A new warning flag system will be in place on Florida's beaches by Memorial Day.
Officials say the state is offering free flags and signs to communities across the state. The system adds two new flags to the traditional green, yellow and red flags.
The new flag system is scheduled to be in place by Memorial Day
weekend in late May at state parks that provide lifeguard services.
Since 2001 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, 27 people have
drowned at unguarded beaches.
Under the new system, a double red flag would prohibit swimmers from entering the water, while a purple flag would be hoisted if marine pests, such as jellyfish and stingrays, are present.