[UPDATED with several more reported gifts.]
A law enforcement booster couple hosted the sheriff at his home for four nights at the affluent North Shore of Long Island.
We know that because the visit was a gift, and at a value higher than $100, the sheriff was required by law to report it to the state.
Sheriff Scott Israel reported the gift at a value of $176, or $44 a night. How he arrived at that figure, I don't know. [UPDATE: The state gift disclosure form spells out in its instructions that lodging at a private residence should be valued at $44 a night.]
The Long Island trip was over the Fourth of July weekend, at the home of Joseph and Libby Shapiro, who also have an address along Fort Lauderdale's Galt Ocean Mile.
Israel met them in the last year and a half, in his capacity as sheriff. Joseph Shapiro passed away recently.
Israel said another trip he made, to the Hamptons on Long Island, was not reported as a gift because he only spent one night and the $44 reporting value is below the $100 minimum value for reporting gifts.
On a related note, the state Commission on Ethics meets Jan. 23 in private to consider whether Israel underpaid for the yacht trip he and his family took, for which he paid $300 a person. (Click here for my latest story on this.) It was a five-night trip to the Bahamas a year ago, on board a private yacht with a couple dozen guests.
Other gifts the sheriff received and reported in his first year as sheriff, according to state records:
One bottle of Dom Perignon from Scott Lewis;
Four Marlins game tickets worth a total $440, from Gil Cohen of Fort Lauderdale;
Two $75 tickets to a Kids in Distress White Party dinner from Ainsley Loftens;
A Boys & Girls Club cocktail reception invitation worth $100 from developer Ron Bergeron;
Two $225 tickets from the Florida Police Benevolent Association to attend the Democrats' Jefferson Jackson dinner;
A $250 ticket to an American Cancer Society dinner from Shirley Sumner;
Five tickets worth a total $800 to a Florida Panthers hockey game and Club Red event from Zucker Public Relations;
Two $100 tickets to a dinner and fundraiser from the Broward Sheriff's Advisory Council;
[UPDATE: There was another page of gifts that I missed when I wrote this post the other day. They are below.]
Two SOS Village dinner tickets worth a total $200 from from Vicki Karlin;
Two HCSI dinner tickets worth a total $300 from rocker Richie Supa;
Two dinner tickets worth a total $120 from the Sheriff's Advisory Council;
Dinner for two, worth a total $120, from Chris Salamone of Boca Raton.