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Search For 12-Foot Alligator Closes Beach Community

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Once a photo made the rounds, a 12-foot alligator, which appears he hasn't missed too many meals, staring down the camera the camera off the end of the Sweetwater Beach boat dock...the yellow tape and the "Beach Closed" signs popped up.

For the Sweetwater Oaks homeowners...the decision was easy.

"For safety in a residence. A lot of parents bring their little kids here to sit on the edge, get in the water. Can't happen now," says Chett Pritt, from the Sweetwater Oaks Home Owners Association.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers have been called. The picture was given to them for review. A trapper will work to bait the gator and get it out of Lake Brantley.

The critter is simply too bold.

So, kids at the playground, people on boats...not a problem. In the water, at the beach, not now...

It iss, though, frustrating for children because the sun is setting on summer break.

Whether this guy has moved on is anybody's guess, but the tape and the signs will stay up until either a large gator is caught or until days go by without another sighting.

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