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Venice to buy condos for $1 million
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:02PM
Elected officials in Venice agreed yesterday to purchase the Hamilton Office Condominiums for $995,000, but they made it clear it’s not their intention to build a parking garage on the … Find out how to read more online.
Popular Toy Train Show soon
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
One of the more popular annual family events in the city is the Venice Area Toy Train Show and Swap Meet. There people can witness what is known as Toy … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic task force seeks public input
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
A task force usually is formed to analyze a problem, suggest solutions and disband as soon as the problem is “fixed.” Apparently, that’s not going to be the fate of … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View grad’s ‘Peculiar’ book being filmed
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:24AM
Editor’s note: This story was inspired by a story by Elaine Allen-Emrich that appeared in the Englewood Sun. While seeking more information on Ransom Riggs, writer Kim Cool learned she … Find out how to read more online.
Fire leaves one dead
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
When Sharon Vander Wulp stepped outside her office near the corner of Shamrock Boulevard and Bal Harbour Drive Wednesday afternoon, she saw smoke coming from an apartment complex in which … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless sleeping in public areas now legal?
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
A recent U.S. Department of Justice “Statement of Interest” in a Boise, Idaho, case involving homeless people could influence how the City of Venice responds to homeless people who want … Find out how to read more online.
Food and more still offered by Salvation Army
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
The words were harsh in the call to the Venice Gondolier Sun’s “Let ’em Have It” column. An anonymous reader was complaining about the Salvation Army ceasing Friday mobile food … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclists hope to camp in park
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Yet another group wants to bring a bunch of cycling enthusiasts to Venice, but with a twist — the 600 participants in Bike Florida’s Spring Tour 2016 would be camping … Find out how to read more online.
Oil rig debris now in Venice
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
An Aug. 15 Gondolier Sun story about oil rig debris washing up on Southwest Florida beaches wasn’t news to Phillip Ellis — he’d already found some. Ellis and his 8-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy shooter must pay 5k
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
A 67-year-old North Port man who shot a puppy in the city March 29 pleaded no contest Monday and was ordered to pay almost $5,000 to the court and the … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous bacterium reported in Charlotte County
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
Bill Mango didn’t think much of the cut he got while unloading the kayak from his truck before a day on the water. Now he’ll never forget the injury to … Find out how to read more online.
Indians built for postseason success
Thu  Aug 20 2015 12:18AM
Coming off their first district title in five years and a run to the state quarterfinals in last year’s playoffs, the 2015 Venice Indians football team that features more size … Find out how to read more online.
I spy another ‘Eye spy’ event in Venice
Fri  Aug 21 2015 05:19PM
Despite a deluge of heavy rains that cut it short, the 5th annual Eye Spy Venice event still produced plenty of happy faces during a recent Saturday Venice Farmer’s Market. … Find out how to read more online.
Rabies scare — search on for stray cat
Sat  Aug 15 2015 08:30AM
The victim of a cat attack that sent two people to the hospital and their own cat to the veterinarian learned yesterday that Sarasota County Animal Control picked up a … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite plays offer surprise twists
Fri  Aug 21 2015 05:19PM
Some area theaters occasionally offer short plays. The Starlite Players does it every month. The August offering featured four comedies, that, including set changes and an intermission after the second … Find out how to read more online.
Venice’s Tervis issues Minions tumblers
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:20AM
Being a big theme park attraction is old news for the Minions of Universal Studios Orlando. The Minions ride, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” based on the Universal Pictures and Illumination … Find out how to read more online.
Oil rig debris hitting beaches
Sat  Aug 15 2015 08:30AM
Several pieces of oil rig sheaths — used to protect and stabilize underwater petroleum pipelines — have washed onto Manasota Key and Little Gasparilla Island. And, more than 30 pieces, … Find out how to read more online.
New district lines could divide Sarasota County
Sat  Aug 15 2015 08:30AM
The proposed redistricting of Florida Congressional districts is not sitting well with local Republicans. The move would mean North Port, Englewood and Venice would no longer have the same representative … Find out how to read more online.
Test shuttle gets little interest
Wed  Aug 12 2015 10:22AM
With much discussion about using shuttle services in and around Venice, an outline analysis of such a project during off-season reveals very little public interest. The Pachota family used their … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler drowns during Dad’s nap
Wed  Aug 12 2015 10:22AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into last weekend’s drowning of a 21-month old girl at a home on Flamingo Road in South Venice. The incident was … Find out how to read more online.
