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City sidewalks soon for rent?
Sat  May 21 2016 11:52AM
Complaints from residents about restaurants and apparel boutiques serving meals and selling their goods on the sidewalk have drawn the attention of City Council. Some say it’s a welcome arrangement, … Find out how to read more online.
Full city pension funding a matter of time
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Editor’s note: This is the last story in a series on the city of Venice’s police and firefighter pension funds. • • • “Pensions are one of the largest and … Find out how to read more online.
SMH fights objections, says hospital needed
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Not surprisingly, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s response to the objections to its proposed 80-bed facility on Laurel Road focuses on the ones raised by the closest competitor — Venice Regional Bayfront … Find out how to read more online.
New fines set for unlicensed contractors
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Sarasota County is cracking down on unlicensed contractors and trying to make the financial penalties high enough to deter unpermitted construction work. County commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment Tuesday creating … Find out how to read more online.
Crash injures high school student
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
A two-vehicle crash at the Circus Bridge in Venice Tuesday morning sent a Venice High School student to the hospital and shut down the southbound side of the bridge for … Find out how to read more online.
‘James and the Giant Peach’ is delightful
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Get ready to be energized by Venice Theatre’s production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” If you’ve never read the children’s book or seen the movie, this fantasy … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor has questions on police station bond
Sat  May 21 2016 11:46AM
City leaders are all set to pull the trigger next week on a road bond for voters to decide in November. But a second bond project — to build a … Find out how to read more online.
Small business owner files for Council seat
Wed  May 18 2016 02:14PM
As anticipated, small business owner Bill Ahern has filed for the City Council seat being vacated by Jeanette Gates. Gates announced in late April she would not seek a third … Find out how to read more online.
CEO: Venice Regional is on the right path
Wed  May 18 2016 02:14PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain’s intended career might have had him working in a hospital, but not running one. He planned to go to school to be a … Find out how to read more online.
Manasota Key erosion taking more beach
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
Beaches come and go, but not like the wave of erosion moving south along Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline now. A 14-year resident of Krystal Key Condominium, Mickey Beaudoin said he’s … Find out how to read more online.
Re-visioning sports in Venice parks
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
It’s too early to tell what recommendations will eventually make their way before the Venice City Council in the form of a draft Venice Parks Master Plan. If this week’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘James and the Giant Peach’ appears on MainStage
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Venice Theatre presents its “Generations” production of the new musical, Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” on its MainStage. It opened May 17 and runs through Sunday, May 22. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sweeter Than Justice’ leaves a sour taste
Wed  May 18 2016 02:10PM
The regional premier of “Sweeter Than Justice” by Robert Lipkin Friday, May 13, in the Cook Theatre left a sour taste that had less to do with Friday the 13th … Find out how to read more online.
Diversity presents free concert
Wed  May 18 2016 02:10PM
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota, presents “Love is in the Air,” a free springtime concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at St. Andrews United Church of Christ, 6908 … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland readies its ‘Village’ debut
Sun  May 15 2016 11:28PM
Probably the most significant month since Loveland was founded, May of this year heralds several important developments. The official launch of the new complex, The Nancy Detert Residences at Loveland … Find out how to read more online.
Police take school shooting threat seriously
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
School officials were leaving no stone unturned this week after hearing about a student’s threat to shoot another student. On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, School Resource Officers at … Find out how to read more online.
Collier County out of Braves competition
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
It appears Collier County has struck out with the Atlanta Braves. A face-to-face meeting between team representatives and county leaders planned for Wednesday was called off. The team has decided … Find out how to read more online.
Venice area needs 2nd hospital, SMH says
Fri  May 13 2016 03:31PM
Now that its certificate of need (CON) application is complete, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s (SMH) plans for a Venice facility are clear. And so are the reasons it believes a new … Find out how to read more online.
Grant money for South Venice sewers in limbo
Sun  May 15 2016 11:24PM
There’s no answer yet for South Venice Civic Association’s request for grant money for sewer hookups. The association has asked that a state grant, recently awarded to the Englewood Water … Find out how to read more online.
Troupe presents Alyssa White in concert
Sun  May 15 2016 11:24PM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) will conclude its third annual Young Artist Program, through which Troupe members are able to showcase their talents with one-night, one-person shows, with the final … Find out how to read more online.
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Gun range eyed
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Residents in North Venice are upset over semi-automatic gunfire and a stray bullet that hit a Willow Chase home this week. It’s not the first time a residence in the … Find out how to read more online.
