This is a great idea to keep your kids safer this Memorial Day week end. Kudos to the hotels involved. Read below.
By Margaret Kavanaugh, CF 13 News, May 28, 2011
Not being able to find your child for even just a few seconds can be a nightmare for a parent, and it is a constant problem on the beach. In an effort to help make the situation a little easier, the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach is handing out bracelets to its guests.
Before heading to the beach, a parent can write a phone number and any vital information on the bracelet, and put it on their child's wrist.
A former lifeguard and current Cocoa Beach firefighter Wyatt Werneth came up with the idea.
He said it could help 911 operators, firefighters and lifeguards.
Parents we spoke with like the idea.
"You never know who is out here, especially in Florida," Suzanne Collins said. "You get a lot of transients, people in and out, stuff on the news everyday. You got to pay attention as a parent. "
Lifeguards said there were about 500 missing children reported on Brevard County beaches last year.
Guests at the International Palms Resort, and Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotels are able to pick up a bracelet.
Hotel officials said if the program is successful, they might expand to other hotels throughout the region.
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