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Airport hotels are proposed
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:16PM
The Venice City Council will consider two proposals — both involving hotels — to lease the 11-acre former circus property next week. There’s the one that includes projections for rent, … Find out how to read more online.
Burgundy Square, a trip back in time
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:14PM
Although its appearance and function during the past nine decades has gradually evolved, the cluster of buildings along Venice’s Miami Avenue, known today as Burgundy Square, contributes to the ambiance … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional names new CEO
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:14PM
After several CEOs brought in from out of state, Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) only needed to look as far north as Ocala to fill its current vacancy. The hospital … Find out how to read more online.
The Bridges sale hits a glitch
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation may have a buyer for its 300 acres of vacant property called The Bridges. The parcel was purchased in 2005 with plans to create a … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff requests small budget increase
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
With a new headquarters building and a support services facility in the pipeline, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 was minimal. Knight presented his proposed … Find out how to read more online.
‘Girls Who Code’ build website for homeless
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
A handful of middle schoolers spent 15 weeks researching and creating a website for homeless teens and adults in need. Through the Girls Who Code pilot program launched earlier this … Find out how to read more online.
Council to resolve status of rental units
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Bluedog Capital Partners LLC will try to persuade the Venice City Council next week that the dwelling units in its property at 127 E. Tampa Ave., are legal. It’s trying … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor Circus heads to Washington, D.C.
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Giant fans helped control the heat inside the non-air-conditioned tent/building where Sailor Circus students performed Tuesday night. The production was the preview performance of the show they are taking to … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee puts a spin on budgeting
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:08PM
The proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 city budget is the first one ever built around a separate fee to fund the fire department. You’re not alone if your reaction was, what … Find out how to read more online.
Rattlesnake rattles rural residents
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control captured a large diamondback rattlesnake last Saturday on a Whispering Pines residential property. According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Officer Nicole Osborne … Find out how to read more online.
Trolley faces the budget ax
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
The Venice Trolley experiment appears to be over. This past season was the second one during which the city paid to have a trolley circulate around the island to drop … Find out how to read more online.
Nest Robbers
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
Volunteers for Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle patrol are out every day just after sunrise along 32 miles of beach in Sarasota County and Venice to mark new nests and … Find out how to read more online.
Senior, Havanese dog team up for therapy
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
When Linda and Bob Carlier’s 7-year-old standard poodle passed away, they were devastated. The couple were reluctant to get another dog because Linda had undergone several surgeries on her legs, … Find out how to read more online.
Historian will lead Historic Spanish Point
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
John McCarthy, a former county historian, was named executive director of Historic Spanish Point and Gulf Coast Heritage Association. “I am honored to be appointed executive director of Historic Spanish … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney: Shooting was ‘surreal’
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
For U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, a normal Wednesday morning baseball practice led to “totally surreal” moments when he learned fellow congressmen were targeted by a shooter four minutes after he … Find out how to read more online.
Possible homestead hike scares officials
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
Regional officials are already worried about a proposed constitutional amendment that won’t even be on the ballot until next year. The amendment, which would increase the state’s homestead exemption by … Find out how to read more online.
Residents help employees achieve their dreams
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:51PM
Every year, several residents at Village On The Isle (VOTI) choose to serve on the Resident Scholarship Committee to raise funds and evaluate candidate applications to help fund staff members’ … Find out how to read more online.
Burn ban lifted in Venice
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:52AM
City of Venice Fire Chief Shawn Carvey lifted the recreational burn ban after a week of rain. The burn ban was put in place on April 21, mirroring the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Letson Stadium deemed 'unsafe'
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The City of Venice has closed down Letson Stadium, the home of the Venice Vikings Pop Warner football teams, located in Venice’s Wellfield Sports Complex, after the facility was deemed … Find out how to read more online.
City backs climate change int’l fight
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The number of U.S. cities that are supporting the “Climate Mayors” movement went up by at least one Tuesday, on a 4-3 vote by the Venice City Council. Nineteen other … Find out how to read more online.
