Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Trouble in Paradise




by Lieutenant Steve Torrence from Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mysteries

People seem to have this idea that cops in paradise (the island of Key West in this case) have an easy life. Shovel in a couple of doughnuts, walk along the beach, drink a cup of Cuban coffee, ride our (fill in the blank) cruiser/bike/horse up and down Duval Street--plum assignment right?

What they probably don't know is that our little island gets a couple million visitors a year. That's right, a couple million. Spring breakers, New Year's Eve revelers, FantasyFest attendees--we've got a party for every occasion and all the trouble that goes along with that.

We attract a lot of homeless "tourists" too. And believe me, our residents and visitors don't care to see those folks on the streets. They don't want to see them panhandling or drinking or sleeping or worse...it's a delicate balancing act, keeping the peace.

The real Steve Torrence
I have a little extra on my plate too, in the form of a new island resident named Hayley Snow. She's a nice kid, with a nice family--and I'm glad I was able to help out with her brother this spring. But she scares me--she's gotten the idea that she notices things the way a cop might. And she takes that further than she should.



How many ways can I think of to say "stay of out of it" in a nice way? Got any ideas about how to get the message across so she stays safe?






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