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Dying manatee rescued by Venice boater
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:14PM
A manatee stricken by red tide was clinging to life on a sandbar Wednesday morning in Englewood, when a deputy and a Venice boater came to its rescue. Cpl. Brad … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional to switch out CEO
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:14PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) CEO Bob Moore is leaving the position after a little more than a year on the job, to make a very short, very lateral move … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial leads in joint replacement procedures
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:12PM
It’s not surprising that a public hospital in a county in which 36.1 percent of the population is 65 and older does a lot of hip and knee replacements. But … Find out how to read more online.
PINC returns Dec. 6 with inspiring speakers
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:12PM
Dubbed the most creative day of the year, PINC returns to the Sarasota Opera House Dec. 6. PINC is an acronym for People, Ideas, Nature and Creativity. An initiative of … Find out how to read more online.
Credit card fee coming to your dinner
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
Next time you visit your favorite restaurant or purchase an item from a small store using your credit card, you may find you have been charged a 4 percent fee. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional to present its future
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:22PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) will see its proposed new hospital enter the public stage of the approval process Thursday. Its applications for a comprehensive plan amendment, a rezoning and … Find out how to read more online.
Public Works’ top two leaders leaving
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
With little advance warning, the City of Venice Public Works Director, John Veneziano, resigned Monday, effective immediately. Veneziano led the department since December 2012. Assistant Director Ricky Simpson is also … Find out how to read more online.
Take ‘stock’ of ‘Into the Woods’
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
Brad Wages added a special twist to Venice Theatre’s summer stock production of “Into the Woods,” which opens Friday, Aug. 3, on the theater’s main stage, where it will play through … Find out how to read more online.
More than one way to save Arena
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
Can you imagine crafting 4,500 tiny seats to replicate the 4,500 or so seats that once filled the old Venice Circus Arena? Demolished two years ago, the arena was the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘Swingaroos’ jazz it up at Florida Studio Theatre
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
With six members, the Swingaroos fill the tiny Court Theatre stage — literally. Drummer Uri Zelig is so far over to the right that he could not be seen from … Find out how to read more online.
Annual 9/11 ceremony set for Patriots Park
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:18PM
The annual 9/11 Victims and Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony is next month. Organizer Gene Sweeney announced the 17th anniversary will take place at Patriots Park on Tuesday, Sept. 11, with … Find out how to read more online.
West Nile found in area mosquitoes
Tue  Jul 31 2018 10:26AM
The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County is advising residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in the Venice area. No humans cases have been reported, … Find out how to read more online.
Death By Caffeine? How? Why?
Sun  Jul 29 2018 02:04PM
The 23-year-old Clearwater woman who was found dead on a front lawn in Venice earlier this year — deemed a suicide from taking too many caffeine pills — had many … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota elections office urges vote-by-mail
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
With an extensive upcoming ballot, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is urging voters to forgo the traditional Election Day and head to the mailbox instead. The primary election is set … Find out how to read more online.
Funding for library enhancements grows
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
Major pieces of the fundraising effort for the new Venice library are falling into place and the list of naming opportunities is shrinking. The Sarasota County Commission recently approved several … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide likely killed whale shark
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
A whale shark that washed up on a Sanibel beach over the weekend likely died due to red tide poisoning. Biologists at the Florida Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg … Find out how to read more online.
One hotel ‘quits’ as another arrives
Fri  Jul 27 2018 12:55PM
After a year of lease negotiations, the Venice Realty Group has pulled the plug on plans to build a 116-room hotel on the 12-acre old Circus Arena grounds owned by … Find out how to read more online.
‘Suicide by caffeine’ is cause of death
Sat  Jul 21 2018 03:32PM
The Twelfth District Medical Examiner’s Office in Sarasota has determined 23-year-old Meghan Kay Bennett’s death was suicide by caffeine. The Clearwater woman’s body was found face down on the lawn … Find out how to read more online.
Thirty animals seized
Wed  Jul 25 2018 11:08AM
A South Venice woman called Animal Services to take care of her pet birds while she served time for a DUI. What they found were 34 exotic birds flying freely … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtle deaths now at 400
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:14PM
The number of dead manatees and sea turtles continues to climb as red tide strangles the life out of coastal Southwest Florida waters. Bloom conditions started in November, and 400 … Find out how to read more online.
