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Twister rips Manasota Key
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
Toni and Tom Orr settled in Monday for a quiet evening at their Manasota Key home. Tom sat in a rocker watching David Feherty’s interview of Phil Mickelson on the … Find out how to read more online.
Quest for River Road funding begins
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
And the search for elusive state dollars begins. A subcommittee of the Florida House gave the first hearing Wednesday to a funding request for River Road, and advanced the bill … Find out how to read more online.
Venice woman leads Florida Yacht Club council
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Venice Yacht Club’s first female commodore (2007), Audrey Rice, earned more gold bars Saturday night, March 11, with her induction as the first female commodore of the Florida Council of … Find out how to read more online.
Last chance to see Thomas this season
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Enjoy a ride with the Thomas the Tank Engine at the Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish today and tomorrow, March 18 and 19. One of the most popular train engines … Find out how to read more online.
Sewing ministry provides dresses for children
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
Sometimes the best gift someone can give is one of their time and talent. Take Rosemary Toussaint and Audrey Towsley, for example, leaders of the volunteer sewing ministry at Our … Find out how to read more online.
History Visits
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
John Matson stood in the bow of a replica of a four- centuries-old sailing ship, the Pinta. “I was onboard a 325-foot-long U.S. Navy destroyer in a storm off Cape … Find out how to read more online.
After softened stance, land purchase approved
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
The Auburn Woods Home Owners Association, which consulted an attorney after it learned a new public safety complex would be built next its subdivision on East Venice Avenue, has softened … Find out how to read more online.
Community offers joined villas, 2-10-year leases
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
An established northern developer, the Barrington Group, has chosen Venice for what the company is calling a new concept in providing a way of living in affordable homes. The developer … Find out how to read more online.
City collects $737,000 from Sharky’s
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:52AM
Mike Pachota and Justin Pachota brought the Venice City Council some good news Tuesday in the form of a check for almost $737,000. The money is the annual payment of … Find out how to read more online.
Oldsmobile belonged to Teddy Roosevelt’s son
Thu  Mar 16 2017 04:40PM
The 1922 Oldsmobile touring car that John Bailey occasionally drives around Venice is not only a historical car in its own right but also was a witness to history. The … Find out how to read more online.
‘Girl Groups’ singers stroll memory lane
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:46AM
Nate Jacobs’ latest adventure brings “Girl Groups: The ’60s Explosion” to audiences at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Playing to a packed house on March 9, eight days into its nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Sewage break backs up island
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
Residents and businesses on much of the island were asked to limit the use of their restrooms Thursday after a force main sewer line break. The pipe was damaged by … Find out how to read more online.
No city zoning? No problem … yet
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
City officials knew this headache was coming. More than 1,000 properties annexed into the city over the last few decades have a county zoning designation property owners can’t use, and … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pinta’ and ‘Nina’ coming to Venice
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:26AM
The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be coming to Venice this weekend. The ships will be docked at Fisherman’s Wharf, Dockside Waterfront Grill, 509 North Tamiami … Find out how to read more online.
Garden Club’s 28th home tour is here
Wed  Mar 8 2017 12:20PM
Venice Area Garden Club’s 28th Annual Home Tour has something for everyone: a restored and enhanced home landscape, historic homes of the 1920s, a 1950s-era ranch house and one home … Find out how to read more online.
County: It’s still Venice Library
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
Seeking to nip another potential controversy about the Venice Public Library in the bud, county representatives said Thursday that there’s no plan to change its name. Appearing during audience participation … Find out how to read more online.
Road ‘rager’ to face deportation
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
The man who was shot after he punched another motorist through a vehicle window in a road rage incident last month will face deportation proceedings after all. An official with … Find out how to read more online.
Rep’s town hall set
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
As promised last week, U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney has scheduled a local town hall meeting open to the public. He will hold it Monday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo to seek Council Seat 1
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
Two-time former Venice City Council member Emilio Carlesimo will run against incumbent Deborah Anderson in November. Carlesimo filed for Seat 1 at the clerk’s office in City Hall on March … Find out how to read more online.
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At 90, nat’l jazz legend keeps on performing
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
These days, many people consider 90 the new 70. Venice resident Dick Hyman entered his 10th decade this month by performing multiple jazz concerts. Next month, he will pick up … Find out how to read more online.
