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More doctors for hospital, new CEO says
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain, who arrived in the city five weeks ago, recently outlined his plans for the hospital to Venice-Nokomis Rotarians at their weekly meeting. Since … Find out how to read more online.
Pension chair: Council was warned about increases
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Editor’s note: This is part three of a series on the city of Venice’s continuing police and firefighter pension issues. Next: What more can be done? • • • When … Find out how to read more online.
On hunger strike
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A week into her hunger strike, Yvonne May said she’s suffered from headaches and feels weak, but remains determined. “There is no misunderstanding ... in my heart and soul I … Find out how to read more online.
City could give up Wellfield complex
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Faced with an Interlocal Agreement that provides the city with only $5,000 annually for improvements at Wellfield Sports Complex, city leaders this week began to ask a drastic question: Should … Find out how to read more online.
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Orlando cops on leave during investigations
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — Police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man carrying an imitation firearm have been placed on customary administrative leave during an investigation, authorities said Monday. Officers repeatedly told Charlin Charles to put down the gun, but … read more.

Officials: FBI thwarts plot against Florida Jewish center
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI — The FBI has thwarted a plot to detonate an explosive device at a South Florida Jewish center and arrested one man on federal charges, authorities said Monday. The suspect is identified in court records as James Medina, 40, … read more.

The might of Mickey: Orlando still top US destination
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO — It’s a crowded world after all — at least in Orlando’s hotels and theme parks. Tourism officials announced Monday that the number of visitors coming to Orlando last year jumped 5.5 percent to more than 66 million visitors. … read more.

Derailment affects commuter train service into Washington
Tue  May 3 2016 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — A total of 16 cars were involved in a freight train derailment in the nation’s capital over the weekend, CSX said Monday, not the 15 previously reported. CSX updated the number following an assessment of the site. Florida-based … read more.

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City to push conservation, Adopt-A-Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A new conservation zoning designation and copying Sarasota County’s Adopt-A-Park program, and creating a new one called Adopt-A-Gateway, are just a few of the new initiatives identified this week by the Venice City Council in a planning session. The board … Find out how to read more online.

New MainStreet sign not very popular
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Public reaction to Venice MainStreet’s new electronic sign is mostly negative, if comments on a story posted to the Gondolier Sun’s Facebook page are any indication. In January, the City Council approved putting an LED sign over the old reader … Find out how to read more online.

Snowbirds depart as turtles arrive
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
As the last of the winter visitors heads north, the first nesting sea turtles head for shore along Florida beaches. With more miles of beach than any other state frequented by those large but gentle sea creatures, Florida has been … Find out how to read more online.

City to finish Legacy Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Weeks ago the Sarasota County Parks Director, Carolyn Brown, clarified the $400,000 programmed in a 2017 budget document for Legacy Park improvements wasn’t actually committed, and was being redirected. This week the Venice City Council agreed to augment the Legacy … Find out how to read more online.

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