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In an unusual twist, users OK with rise in reclaimed water rates
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Two years after the city of Venice tabled a proposed 300 percent rate hike for reclaimed water, a more palatable rate increase, with stakeholder approval, is before the City Council. … Find out how to read more online.
Teen set for Ireland dance contest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Alexis Worth began dancing at 4. After 11 years, she’s a veteran Irish dancer who’s competed against others around the world. Venice High School’s Alexis, 15, of Englewood, a member … Find out how to read more online.
Cheating on homestead? Your gig may be up
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, the county is gearing up to do something about … Find out how to read more online.
Kids dive in with Josh the Otter
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
The otter is one of the best swimmers in the animal kingdom, and that makes Josh the Otter the perfect candidate to teach young people all about water safety. “Josh … Find out how to read more online.
Editorial pages moved
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:08PM
The editorial pages of the Venice Gondolier Sun have been moved to the “Our Town” section of the newspaper. The pages, which include the popular “Let ’Em Have It” feature, … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre offers think piece
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
Mark Nadler’s show, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” is entertaining but also inspires one to think about what is happening in the world today. In cabaret style, Nadler takes the … Find out how to read more online.
Echoes from Dad: Remember the Franklin
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
Seventy years ago last Thursday, March 19, my father was across the Pacific Ocean, less than 50 miles off the coast of Japan. It would be the most significant day … Find out how to read more online.
Final report issued on Sherman’s death
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
A final 58-page police report on the death of former councilman David Sherman, who police say committed suicide last month, “suggest(s) that he was burdened with financial concerns and depression … Find out how to read more online.
Got $14.75 million?
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
When it comes to creating the ultimate dream home, size matters. So does location — 8.8 acres of prime Casey Key real estate with Gulf and bay frontage that can … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal traffic issues may limit special events
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
City approval of more special events on the island likely will hinge on one thing, and it isn’t money. It’s cars — how to move them around and where to … Find out how to read more online.
School district to hire more teachers
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
Sarasota County School Board members agreed this week they are OK with a “status quo” budget for fiscal year 2015-16 where not much changes, and all current programs are maintained. … Find out how to read more online.
Experimental treatment bill passes first hurdle 
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
A bill that proponents say would allow the terminally ill greater access to experimental drugs but critics label a placebo at best got the approval of a Florida Senate committee … Find out how to read more online.
Catch The Players’ show ‘if you can’
Wed  Mar 25 2015 02:07PM
A strong cast, spot-on directing and choreography, terrific set, good orchestra, incredible costumes and a lovable con man make “Catch Me If You Can” one of the all-time best shows … Find out how to read more online.
There really is no place like home
Wed  Mar 25 2015 02:07PM
In the 1939 movie, Dorothy seeks to find her way home from the Wizard of Oz after a tornado carries her and her dog, Toto, away from their home in … Find out how to read more online.
S.R. 681 project is back on track
Sat  Mar 14 2015 08:30AM
Whether the infrastructure of South Sarasota County can handle another 1,800 homes, 60 shops and numerous professional offices will be tested as developer Taylor Morrison begins construction of Village on … Find out how to read more online.
Tour offers entertaining tricks
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
The annual Junior League of Sarasota home tour features four homes in Southside Village, decorated with an eye to themed entertaining. The 2015 tour will be from 10 a.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT brings “Spunk” to the stage
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is pleased to present “Spunk,” whose music, dance, humor and intensity breathes new life into Zora Neale Hurston’s amazing short stories of the Harlem Renaissance. “Spunk,” … Find out how to read more online.
Local author debuts ‘Walkabout’ travel series
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:14PM
Photographer and actor Cliff Roles will sign copies of his new book, “Walkabout Europe,” at three venues in the coming weeks. Roles will sign copies of his book from 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Local gator gets national fame
Sun  Mar 15 2015 07:26PM
Dick Huber won’t forget his 67th birthday. Sitting on the patio of the Myakka Pines Golf Club Wednesday, Huber fielded telephone interviews with ESPN, ABC and other national and local … Find out how to read more online.
