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Tom Brady’s house is being monitored by Tampa police, but not on taxpayers’ dime

Extra-duty officers have been hired by the Bucs quarterback to patrol the area around the Davis Islands mansion.
New Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and his family are renting former Yankees star Derek Jeter's mansion on Davis Islands.
New Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and his family are renting former Yankees star Derek Jeter's mansion on Davis Islands. [ Times ]
Published May 23, 2020|Updated May 23, 2020

TAMPA — There are always a few more boats on the water during Memorial Day weekend. This year, one of them is a police boat keeping an eye on Tom Brady’s new residence.

Brady has contracted with the Tampa Police Department to have extra-duty officers patrol the waters outside his house. The Bucs’ new quarterback is renting one of the most well-known homes in the Tampa Bay area — former Yankees star Derek Jeter’s mansion on Davis Islands — but Brady would like his privacy.

Taxpayers are not on the hook for the patrols, department spokeswoman Jamel Lanee said Saturday, since extra duty is a supplementary service that allows individuals and organizations to contract off-duty officers. Many officers seen at construction sites, working special events or serving as police escorts are on extra duty. The department’s website says its extra-duty office schedules an average of 17,300 a month.

Many boaters and those on personal watercrafts have paused on Hillsborough Bay surrounding Davis Islands for a look at Brady’s house, including Lightning wing Alex Killorn on his Instagram Live show.

It’s not something Brady is accustomed to.

His 14,317-square-foot home in Brookline, Mass., was set off the round and surrounded by trees. The six-time Super Bowl winner and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, were rumored to own a Cape Cod home off Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich, Mass., but that was never substantiated, so gawkers didn’t really have a house to target, plus boats couldn’t get as close there.

Now, there’s no wondering as to which house is Brady’s. The 30,000-square-foot waterfront abode dwarfs the other mansions around it.

“They can pull right up in the back of the house, so Derek did a pretty good job of screening it,” Brady said during an interview on the Howard Stern Show in April. “I think part of it is when I come home, I want to be able to let my guard down and relax, but this is a little different when you go out to the backyard, there’s a lot of folks that have pulled up and people out front. It’s a little different."


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