Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Public safety

Video: Treasure Island police seek 'reckless' pilot illegally taking off from Johns Pass

TREASURE ISLAND — Police are asking for the public's help in locating the pilot of an ultralight aircraft seen on video illegally taking off in congested waters in John's Pass.

The video, posted on the Treasure Island Police Department's Facebook page, showed the pilot taking off Saturday around 5 p.m. between Isle of Capri and Eleanor Island in John's Pass.

City ordinances prohibit any type of aircraft from taking off either from land, water or beach unless "an emergency exists" or with written authorization from the city, according to officials.

The area is zoned as "slow speed, minimum wake," and the pilot's "reckless behavior placed many unsuspecting visitors at risk," according to the department's Facebook post.

The same aircraft has been flying in Treasure Island and along the Pinellas beaches in the last week, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Treasure Island Police Department at (727) 547-4595.

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