SCF provost retiring after 34 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Darlene Wedler-Johnson has spent more than half her life working for what is now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She’s seen five college presidents and the name of the institution … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s Club celebrates 90 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
In 1927, Frank Parker Stockbridge addressed a newly formed group of 18 women in Venice calling themselves the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club on “What Makes A Community.” He suggested the women … Find out how to read more online.
Board: Keep post office/hotel idea alive
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Venice Mayor John Holic found the support at the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) that he was expecting to get from his City Council colleagues. Holic proposed at the May … Find out how to read more online.
With turtles protected, lime can be removed
Mon  May 23 2016 11:35AM
When the Venice City Council approved a plan in April to fill in lime pits by Wellfield Park, it was with the proviso that Utilities Director Tim Hochuli come back … Find out how to read more online.
Speaker sees change coming for VA benefits
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Elder Law Attorney Lisa Goldstein gave a detailed presentation recently and talked about many important details for obtaining both VA and Medicaid benefits when long term care is needed. She … Find out how to read more online.
Turn signals at Publix are requested
Wed  May 18 2016 02:14PM
With the success of getting a left hand turn signal on U.S. 41 Venice Business at Indian Avenue leading into Venice High School, city leaders have now set their sights … Find out how to read more online.
A model for nation
Wed  May 18 2016 02:14PM
Around 300 residents and dignitaries gathered in the clubhouse of the new Nancy Detert Residences at Loveland Village project to witness the ribbon-cutting Monday. It is the first residential complex … Find out how to read more online.
City warns about coyote sightings
Wed  May 18 2016 02:14PM
An increase in coyote sightings on the Island of Venice — cited by residents walking their dogs in low-light conditions (early morning and late at night) — has been reported … Find out how to read more online.
Cardenas named Rotary’s ‘Teacher of Year’
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Tracey Cardenas, a kindergarten teacher at Taylor Ranch School, has been selected as the 2016 Rotary Teacher of the Year. Principal Dr. Bill Bolander said Taylor Ranch has a long … Find out how to read more online.
Venice volunteer earns national award
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
When you want something done, give it to a busy person. Venice resident Judy Thuer is a prime example. She recently received The Oxford Award, a national award from Delta … Find out how to read more online.
‘You Can’t Take it With You’ set for VPAC
Wed  May 18 2016 02:12PM
Venice High School Drama’s spring production is the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” There will be three performances at the … Find out how to read more online.
Hermitage Artist Retreat sets beach event
Wed  May 18 2016 02:10PM
The Hermitage Artist Retreat will hold a free community beach event Friday, May 20 on its Gulf-front campus, featuring two writers and a visual artist who are working there in … Find out how to read more online.
More hospitals object to 2nd Venice facility
Sun  May 15 2016 11:28PM
Englewood Community and Fawcett Memorial hospitals recently filed numerous objections to Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s proposed facility in Laurel. In a 29-page opposition letter to the Agency For Health Care Administration … Find out how to read more online.
Getting Greener
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
Three neighborhood grants from Sarasota County helped Mission Estates Homeowners Association complete two major environmental projects. The Neighborhood Grant Program is a strategic initiative to help residents enhance their neighborhood … Find out how to read more online.
Foster families welcome at Twig Warehouse
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
When longtime Venice residents Dianne and Lloyd Weed adopted a five-month-old child 18 years ago who was in the foster care system, they began a lifetime journey of love and … Find out how to read more online.
Venice El, Glenallen get new principals
Sun  May 15 2016 11:26PM
The Sarasota County School District appointed two South County principals this week. One will take over at one of Venice’s schools, while another is the product of them — as … Find out how to read more online.
Kids want more of everything at new library
Sun  May 15 2016 11:24PM
There weren’t many people — about 20 — who showed up at a workshop held Thursday at Venice High to give more input into a new Venice Public Library, but … Find out how to read more online.
Council gets sneak peek at capital budget
Sun  May 15 2016 11:24PM
City leaders asked tough questions this week at a municipal capital budget workshop. Council Member Bob Daniels began the review with a rhetorical question raised previously by Mayor John Holic … Find out how to read more online.
School district seeks citizen input
Sun  May 15 2016 11:24PM
In the wake of Lori White’s announcement that she will retire in February, Sarasota County School District (SCSD) is on a public-input mission for a replacement. SCSD is collaborating with … Find out how to read more online.