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Mayday call spurs Gulf search effort
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:54PM
A mayday call from a man and a woman who said they were on a boat 17 miles west of Venice Beach had Coast Guard crews searching the Gulf of … Find out how to read more online.
Bypass, trail projects get millions in funding
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:54PM
Transportation funding guru Michael Howe was in Venice this week to issue a dire warning: federal transportation dollars are falling further and further behind infrastructure needs. The message may have … Find out how to read more online.
InStride Equine Therapy co-founder retires
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:52PM
Amid plenty of hugs and tears, InStride Equine Assisted Therapy co-founder and executive director Donna Blem embarked upon her next venture at a retirement party last week. Twenty years ago, … Find out how to read more online.
Manatee Players ‘Tuna’ needs a bit more spice
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:52PM
Greater Tuna, Texas, the setting of Manatee Players’ current production of “Greater Tuna,” is not your typical town. In the heart of the Bible belt, Tuna is a city of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice mayor gets taste of Meals on Wheels
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:52PM
Ninety-one-year-old Armando Guerrero was at his front door when Venice Mayor John Holic handed him two containers that included spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni salad and a chocolate éclair. One meal … Find out how to read more online.
Rice guilty of murder in Osprey shooting
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
It took a 12-member jury more than six hours of deliberations to find Michael W. Rice guilty of the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon, 48, a decision that sent Nahon’s … Find out how to read more online.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Canine
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Pelican Pointe Golf and Country Club members christened their community’s new park with a dog wedding last Sunday. At least 30 people, joined by about a dozen dogs, gathered to … Find out how to read more online.
City testing water for redevelopment effort
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Another city board has signed on to study a downtown revitalization effort. Mayor John Holic and more recently Council Member Emilio Carlesimo want to explore alternative funding to revitalize the … Find out how to read more online.
BBQ Bash lands state BBQ championship
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:06AM
As the new home of the state barbecuing championship, Venice BBQ Bash has taken another step forward. Founder Don Fisher wants to make it the biggest and best BBQ and … Find out how to read more online.
Baby, parents live after hit on walk
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
A young family, including a 5-month old, the victims of a roadside hit-and-run on Sunday in South Venice as they were walking, are at home recovering. A Florida Highway Patrol … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Film Festival is a wrap
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:04AM
On any given day, there must be several hundred films in production somewhere in Florida, let alone the United States or the world. Anyone who attended even a part of … Find out how to read more online.
Local trial nears end
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
The first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Rice, the South Carolina man charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon in Osprey in 2012, should be winding down next week. … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Greatest Little Show on Earth’ turns 65
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:10PM
As Sarasota County has been the circus capital of the United States since 1927, it makes sense that Sarasota High School might have given birth to America’s longest running student … Find out how to read more online.
Jews begin observance of Passover on Monday
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
In preparation of Passover, the holiday that celebrates Jews’ freedom from Pharaoh in Egypt, Jews clear their homes of “Chametz” — leavened bread, cake and similar foods. To do a … Find out how to read more online.
Third alternate north-south relief road gets approval
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
There was good news this week for drivers needing to regularly travel from South Venice to Manatee County. In early 2016, a third alternate route will be opened following the … Find out how to read more online.
Walking for stronger hearts
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
The American Heart Association and Venice Regional Bayfront Health have announced a year-long partnership to promote the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life” health movement. Launched in the spring … Find out how to read more online.
Cody Bowman named Ms. Congeniality in Ms. Wheelchair pageant
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
When State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice student Cody Bowman took the stage in the Ms. Wheelchair Florida pageant April 4-6 in Orlando, she realized her dream of advocating … Find out how to read more online.
Killer heard voices, attorney says
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
“Kill him, he is a bad man. Kill him, he is a bad man.” Those are the words that were running through Michael Rice’s head just moments before he pulled … Find out how to read more online.
Bio-swale project near beach scaled back
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
Residents along the Gulf of Mexico in Venice have won a partial victory in their fight against a planned open bio-swale project south of Venice Beach. The city on Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-officios are out, liaisons are in
Fri  Apr 11 2014 10:43AM
Ex-officio members on city of Venice advisory boards are being eliminated to make it easier for city council members to converse with them. Currently an ex-officio member — a council … Find out how to read more online.
Lovebugs! Flee!
