WEEKI WACHEE CRIMEWATCH

The Eyes and Ears
of the Hernando County Sheriff

www.weekiwacheecrimewatch.org

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2016 Officers

Chuck Morton, President,
Karen Lenhard, 1 st. Vice President
Kathy Edwards, 2 nd Vice President Paula Morton, Secretary
Kay Schaffer, Treasurer




Meeting Schedule

We meet in conjunction with the Hernando Environmental land Protectors on the second Tuesday of each month at the Weeki Wachee Area Club. We alternate programs since many of us are in both groups.

There is a have a pot luck dinner at 6 PM, meat provided, and a program at 7 PM.

In the summer months, June, July and August, we just have an Ice Cream Social at 7 PM on the second Tuesday to pass along relevant information.

It's a good way to come out and have some fellowship with your neighbors; we can always use new members, and all are welcome.

Contact Chuck or Paula at 352-597-4424 for more information or send an E-mail to swampdad@juno.com




October 9 Meeting CANCELLED due to Hurricane Michael

-- Next Meeting -November 13, 2018 -- THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

The folks from the Crime Prevention Task Force will also be giving a presentation since we had to cancel them in October.
Topics inlcude *Active Shooter * Identity Theft * Fraud and Scams * Purse Snatching * Guns and Alternative Weapons * Hurricane Safety * Carjacking and Much More




HURRICANE MICHAEL - Panama City Drone 360 degree view.

Several members or the Weeki Wachee River Rescue Team joined up with others and took supplies up to Panama City on the weeked of Oct 13 - 14. They dropped them off at a Lutheran Church that had some folks living in tents on their grounds and was a distuibution point for the neighborhood.

You can take your mouse and move this picture around and up and down. Straight down it he church and tent town. If you have a zoom wheel you can also zoom in and out for detail. Drone Shots

It looks more like tornado damage here as the trees have fallen in different directions.

This part of Panama City is protected by an offsore island so the storm surge was not a problem here, just the wind.




GET READY FOR DIRTY SANTA on Dec. 11, 2018.

$10 or so gifts and if you are real lucky or it's a dud you might get to keep it. So please NO DUD's - give something you would like to have yourself!

Label it Guy, Gal or either.

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CRIMEWATCH APPLICATION

Make application at https://hernandosheriffvolunteer.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2w5nvj3m6ai




Drivers

Patrol times are random so drivers can set thier own times.



River Patrols

We are working on doing kayak patrols on the river. Boating in Florida (the vendor at Weeki Wachee Springs) has offered kayak use on weekends for a couple of 2 man patrols on the river. We will be able to answer questions from other kayakers and provide a presence to protect the beauty of the river. In order to participate you MUST be a card carrying Crimewatch member so you need to make application at https://hernandosheriffvolunteer.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2w5nvj3m6ai Use the Level 1 application, there will be a backbround check and after you pass that you will need to get fingerprinted (every 2 years).

You may also ue your own boat and we will be identified by a specific T-shirt.

Of course you should be always aware so you may still report any observations while you are out on your own.

It is important that we report anything out of the ordinary in order to be proactive. If we don't pass information along we have no one to blame but ourselves when something bad happens. The Sheriff's Department phone number is 352-754-6850 or 911 in an emergency. That being said don't use 911 for routine communication call 754-6850.




The Weeki Wachee Crimewatch was established back on the early 1970's to keep an eye out on the neighborhood. Back then there were not many permanent residents, but a lot of folks had get-a-ways for weekends and holidays. There were also a few snowbirds that came down to get away from the harsh winters up north.
Back then the population of Hernando County, Florida was 17,000 or so and the Sheriff was a log way away. Having local residents patroling helped them out quite a bit. Communication then was by Citizens Band radio as cell phones didn't exist and even today in many areas our reception is poor at best.

Today the population of the county is 170,000 and we are pretty well built out. Over the years homes were built, mobile homes and doublewides brought in. Now we are seeing the older structures being removed and new homes being built. We are in a truly unique place in Florida along the Weeki Wachee River which flows 8 miles as he crow flies from the headspring to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the lower river a canal system was built after WW II in order to create homesites. That could never be done today due to environmental restrictions.

The canals offer more habitat for fish and mantatees as well as recreational opportunities for people. We have both marine and streetside patrols. Our members may be walking, bicycle riding, in a car or on a boat. That is what makes us an effective set of eyes for the Sheriff.



It is important that we report anything out of the ordinary in order to be proactive. If we don't pass information along we have no one to blame but ourselves when something bad happens. The Sheriff's Department phone number is 352-754-6850 or 911 in an emergency. That being said don't use 911 for routine communication call 754-6850.