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More hope for Legacy Park behind historic Train Depot
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
A plan to free up $806,000 to finally build Legacy Park took a big step forward this week when the Venice City Council adopted an amended interlocal agreement with Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Hong Kong revisited, Part 1 of a series on travel in Asia
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of six stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button … Find out how to read more online.
Pantry plans Publix pick-up site for donations
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
For the first time, volunteers of the South County Food Pantry (SCFP) will be soliciting donations at local grocery stores later this month. They will collect unwanted food and monetary … Find out how to read more online.
Explore a Florida forest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Some of you may have opened a Fitbit for Christmas. Or, perhaps, you purchased one or a similar fitness/activity tracker as part of a New Year’s resolution. I’ve been wearing … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Art Center hosts Sarasota Film Festival kickoff
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:06PM
Preview the Sarasota Film Festival Wednesday, April 8 at the Venice Art Center. Follow the red carpet to the Pat Buster main gallery to meet and mingle with the SFF … Find out how to read more online.
Featured Events
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
In honor of the late Walter Farley of Venice, the author of the famed Black Stallion series, a black stallion will be at the Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival … Find out how to read more online.
Local pastor to speak at United Nations
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The United Nations will hold a conference in April to address the growing threat to world peace by religious extremism. A Venice pastor has been invited to speak at the … Find out how to read more online.
Special events policy close to completion
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:48AM
The Venice City Council should soon have a policy on which to vote that will regulate who qualifies for a special event sponsorship, and how much the city would contribute … Find out how to read more online.
Yummies running out of time to make the doughnuts
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The average American consumes dozens of doughnuts a year. Locals will have a hard time meeting their quota if the owners of Yummies Donuts, BBQ & Kettle Corn, 5005 Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
FBI, state help in sexting, voyeurism arrests
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
A state Internet sex crimes task force and the FBI scored assists in the arrest of two Venice area men in separate incidents this week. The arrests involved sexual exploitation … Find out how to read more online.
Book & Writers Fair is for everyone
Wed  Mar 25 2015 02:07PM
Now in its fourth year, the Venice Book & Writers Fair is an equal-opportunity event for readers and writers. Funded initially by a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Palm cost report gets county OK
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
The cost to the county of development at the Grand Palm community is OK with Sarasota County commissioners. It’s OK, because there isn’t supposed to be any. Commissioners Tuesday approved … Find out how to read more online.
Mom’s Day jewelry design contest
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:44AM
Thoughtful kids are always looking for a special way to celebrate their mom on Mother’s Day. Here’s an idea. The local YMCA is partnering with Classic Creations for a kids’ … Find out how to read more online.
South Venice group still fighting sewer
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:18PM
A group of distressed citizens showed up at this week’s meeting of the South Venice Civic Association. It’s been a few years since the association turned back an attempt by … Find out how to read more online.
Sharky’s rent check a doozy
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
An expansion at a popular restaurant is generating more money for the city of Venice. Last year, Sharky’s on the Pier made more than $12 million in revenue. The city … Find out how to read more online.
See amazing gardens on home tour
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
Everyone can become more self-sufficient and save the environment’s finite resources. That is the message of the second annual Transition Venice Landscape & Sustainable Home Tour Saturday, March 21. Nine … Find out how to read more online.
Local contest set for best landscaped homes
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
The best landscaped homes in the Venice area will be honored in a number of categories in a contest being sponsored by Venice Area Beautification, Inc. (VABI) in conjunction with … Find out how to read more online.
Acting interns present ‘Intern-al Affairs’ cabaret
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:14PM
With support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Venice Theatre has hosted five acting interns during its 2014-15 season. Recent college graduates and emerging theater professionals who are actively pursuing careers … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo Rep opens ‘Our Betters’
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:14PM
The Asolo Repertory production of Somerset Maugham’s “Our Betters” is an entertaining story of early 20th century American heiresses trading their wealth for British titles and the perceived glamour of … Find out how to read more online.
25K homes for Thomas Ranch
Sun  Mar 15 2015 07:24PM
Two-thirds of Thomas Ranch may be in North Port, but the influence of the planned housing and commercial development will be felt from Sarasota to Englewood to Port Charlotte. Sitting … Find out how to read more online.