Reeking Red Tide
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:22PM
The public has weighed in and the verdict is unanimous — red tide stinks. Literally. A post on the Gondolier Sun Facebook page at 1:44 p.m. Monday asked if people … Find out how to read more online.
Communications at KMI restored
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:14PM
Some businesses located in the old KMI Building on Tampa Avenue were without phones or the internet for three days this week. Service was restored Friday morning. A contractor doing … Find out how to read more online.
Child Protection Agency provides safe space
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:12PM
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the children and making sure they are safe, sound and raised to the best of our abilities as parents.” — A … Find out how to read more online.
Meet the new manager of Dunkin’ Donuts
Sat  Aug 4 2018 12:10PM
It didn’t take long for John Krasselt, 26, to move up through the ranks at the Venice Dunkin’ Donuts. Apparently, Dunkin’ Donuts has been his mainstay of employment for several years, … Find out how to read more online.
Local red tide has a long, complex history
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:22PM
The simple answer about toxic red tide blooms is that there’s no simple answer. “People like simple answers, but it’s not that simple,” said Quay Dortch, coordinator of the Ecology … Find out how to read more online.
Duo arrested in robbery attempt
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:22PM
Deputies have arrested two Venice men in connection to a bungled robbery attempt that took place Saturday morning. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, a manager at … Find out how to read more online.
School staff needed at all levels in Sarasota County
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
With school starting in only a few weeks, the Sarasota County School District is working to fill positions. A recent July 17 personnel report showed that six teachers either resigned … Find out how to read more online.
Arrest made after missing Venice girl is found
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
Editor’s note: It’s the Gondolier Sun’s editorial policy not to print the names of victims. An exception has been made in this instance since a countywide television and newsprint media … Find out how to read more online.
Family Fun Day attracts kids of all ages
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:20PM
The air-conditioned comfort of the Venice Art Center drew dozens of families this past Saturday for an annual Family Fun Day. The three-hour event was attended by 585 people, according … Find out how to read more online.
Artist Series Concerts sets new season
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:18PM
Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota enters its 23rd season of bringing diverse musical experiences to the region with an array of established and emerging classical, jazz and pops artists. With … Find out how to read more online.
Mental health program offers public education
Wed  Aug 1 2018 08:18PM
“Family-to-Family,” a free, 12-session educational program for family, partners and friends of adults living with mental illness, will be offered by NAMI-Sarasota County starting Friday, Sept. 7, through Nov. 30 … Find out how to read more online.
Venice bank robbed
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:58PM
Deputies are investigating a brazen armed bank robbery that took place Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. in South Venice. The male suspect, dressed in a dark colored button-down shirt, jeans and … Find out how to read more online.
Many amendments possible for ballot
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
A trio of resident-initiated measures to amend the Sarasota County Charter are likely headed to the November ballot if commissioners approve in August. During the afternoon of their Aug. 29 … Find out how to read more online.
Disney toys are bigger in new land
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
Walter Elias Disney himself might have been hard-pressed to predict the growth of his “World” since its opening in 1971. This year’s big addition is Toy Story Land, which opened … Find out how to read more online.
Florida, area stand out in income inequality
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
Income inequality isn’t a new issue but a study released last week shows it’s a bigger concern in Florida and locally than many might think. “From 2009 to 2015, the … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide cancels Pier clean up
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:34PM
The upcoming Venice Fishing Pier Underwater Cleanup located next to Sharky’s restaurant and scheduled for Sunday morning, July 29, has been canceled due to Red Tide concerns. The reports for … Find out how to read more online.
Scoops celebrates National Ice Cream Month
Sun  Jul 29 2018 01:32PM
Armed with new awareness that July is National Ice Cream Month, coupled with a desire to cool off with a tasty frozen treat, I revisited Scoops Working Cow Ice Cream … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomis gets another
Wed  Jul 25 2018 11:10AM
Hotels seem to cluster at destinations where there’s growth and this seems evident usually at interstate interchanges. But in Nokomis? To the surprise of many, Nokomis is developing as a … Find out how to read more online.
PGT planning to expand into western United States
Wed  Jul 25 2018 11:08AM
PGT Innovations of North Venice soon will be expanding into the western United States. In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, PGT officials reported the acquisition of Western Window Systems of … Find out how to read more online.