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Developer extraction fees found ‘permissible’
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The “extraction” fee the city of Venice collects from developers to mitigate the impact of new projects earned itself a legal review recently in light of developer rumblings. However, a … Find out how to read more online.
4-year-old sweeper is a $215,000 disappointment
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
The Venice City Council prides itself on finding or avoiding taxpayer waste. When faced Tuesday with authorizing the purchase of a new street sweeper for $215,000, after the old one … Find out how to read more online.
Posh pet resort with suites, ‘skinny dipping’ on way
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
Planning a vacation at the Ritz Carlton will be comparable to making reservations for your pet at the new Bayside Pet Resort at Osprey under construction at 728 S. Tamiami … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass, BBQ converge Saturday at airport
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:16AM
Still young as festivals go, the Sixth annual BBQ and Bluegrass Bash in Venice already is the biggest event of its kind in Southwest Florida. With more cooks than ever, … Find out how to read more online.
County to FEMA: You got Venice wrong
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
Sarasota County is appealing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assessment of the flood risk in several parts of the county, including much of Venice, saying it deserves a better rating. … Find out how to read more online.
South Sarasota County schools to get new computers
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:14AM
Several local schools are getting new computers this summer. Following the Sarasota County School Board members’ recent approval of a nearly $8.75 million contract with Hewlett-Packard, students at Englewood Elementary, … Find out how to read more online.
Film festival addresses homelessness
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:14AM
Imagine putting Richard Gere on the streets of New York City, and no one notices. Gere is the star of the Sarasota Film Festival’s opening night film, “Time Out of … Find out how to read more online.
Bus stopping on U.S. 41 safer than stopping at Publix
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:16PM
City officials say a plan to move a SCAT bus stop — from inside a parking lot onto U.S. 41 — is trading one safety concern for another. In a … Find out how to read more online.
Foster care runaways charged in weapons theft
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:16PM
Three teenagers, including two foster home runaways, were arrested this week after they burglarized a South Venice pawn shop and stole 11 firearms, deputies reported. “We should all be very … Find out how to read more online.
Summer Food Program aimed at 21,000 children
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:14PM
Some 21,000 hungry children and their families in Sarasota County will receive nutritious meals and snacks throughout the summer if the community provides sufficient donations of food and money. The … Find out how to read more online.
Operation Green Light may save you green
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
If you’ve got an unpaid traffic ticket or criminal fine, Sarasota County Clerk Karen Rushing has a deal for you. On Saturday, April 18, Operation Green Light will let you … Find out how to read more online.
Knight seeks third term
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:18AM
When Tom Knight first stepped into the role of Sarasota County sheriff in 2008, he didn’t plan to stay for more than a couple of terms. Now the 52-year-old Republican … Find out how to read more online.
Performers for rock musical ‘Hair’ sought
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
Broadway, film and television legend Ben Vereen is seeking local performers to audition for Venice Theatre’s MainStage production of “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.” Vereen will direct the production. … Find out how to read more online.
Scholarship winners to perform
Sat  Apr 11 2015 07:52PM
The Venice Musicale held its annual scholarship auditions for promising young musicians and the youngest applicant, 11-year-old Andrew Bailey, took first place with a moving performance of two cello concertos. … Find out how to read more online.
Sink your teeth into this festival
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:18AM
Venice celebrates its status as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World this weekend at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds. While the theme is sharks’ teeth, this is the … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance rate hikes on the way
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:18AM
Any day now they’ll start to arrive — flood insurance renewal notices with premiums the likes of which most homeowners have never seen. David Dignam, president of Key Agency in … Find out how to read more online.
Serious injury in scooter crash
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:18AM
A Venice man was reported in serious condition after he fell off his scooter. According to a Florida Highway Report, Vanlone David Keglovics, 23, was southbound on Englewood Road in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sotto Voce’ is a plea for redemption
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:14AM
A play by a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer is a featured piece in the third year of Asolo Repertory’s American Character Project. Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards takes on Nilo … Find out how to read more online.
Bad guys: Think twice before pawning here
Sat  Apr 4 2015 03:50PM
Eight of 10 pawn shops, secondary metal recycling centers and gold buyers in Venice and Sarasota received warning notices after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office concluded a compliance operation. Half … Find out how to read more online.
Report confirms cheating on test
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:22AM
A city of Venice investigation into alleged cheating by Utilities Department staff on a series of FEMA tests has confirmed the accusations of a whistleblower. Administrative Services Director Alan Bullock … Find out how to read more online.
