Florida pirate shut down


A Creole/Haitian pirate FM is off the air in Stuart, FL after an FCC raid on last week. An FCC investigator and a detective from the Martin County Sheriff’s Dept. arrested Henry Gay for operating the pirate station on 100.1 FM from a 150-foot tower in the yard of a home just south of that city.

The signal was interfering with the signal of WJPP-LP Palm City. According to The Palm Beach Post, Gay was charged with a felony of interfering with radio communications and released from the Martin County jail on 5,000 dollar bond.

The tower is owned by a local plumbing company and was once used for two-way radio communications. Company officials leased the space on the tower to Gay. It was estimated Gay was using a 1,000-watt transmitter to send his signal. St. Andrew Catholic Church in Port Salerno, which is trying to operate the LP, has a 100-watt transmitter.