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No injuries in airport mishap
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident involving a small airplane that occurred late Sunday afternoon at Venice Municipal Airport. There were no injuries. The plane is a CTsw … Find out how to read more online.
Saving Flooded Pets
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Critters cause turf problem at Wellfield
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
It’s usually tiny tikes tearing up the turf at Venice’s Letson Stadium Football Field, but county officials are concerned about another turf terror — burrowing mole crickets. The crickets are … Find out how to read more online.
City agrees to automated garbage pickup
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Venice City Council this week signed off on a pilot program to introduce automated waste collection to Venice. An advisory group representative pitched the program before Council on Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
County, state focus on residents’ health
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
Health and safety seem to be at the top of the priority list for Sarasota County and the state of Florida lately, including a reminder about child safety, breastfeeding support … Find out how to read more online.
Trauma alert, crash send two to hospital
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
A Venice man who fell off a ladder earlier this week was BayFlited to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. According to a Venice Fire Department press release, firefighters responded at 2:37 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Island water outage in some areas
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
There will be a water outage in the City of Venice from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The outage is due to a contractor replacing a … Find out how to read more online.
Less is more for Starlite Players
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
With all those shows about tiny houses on the Home and Garden channels, it makes sense that tiny plays also would be popular. That is the whole idea behind Starlite … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay holds auditions
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for “Hypnosis” on Sunday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse Annex, 80 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The … Find out how to read more online.
Sharon Scott will perform at Brassfest
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Popular Sarasota singer Sharon Scott will be the guest singer when First Brass of Sarasota concludes its summer season with “Sarasota Brassfest.” There will be two concerts: one at Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Check out these dream homes
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
If you’re thinking about playing the Powerball anytime soon, now is the time to do it. The real estate market is flush with beautiful, high-end homes that will satisfy any … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun owner purchases a daily newspaper
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Sun Coast Media Group, which owns the Venice Gondolier Sun, continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Southern Living says retire in Venice
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:28PM
The city of Venice makes so many “Best Places” lists that Public Information Officer Lorraine Anderson probably expects to put out a press release every day. The latest is Southern … Find out how to read more online.
A peek into Coel’s career
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:28PM
Lee Coel — the Punta Gorda police officer placed on paid administrative leave after he fired a revolver with a live round that killed a civilian — apparently did not … Find out how to read more online.
City Council gets back to work Tuesday
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:08AM
What does a vacation cost? If you’re a member of the Venice City Council, part of the price of taking more than a month off is returning to a full … Find out how to read more online.
Blues fest venue safe, for now
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:26PM
Venice MainStreet, sponsor of the annual Venice Blues Festival, has produced a kinder, gentler layout for the next festival in November, after complaints that the event is contributing to lawn … Find out how to read more online.
Man who owns much of downtown buys again
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
The Citgo gas station and convenience store at 200 Tamiami Trail S. and W. Miami Avenue, that closed recently, has been acquired by Venice Villa Plaza, owned by Guatemalan entrepreneur … Find out how to read more online.
You. Yes, you. Help us find best in region
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
Surely, you know somebody great in one of these categories. Teacher, 501(c)(3), Realtor, Scholar Athlete, Female Athlete, Male Athlete, Surgeon, Doctor, Teen, Woman and Man of the Year for the … Find out how to read more online.
Celebrating 70 years American Legion Post 159 is one of nation’s largest
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:40AM
Loren M. Pittman was a 19-year-old radio operator and navigator on a B-17 bomber during World War II. He flew on 18 missions over Germany and two over Nazi-occupied France. … Find out how to read more online.
Homeowners have option of private flood insurance
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:40AM
A growing awareness of the need for flood insurance — and the rising cost of National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP) premiums — have increased consumer demand for affordable private flood … Find out how to read more online.
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Gondolier Sun hosting city election forum
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A Venice city election forum where residents can listen to city candidates answer questions and give their views is being hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun on Wednesday, Oct. 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Driver says he’s ‘angel from heaven sent to kill people’
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A naked Englewood man allegedly ran his vehicle into another intentionally in Venice and told officers he was “an angel from heaven sent to kill people.” George Lykopoulos, 29, of … Find out how to read more online.
Main Street turns 28, still has big impact
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
One of the hidden business gems in this city, Venice MainStreet Inc. is relatively unknown to many people despite being active for more than 28 years. Operated by only one … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional planning a new hospital
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has notified the state that the hospital will be seeking permission to build a new 312-bed facility, in a location that’s yet to be determined. … Find out how to read more online.
Urologist to pay $250K for unnecessary medical tests
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
A doctor has agreed to pay $250,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted claims to federal health care programs for laboratory tests that were not medically necessary. Urologist Robert A. … Find out how to read more online.
Council puts a Band-Aid on zoning districts
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
The City Council has brought some much needed consistency to Venice’s Commercial, General (CG) and Commercial, Intensive (CI) zoning districts, to address complaints from business owners. A CI district should … Find out how to read more online.
Auditions set for ‘Get Out of Dodge’
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
Auditions for the brand-new comic drama, “Get Out of Dodge,” will be held Sunday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., … Find out how to read more online.
‘Why Can’t I Be You’ takes the stage
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts will present the winning play of the 2015 New Play Festival — “Why Can’t I Be You?” by Llywelyn Jones. It will run Aug. … Find out how to read more online.
Arts and Craft show will be Saturday
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Venice Community Center’s annual summer Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. There always … Find out how to read more online.
For your garbage, ‘claw’ is possible
Tue  Aug 23 2016 04:02PM
A city advisory group is pitching a pilot program for automated waste collection that envisions using a mechanical claw to lift and empty city-provided garbage cans. Lee Lichtle, chair of … Find out how to read more online.
Library-museum idea raises concerns
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
It took a while for Venice officials to cozy up to the idea of creating a combined new public library, archives and museum. City Manager Ed Lavallee made the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Zika is here but don’t panic
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
Although the Zika virus has appeared in Sarasota County, for several reasons health officials say it’s not yet a significant concern here, even among the area’s older residents. First, as … Find out how to read more online.
Venice woman is runner up Queen
Tue  Aug 23 2016 10:35AM
Venice resident Cecelia Patterson (CeCe) is this year’s runner up to Florida’s Queen of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). This is the first time anyone from Venice has made the … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Dog shot after man bitten
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:28PM
A man shot a dog after being bitten, officials say. The unnamed North Port man was walking his dog Wednesday around 9 a.m. when four dogs surrounded him, according to … Find out how to read more online.
The Players Centre offers Play Festival winner
Tue  Aug 23 2016 10:35AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the winner of the 2015 New Play Festival “Why Can’t I Be You?” by Llywelyn Jones. Following a few workshops and rewrites, Jones’ … Find out how to read more online.
City, county ponder sports parks trade
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
It wasn’t that long ago that Venice Mayor John Holic, upset with the Sarasota County’s paltry maintenance budget of $5,000 per year even for Venice’s largest sports parks, suggested that … Find out how to read more online.
Robbery suspect sought in S. Venice
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
The Sarasota Sheriff’s Office responded to an armed robbery call at the 7-11 Mobil gas station in South Venice early Friday morning. According to a witness in the convenience store, … Find out how to read more online.
Turtles surpass nest records
Thu  Aug 18 2016 06:56PM
As sea turtle season moves into hatchling phase, the turtles are setting new records. Casey Key nesting is 60 percent ahead of last year, which also was a record year. … Find out how to read more online.
New board members sought by Loveland
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:40AM
The Loveland Center is currently recruiting new board members. A nonprofit organization, Loveland provides educational, vocational and residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Currently, there is a 12-member board. … Find out how to read more online.