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‘Sunshine’ concern means 2nd meeting for City Council
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:06AM
A Venice city council member hands a position paper to another council member at a social function a day prior to a regular meeting where the issue of fire department … Find out how to read more online.
Deepwater Horizon impacts still persist in Gulf
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:06AM
Environmental impacts from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, which discharged more than 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, could linger for a decade or more. … Find out how to read more online.
Minder: 2050 Plan has destroyed the economy
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:06AM
Frustrated by decades of having little influence on county policy as a private citizen, John Minder is running for the Sarasota County Commission so he’ll have one of five votes … Find out how to read more online.
Dinner feeds information about Boys & Girls Club
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:04AM
It’s one thing to hear secondhand about the type of impact the Boys & Girls Clubs have on young people in the community, and it’s quite another to see it … Find out how to read more online.
Be part of the Venice holiday parade
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:04AM
Venice Holiday Parade organizers Bob and Sue Hebert and friends are in parade-building mode. If you have a Scout troop, marching band, dancing angels, acrobatic team, float or other person, … Find out how to read more online.
Sherman ... the reluctant challenger
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
Venice City Council Member Dave Sherman is happy with his performance at the dais after his first term in office. The citywide seat is up for election again on Nov. … Find out how to read more online.
Voter registration deadline nears for general election
Mon  Sep 29 2014 07:04PM
Residents of Sarasota County must be registered to vote by Oct. 6 to be eligible to vote in the general election on Nov. 4, according to county Supervisor of Elections … Find out how to read more online.
Council votes to demolish historical structure
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:42AM
In one of the most emotional and difficult decisions of the past year, the Venice City Council voted this week to proceed with demolition of the historic Venice Circus Arena. … Find out how to read more online.
$1 = $2 for SNAP clients at Farmers Market
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
Venice Farmers Market continues to expand its positive impact on the community. This year, a grant will allow low income families to get twice as much fresh Florida produce for … Find out how to read more online.
Board shoots down fundraising park idea
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
A proposal by The Foundation for the United Way of South Sarasota County for the small plot of land along West Tampa Avenue in front of Luna Ristorante flopped at … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism eyed as key in economic growth
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
The Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) heard three presentations with a common theme Sept. 18: tourism. The first was from Kathy Cushing, the owner of Venice Island Shuttle, who is … Find out how to read more online.
Agencies dispute foster-care responsibilities
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, says the foster-care law that bears her name may need some tweaking. Effective Jan. 1, the Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living … Find out how to read more online.
Pinebrook Road to be repaired
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
The City of Venice will be milling and paving Pinebrook Road, between Water Street and East Venice Avenue, beginning Monday, Sept. 29, in preparation for it to be turned over to … Find out how to read more online.
Story of Truman takes the Lemon Bay stage
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
Veteran actor Jack Rabito has generously volunteered to produce and perform “Give ‘Em Hell Harry!” at Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. This is a one-night, one-man show … Find out how to read more online.
Pope asked to look into Venice Bishop
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:40AM
A letter and petition with nearly 1,300 signatures will soon be on its way to Rome, asking Pope Francis to investigate Bishop Frank Dewane of the Diocese of Venice. The … Find out how to read more online.
Budget passed; no new taxes
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:40AM
No new taxes. That was the mantra adopted by the Venice City Council in developing the Fiscal Year 2014-15 city operating budget. The final budget was adopted on Tuesday, Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Milano, its 155 homes, gets final approval
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:34AM
The Venice City Council gave final approval to a preliminary plat this week that paves the way for construction to begin on the Villages of Milano in north Venice. Two … Find out how to read more online.
Team up now for Sun Fiesta’s bed race
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:32AM
Imagine wearing your most colorful jammies as you are wheeled down Venice Avenue — in bed. To make it happen, gather a team, create a wonderful bed on wheels and … Find out how to read more online.
Gator attack? No big deal to this man
Tue  Sep 23 2014 05:07PM
A resident of the Venetian Golf & River Club who was bitten by an 8-foot alligator Friday drove himself to his doctor’s office to have it looked at. The Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Champ Cook Ready
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:06AM
With so many priorities in her life, Linda Bonwill remains the mother of the family as she prepares for what she hopes will be her second opportunity to claim the … Find out how to read more online.
