The beefed up Lee County Sheriff’s Office patrols of the Gateway Fun Park are already being noticed by residents.
One couple was approached by an LCSO deputy last night for being in the park after 9:00pm. The couple was ordered to keep their hands where the officer could see them, and to provide identification.
And just what were they doing in the park at night anyway? Recently the residents (and the HOA in particular) of Cypress Pointe have been calling attention to the fact that there have been drug deals and sexual encounters occuring in the park after dark.
No such transgressions in this particular case, however.
The couple had downloaded the Pokemon Go app and were in the park searching for Pokemon. It turns out these aspiring Pokemon trainers are Gateway Greens residents, and weren’t in the park to cause any trouble.
The Gateway Fun Park has two Pokestops, and the nearby Trinity Church is a Pokemon gym. So it’s a logical place to hunt Pokemon.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re totally missing out.
The larger point is that the LCSO does seem to be taking a more active role in monitoring the Fun Park on behalf of Gateway residents. There have been several people who have contacted us to let us know they’re noticing more deputies in the area.
At the July 7, 2016 district meeting, the Board of Supervisors of the Gateway Services Community Development District approved the installation of better lighting and a surveillance system for the park.
Once the cameras are installed, perhaps Gateway residents will find out if Articuno, a Legendary Pokemon, ever visits the Fun Park late at night.