Kelly Osborn, the mother of Sheena Morris, who died in 2009, talks to reporters Oct. 12 outside the Bradenton Beach Police Department following the release of Florida Department of Law Enforcement recommendations regarding Morris’ death.
Crabbers arrive with a truckload of traps from Madeira Beach to load their boat at the Coquina Beach south boat ramp. Islander Photo: Mark Young
Murder defendant David Viens wheels himself into court on the first day of his trial in Los Angeles on charges of killing his wife, Dawn Viens. He learned last week of the jury’s guilty verdict. Sentencing will be in November. Defense attorney Fred McCurry is at left. Photo Courtesy Sean Hiller/Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.
Anna Maria Island Elementary School celebrates Peace Day and remembers Sept. 11, 2001, at a Sept. 21 celebration at the school. Students learned zero is a number, too, from Todd Persinger, center, as “Zero the Hero.” The character struggles to find value as a number and tries to change, but in the end realizes his value. The lesson: Students learn to accept differences in those around them, find value in themselves, and others. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sharon Burgess Click here for more pictures.
A chance meeting Aug. 28 with an aggregation of manatees near Anna Maria Bayfront Park made for a “natural” photo opportunity for Hagan Powers, 10, of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Sandy Rich
The house at 211 Willow, Anna Maria, is listed as a vacation rental, but the advertisement for the property lists downstairs activities and living, a violation of Anna Maria code. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Beachgoers were out in force at the Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach, on Sunday, Sept. 2, as Mother Nature produced a gorgeous Labor Day weekend. Manatee County could get as much as a $19 million settlement as a result of the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, to benefit tourism. The funding could finally replace the long-promised Manatee Public Beach pier. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach city hall, public works and the police department report handing out 1,150 sandbags last week to residents preparing for the predicted arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac in the Tampa Bay area. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
The Top Notch photo contest winner for the fourth week, Penny Frick of Bradenton, is the top winner in the six-week contest with her photo of a searing sunset captured in May at Siesta Key Beach.
Supported by four 12-inch diameter wood pilings and a concrete foundation, this tree house on the beach at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach, was built without permits. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell