Saturday, January 20, 2018
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All Eyes Gallery, Brendan Fitterer's favorite photos of 2016

Each year, Times photographers choose their favorite photos from the past 12 months. These are from Brendan Fitterer.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Owner Gina Stefani, stands amidst what remains of The Island Room Restaurant at Cedar Cove after Hurricane Hermine washed away she and her husband, Peter's, work of 25 years. The Stefanis hung the Flag following the destruction. "When devastation takes place that's what we're supposed to do, remember we are Americans and we can take care of anything," Gina Stefani said. Hurricane Hermine made landfall early Friday, September 2, 2016 as the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years. Wind, rain, and a 9-foot storm surge that coincided with high tide had devastating effects on Cedar Key, the tiny Gulf village of 700 residents.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Shane Pina, 3, soaks up the splash pad at Sims Park in New Port Richey on the first day of summer, Monday (6/20/16). Pina was there with his family for some fun in the water and playground time at the recently remodeled park

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Mermaid Whitney blows a bubble-filled kiss to the audience as she performs during the morning show of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" Tuesday (6/28/16) at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. As they have for decades, mermaids still perform daily for guests in the park's theater, which is embedded in the spring and sits 16 feet below the surface.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

From left, Jaden Fantine, Seth Blakley and Ezekiel Parisi do backflips into the high tide of the Pithlachascotee River in New Port Richey as Tropical Storm Hermine pushes water high up its banks and seawalls Thursday (9/1/16) afternoon.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Two large, custom built "singing" tesla coils generate musical lightning as Andrew Mansberger with ArcAttack performs in a protective chain mail Faraday suit for Pasco Schools students at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge Wednesday (10/12/16). The educational show about electricity, the specialized tesla coils, robotic assistant and drummer, are all inventions of ArcAttack, the Austin, TX based performance art group that impressed judges on the fifth season of America's Got Talent.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Jeffrey Hamilton, 1, of Brooksville, peers across the pumpkin patch towards his mother, Melissa, during his first visit there Friday (10/21/16) at Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown. The popular farm's Fall Corn Maze is open now as well.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Alina Fisk, 4, poses with a Donald Trump cutout while costume shopping with her mother, Jamie (Fisk) Wednesday (10/26/16) afternoon at Spirit Halloween in Port Richey. Alina plans to dress as "Owlette" from the popular PJ Masks cartoon though when it comes time to trick or treat.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Chasco Elementary's Eugenio Bermudez, center, closes in on the finish line as he and classmate Jayden Coltrane, left, compete till the end in the 50 meter run Thursday afternoon at Pasco County’s 40th Summer Special Olympics at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey. Athletes from across the county participate in track and field events, bocce, cycling, soccer, and tennis. The summer games continue Friday (2/26/16) at Wesley Chapel High School.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Brooskville resident Janet Laurin, center, is startled by an inbound bird attempting to snatch a corn chip from her hand as her granddaughter, Lauren Grant, left, who was visiting from Ontario while on break, films the close encounter Friday (3/18/16) morning on the fishing pier at Bayport Park. The family was visiting the park and fishing for blue crabs, but the birds provided most of the morning's entertainment.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Clouds hang on the horizon as Oscar Rivera fishes along the seawall at Hudson Beach Tuesday (7/19/16) afternoon after storms moved into the area.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manatee rescue team personnel, alongside volunteers from other agencies, use a net to hoist a manatee onto a pond bank at Plantation on Crystal River golf course Thursday (9/15/16) morning during a rescue operation. When Hurricane Hermine hit Florida's Gulf Coast its heavy rains and surge produced flooding which caused several manatees to be displaced in a pond on the Plantation's golf course. The manatee sightings were first reported to FWC on September 2; their condition and food supply was subsequently assessed as relocation plans were developed. Once the manatees were moved out of the pond they received a health assessment, and biologists collected data for manatee research, before transporting and releasing them back into their natural habitat.

            

BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

     

Pasco Sheriff's Dep. Jim Cloversettle visits with students at St. Anthony Catholic School in San Antonio for a program in which they honored deputies for their service with notes, handmade gifts and care packages Thursday (9/22/16). St. Anthony Catholic School, along with with other schools in the Diocese, participated in the Week of Caring and Christian Services. At St. Anthony's, each class worked on various projects to benefit the community. The first and second grade classes honored the Pasco Sheriff's Office

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