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Group planned to address Venice traffic
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
The city of Venice dissolved one board and created another to address traffic this week. To applause, Venice City Council dissolved the Utility Rate Stakeholder’s Work Group on Tuesday, April … Find out how to read more online.
Daniels calls finance director, a ‘roadblock,’ gives critique
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
“Ouch.” That was Finance Director Jeff Snyder’s initial response to a Venice council member’s criticism of his performance. Snyder began his day inviting members of the Finance Department to the … Find out how to read more online.
Two locals caught in drug warrant sweep
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
Two Nokomis residents were among 15 people arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for selling drugs to undercover deputies in North County. The arrests occurred at numerous … Find out how to read more online.
‘Discover DaVinci & Michaelangelo’ in Venice
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:14AM
The inaugural North American tour of “Discover DaVinci & Michaelangelo” will include a performance at the new Venice Performing Arts Center Friday, April 24. Providing a Venice venue for such shows … Find out how to read more online.
‘Next to Normal’ challenges cast and audience
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:14AM
Venice Theatre’s production of “Next to Normal” by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey needed actors who could not only sing and harmonize but rise to the occasion of portraying a … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan, fellow Congressman to speak locally
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:14AM
Congressman Vern Buchanan will be the featured guest speaker in a question-and answer-format on Monday, April 20 at a Town Hall meeting staged by the Nokomis Area Civic Association. He … Find out how to read more online.
SCF against limits on 4-year programs
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:16PM
A Florida Senate bill that community college administrators perceive as a threat to their institutions appears to be dead, but an amended version with all the same provisions is alive … Find out how to read more online.
Film festival has something for everyone
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:14PM
Some of the most intriguing films to be seen at the Sarasota Film Festival are creations rarely seen on the big screens of area movie houses — documentaries. “Dior and … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County looks to diversify workforce
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:14PM
Sarasota County government is looking to improve diversity among its employees. While county leaders are doing a good job recruiting minority candidates, County Commission chairwoman Carolyn Mason is saying they … Find out how to read more online.
In Cape Haze, boat-vs-ferry crash feared
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
Stuart James enjoys the view from his condominium overlooking Lemon Bay at the Cape Haze Marina. But what should be a tranquil vista sometimes makes James, a winter resident from … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider advisory group for traffic issues
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
Citizen participation helped the city of Venice craft a sign ordinance and work out an acceptable program to increase rates for bulk users of reclaimed water. Now, Council Member Bob … Find out how to read more online.
VGCC Foundation gives $40,500
Sat  Apr 11 2015 08:12PM
At a special 10th anniversary luncheon March 18, hosted by the Venice Golf and Country Club Community Foundation, 16 local charitable organizations received up to $3,000 each for specific projects … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo seeks 3rd term
Sat  Apr 11 2015 07:52PM
Retired firefighter Emilio Carlesimo announced this week he will seek a third term on Venice City Council. He went unopposed three years ago for Seat 3. “I was fully prepared … Find out how to read more online.
Good Samaritans help dying friend
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:22AM
Randy Thorpe is not a wealthy man. In fact, he is currently on disability with no other discernible income at all. But that hasn't stopped him from stepping in and … Find out how to read more online.
Filmmaker with local ties to premiere movie
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:18AM
Nick Morgulis’ new film, “Paradise, FL,” will have its world premiere at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. Mogulis, 29, who spent some time growing up in North Port, said “Paradise, … Find out how to read more online.
Gaona family of Venice featured at film festival
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:14AM
Known as The Flying Gaonas, Venice resident Tito Gaona and his family were known all over the circus world as one of the greatest flying families in the history of … Find out how to read more online.
From chaplain’s assistant to night fighter
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:12AM
Ralph Cook of Venice ended up a chaplain’s assistant serving with the 104th “Timberwolf Division” in Europe during World War II after flunking an eye exam to enter pilot training … Find out how to read more online.
B&G Club burns mortgage
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:22AM
With great fanfare and a lot of smiles, key supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County celebrated having completely paid off a $4.5 million debt on its … Find out how to read more online.
Sign Task Force goes back to work
Wed  Apr 8 2015 10:20AM
A new sign law adopted by the city of Venice last year covered a lot of territory. But it also left a lot of unanswered questions. The city’s Sign Task … Find out how to read more online.