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Code leader arrives as all staff retires
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:52PM
Paul Iannelli Jr., 55, joined the city of Venice six weeks ago in a newly created position of Code Enforcement Supervisor. He didn’t expect his first major challenge would be … Find out how to read more online.
Cruising to Halong Bay, N. Vietnam, Part II of series on travel in Asia
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:50PM
Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series of six stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Concert Band moves into new home
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:50PM
Bigger and better than ever at 28, Venice Concert Band is settling into its new venue — the Venice Performing Arts Center at Venice High School. The new venue has … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland Village is finally fully funded
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:48PM
Loveland Center Inc. has received $7.75 million in state funding for the construction of Loveland Village from Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC). Loveland Village is a planned residential community for individuals … Find out how to read more online.
Detert reappointed to regional education board
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:48PM
State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, will continue to represent Florida on the Southern Regional Education Board. Detert, of Venice, represents Florida’s 28th District and is vice chairwoman of the Senate … Find out how to read more online.
Aircraft shade hangar fees lowered
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:46PM
City leaders lowered certain aircraft parking fees at Venice Municipal Airport this week. Shade hangars were renting for $200 per month, but there weren’t many takers. According to Airport Director … Find out how to read more online.
Easter briefs
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:46PM
• Easter Eggstravaganza: The big Easter Eggstravaganza will be Saturday April 4 at the Gazebo in Centennial Park. Entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. and Easter egg hunts begin at 10 a.m. by age … Find out how to read more online.
In an unusual twist, users OK with rise in reclaimed water rates
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Two years after the city of Venice tabled a proposed 300 percent rate hike for reclaimed water, a more palatable rate increase, with stakeholder approval, is before the City Council. … Find out how to read more online.
Teen set for Ireland dance contest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
Alexis Worth began dancing at 4. After 11 years, she’s a veteran Irish dancer who’s competed against others around the world. Venice High School’s Alexis, 15, of Englewood, a member … Find out how to read more online.
Cheating on homestead? Your gig may be up
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The number of people claiming homestead exemptions on their property tax bill is on the rise, and so is fraud. Now, the county is gearing up to do something about … Find out how to read more online.
Kids dive in with Josh the Otter
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
The otter is one of the best swimmers in the animal kingdom, and that makes Josh the Otter the perfect candidate to teach young people all about water safety. “Josh … Find out how to read more online.
Editorial pages moved
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:08PM
The editorial pages of the Venice Gondolier Sun have been moved to the “Our Town” section of the newspaper. The pages, which include the popular “Let ’Em Have It” feature, … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre offers think piece
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
Mark Nadler’s show, “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” is entertaining but also inspires one to think about what is happening in the world today. In cabaret style, Nadler takes the … Find out how to read more online.
Echoes from Dad: Remember the Franklin
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
Seventy years ago last Thursday, March 19, my father was across the Pacific Ocean, less than 50 miles off the coast of Japan. It would be the most significant day … Find out how to read more online.
Final report issued on Sherman’s death
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
A final 58-page police report on the death of former councilman David Sherman, who police say committed suicide last month, “suggest(s) that he was burdened with financial concerns and depression … Find out how to read more online.
Got $14.75 million?
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
When it comes to creating the ultimate dream home, size matters. So does location — 8.8 acres of prime Casey Key real estate with Gulf and bay frontage that can … Find out how to read more online.
Seasonal traffic issues may limit special events
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
City approval of more special events on the island likely will hinge on one thing, and it isn’t money. It’s cars — how to move them around and where to … Find out how to read more online.
School district to hire more teachers
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
Sarasota County School Board members agreed this week they are OK with a “status quo” budget for fiscal year 2015-16 where not much changes, and all current programs are maintained. … Find out how to read more online.
Experimental treatment bill passes first hurdle 
Wed  Mar 18 2015 12:16PM
A bill that proponents say would allow the terminally ill greater access to experimental drugs but critics label a placebo at best got the approval of a Florida Senate committee … Find out how to read more online.
CNN Top Stories
Farmers Market to stay
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:50PM
Rumors about the Venice Farmers Market have Mayor John Holic reassuring his constituents that there are no plans to move it or limit its hours or days of operation. His … Find out how to read more online.
This is why planes sometimes fly low over Venice
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:50PM
The Venice Gondolier Sun recently printed an airport complaint about how low a plane was flying on a foggy day. I’ve flown thousands of passengers through the years, and no … Find out how to read more online.
Pinebrook Park finally gets a sign — again
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:50PM
The Friends of Pinebrook Park gathered this week to celebrate a new sign commemorating the nature trail. Stories vary on how the old one disappeared. Officials say a falling branch … Find out how to read more online.
New end-of-life plan coming to Florida
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
A different approach to end-of-life planning may be on its way to recognition in Florida. A proposed amendment to Section 395.1041 of the Florida Statutes would authorize medical providers to … Find out how to read more online.
Needed growth may mean bond referendum
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:48PM
The county jail needs to be expanded, the county administration center outside Venice needs to grow and millions of dollars in other improvements are needed throughout the county. The big … Find out how to read more online.
Bank robber pleads guilty in federal court
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:46PM
The man who knocked over a Capital Bank in Venice last summer pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of armed bank robbery. John Haldemann, 31, who also robbed a Bank … Find out how to read more online.
Jazz quartet takes Lemon Bay stage
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:46PM
The Lorri Hafer jazz quartet will appear at the Lemon Bay Playhouse Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. Mike and Lorri, a husband and wife keyboard and vocalist duo, perform a strong … Find out how to read more online.
Road rally is a fun scavenger hunt
Sat  Mar 28 2015 12:38PM
Riding the South Trail … Find out how to read more online.
More hope for Legacy Park behind historic Train Depot
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:12PM
A plan to free up $806,000 to finally build Legacy Park took a big step forward this week when the Venice City Council adopted an amended interlocal agreement with Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Hong Kong revisited, Part 1 of a series on travel in Asia
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of six stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button … Find out how to read more online.
Pantry plans Publix pick-up site for donations
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
For the first time, volunteers of the South County Food Pantry (SCFP) will be soliciting donations at local grocery stores later this month. They will collect unwanted food and monetary … Find out how to read more online.
Explore a Florida forest
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:10PM
Some of you may have opened a Fitbit for Christmas. Or, perhaps, you purchased one or a similar fitness/activity tracker as part of a New Year’s resolution. I’ve been wearing … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Art Center hosts Sarasota Film Festival kickoff
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:06PM
Preview the Sarasota Film Festival Wednesday, April 8 at the Venice Art Center. Follow the red carpet to the Pat Buster main gallery to meet and mingle with the SFF … Find out how to read more online.
Featured Events
Wed  Mar 25 2015 12:04PM
In honor of the late Walter Farley of Venice, the author of the famed Black Stallion series, a black stallion will be at the Venice Book Fair & Writers Festival … Find out how to read more online.
Local pastor to speak at United Nations
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The United Nations will hold a conference in April to address the growing threat to world peace by religious extremism. A Venice pastor has been invited to speak at the … Find out how to read more online.
Special events policy close to completion
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:48AM
The Venice City Council should soon have a policy on which to vote that will regulate who qualifies for a special event sponsorship, and how much the city would contribute … Find out how to read more online.
Yummies running out of time to make the doughnuts
Mon  Mar 23 2015 03:45PM
The average American consumes dozens of doughnuts a year. Locals will have a hard time meeting their quota if the owners of Yummies Donuts, BBQ & Kettle Corn, 5005 Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
FBI, state help in sexting, voyeurism arrests
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
A state Internet sex crimes task force and the FBI scored assists in the arrest of two Venice area men in separate incidents this week. The arrests involved sexual exploitation … Find out how to read more online.
Book & Writers Fair is for everyone
Wed  Mar 25 2015 02:07PM
Now in its fourth year, the Venice Book & Writers Fair is an equal-opportunity event for readers and writers. Funded initially by a grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the … Find out how to read more online.
Grand Palm cost report gets county OK
Sat  Mar 21 2015 11:46AM
The cost to the county of development at the Grand Palm community is OK with Sarasota County commissioners. It’s OK, because there isn’t supposed to be any. Commissioners Tuesday approved … Find out how to read more online.