It’s been a late night ritual every weekend the last two months.
A club closes, the crowd empties out, piles into cars and heads down U.S. 301 to Sarasota.
Sometimes it’s a convoy of 50 to 60 cars with 200 to 300 people, maybe more, looking for a place to congregate and party some more.
Not all of them are tipsy joyriders, either.
Some are career criminals.
A recipe for disaster.
That’s what Major Kevin Kenney, a commander with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, calls it.
So does Palmetto Police Chief Rick Wells.
City of Bradenton Police Chief Mike Radzilowski does, too.
Joined by Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube, they’re among the law enforcement officials trying to resolve a nettlesome problem of mutual concern.
Read more Sunday in Mannix About Manatee on Bradenton.com.