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Campaign shenanigans continue
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:10PM
In terms of local politics, it’s been a relatively quiet local City Council election. Four candidates are running for two seats up for election on Nov. 7. There’s been some … Find out how to read more online.
Candidate has voted against nearly every development petition in office
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:08PM
Council Member Deborah Anderson, elected three years ago, says she wants to run on her record. She’s proud of the fact that she has voted against every city budget and … Find out how to read more online.
Women in Business
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:08PM
More than 137 people, mostly women, were on hand to see who would receive the highest honors at the fifth annual Venice Gondolier Sun’s Women in Business Awards ceremony last … Find out how to read more online.
Wanting every city text for 1.5 years
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
One of the people who successfully sued Venice in 2008 for Sunshine Law and Public Records violations (which cost the city more than $1.5 million) has made an exhaustive public … Find out how to read more online.
Be a friend
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:04PM
If you have a friend going through treatment for cancer, there are many ways to help. These are a few suggestions: Make up snack packages (include a drink) for the … Find out how to read more online.
Council to OK fire department advisory group
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:02PM
The Venice City Council will move back to square one in the search for options to fund the fire department Tuesday when it considers appointing a stakeholders work group. The … Find out how to read more online.
The color yellow quickly informs the human eye
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:00PM
I attended a workshop recently that took me back to my early days of advance study. The very first college class I enrolled in was industrial psychology. At the time, … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban gets plan board nod
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week gave its stamp of approval on a draft ordinance implementing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within City of Venice boundaries. The board voted … Find out how to read more online.
Haunted Trails this weekend at Oscar Scherer State Park
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Oscar Scherer State Park promises a “frightfully fun time for the howl family” at its fifth annual Haunted Trails Halloween event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 8 … Find out how to read more online.
Endorsement heats up Council race
Fri  Oct 20 2017 02:02PM
Venice Council Member Deborah Anderson drew attention at this week’s Republican Party of Sarasota County meeting — and not in a good way. At Thursday’s meeting, before a crowd of … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Fiesta opens winter season in Venice
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
What began in October 1973 as the last hurrah to summer for the year-round residents, The Sun Fiesta is now the herald of Snowbird season, the time when winter residents … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo Rep to present ‘Julius Caesar’ locally
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
Arts and Letters Day at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will kick off with a performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Selby … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Musicale season starts
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
Venice Musicale presents its first concert of the season, “Musical Potpourri,” on Thursday, Oct. 19, 3-4 p.m. The time has changed, but the venue is the same at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board to consider pot dispensary ban
Fri  Oct 20 2017 02:02PM
A draft ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in Venice makes its debut Tuesday at a public hearing before the Planning Commission. The city had put a moratorium on dispensaries in … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid arrests include South County
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 11 people in connection with the agency’s ongoing efforts to combat the distribution of illicit narcotics including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, methamphetamine, morphine and cocaine. … Find out how to read more online.
Jail, homelessness present budget pressures
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
While he hasn’t sounded the alarm yet, Sheriff Tom Knight did alert Sarasota County commissioners to a looming problem during a meeting Tuesday. Knight and his jail commander, Major Jeff … Find out how to read more online.
Supreme Court turns down county request
Fri  Oct 20 2017 02:02PM
In a ruling issued Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court declined to reconsider its July opinion in a case that could end up costing Sarasota County millions of dollars. In the … Find out how to read more online.
Holic to suggest pier fee
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
With the Venice Fishing Pier closed pending substantial repairs thanks to Hurricane Irma, Mayor John Holic thinks it’s a good time for the Venice City Council to talk about the … Find out how to read more online.
Holic questions library’s name
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:44AM
Mayor John Holic came back from the City Council’s late lunch break Tuesday with yet another example of what he sees as the questionable naming of a building. Establishing criteria … Find out how to read more online.
‘Babe,’ a Venice legend, dies
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:42AM
Despite the arrival in Venice of retail giants Home Depot and Lowe’s, Babes ACE Hardware not only survived, but grew to have retail stores in Venice, Englewood and North Port, … Find out how to read more online.
Protect home with hurricane shutters
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:10PM
If you tried to head to the local hardware store to pick up some batteries before Irma hit, you know that the rest of the Suncoast was already there trying … Find out how to read more online.
