The Tampa Bay Times reported thumb and carpet tacks were maliciously dumped on the Courtney Campbell pedestrian bridge on Sunday, Jan. 12th. Close to two dozen cyclists had to deal with flat tires as a result of this irresponsible act. Tampa police say five cyclists whose rides were cut short had total damages in excess of $600. They came forward to share their information and agreed to prosecute if the person responsible is found.
Members of Hillsborough County Park and Recreation and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) helped remove the tacks from the trail. Tampa law enforcement then attempted to collect any remaining tacks with a magnetic roller. As a safety measure, police are asking everyone to use caution when entering and exiting the trail.