Crime-fighting gators, commuting to the moon: The best Central Florida April Fools’ Day pranks

ORLANDO, Fla. — Have you heard that SunRail now has routes to the moon and underwater dining is coming to Lake Eola?

How about that alligators are now fighting crime in Polk County or deputies are patrolling on pogo sticks in Flagler?

Social media is flooded Thursday with outlandish announcements. Here are a few of our favorite local April Fools’ Day pranks this year:

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Polk County Sheriff’s Office

“The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the creation of a unit like no other in the United States: The PCSO G8R Unit.

Ten deputies are currently being trained to work as handlers for our G8Rs, and funding has already been secured to provide each G8R with a fitted bullet proof vest.

Just like their K-9 counterparts, these G8Rs will also be available for demonstrations at area schools and nursing homes.”

In mid-March, one of our K-9's was attempting to apprehend a dangerous felon who was hiding in a pond. The suspect...

Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021

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Orlando International Airport

“Take those favorite vacation moments anywhere with our limited-edition airport-scented candles: ‘MCO Souvenir’. Light it up, Live it up.”

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Ocoee Police Department

“Since the Space Force was created, Officer Schilling has been seeking an opportunity to work as partners. He has trained K9 Nitro on the special conditions of space.”

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“Introducing MoonRail! 🚀🌚 Now go from exploring Central Florida to exploring outer space! ☄️ Hop on at any one of our stations and start your voyage to the moon!”

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“We are pleased to announce the newest addition to Lake Eola - the Swan Dive restaurant! Swan Very soon, you’ll be able to dine in luxury while you see what our swans see under beautiful Lake Eola.”

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Flagler County Sheriff’s Office

“On April 1, 2021, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) launched the newest Transportation Unit (T.U.), enabling officers to jump higher and help the community faster.

Sheriff Rick Staly has been working closely with the FCSO T.U. to bring the newest and most innovative ideas to the agency. Expanding the programs to help prevent, limit and manage crime is FCSO’s number one priority, which led to the creation and launch of the FCSO Pogo Program.

The FCSO Pogo Program enables deputies to jump higher and longer distances, allowing responding deputies to get to the scene of crimes at the speed of jump.”

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Posted by Flagler County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021

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“Our City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation swan specialists have been training with our rec center yoga instructors to create a swan experience like no other!”

Introducing Swan Yoga at Lake Morton! Classes start next Tuesday, April 6th at 9 a.m. on the shores of Lake Morton. Our...

Posted by City of Lakeland, FL - Government on Thursday, April 1, 2021

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.