Florida HOA President ‘Pulls Gun’ on Young Anglers

In a shocking incident that has rattled a peaceful fishing community in Palm Bay, Florida, the president of a local Homeowners Association, Kyle Tate, was arrested after reportedly drawing a …

In a shocking incident that has rattled a peaceful fishing community in Palm Bay, Florida, the president of a local Homeowners Association, Kyle Tate, was arrested after reportedly drawing a firearm on a group of young fishers.

The children, simply enjoying a day by the water in Stillwater Lakes Subdivision inm Palm Bay, Brevard County, found themselves in a frightening confrontation that has left the local fishing community appalled and concerned for the safety of its youngest members.

The event unfolded on April 14, when three young anglers, aged 7, 10, and 15, were approached by Tate who allegedly demanded they vacate the area, brandishing a gun.

The situation escalated quickly as Tate is accused of not only threatening the children but also confiscating and damaging their fishing gear, including rods, tackle boxes, and cast nets.

He reportedly threw these items into the nearby woods, showing a blatant disregard for both personal property and the youngsters’ well-being.

Local law enforcement responded promptly to the scene after receiving a distress call from the juveniles.

The officers’ investigation led to Tate’s arrest, as they gathered evidence of the alleged misconduct, including the testimonies of the young fishers.

The total damage inflicted on the fishing equipment was estimated at $2,200, pushing the value of the loss, including a stolen cellphone, to approximately $3,700. This amount far exceeds the threshold for felony grand theft, resulting in Tate facing serious charges including criminal mischief and grand theft.

The legal ramifications for Tate were swift; he was booked into Brevard County Jail and later released on bond.

Despite his legal counsel entering a plea of not guilty, the community and especially the families involved have been left shaken. The mother of two of the children involved expressed her dismay and fear, emphasizing that a firearm should never have been introduced into what was a peaceful activity familiar and dear to the children.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water. He's into kayak fishing, ultralight lure fishing and pretty much any other kind of fishing out there.
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