Retired corporate exec says city needs to be run more like a biz
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:08PM
Charles Newsom made a career as senior management in private equity of turning around billion- dollar companies, making them profitable again, and selling them off. His list of accomplishments reads … Find out how to read more online.
Council candidates differ on airport’s future
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:08PM
Venice City Council candidates answered questions from the local aviation community Wednesday evening at City Hall. All four candidates running for two seats in the Nov. 7 election aired their … Find out how to read more online.
Cleaning for a reason — cancer treatments
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:04PM
Mary Borgeson has enough on her plate without having to clean her house, thanks to an organization called Cleaning for a Reason. She has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer … Find out how to read more online.
Woman dies in pool
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:02PM
An 85-year-old woman was found dead Tuesday in a condominium pool. Sarasota County Emergency Services and the Englewood Area Fire Control District responded to a call shortly after 4 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Venice’s Inhabitants’ exhibit is open to public
Sat  Oct 21 2017 12:02PM
A new exhibit, “Venice’s Inhabitants: The Unique Cultural Heritage of the Land on the Gulf,” is open at the Venice Museum & Archives (VMA) in the historic Triangle Inn. “Venice’s … Find out how to read more online.
County ranks high for West Nile
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
Sarasota County ranks near the top in the state for sentinel chickens infected with West Nile Virus and other diseases this year, according to a report from the Centers for … Find out how to read more online.
Anniversary event honors city’s living mayors
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The next event in the celebration of Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city is a dinner honoring its five living mayors: Merle Graser, Dean Calamaras, Fred Hammett, Ed Martin and … Find out how to read more online.
Wildlife Center offers volunteer classes
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The Wildlife Center of Venice held a wildlife rescue class at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve last Saturday where attendees learned more about the Center and how to … Find out how to read more online.
Sabal Trace’s third owner has no plans yet
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The future of Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club is once again unknown as a third owner has stepped in to take over the property. Mark Gerenger, of GNP Development … Find out how to read more online.
Auditions set for ‘A Christmas Carol’
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Director Murray Chase, Musical Director Michelle Kasanofsky, and Choreographer Julia King are seeking performers of all ages to audition for Venice Theatre’s annual musical production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pippin’ leaves one breathless
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers opened its 25th anniversary season Friday with a spectacular high- energy show that had everyone breathless by the end of the first … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo events surround showing of ‘Evita’
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
In anticipation of offering an especially popular run of the musical “Evita,” The Asolo Repertory Theatre is presenting a series of public events to both inform and entertain the public. … Find out how to read more online.
Change of the guard at PGT
Fri  Oct 20 2017 02:02PM
The PGT Innovations board of directors has announced Jeff Jackson will become chief executive officer effective Jan. 1. Rod Hershberger is retiring as CEO but will continue serving as the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota narrowly approves energy program
Sat  Oct 14 2017 10:34AM
Despite some misgivings, Sarasota County commissioners gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a Property Assessed Clean Energy program to operate within the county. During a public hearing that began in the … Find out how to read more online.
Markets keep things fresh
Fri  Oct 20 2017 02:02PM
Maggie Balch started selling seafood back in 1997 at the Venice Farmers Market. Her stand, Maggie’s Seafood, is one of two at the market that has been there since opening … Find out how to read more online.
Funding application a go for Venetian Walk
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
Mayor John Holic reported Tuesday that all local funding is in place to enable the Venice Housing Authority to apply for tax-credit financing for Venetian Walk Phase II. The final … Find out how to read more online.
‘Viral’ Dispute
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:46AM
A resident in the affordable-rent Seminole Apartments, on U.S. 41 in South Venice, recently ramped up his creative protests against the owners for issuing an eviction notice. Jeffrey M. Reckahn, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Library gets new name
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:44AM
With a $1 million gift, the Venice Public Library will have a new name when it reopens. During a meeting Tuesday, the Sarasota County commissioners unanimously approved naming the library … Find out how to read more online.
Plans withdrawn for Preserves subdivision
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:32AM
Herb Lawson, of Windham Development, has withdrawn a planned 118 unit residential subdivision on 39.6 acres next to Fox Lea Farm and across from Sawgrass. Instead, he will start from … Find out how to read more online.