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Alligator warning signs could be coming to Miami-Dade County parks

Commissioners adopt resolution after boy pulled into water by gator at Disney

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MIAMI – Alligator warning signs will likely be coming soon to Miami-Dade County parks.

Miami-Dade County commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday that would require signage warning visitors about the possible presence of dangerous wildlife near park lakes, canals and other bodies of water.

The legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, was prompted by the June death of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort. Lane Graves was pulled into the Seven Seas Lagoon while he and his family were vacationing at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

"This is about ensuring the safety of our residents and tourists who visit our parks," Diaz said in a statement.

The legislation directs the county mayor or a designated official to design and install the signage at all county parks. It also requires a report from the mayor's office within 90 days that "shall additionally identify the fiscal impact associated with the installation of the proposed signage."

County commissioners are expected to sign off on the proposal "to the extent sufficient funds are available" in the fiscal year budget.


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