture, or attempt to kill, injure, possess, or capture, an alligator or other crocodilian, or the eggs of an alligator or other crocodilian. A person in violation of this commits felony of the third degree. This does not include during the protection of life. 

Always be aware of your surroundings especially when you are near one of our many Cape Coral canals or other bodies of water. Do not let small children play unattended near water and do not allow your pets near water. Pets, like dogs, are in more danger of an alligator attack then humans.

A fence that is four feet tall can help keep an alligator out of your yard; yes, an alligator can climb! But like a recent event in Cape Coral, the bottom of the fence has to also be secured or the alligator can lift the bottom up and get underneath. 

The FWC recommends: 

"If you do find yourself in the extremely unlikely position of avoiding a lunging alligator, you should run in a straight line away from the alligator and its habitat, which is where the alligator will most likely retreat to. Regardless of how fast alligators can run, you should never approach an alligator that is on land."


For the most part, if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you! If you have a concern for the public safety involving an alligator please call the Cape Coral Police Department. 


For more information you can visit FWCs website for Frequently Asked Questions about alligators here.


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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Don't Drive Around Traffic Cones

Don't Drive Around Traffic Cones

(September 3, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on traffic cones.

Everyone has probably been driving and watched law enforcement on scene of a traffic crash where they are blocking a part of the roadway or even an entire road. A lot of times the officer will use their patrol vehicle, put out flares, or traffic cones to redirect traffic because a part of the roadway, a lane, or an entire roadway is closed. 

Unfortunately, most people only know one road to get in and out from their homes or where they are going. Therefore, if a road is blocked some people have a tendency to stop and ask how to get around so they can get to their destination. This can be very dangerous to them, other drivers, and officers/workers on scene. The traffic is already going to be moving slowly due to people trying to be careful and others looking to see what happened. If a car stops, those that are looking to see what happened are not paying as much attention to the road as they should and a crash is more likely to occur. Don’t stop unless directed to do so. If you don’t know how to get to your destination, drive to a location that you can safely pull over and check via your smart phone, navigation system, or to a business where you can ask for directions. Having alternate routes already in mind on how to get to your destination is recommended.

DO NOT drive around the traffic cones! They are there for a reason.

A violation of going around traffic cones is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

DUI Arrests for September 5 - September 15, 2018

DUI Arrests for September 5 - September 15, 2018

(September 17, 2018)-  The following DUI arrests were made from September 5 through September 15, 2018.

ARRESTED: Vichar Tansacha, W/M, DOB: 06/11/1981. 13111 Paul J Doherty ST, Fort Myers

CHARGES: DUI and Prior Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test

A Patrol Officer made a traffic stop for a red light violation. Upon contact with the driver, indicators of impairment were seen by the officer. A DUI investigation was conducted and he performed poorly on the standardized field sobriety tests. Tansacha was arrested for DUI and refusing to submit to a chemical set after having a prior refusal. Due to no alcohol being present a CCPD Drug Recognition Expert responded and determined Tansacha was impaired by a controlled substance. BAC: 0.000 and Urine Test Refused.

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ARRESTED: Stacy Nadine Macksyine, W/F, DOB: 08/31/1973, 401 SW 45th ST

CHARGES: DUI with a BAC Over 0.15, DUI with Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, and Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence

A Patrol Officer was investigating a hit and run crash when Macksyine was located. Upon contact with the driver, indicators of impairment were seen by the officer. A DUI investigation was conducted and Macksyine was arrested for DUI with a BAC over 0.15, DUI with property damage, Leaving the scene of a traffic crash, and resisting an officer without violence. BAC: 0.263 / 0.268.

ARRESTED: Joseph Boria, W/M, DOB: 11/26/1960, 1505 NE 17TH Ave

CHARGES: DUI, Driving While License Suspended, Prior Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, and Habitual Traffic Offender

A Patrol Officer stopped a vehicle for driving at night without headlights. Upon contact with the driver, indicators of impairment were seen by the officer. A DUI investigation was conducted and Boria was arrested for DUI, Driving While License Suspended, Prior Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, and Habitual Traffic Offender. Breath Test Refused.

ARRESTED: Jeanette Deniece Emberton, W/F, DOB 08/06/1952, 625 NW 4th Ave

CHARGES: DUI with a BAC Over .15

A Patrol Officer was investigating a traffic crash when contact was made with Emberton. She was transported to a local hospital for injuries she sustained in the crash. A DUI investigation was conducted and Emberton was arrested for DUI with a BAC over .15.  BAC - 0.156 / 0.154.

ARRESTED: Nicasio Schaar, W/M, DOB: 11/17/1988, 1439 SW 2nd ST

CHARGES: DUI, DUI with Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, and Loitering and Prowling

Officers responded to a traffic crash where a car ran off the roadway and into a shed located in backyard of a residence. The driver of the vehicle that crashed then bailed out of the vehicle and ran southwest to avoid being caught.  A neighbor called and reported seeing Schaar attempting to open the rear slider of their residence. Officers responded and took Schaar into custody. Schaar was charged with DUI, DUI with Property Damage, Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, and Loitering and Prowling.  Officers could see indicators of impairment from Schaar and a DUI investigation was conducted. Breath Test Refused.

ARRESTED: Alyssa Megan Peirson, W/F, DOB: 03/12/1987, 231 S Homer Ave, Lehigh Acres

CHARGES: DUI with a BAC over .15 and Driving without a Valid Driver’s License

A Traffic Officer made a traffic stop for unlawful speed and discovered that the driver, Peirson, did not have a valid driver license issued to her. Peirson also showed signs of impairment and a DUI investigation was conducted and Pierson was arrested Peirson for DUI with a BAC over .15 and Driving without a valid driver’s license. BAC- 0.162 / 0.164.


ARRESTED: B/M, DOB: James Anthony Collins, B/M, DOB: 03/26/1952, 2725 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers

CHARGES: DUI

Officers responded to a reckless driver call for service who was driving on the wrong side of the road.  Collins was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road. Contact was made with Collins who exhibited signs of impairment, which led to a DUI investigation. Collins was placed under arrest for DUI.  BAC - 0.140 / 0.131.

ARRESTED: Bret Alan Betler W/M, DOB: 02/07/1963, 112 Pheasant Wood CT, Morrisville, NC

CHARGES: DUI with a BAC over .15 and DUI with Property Damage

Officers responded to a traffic crash and during the crash investigation, officers noticed Betler exhibited signs of impairment. A DUI investigation was conducted and he was later placed under arrest for DUI with a BAC over .15 and DUI with Property Damage.  BAC - 0.262 / 0.264.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341