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Tampa council to discuss adding fence where boy drowned

The Tampa City Council will discuss installing a fence at Temple Crest Park where last month a 2-year-old boy wandered off and drowned in the Hillsborough River during its meeting on Thursday.

The city’s parks department will provide a written report on the feasibility of installing a fence at the park, which borders the river.

Armani Pierce was found drowned in the river. He was with his mother at the park, 8116 N. 37th St., on a weekday night when she lost sight of him.

His older brother was practicing at the park with the youth football team Tampa Bay Ravens, and his older sister was practicing with the youth team’s cheerleading squad.

Pierce wandered off and couldn’t be located. After a 12-hour search, the boy was found. Tampa police dive team found his body in about six feet of water in an algae-covered bank.

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