Palm Bay Police Chief Details Increased Patrols At ‘The Compound,’ Closed Until Nov. 28
By Space Coast Daily // November 21, 2016
undeveloped area of 200 miles of paved road
ABOVE VIDEO: Palm Bay Police Chief Mark Renkens recently spoke with the City Council about the upcoming patrols in “The Compound,” a largely undeveloped area of some 200 miles of paved road.
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Located in Southwest Palm Bay, The Compound is a largely undeveloped area of some 200 miles of paved road.
General Development Corporation began development of the area in the 1980s, but went bankrupt in 1991 and after few residents moved in, the streets fell into serious disrepair by the early 2000s.
Throughout the years, crime has increased, as has the number of people driving off-road vehicles, driving recklessly and even shooting firearms.
The Palm Bay Police department now want to settle things down and have come up with a plan to do so in the next 10 days.
Chief Reckens said the department will close areas off for 10 days, until November 28. Police will block off St. Andre Boulevard and Osmosis Drive with barricades, causing traffic to funnel in and out in a controlled manner.
The Chief mentioned deaths in his address to the city council, a likely reference to the August 2016 fatal accident when a car and pick-up truck collided after both vehicles failed to stop at an unmarked intersection.
Two people were killed.
ABOVE VIDEO: A WFTV report showing how the roadblocks will be enforced and constructed in “The Compound,” a largely undeveloped area of some 200 miles of paved road.
Chief Reckens noted social media in his remarks and for the most part, the citizens of Palm Bay stand behind their law enforcers.
In one of many favorable responses on Facebook Kimberly Kaleta said, “We walk our dogs out there almost daily, I look forward to the police presence. I do hope they allow safe riders to still ride 4 wheeled and side by sides etc, but the law breakers (racers, trash dumpers, etc…) will not be too thrilled.”
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