Increased security in place at Florida Strawberry Festival - WFLA News Channel 8

Increased security in place at Florida Strawberry Festival

Posted: Updated:
ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
Florida Strawberry Festival organizers say increased security will be present at this year's event. The decision was made after a "wilding" incident earlier this month at the Florida State Fair, where teens mobbed the midway, fought and damaged property.

"We've met with the sheriff's office, we've met with the Plant City Police Department, we've put a plan in place, " said Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis.

"We're gonna upgrade our security, we're going to have more security. We're going to have cameras and we're going to have undercover officers throughout the grounds," he added.

Col. Jim Previtera with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says fair-like atmospheres can all too often create the perfect storm.

"I think the problem that you have when you have a lot of kids that are unsupervised in an environment like a fair, a festival, a carnival; sometimes the mob mentality takes over," he said.

Previtera says an increased law enforcement presence should discourage the majority of illegal activity.

"There's going to be a number of undercover detectives in the crowd during the peak nights to keep an eye on things and to keep things under control, so anyone who would want to come out to an event like that and disrupt it or cause any problems is going to be making a pretty big mistake," he said.

The Florida Strawberry Festival officially opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday and runs through March 9th.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Mortgage nightmare for Plant City couple

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:44:22 GMT
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
    Karl and Vicktoria Hanson thought their foreclosure nightmare was long over. It may be just beginning.
  • Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Bradenton massage therapist banned from contact with women by state

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 21:03:21 GMT
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
    The Florida Department of Health says it served licensed massage therapist Kevin Joseph Holmes, 60, with an emergency order Tuesday morning that bans him from working with female clients.The order says Holmes "unrestricted practice as a massage therapist with female clients constitutes an immediate serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public
  • State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    State takes emergency action against Bradenton massage therapist after 8 On Your Side investigation

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:09:06 GMT
    Kevin Holmes, massage therapistKevin Holmes, massage therapist
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
    According topolice records Kevin Holmes, age 60, toldinvestigators the client he gave a therapeutic massage to last month"was an attractive girl, plain and simple."It turns out she was also an off-duty detective, and Holmes said what he did to her was "absolutely inapproriate."
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.