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Large apartment complex gets 1st OK
Sat  May 20 2017 10:30AM
Venice city leaders will have a chance to approve the first major low-income housing project to come along in decades — the John Nolen Gardens in North Venice. The project … Find out how to read more online.
40 fingers, 40 perfect toes
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
When Amanda Corcoran was a little girl dreaming about Mother’s Day, she never thought it would mean being a mom of four all at once. The soon-to-be 27-year-old gave birth … Find out how to read more online.
Vendors: Don’t move Farmers Market
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
The vendors at the Venice Farmers Market really don’t want it to move from its location on West Tampa Avenue, so they put on the proverbial “dog and pony show” … Find out how to read more online.
Council to vote on $2.6M for sludge removal
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
Venice city staff will be back before the City Council Tuesday with another contract for the removal of the lime sludge ponds in Pinebrook Park. The Council put off a … Find out how to read more online.
Black bear spotted in Port Charlotte
Sat  May 20 2017 10:16AM
Maybe Smokey Bear started making house calls. It has been dry. There have been wildfires. Maybe he was reminding residents that “only you can prevent forest fires.” Or maybe it … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland Players in ‘Las Vegas’ takes the stage
Sat  May 20 2017 10:14AM
Students from Loveland Village who participate in the theater arts partnership with Venice Theatre will present four performances of the original musical “Las Vegas ... Under the Neon Lights.” The … Find out how to read more online.
Developer wants homes next to Fox Lea
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Loaded with a host of conditions, the Venice Planning Commission has recommended approval of a proposed gated community called the Preserves of Venice on a 39-acre parcel off I-75 just … Find out how to read more online.
Help save her
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
When 19-year-old Cassidy Hamm, a hostess at Venice’s Left Coast Seafood, began experiencing pain in her hip at work one night, she thought maybe she had popped it out or … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny parks to get names
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
Less than a week after the Venice City Council voted to designate four city pocket parks “Nolen Greens,” the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board signed off on names and markers … Find out how to read more online.
CEO leaving hospital on the upswing
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
With less than a week left in his tenure as CEO of Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH), John McLain said everything is in place for his successor to come in … Find out how to read more online.
Here’s why Turgeon’s case was dropped
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
A lot of people think they know why a reckless-driving charge against former Venice High School Principal Jack Turgeon was dismissed last month: The “fix” was in. A story about … Find out how to read more online.
Arena & elephants depart, Ringling Circus closes
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
On Sunday, the World will lose what Venice lost in 1992 — The Greatest Show on Earth. Feld Enterprises, owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County conducting racial slur probe
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Sarasota County officials are investigating a complaint from the Teamster’s union contending a supervisor made racist statements to some minority employees, resulting in two of them transferring out of the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Lions Club expands eyeglass collections
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
When the Venice Lions Club announced its 70th Anniversary of service to the Venice community, Lion Dr. Ric Namikas called attention to the second part of the anniversary slogan, “Celebrating … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota OKs stadium funding for Braves
Sat  May 13 2017 04:58PM
Sarasota County’s deal with the Atlanta Braves continues to move forward, with a piece of the funding pie put into place Tuesday. During its meeting in Venice on Tuesday afternoon, … Find out how to read more online.
Pocket parks are now ‘Nolen Greens’
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
Last summer, Venice City Council Member Deborah Anderson lamented the fact that the pocket parks John Nolen had included in his plan for the city were unrecognized, and in some … Find out how to read more online.
Seafood, eat food, dance and shop
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
Venice MainStreet sponsored its first Seafood Festival May 6 and 7 in Venice’s Centennial Park, and drew a crowd to enjoy music, games, shopping, ice cream … and seafood, of … Find out how to read more online.
The Horror & The Heroes
Wed  May 10 2017 09:26AM
With dozens of people looking on, all the Good Samaritans could do was curse as the partially submerged vehicle — just inches away — took a final swift plunge beneath … Find out how to read more online.
River Road gets some funding
Sat  May 13 2017 04:54PM
Contained within the $82.4 billion budget approved by the State Legislature on Monday is an appropriation of $3 million for River Road. It may not be much in the bigger … Find out how to read more online.