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SCAT picks new Publix bus stop
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
The City of Venice announced this week a solution for the southbound Publix bus stop on Route 13, albeit one that will take until November to implement. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
Airport skydiving is too risky, city says
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
Venice Airport Director Chris Rozansky finished a safety risk analysis this week that, not surprisingly, finds skydiving a risky business proposition at Venice Municipal Airport. The FAA ordered the city … Find out how to read more online.
Clock ticking toward enforcement of rental law
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
With a little more than a month remaining in the city’s moratorium on enforcing its short-term rental ordinance, most of the properties whose owners had challenged it are in compliance … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay season begins with ‘A Bench in the Sun’
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:22AM
Lemon Bay Theatre seems to be on the grow. The coming theater season begins Sept. 2 with “A Bench in the Sun” by Roy Clark” and is augmented by four … Find out how to read more online.
No shortage of beautification ideas for VABI
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Have you noticed any of the landscaping or pieces of art in downtown Venice? If so, thank Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI). A volunteer-based, nonprofit organization, VABI’s mission is to … Find out how to read more online.
Vote set on possible garage site
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
A seven-page agenda awaits the Venice City Council when it convenes Tuesday for the first time in a month. One item that isn’t on it is a proposal for a … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View student is president of Boys Nation
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Osprey resident Aravind Byju, who will be a senior at Pine View School, is the newly elected president of the American Legion’s Boys Nation. He won the office by capturing … Find out how to read more online.
Cat attack victim ponders next move
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
Cat attack victim Sammy Giordano is conflicted. On the one hand, he’s pretty sure he wasn’t bitten and severely scratched by a feral cat with rabies. Rabies is extremely rare, … Find out how to read more online.
Board backs proposal for more croquet courts
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
The courts at the Sarasota County Croquet Club complex at Wellfield Park are so busy, members say, that they have to wait longer to play a game than the game … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse loses beloved Rita Corn
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
Charlie Mann isn’t from Texas. When the 10-year-old came home from acting camp with a Texas accent, his mom knew where he quickly learned it. “Miss Rita taught me the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Congregation welcomes new rabbi
Thu  Aug 20 2015 11:18AM
Rabbi Harold F. Caminker led his first shabbat (sabbath) service for the Jewish Congregation of Venice Friday evening, Aug. 14. “I found the rabbi’s parking spot open tonight,” he said … Find out how to read more online.
Urbanite has eye on Newton
Fri  Aug 21 2015 05:19PM
Playwright Lucas Heath mixes fact and fiction to relate the truth about Isaac Newton (Ben Williamson) in Urbanite Theatre’s third offering, “Isaac’s Eye.” Tony Stopperman acts as the play’s on-stage … Find out how to read more online.
Players presents festival winner, ‘Not Our Time’
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:20AM
The Players Theatre production of the 2014 Players New Play Festival Winner, “Not Our Time,” will be performed Aug. 20-23 at the theater in Sarasota. Written by Bernard Yanelli, the … Find out how to read more online.
Habitat accepts $22,000 gift
Thu  Aug 27 2015 04:40PM
Dee Danmeyer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, has announced a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will be used for much needed technology … Find out how to read more online.
Report IDs mistakes in inspector hiring
Sat  Aug 15 2015 08:30AM
The deadline to apply for the city of Venice fire inspector position was Friday. It’s the third time the city advertised the position. The city hired a new inspector, Cynthia … Find out how to read more online.
Man fends off ‘devil cat’; traps set
Wed  Aug 12 2015 10:18AM
Sam Giordano got the shock of his life as he went to pick up his edition of the Gondolier Sun last Wednesday. A cat attacked him. The attack sent him, … Find out how to read more online.
Man raises machete to Publix employees
Wed  Aug 12 2015 10:22AM
For two Publix employees, Monday evening was unlike any other they’ve experienced. Around 10:40 p.m., Jackie Dorsett and Logan Panton had just finished their shifts at the Nokomis Publix Supermarket … Find out how to read more online.
Menu, biz changes on tap for Althea’s
Wed  Aug 12 2015 10:22AM
The past year has been amazing, exciting and thrilling for Don Haley, the new owner of Althea’s Restaurant at 220 W. Miami Ave. Until last fall, there had been no … Find out how to read more online.