Christmas Island dominant

The vacant home built on Christmas Island on King's Bay in Crystal River was vandalized on Memorial Day weekend. Above, a kayaker paddles past the home Thursday, June 3.

A vandalism that occurred Memorial Day weekend on Christmas Island in King’s Bay resulted in a discovery that it wasn’t the first time, reports state.

The sheriff’s office was called Sunday afternoon, May 30, after it received reports that six boys had kayak and paddle boarded to the island and were damaging it. Deputies said they caught the boys, who admitted to just being on the island, an incident report said.

Vandals broke two plate-glass windows and six cups, with a total value of about $1,300, the report states.

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But the house was in far worse condition, the report states.

“The residence was noted to have damage that appeared to be from prior incidents,” the report states. “The door had a tree that appeared to have been down for some time that was in the way of the door closing all the way.”

Christmas Island is about a half-acre in size on King’s Bay and is accessible only by boat. Its house was built in 1960; Crystal River Mayor Joe Meek was born on the island.

Its current owner, Xmas Isle Holdings Inc., of Miami, bought it in 2000, property appraiser records show.

Detective Kyle Helfritz wrote he visited the island on June 2 and saw bird droppings through the house, indicating it was “open to the elements” for a lengthy time.

“It appeared no one has been to the island to maintain the property for an extended period,” he wrote.

The report states the sheriff’s office was waiting to hear if the owner wanted to press charges.

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