boy, 4, nearly drowns at bottom of pool
A 4-year-old boy who was found at the bottom of an apartment complex's swimming pool Wednesday afternoon was resuscitated by paramedics and was airlifted to a hospital. The near-drowning occurred about 4:30 p.m. At the time, roughly 30 adults and children were at the pool at the Cypress Falls at Palm Harbor Apartments, located off Belcher Road, according to Palm Harbor Fire Rescue. The boy's aunt was in the pool watching two or three children and had them sitting on the pool's edge with their feet in the water. She said she turned her head for a moment, and when she looked back the boy was at the bottom of the pool, according to Fire Rescue spokeswoman Liz Monforti. The aunt pulled the boy out of the water. A sheriff's deputy who was in the area started CPR. Paramedics arrived and resuscitated the boy. It's estimated that he was underwater for a few minutes, Monforti said. He was purple when he was pulled out of the pool. He was conscious by the time a Bayflite helicopter landed in a nearby Muvico Theater parking lot to fly him to All Children's Hospital for treatment.
See local stars show their moves
The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold its premiere fundraising gala, "Stepping with the Stars," on Friday night at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. An evening of dinner and dancing will showcase local business leaders and notables as they swing, salsa and tango in a friendly competition, paired with professional dancers from the Dance Tonight dance studio. It will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in the resort's Baranoff Ballroom. Tickets for the black-tie optional event are $85 or $150 per couple, and include a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction, live auction and dinner. Tickets may be purchased online at safetyharborchamber.com, at the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 200 Main St., or by calling (727) 726-2890.
Townhome design on meeting agenda
The public is invited to two meetings in Dunedin today. City leaders and firefighters meet at 4 p.m. at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road, to start discussion on a new contract. City commissioners, who meet at 6:30 p.m., will consider approving design plans for a new townhome development at 2621 and 2641 Michael Place on the Dunedin Causeway. Other agenda items include right of way use guidelines for outdoor dining, a new Jolley Trolley contract and a $796,000 request to replace 6 percent of the city's aged fleet with 17 new, more fuel-efficient vehicles. That meeting will be held at City Hall, 542 Main St. Get copies of the full agenda at DunedinGov.com.