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There’s a new alert being put into use in Florida. The latest is the “Purple Alert.” What does it mean?

Adding to the new color-labeled alerts, Florida has created the new Purple Alert. It will go into effect on July 1.

This is what it means, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The Florida Purple Alert will help find missing adults who have a mental or cognitive disability (not including Alzheimer’s or dementia). Also, the individual needs to be 18 years of age or older, and does not qualify for a Florida Silver Alert.

Criteria for the Purple Alert includes:

  • An intellectual disability or developmental disability
  • Brain injury
  • Physical, mental or emotional disabilities not related to substance abuse
  • Combination of any of these conditions in which a disappearance poses a credible threat of danger or serious bodily harm.
  • Click here for more details from FDLE.

A Purple Alert is activated when a local law enforcement agency is contacted about a missing loved one. After a report is taken, if a Purple Alert is a deemed appropriate, the agency will contact FDLE Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse.

This joins the Amber alert (missing children), Silver alert (endangered seniors) and Blue alert (for law enforcement officers’ injuries resulting in escaped suspect)

Citizens can sign up to receive Purple Alerts by subscribing for e-mail or text alerts.
[Source: News Channel 8]


Tampa Bay's Top 10 Odd Attractions

  • 1 Whimzeyland, Safety Harbor

    Owned by a couple of artists, this Safety Harbor home has nearly everything covered with tile mosaics. Then there are the bowling balls, painted and decorating the property.

    Put a little Whimzeyland in your life.

    Posted by Whimzeyland on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

  • 2. Dysfuntional Grace Art Co., Ybor City

    Filled with natural and unnatural oddities, many you can actually purchase.

  • 3. 3. Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg

    Sunken Gardens has been open for over 100 years, and is St. Pete’s oldest roadside attraction. Get a visitors guide and explore the more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Take lots of photos of the waterfalls and their flock of flamingos,

  • 4. Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg

    Glass art brought to its highest peak. Add to that, the drawings and limited edition prints. You can also purchase your new home decorations.

  • 5. International Independent Showmen's Museum, Riverview

    Learn the history, and mystery, of the traveling carnival.

  • 6. Church by the Sea (The Chicken Church), Madeira Beach

    Whether the design is intentional or an unfortunate result, the building is certainly memorable.

  • 7. The Sea Hagg, Bradenton

    As their sign reads, “Nauticals, Antiques, Curiosities.” It’s someplace you need to visit to find that special, one-of-a-kind treasure.

  • 8. Ulele Fairyland Figures, Tampa

    Originally on display at Lowry Park, the figures were acquired by Ulele (and Columbia Restaurant owner) Richard Gonzmart, who put them on display at his restaurant on the Hillsborough River.

  • 9. Braden Castle Ruins, Bradenton

    On land acquired by brothers Dr. Joseph Addison Braden and Hector Braden, a two-story manor, nicknamed ‘The Castle’ was built. The property fell to hard times, and much of the remaining structure has been grown over by the natural flora.

  • 10. National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum, Holiday

    Get some laughs, and learn about some of your favorite comedians. Clearly, noplace screams “National Comedy Hall of Fame & Museum” like the town of Holiday, Florida!

    Plan your visit now!

    Posted by National Comedy Hall of Fame on Friday, January 29, 2021

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