SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - All officers with the Sarasota Police Department will be on patrol in downtown Sarasota for the annual pineapple drop on Sunday, December 31.
There will be games, rides, food vendors, music, and the long-awaited countdown into 2018 at Sunday's event.
Sarasota Police Officers will be present in and out of uniform and want attendees to stay safe. Officers know it can be hard to keep families together in areas with large crowds. They suggest finding a spot to meet in case you get separated, and advise taking action before leaving the house in the event a child wanders away.
"Take a picture of your child," suggested Captain Lori Jaress of the Sarasota Police Department. "Our first question is going to say, 'what do they look like and what are they wearing?' If you have a picture of your child on you, we can get that quickly out to the officers and find any missing children almost immediately."
Police believe it's also a good idea to do the same thing with senior citizens living with memory loss.
There is no cost to attend the annual pineapple drop and there are activities for kids and adults of all ages.
Multiple roads are closed as of Sunday afternoon, including:
o Central Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street.
o Pineapple Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street.
o First Street closed from Central Avenue to Pineapple Avenue.
o Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to State Street.
o Orange Avenue closed from Main Street to Central Avenue.
o Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to First Street.
The closed roads will reopen by 9 a.m. on Monday, January 1.