|Published:||Dec 02, 2013 11:20 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 02, 2013 11:20 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, FL.--The City of Fort Myers has voted to spend more than $20,000 to install lightning detectors at three city parks.
Some say Florida is the lightning capitol of the world and Corris McIntosh takes it very seriously.
McIntosh is the president of the Dunbar Football and Cheer Association and in-charge of more than 200 kids that practice outside.
"With having to move in and out so many kids and wanting to take a preventative measure before it happens and before it comes, that is a huge deal," said McIntosh.
Monday the council agreed to spend more than $21,000 to install lightning detectors in three city parks.
The S.T.A.R.S. Complex, the Sam Fleishman Regional Sports Complex and the Golfview Pool.
"To hear that the city stepped up and did this is very rewarding and that they are putting their money where their mouth is and showing their concern," said McIntosh.
Coaches like Tom Keer use smartphone apps to detect lighting, but the new system, Keer says, will free up more of his time.
"Because I am not sitting here watching this--I can sit there and watch the kids when it is going on," Keer said.
McIntosh is thrilled that the lives of his kids will be better protected.
"Every penny is worth it, every penny," said McIntosh.
The city expects the new lightning detectors will be installed by January 2014.
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