The mayor of St. Pete Beach has launched a fundraising effort after a weekend drowning off Pass-A-Grille.
“This is a new program that we are initiating in response to this tragedy,” Mayor Maria Lowe said, referring to Saturday’s drowning death of Cameron Bullard, 9.
“We want to empower the youth and even adults who can’t swim to get this skill,” she added.
In broad terms, the mayor outlined a plan to subsidize swimming lessons for non-swimmers at the town’s community aquatic center. A fundraising target has not been set, but the mayor said the center currently charges $45 for 8 swimming lessons.
Bullard was wading in shallow water with his siblings and a cousin when a rogue wave knocked them down.