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In wake of drowning, safety measures discussed

September 13, 2013
Associated Press

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 ( 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.),



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