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Bus driver put with kids again
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:38AM
In an interview with ABC 7, Dr. Todd Bowden, the Superintendent of Schools, said he wants the Sarasota County Schools’ Director of Transportation suspended after he allowed bus driver Leonard … Find out how to read more online.
Bayshore may get temp fixes
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:36AM
Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Sometimes it gets stop signs. The squeaky wheel in this case is residents of Bayshore Drive, at the northern tip of the island. … Find out how to read more online.
Foreign flight students common here
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
The prospect of people from the Middle East learning to fly in Venice bothered a local couple so much they recorded a YouTube video about it. When the couple (who … Find out how to read more online.
Trash collection rates likely going up
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:36AM
Despite concerns about going too deep into city residents’ pockets, the Venice City Council accepted a report Tuesday recommending a five-year program of solid waste collection rate hikes. The report, … Find out how to read more online.
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Trump tweets don’t help: 1st Twitter revenue drop since IPO
Thu  Apr 27 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — You’d think Twitter would be able to milk its status as President Donald Trump’s megaphone. But the company still faces stagnant user growth, has never made a profit and even reported a quarterly revenue decline Wednesday, a … read more.

House takes aim at liqour wall
Thu  Apr 27 2017 01:00AM
TALLAHASSEE (News Service of Florida) — A heavily lobbied measure that would remove a Depression-era “wall” separating the sale of liquor and groceries was positioned — after more than two hours of discussion Tuesday — for a final House vote … read more.

Florida voters may vote on new property tax break
Thu  Apr 27 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida homeowners may get an additional $25,000 homestead exemption if voters go along with the proposal. The Florida House on Wednesday voted 81-35 to put a constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot that would allow homeowners to … read more.

It’s a secret: House votes to close presidential searches
Thu  Apr 27 2017 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida public universities and colleges may be able to hold secret searches for new leaders. The Florida House on Wednesday voted 103-11 for a bill that would keep confidential the name of anyone applying to become head … read more.

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Historic landmark tax relief program delayed
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:36AM
Timing is everything, and while the city celebrates its 90th year since its founding, it’s not the right time to introduce a new Historic landmark tax relief program. That was the conclusion of the Venice City Council on Tuesday. Council … Find out how to read more online.

She ‘Riel’ly is the best
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:34AM
Sweeping a county fair event is not unusual. Winning blue ribbons in multiple disciplines is another matter. Venice resident Diane Riel did just that at this year’s Sarasota County Fair. She earned blue ribbons in the divisions of watercolor, culinary … Find out how to read more online.

Showmobile is headed to auction
Wed  Apr 26 2017 10:34AM
With virtually no discussion, the Venice City Council voted Tuesday to send the city’s Showmobile to auction. The 25-year-old portable stage was worn out and in need of major repairs or replacement, which the Council briefly considered last year and … Find out how to read more online.

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