TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A toddler's drowning in the Hillsborough River is leading Tampa City Council members to explore the idea of installing fences at Tampa parks with lakes, beaches or access to the river as a safety measure.
Thursday's discussion was prompted by the death of 2-year-old Armani Pierce, who vanished the evening of Aug. 13 after his family went to a youth football practice a city park. Four law enforcement agencies and many volunteers swept the area, finding the boy's body the following morning in 6 feet of water near the shore of the river.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/17SBuoT) reports that of the city's 151 parks, 69 have some sort of water feature, which altogether add up to 38.5 miles of shoreline.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.