Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Pinellas County news in brief

palm harbor

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.

safety harbor

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.

dunedin

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.

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Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

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Updated: 18 minutes ago
A solemn display

A solemn display

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Updated: 27 minutes ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

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Updated: 1 hour ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

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Updated: 3 hours ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

TRINITY — No one was hurt Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a rehabilitation center.According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, Trinity Regional Rehab Center at 2144 Welbilt Blvd. is running on generator power after the blaze broke out about 10:30 ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Part of Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard closed through at least 5 p.m.

Both southbound lanes of Bayshore Boulevard between W. Barcelona and W. Rubideaux streets are closed while the Tampa Water Department repairs a water main break.The repair and roadway restoration work is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Sunday but ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

Meteorologists are calling Alberto a ‘subtropical storm.’ What the heck is that?

We’re all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.But while the effects are routine for storm-weathering Floridians, the category of storm Alberto falls into is a little less familiar. ...
Updated: 5 hours ago

Temple Terrace applauds progress on downtown project

TEMPLE TERRACE — A round of applause from the audience followed the recent vote by the Temple Terrace City Council to negotiate a contract with a company that plans to build and manage luxury apartments in the long-idle downtown redevelopment area.Th...
Updated: 6 hours ago
FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

FHP: 30-year-old motorcyclist killed in Hudson crash

HUDSON — A 30-year-old man died after he was struck by a car and thrown off the motorcycle he was riding.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Derek Fingerle, of Hudson, was traveling south on U.S. 19 in the center lane about 8:20 p.m. Saturday. M...
Updated: 8 hours ago
A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

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Updated: 10 hours ago