Porter: Growth won’t be derailed by speed bumps
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:06AM
Teenage rebellion and Watergate converted Ray Porter to a Democrat in the mid ’70s, and his rock-ribbed Republican mother still hasn’t forgiven him, he said. Porter is a candidate for … Find out how to read more online.
Snake Island a county park?
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
Snake Island, a popular boating destination in Venice, could become a Sarasota County park, complete with a possible curfew and camping restrictions. Once again, the West Coast Inland Navigation District … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre Guild brings Lotela Gold to the MainStage
Wed  Oct 1 2014 09:04AM
Lotela Gold, a vibrant nine-member show band, will make its Venice Theatre debut Monday, Oct. 13, when the Venice Theatre Guild wraps up its 2014 Summer Concert Series. The concert … Find out how to read more online.
Forbes honors Venice as a top place to retire
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
Forbes has once again named Venice as one of the nation’s top 25 places to retire. The only other two Florida cities in the top 25 are Port St. Lucie … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson ... the reluctant challenger
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
Challenger Deborah Anderson, a retired attorney, and City Council incumbent Dave Sherman, a retired contractor, have remarkably similar motives for running for office. Three years ago, Sherman ran because he … Find out how to read more online.
Snook Haven to get new ramp, dock
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
Snook Haven will soon see a new boat ramp and dock constructed for public use along the Myakka River, thanks to unanimous approval by the Sarasota County Commission earlier this … Find out how to read more online.
Do you know who left puppies on doorstep?
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance identifying the female who left puppies outside a local veterinarian’s office. A tech at Nokomis Veterinary Clinic found a … Find out how to read more online.
Diocese eyes Lakewood Ranch for possible school, parish
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
The Diocese of Venice is making a big investment in land in Lakewood Ranch to make room for a future church and school. On Aug. 27, it purchased 63 acres … Find out how to read more online.
North Port homeless portal fully funded
Mon  Sep 29 2014 09:30AM
The approval of the $120,000 homeless intake portal at North Port’s Family Service Center will provide a temporary place of refuge for homeless families in the city at no cost … Find out how to read more online.
County drug turn-in event today
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
Law enforcement agencies throughout Sarasota County will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration national event to “take back” and properly dispose of prescription medication today, Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to … Find out how to read more online.
Young Marines perform character-building feats
Sun  Sep 28 2014 04:46PM
Recent events allowed Venice Middle Young Marines to live out the program’s motto of “Strengthening the lives of America’s youth.” When running in the recent Remember the Fallen 5K Run … Find out how to read more online.
Arena group turns to a pro
Tue  Sep 23 2014 05:07PM
With Venice City Council scheduled to discuss the final demolition of the Venice Circus Arena next week, the group fighting for its survival has restructured and signed on a fundraising … Find out how to read more online.
Sex abuse alleged in latest lawsuit
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:40AM
Another sex abuse charge and $5 million lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Venice, this time involving a 13-year old boy who was abused in 2013 by a … Find out how to read more online.
Sound of shofar signals start of High Holy Days
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:34AM
In preparation for the beginning of Rosh Hashana, the Chabad Hebrew School of the Arts held a workshop in which 15 students learned how to make a shofar, from a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Do the Time Warp again’ at Venice Theatre
Wed  Sep 24 2014 10:34AM
Venice Theatre’s next Cabaret is a return of the wildly popular cult classic Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show.” This campy, crazy, rock and roll tribute to the classic horror … Find out how to read more online.
Jews will cast sins away during Days of Awe
Sun  Sep 21 2014 04:14PM
The High Holy Days or Days of Awe, comprising Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, are the most holy time of the Jewish calendar year. This year, that sacred time begins … Find out how to read more online.
Centennial Park to be a bit ‘redfishy’ next weekend
Sun  Sep 21 2014 04:14PM
The fishy part of the Cabela-sponsored Inshore Fishing Association Sarasota-based Redfish tour will be at Centennial Park in Venice, the weigh-in site for competing anglers. Boats can launch at Higel … Find out how to read more online.