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Extra security coming to Tampa recreation center following vandalism

Posted at 6:37 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 07:39:13-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The City of Tampa's Parks and Recreation Department is set to go before city council with plans for a solution to secure and protect the turf field at the Jackson Heights NFL YET Center to prevent further vandalism.

Vandals hit the facility several months ago and that damage was repaired, according to the city. However, now additional measures have to be taken to monitor it and prevent more damage.

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It's been heartbreaking for Sherman Armstrong, a coach and trainer who regularly uses the facility to see the vandalism and trash on the ground.

"Just no regard for personal or public property," Armstrong said. "It makes my stomach hurt. It really hurts."

The Parks and Recreation Department is planning to work with the Tampa Police Department to investigate security options.

The city is also conducting a comprehensive security analysis. However, city leaders said there will be more Parks and Recreation security checks at the NFL YET Center.