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:54PM
Karen Schroering and her boyfriend were enjoying a leisurely Sunday afternoon on their houseboat off Englewood Beach watching the Charlotte Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix when they noticed they suddenly … Find out how to read more online.
Vintage vinyl records make a comeback
Mon  Apr 21 2014 03:34PM
If you were born well before the advent of the compact disc in the early ’80s, you probably remember what it was like to listen to your favorite songs on … Find out how to read more online.
700-home Neal project gets initial rezone
Thu  Apr 17 2014 08:00AM
VENICE — A 700-home residential development in northern Venice received preliminary approval this week. Tentatively called the Villages of Milano, the Neal Communities development of 350 acres on both sides … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tom Jones’ is delightfully silly
Sun  Apr 20 2014 09:52PM
Fans of the recent Florida Studio Theatre production of “Spamalot” are in for another humorous romp with the FST world premiere of “Tom Jones” by Mark Brown. Lest there be … Find out how to read more online.
700-home project gets initial rezone
Wed  Apr 16 2014 10:36AM
A 700-home residential development in northern Venice received preliminary approval this week. Tentatively called the Villages of Milano, the Neal Communities development of 350 acres on both sides of the … Find out how to read more online.
PediCabs are here
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
This weekend, yet another new form of transportation makes its debut, the Venice PediCabs, operating from the Venice Skin Studio at 125 West Miami Ave. “This is a pretty neat … Find out how to read more online.
It’s back: Warm Mineral Springs reopens
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
Lawn chairs and beach towels dotted the shoreline and the smell of sunscreen was in the air as Warm Mineral Springs officially reopened Saturday. The 87-degree, mineral-rich water wasn’t filled … Find out how to read more online.
Tuition bill a boost for Suncoast veterans
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:10AM
State legislators want to make Florida the most military-friendly state in the country. On March 31, several lawmakers joined Governor Rick Scott to sign a bill that waives out-of-state tuition … Find out how to read more online.
Subdivision adds fish to kill bugs
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:06AM
Faced with a plague of pond insects, the ponds committee of the Talon Bay subdivision hatched a unique plan — introduce a fish that will eat the pests’ larvae. Adding … Find out how to read more online.
‘Elephant Man’ closes MainStage Series
Wed  Apr 16 2014 09:04AM
A new production of “The Elephant Man,” the 1979 Tony Award-winning drama by Bernard Pomerance, will open on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, April 29 and run through Sunday, May 11. Based on … Find out how to read more online.
Record set for bldg. permits
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
The city of Venice reached another milestone since the Great Recession ended. For the first time ever, the city issued more than 4,000 residential and commercial building permits in a … Find out how to read more online.
Ink Spot artist nets 1st place in tattoo competition
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
It was the intricate details in the tattoo of an eagle clutching a snake in its talons that the judges liked the best in the large traditional category at the … Find out how to read more online.
Pension migration a tough sell
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:10PM
The strategy to move employees from city retirement plans into the state retirement plan is, as expected, meeting strong resistance. The city of Venice already declared an impasse in salary … Find out how to read more online.
Home repair loans available for local residences
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
The Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is offering zero-percent deferred loans for home repairs on owner-occupied homes throughout the county. Homeowners must meet certain criteria to be eligible … Find out how to read more online.
Home development planned for Intracoastal
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
For the first time in several years, prospective homebuyers may soon have the opportunity to purchase a town home on the island of Venice with unobstructed views overlooking the Venetian … Find out how to read more online.
Drama students to give the gift of hope
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
Those looking for a romantic comedy with a little magic thrown in need look no further than Venice High School Drama Dept.’s production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.” The April … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-officios are out, liaisons are in
Mon  Apr 14 2014 05:10PM
Ex-officio members on city of Venice advisory boards are being eliminated to make it easier for city council members to converse with them. Currently an ex-officio member — a council … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs to open
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
After being closed to the public for more than nine months, Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will officially reopen for swimming at 9 a.m. Saturday. “It’s about time — it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Cash Creatures
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
A dolphin named “Diamond Jim” lived up to its name at Saturday’s Sea Venice auction at the Venice Yacht Club. Created by artist Debbi Marucci for sponsor Stonegate Bank, “Diamond … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo pushes downtown redevelopment district
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
City Council Member Emilio Carlesimo, with council’s blessing, is exploring alternative funding to revitalize the downtown area. Carlesimo said he became interested in the idea of revitalizing the downtown area … Find out how to read more online.