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The State Fair Authority held a media briefing about ramped up security measures this year in light of the death of Andrew Joseph III last year. His father, Andrew Jospeh II, held a sign before the meeting of his son, with the words "I died for a change." Joseph supports the changes, but says it's not enough. Also included are photos of a new Joint Operation Command Center with extra lights and cameras outside of it, and the survellience cameras on the inside.

Caitlin Johnston | Times

Florida State Fair announces new safety measures due to teen's 2014 death

TAMPA — The Florida State Fair Authority ramped up security measures for the fair's annual student day in response to the death of a 14-year-old Riverview boy who was killed after being ejected from the fair last year. Andrew Joseph III died while trying to cross Interstate 4 after he was kicked out of the fair on  …


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