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Veterans sought for free fishing trip
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
Capt. Jim O’Brien knows there are wounded veterans who could use a day on the water, fishing, relaxing and meeting others who served in the military. He just can’t find … Find out how to read more online.
City must deal with many other decaying buildings
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
The Venice City Council adopted a budget amendment last week to account for the $16 million it will receive courtesy of voter approval of a bond for a new public … Find out how to read more online.
Bird School
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
An adult bald eagle teaches a juvenile bald eagle how to fly and catch fish over Casey Key. You can see the adult throwing the fish in mid-air to the … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors get their way with Osprey Ditch
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
The Venice City Council put to rest, for now, a discussion on whether to fill in a block-long 10-foot-deep stormwater ditch, locally called the Osprey Ditch, or install a guardrail … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Record number of manatees killed in 2016 by boats
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A record number of manatees were killed in 2016 by boat strikes, according to state wildlife data, but overall the number of the beloved sea cows increased in Florida this year. Data posted by the Florida Fish … read more.

Florida lost construction, gained health care jobs in recovery
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida gained more wealthy residents but also more families living below the poverty line between 2010 and 2015 when the Sunshine State participated in an economic recovery from a devastating housing crash and the worst recession in … read more.

US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase
Thu  Dec 8 2016 08:48PM
NEW YORK — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, … read more.

Florida to state workers: You can’t give at the office now
Fri  Dec 9 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Following negative publicity about administrative costs, as well as a critical audit, the administration of Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that it had suspended a program that allowed state workers to make charitable donations through their paychecks. … read more.

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More Local News
Historic preservation may get tax breaks
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
Venice Vice Mayor Rich Cautero put what he thought was just a matter of protocol on last week’s City Council agenda and it turned out to be more like a can of worms. Cautero wanted to ask his colleagues to … Find out how to read more online.

Inspector: Rental violations are a priority
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
The Venice City Council got an update Wednesday on the effort to enforce the city’s rules on short-term rentals, and then offered a couple of thoughts on how to do it. Code Enforcement Supervisor Paul Iannelli Jr. told the Council … Find out how to read more online.

City withdraws from two regional boards
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:24PM
After some soul searching, the Venice City Council agreed this week to give up a seat on two regional boards — the Community Alliance of Sarasota County and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. The decision came about as city council … Find out how to read more online.

Sarasota starting Manasota erosion talks
Wed  Dec 7 2016 05:22PM
Betty Gawthrop has enjoyed living in her Manasota Key home fronting on the Gulf for 23 years. But the surf from summer storms this year ate away dunes and then sand from under the 90-year-old woman’s home. She’s not seen … Find out how to read more online.

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