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Manatee cop arrested by Venice cops
Thu  Aug 17 2017 10:49AM
Venice Police arrested a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy on a battery charge, claiming the male deputy made unwanted sexual advances on a teenage female at Venice Beach. Steven Raymond … Find out how to read more online.
Mosquitoes at the bus stop? Call
Thu  Aug 17 2017 10:49AM
With limited mosquito spraying near the 6,000 school bus stops or schools in Sarasota County, experts suggest students wear loose-fitting clothing and, when practical, pants. August rains traditionally bring higher … Find out how to read more online.
City Hall Selfie Day!
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:32AM
V enice city staffers took a moment out of their busy day to participate in a new tradition: City Hall Selfie Day, on Aug. 15. The Florida League of Cities … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral springs continues to attract attention
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:32AM
While you may never see a billboard in New York City saying “Visit Warm Mineral Springs,” that doesn’t mean the city of North Port isn’t getting the word out there. … Find out how to read more online.
Noir play ‘Double Indemnity’ captivates audience
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:30AM
“Double Indemnity” adds a sultry atmosphere to an already hot August night for those attending the second play of the inaugural Dog Days Theatre at the Asolo, making for an … Find out how to read more online.
John made us laugh as he led us forward
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:30AM
A friend and fellow Rotarian died last weekend. John Ryan was president and CEO of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, a fellow Rotarian and past president of the Venice-Nokomis … Find out how to read more online.
Info sessions on fire fee
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
Responding to comments from the public about the Venice proposed fire fee, the city has scheduled two forums next week, and an additional City Council meeting in September on the … Find out how to read more online.
Y reaches from ‘SKY’ to ‘SEA’
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
Children in yellow hard hats picked up small shovels and ceremonially dug into a pile of dirt Thursday to break ground for a new preschool building at The SKY Family … Find out how to read more online.
New approach on River Road
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
When one avenue closes, a detour usually opens up. So it is with funding for River Road. With Florida Gov. Rick Scott turning down a $3 million appropriation for the … Find out how to read more online.
Florida one of worst in health care
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:08AM
A new study says Florida is 43rd in the nation in health care, with health insurance being a major component of the state’s low grade. The grade reflects the decision … Find out how to read more online.
Turning late loved one into a diamond
Fri  Aug 11 2017 03:28PM
Having obtained status as a certified funeral service practitioner, Tanya Scotece is always looking at developments in an industry that retains its discreet historical operational services. As a licensed funeral … Find out how to read more online.
East meets West at coastal historic sites
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:08AM
Historic Spanish Point in Osprey and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum on the Atlantic coast of Florida have much in common. Both are proud of their 5,000 years of … Find out how to read more online.
VHS baseball team helps Family Promise
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:08AM
Members of the Venice High School baseball team accepted the challenge to assist with construction of a playground project at the non-profit Family Promise at 720 Shamrock Blvd. Venice High … Find out how to read more online.
SMH to open offices on island
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:12AM
Sarasota Memorial Health System will be opening physician’s offices and medical diagnostic services on the island of Venice, directly across the street from competitor Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The offices … Find out how to read more online.
Tax-free days now for school supplies
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:12AM
School in Sarasota County will start on Aug. 14 — in only 9 days. To help parents save on school supplies and clothing, the state is offering a three-day, back-to-school sales … Find out how to read more online.
Publix defenders thwart fraudsters
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
It was a busy week for Publix Super Market loss prevention staff. In two separate incidents, involving Publix Super Markets in Nokomis, North Venice, Venice and South Venice, alleged scammers … Find out how to read more online.
Family Fun Time
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
Kids and their parents packed to the Venice Art Center on July 29 for its free Family Fun Day. Sponsored by Sunset Lake Health & Rehab and Gulf Coast Community … Find out how to read more online.
Wharf condo petition clears hurdle
Wed  Aug 2 2017 10:02AM
Plans have not changed since November, when the owners of Fisherman’s Wharf first announced a proposal to build four eight-unit condominiums on the property. At Tuesday’s Venice Planning Commission meeting, … Find out how to read more online.
PBS special to feature local Vietnam veteran
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:08AM
I first met John Langley in January 2016, after someone sent me an email about the wooden outline in black of a soldier with a rifle and a German shepherd … Find out how to read more online.
Publix is coming to Osprey
Wed  Aug 2 2017 10:02AM
A sign proclaiming “COMING SOON PUBLIX Where shopping is a pleasure” is up at The Shops at Casey Key, formerly the Southbay Shopping Center on U.S. 41 at Blackburn Point … Find out how to read more online.
