Authorities capture 9-foot alligator on doorstep of Florida home


  • Cocoa Beach Police Department via Facebook
Police were called to a Cocoa Beach apartment complex where residents were trapped in their home because of a 9-foot-long alligator.

Officers with the Cocoa Police Department were called to the apartment around 3:30 p.m. on Monday after neighbors reported seeing the gator chilling around the complex, said CPD in a Facebook post.

Authorities contracted a trapper, who arrived about 20 minutes later and safely removed the gator from the premises. 
  • Cocoa Beach Police Department via Facebook

Since this particular gator is over 4 feet in length, it is what's considered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission a "nuisance gator." These types of gators unfortunately are almost never "relocated" and are more than likely sent to the deep fryer. 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.