Commission responds to concerns, rebuts councilwoman
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:54AM
The Venice Planning Commission addressed a number of issues raised by the public at a workshop this week on a draft Comprehensive Plan. It included the rebuttal of a sitting … Find out how to read more online.
Honk for ‘Honk Jr.’ at Venice Theatre
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:52AM
Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will perform the Disney musical, “Honk Jr.,” on Venice Theatre’s MainStage March 24-26. Venice Theatre’s popular actor, director, choreographer and teacher in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Footloose’ readies to take the stage
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts presents the high-energy dance musical “Footloose,” playing from March 22 to April 9. With music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford with … Find out how to read more online.
‘Music of the Night’ titles spring concert
Sun  Mar 19 2017 11:50AM
The Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its spring concert entitled “Music of the Night” Monday, March 27, 7 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts … Find out how to read more online.
Too many downtown festivals?
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
City leaders had a long discussion this week about having too many downtown events, then approved another one. On Tuesday, the Venice City Council approved Venice MainStreet’s Venice Seafood Festival, … Find out how to read more online.
Council to seek bond validation
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
Prospective neighbors of Venice’s new public safety facility voiced objections to the Venice City Council last month, all but saying they might see the city in court. Soon they’ll be … Find out how to read more online.
Library about to be knocked down
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
The seemingly simple task of issuing a demolition permit for the old Venice Library provided Venice City Council members a chance to vent some frustrations again at being left out … Find out how to read more online.
Fashion show wonderful, raises funds
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:54AM
When it comes to a fun Florida fashion show, Nancy Gorski and her experienced committee keep the winning formula constant. They know their sold-out show regulars like a lot of … Find out how to read more online.
Second nod to Pinkerton building
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:50AM
A second city advisory board gave a thumbs-up to the proposed PinKelly building on West Venice Avenue this week. The Architectural Review Board on Thursday approved the design, required of … Find out how to read more online.
‘Blood Brothers’ takes the stage March 30
Wed  Mar 15 2017 09:46AM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series will present the dramatic musical “Blood Brothers,” Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 23. Performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney gets earful on Obamacare, Trump
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:24AM
Affordable health care. Clean water. Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Questions about these and other hot-button topics were fired at U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, by a crowd at … Find out how to read more online.
Goodbye Charlie, hello Leo
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office retired Charlie last week after 12 years of Mounted Patrol service and officially said hello to its newest member, Leo (initials for Law Enforcement Officer). … Find out how to read more online.
Students rule
Mon  Mar 20 2017 06:13PM
A Venice High student tased an adult this week, and won’t face any repercussions. Teenager Sandra Elsadek was job-shadowing Police Chief Tom Mattmuller on Monday, part of the city’s annual … Find out how to read more online.
New bldg. OK’d for downtown
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:26AM
A site plan for one of the few remaining developable properties on West Venice Avenue near Bank of America was approved this week by the Venice Planning Commission. Scott Pinkerton, … Find out how to read more online.
Eating Out? Venice gives you 182 choices
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:24AM
With the 2017 season in full swing, it is opportune to list the restaurants in Venice, Nokomis and Osprey, as part of an annual feature in the Venice Gondolier Sun. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Concert Band season tickets on sale
Wed  Mar 8 2017 09:22AM
Season-Ticket renewal time for Venice Concert Band patrons currently holding season tickets runs through March 14. The process is simple: Go to the band’s website at: Once there, click on … Find out how to read more online.
County moves forward with Braves
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
Sarasota County commissioners questioned the availability for public use of a proposed spring training facility for the Atlanta Braves, as well as who gets naming rights and associated revenues. But … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor: Get vaccinated
Sat  Mar 4 2017 08:30AM
The beginning of the year in Venice marks the arrival of the city’s seasonal residents, the snowbirds. This year, unlike last, they brought some unwelcome company with them — the … Find out how to read more online.
River Road ‘rager’ won’t be deported
Wed  Mar 1 2017 09:32AM
The man who was arrested for punching another man in the face in a road rage incident last month, and who got shot, is a criminal illegal alien who was … Find out how to read more online.