Latest News

Vandalism damages crucial Coast Guard communications in Palmetto

MANATEE — Authorities are seeking information on vandalism that occurred at a crucial communication hub for the U.S. Coast Guard in Palmetto, according to a Coast Guard report.

On Sunday at 11:30 p.m., Coast Guard officials in St. Petersburg lost power to a VHF communications system at its Palmetto facility, which handles crucial distress signals for the area. Upon investigation, authorities found that the system and a generator had been purposely damaged.

“This particular incidence of vandalism degraded the Coast Guard’s VHF communications system and potentially compromised public safety,” a statement released by the Coast Guard said.

Officials are urging anyone with information on the incident to call the sheriff’s office at 747-3011, or Coast Guard Investigative Service at (786) 236-8391.