History First
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:16PM
When word spread through Venice two years ago that almost a third of the historic downtown business district had been purchased by a largely unknown Guatemalan businessman, panic began to … Find out how to read more online.
Nickerson to lead Gondolier
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:15PM
As Tim Smolarick, publisher of the twice weekly Venice Gondolier Sun, changes course to take on the publisher role at the daily newspaper, the Highlands News Sun, that publisher, Glen … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls contribution to HUD housing
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The City of Venice is considering “plan B” to get its Phase 2 Venetian Walk HUD housing project off the ground, and it may include a $500,000 contribution. It’s been … Find out how to read more online.
Landmark Dome Flea Market to close
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:56AM
After 43 years, the owners of the Dome Flea & Farmers Market have told vendors they’re calling it quits. “It’s a nightmare, a nightmare,” said Ginger Hansel, who operates Back … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring focus of big event
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The Morgan Family Center hosted the third annual Little Salt Spring workshop on Saturday. Little Salt Spring site manager Steve Koski and Joan San Lwin, a member of the Little … Find out how to read more online.
Preserves, John Nolen Gardens on city agenda
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
The presence of two major development proposals on Tuesday’s agenda already has Venice City Council members thinking the meeting will go into overtime. But recently adopted rules for quasi-judicial proceedings … Find out how to read more online.
Civics 101 teaches about local government
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Sarasota County will continue offering a backstage pass to residents through its popular Civics 101 program. “Act I: Setting the Stage” will begin July 27 and continue on Thursday evenings … Find out how to read more online.
Woman honored for her work with visually impaired
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:08PM
Beverly Kruger, of Venice, recently received the International Leadership President’s Medal from Robert Corlew, president of Lions Clubs International. Corlew cited Kruger’s 30 years of volunteer service to the visually … Find out how to read more online.
Board merger talks on back burner
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
The Venice Planning Commission effectively placed a discussion about merging a number of city advisory boards on the back burner this week, citing bad timing. But they plan to bring … Find out how to read more online.
Sisters bond with seniors as companions
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls future marijuana laws
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
There’s a medical marijuana bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature that, once signed, could be a game- changer. It lays out how and who can receive marijuana licenses, and other … Find out how to read more online.
Battery victim in serious condition
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
A Nokomis woman with two children who was allegedly beaten severely by her longtime boyfriend is in serious condition at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issued … Find out how to read more online.
Retirement may reveal who we truly are
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:00AM
We are the lucky ones, those of us who have survived a working life of 30, 40, 50 years and come out with enough monthly income from pension, savings or … Find out how to read more online.
Rowing, yes; River Road, no
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
While Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $3 million in state funding for River Road, yet approving $2.5 million for the world rowing event, was a disappointment, officials vow to … Find out how to read more online.
City adds more ADA parking at library
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
The effort to construct a new Venice Public Library passed another milestone this week when the Venice Planning Commission approved a site and development plan for the new facility. The … Find out how to read more online.
Plane’s engine failure still unexplained
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The final report issued last month on the July 27, 2014, airplane accident that claimed two lives on Venice Beach doesn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind then: Why? On … Find out how to read more online.
The Players to hold patriotic performance
Fri  Jun 23 2017 09:41AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts will pay tribute to the music and musicians who have characterized the American experience with “America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration.” Celebrating America’s Independence … Find out how to read more online.
‘Amazing’ Growth
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
Newspapers are generally known for the words they publish. But the Venice Gondolier Sun has produced some “amazing” numbers lately, as well, said Publisher Tim Smolarick. The newspaper has increased … Find out how to read more online.
Tax break possible for historic buildings
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:52AM
A tax break on historical properties could be coming soon in the city of Venice. The tax break would be for maintenance or improvements on historical properties. Sarasota County already … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield is not closing, officials say
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:50AM
There are no plans to close Wellfield Sports Complex, say authorities. A recent social media petition states otherwise. Now, some are saying the conversation among the Venice City Council talking … Find out how to read more online.