A Turtle Record
Thu  Aug 17 2017 10:49AM
Nearly every day now, there are newborn sea turtles crawling down to the Gulf of Mexico from the several thousand nests that dot beaches from Venice northward to Anna Maria … Find out how to read more online.
If it takes a Village …
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
Here’s how big the plans for Village On The Isle’s future are: Phase 1A alone will cost $70 million. By the time that phase is completed, VOTI’s campus will be … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army provides back-to-school gear
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:32AM
Children in Venice, Nokomis, Laurel and North Port are heading off to school this semester ready for work, thanks to The Salvation Army Venice Corps and community support. Youngsters from … Find out how to read more online.
‘Challenge Coins’ offered at 911 ceremony
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:30AM
To mark the 16th anniversary of the fall of the World Trade Center Towers, special “Challenge Coins” will be handed out in a memorial ceremony to be held Sept. 11 … Find out how to read more online.
Ryan’s passing is an enormous loss
Wed  Aug 16 2017 09:30AM
The Venice business community has lost its quiet leader and one of Venice’s favorite sons. John Ryan was truly loved by all and did as much for this town as … Find out how to read more online.
John Ryan was Venice, a perfect example
Thu  Aug 17 2017 10:49AM
I first met John Ryan when he was 6 months old, when his family moved to Venice in 1958. Our parents let us play together as infants. As far back … Find out how to read more online.
County copies city’s rental policy
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
Making sure short-term rentals don’t turn a seaside village into Party Central has been a priority for Sarasota County and the city of Venice for almost a decade. But property … Find out how to read more online.
Trail overpass coming soon
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
Relief for motorists and cyclists from delays at the Legacy Trail crossing of Laurel Road is finally coming. Work is underway in preparation for the construction of the $2 million … Find out how to read more online.
Board OK’s razing historic building
Sat  Aug 12 2017 08:30AM
The city of Venice Architectural Review Board (ARB) this week gave its blessing to the demolition of a 1926 commercial building at 219 W. Venice Ave. However, it’s contingent upon … Find out how to read more online.
HOAs unite over issue of area growth
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:10AM
A new group, called the Central Venice Homeowner Association Coalition, is making its presence felt at City Hall in Venice. It’s a nonpartisan coalition that is neither pro-growth nor anti-growth, … Find out how to read more online.
Gas station skimmers up
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:10AM
Across Florida, 337 skimmers intended to steal individuals’ debit and credit card information have been found installed in gas pumps this year, each no bigger than a thumb drive. The … Find out how to read more online.
Motorcyclist killed in fiery crash
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
A motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a pickup truck on the island Friday morning. The victim was identified as Troy Lynn O’Dell, 49, of Venice. The Venice Police … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer fatal crashes for first half of 2017
Wed  Aug 9 2017 10:08AM
Fewer traffic fatalities have been reported in the first six months of 2017 than over the same time period last year in Sarasota County. The same can be said of … Find out how to read more online.
Honoring ‘Mickey’
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:12AM
They stood together sharing stories — sporting bright yellow athletic shirts, some of which were hand-sewn by a cohort of the group. A group of V-Packers, the name for a … Find out how to read more online.
More delay possible for nonconforming signs
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
You know that nonconforming sign on your business that the county has said will need to come into compliance one day? Well, that day is about to be postponed. The … Find out how to read more online.
Sailors test their creative side
Sat  Aug 5 2017 01:21PM
When summer arrives, members of the Venice Women’s Sailing Squadron store away their boats and gear and take on new adventures from June through early September.  In past years, the … Find out how to read more online.
Wild boa bunks in Englewood attic
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
Bob van der Herchen is more than happy to rid a house or other building of bee hives. That’s what he does for a living. But finding a 6-foot boa … Find out how to read more online.
Wedding venue gets to say ‘I did’ yet again
Sat  Aug 5 2017 11:10AM
A Venice wedding venue, The Barn at Chapel Creek, thought it had proper zoning, but didn’t. Now, it can perform weddings legally again. The Barn at Chapel Creek, a destination … Find out how to read more online.
When water turns deadly
Wed  Aug 2 2017 10:02AM
Godrien “Gody” Marcelin, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Port Charlotte High School, drowned July 15 at a Boca Grande beach. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office report stated that Gody, who … Find out how to read more online.
County working on ‘life-sustaining’ ordinance
Wed  Aug 2 2017 10:02AM
While Sarasota County and the city of Sarasota have agreed on a plan to combat homelessness, county staff continue work on the next step — preparing a life-sustaining ordinance. An … Find out how to read more online.