Fitness camp returns to Venice
Sat  May 13 2017 04:44PM
We all know exercise is good for you. A Time magazine cover story hails exercise as “a miracle drug” that provides more benefits, to more aspects of our health, than … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tennis bully’ gets night in county jail
Sat  May 20 2017 10:30AM
Throwing a beer can on someone’s property typically won’t get you arrested … unless you’ve done it the umpteenth time and it’s caught on camera. That was the case this … Find out how to read more online.
A crash victim’s final good deed
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
At a candlelight vigil for Carol Hayden and Eugene Hayden, who died May 8 when the van Carol was driving went off the South Jetty and into the Venice Inlet, … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider public space rental fee
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
Revisions to the city’s special events policy that would add a fee for the use of public space are headed to the Venice City Council. The Economic Development Advisory Board … Find out how to read more online.
Rights of way cell towers return
Sat  May 20 2017 10:24AM
While the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners has continued the moratorium on cell towers in public rights of way, the issue is not going away. One has been requested in … Find out how to read more online.
Tracy was Army spy in East Berlin in ‘Cold War’
Sat  May 20 2017 10:16AM
Allen W. Tracy of Nokomis was a spy working in East Germany in the 1960s. He was a member of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission operating out of spy headquarters … Find out how to read more online.
A conversation with TV-7’s Linda Carson
Sat  May 20 2017 10:12AM
Venice Heritage’s annual dinner is just a few days away, and this year’s event is one that you won’t want to miss. ABC-TV-7’s reporter and local personality Linda Carson will … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s history gives me a sense of history
Sat  May 20 2017 10:12AM
I’m beginning to really feel like a Venetian now that I’m past the 10-year mark of living here. I guess it takes a while to really feel at home in … Find out how to read more online.
Pickleball still has no home
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
A renewed request for more pickleball courts at Venice’s Hecksher Park didn’t fall on deaf ears Monday so much as it did an empty wallet. Marta Carpenter had previously made … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun publisher named leader of daily paper
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
Sun Coast Media Group CEO David Dunn-Rankin has announced that Tim Smolarick, the publisher of the Venice Gondolier Sun, will soon be leaving the newspaper to take a job as … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee illuminates true cost of fire service
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
City leaders took another major step toward adopting a Fire Fee Assessment to replace the current system of paying for fire service through property taxes. It’s something the city tried … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier editor honored as national skate judge
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Kim Cool knows skaters. In fact, if they’ve skated in the Olympics, chances are she has judged their skills at some point in their career. Venice Gondolier Sun features editor … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for the big one, meteorologist warns
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
“We want to prepare you, not scare you,” said Bob Harrigan, chief meteorologist for ABC 7 news. The 31-year veteran of weather predicting was a speaker at the 2017 Hurricane … Find out how to read more online.
‘Beatsville’ beats all at Asolo
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
“Beatsville, the Beatnik Musical” should dance its way onto Broadway just the way it seems to be dancing its way into the hearts of the Cultural Coast. The Asolo Rep … Find out how to read more online.
Tribute event for Jack Fanning
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
A tribute event for Jack “John” Fanning, of North Port, will be held Friday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Allegro Bistro, 1740 E. Venice Ave., Venice. … Find out how to read more online.
‘I think it was Providence’
Sat  May 13 2017 04:58PM
A courtyard at Village on the Isle in Venice was the gathering place Thursday evening for about 200 people attending a candlelight vigil for Carol Hayden, 64, and Eugene Hayden, … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Expo continues today
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
With displays of window glass that is nearly impossible to break, with people who can transform your garage into an amazing storage area ready for any storm and with dozens … Find out how to read more online.
Council asks for yet another parking study
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
There’s concern among Venice City Council members whether instead of fixing the downtown parking problem, they’re pushing it west. The Council voted in January to reduce the time limit for … Find out how to read more online.
First-time Mothers
Sat  May 13 2017 04:54PM
Tiny little fingers and toes. Skin so soft it just melts at the touch. And, oh, that wonderful scent of a brand new baby. Three local mothers experienced the joy … Find out how to read more online.
New foreclosures down in up-and-down market
Sat  May 13 2017 04:52PM
After a fevered upswing in local foreclosure filings earlier this year, last month marked a return to a downward trend. Following a decadelong low point of 19 new foreclosures in … Find out how to read more online.
Man drowns diving for shark teeth
Wed  May 10 2017 09:30AM
An investigation is underway into the death of a man who was free diving for shark teeth off Caspersen Beach in Venice. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim … Find out how to read more online.