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County ranks high for West Nile
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
Sarasota County ranks near the top in the state for sentinel chickens infected with West Nile Virus and other diseases this year, according to a report from the Centers for … Find out how to read more online.
Anniversary event honors city’s living mayors
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The next event in the celebration of Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city is a dinner honoring its five living mayors: Merle Graser, Dean Calamaras, Fred Hammett, Ed Martin and … Find out how to read more online.
Wildlife Center offers volunteer classes
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The Wildlife Center of Venice held a wildlife rescue class at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve last Saturday where attendees learned more about the Center and how to … Find out how to read more online.
Sabal Trace’s third owner has no plans yet
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The future of Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club is once again unknown as a third owner has stepped in to take over the property. Mark Gerenger, of GNP Development … Find out how to read more online.
Auditions set for ‘A Christmas Carol’
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Director Murray Chase, Musical Director Michelle Kasanofsky, and Choreographer Julia King are seeking performers of all ages to audition for Venice Theatre’s annual musical production of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pippin’ leaves one breathless
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers opened its 25th anniversary season Friday with a spectacular high- energy show that had everyone breathless by the end of the first … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo events surround showing of ‘Evita’
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
In anticipation of offering an especially popular run of the musical “Evita,” The Asolo Repertory Theatre is presenting a series of public events to both inform and entertain the public. … Find out how to read more online.
Change of the guard at PGT
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
The PGT Innovations board of directors has announced Jeff Jackson will become chief executive officer effective Jan. 1. Rod Hershberger is retiring as CEO but will continue serving as the … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota narrowly approves energy program
Sat  Oct 14 2017 10:34AM
Despite some misgivings, Sarasota County commissioners gave the go-ahead Wednesday for a Property Assessed Clean Energy program to operate within the county. During a public hearing that began in the … Find out how to read more online.
Markets keep things fresh
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
Maggie Balch started selling seafood back in 1997 at the Venice Farmers Market. Her stand, Maggie’s Seafood, is one of two at the market that has been there since opening … Find out how to read more online.
Funding application a go for Venetian Walk
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
Mayor John Holic reported Tuesday that all local funding is in place to enable the Venice Housing Authority to apply for tax-credit financing for Venetian Walk Phase II. The final … Find out how to read more online.
‘Viral’ Dispute
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:46AM
A resident in the affordable-rent Seminole Apartments, on U.S. 41 in South Venice, recently ramped up his creative protests against the owners for issuing an eviction notice. Jeffrey M. Reckahn, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Library gets new name
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:44AM
With a $1 million gift, the Venice Public Library will have a new name when it reopens. During a meeting Tuesday, the Sarasota County commissioners unanimously approved naming the library … Find out how to read more online.
Plans withdrawn for Preserves subdivision
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:32AM
Herb Lawson, of Windham Development, has withdrawn a planned 118 unit residential subdivision on 39.6 acres next to Fox Lea Farm and across from Sawgrass. Instead, he will start from … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre volunteers help The Players
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:56AM
Despite Irma, a cadre of volunteers, including six from Venice Theatre, made sure The Players Centre for Performing Arts in Sarasota was able to open its 88th season on schedule. … Find out how to read more online.
Affordable housing project developer pulls out
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:30AM
The developer of a proposed affordable housing project in North Venice called the John Nolen Gardens has pulled out, killing the project that was supported by businesses but opposed by … Find out how to read more online.
Area schools honored for community involvement
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:26AM
Thirty-nine Sarasota County public schools have been awarded the Golden School Award for their community involvement in 2016-17; 17 of those received the Five Star School Award. The schools were … Find out how to read more online.
Speaker to present ‘Peace, Love & Hoopiness’ program
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:24AM
Heather Kirkendall will present her “Peace, Love & Hoopiness” program at the Oct. 17 dinner meeting of Business and Professional Women of Englewood and Venice (BPWEV). Kirkendall started hula hooping about … Find out how to read more online.
Voluntary annexation gets prelim thumbs up
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
A couple of enclaves totaling around 10 acres of vacant land off Albee Farm Road are being recommended for annexation by the Venice Planning Commission. The recommendation goes next to … Find out how to read more online.
Home rule stressed to legislative delegation
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
If the meeting of the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation sounded familiar, it’s because most of the requests from constituents were the same. Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert led off the … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban gets plan board nod
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week gave its stamp of approval on a draft ordinance implementing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within City of Venice boundaries. The board voted … Find out how to read more online.
Haunted Trails this weekend at Oscar Scherer State Park
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Oscar Scherer State Park promises a “frightfully fun time for the howl family” at its fifth annual Haunted Trails Halloween event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 8 … Find out how to read more online.
Endorsement heats up Council race
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
Venice Council Member Deborah Anderson drew attention at this week’s Republican Party of Sarasota County meeting — and not in a good way. At Thursday’s meeting, before a crowd of … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Fiesta opens winter season in Venice
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
What began in October 1973 as the last hurrah to summer for the year-round residents, The Sun Fiesta is now the herald of Snowbird season, the time when winter residents … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo Rep to present ‘Julius Caesar’ locally
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
Arts and Letters Day at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will kick off with a performance of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the Selby … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Musicale season starts
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:18AM
Venice Musicale presents its first concert of the season, “Musical Potpourri,” on Thursday, Oct. 19, 3-4 p.m. The time has changed, but the venue is the same at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board to consider pot dispensary ban
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
A draft ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in Venice makes its debut Tuesday at a public hearing before the Planning Commission. The city had put a moratorium on dispensaries in … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid arrests include South County
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested 11 people in connection with the agency’s ongoing efforts to combat the distribution of illicit narcotics including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, methamphetamine, morphine and cocaine. … Find out how to read more online.
Jail, homelessness present budget pressures
Sat  Oct 14 2017 08:30AM
While he hasn’t sounded the alarm yet, Sheriff Tom Knight did alert Sarasota County commissioners to a looming problem during a meeting Tuesday. Knight and his jail commander, Major Jeff … Find out how to read more online.
Supreme Court turns down county request
Mon  Oct 16 2017 05:33PM
In a ruling issued Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court declined to reconsider its July opinion in a case that could end up costing Sarasota County millions of dollars. In the … Find out how to read more online.
Holic to suggest pier fee
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
With the Venice Fishing Pier closed pending substantial repairs thanks to Hurricane Irma, Mayor John Holic thinks it’s a good time for the Venice City Council to talk about the … Find out how to read more online.
Holic questions library’s name
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:44AM
Mayor John Holic came back from the City Council’s late lunch break Tuesday with yet another example of what he sees as the questionable naming of a building. Establishing criteria … Find out how to read more online.
‘Babe,’ a Venice legend, dies
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:42AM
Despite the arrival in Venice of retail giants Home Depot and Lowe’s, Babes ACE Hardware not only survived, but grew to have retail stores in Venice, Englewood and North Port, … Find out how to read more online.
With repairs, pier can reopen for season
Wed  Oct 11 2017 11:08AM
The City Council got some good news about the Venice Fishing Pier Tuesday: With some repairs, it can reopen for the season, though it will need to be closed again … Find out how to read more online.
Batter up Friday
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:56AM
“Matty” may be more proof that Venice can hold its own here on the Cultural Coast of Florida. “Matty” is a one-man show featuring Eddie Frierson as baseball great Christy … Find out how to read more online.
New concessionaire is ‘Jetty Jack’s’
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:30AM
The South Jetty has a new concessionaire. And it’s a slightly different one from the one previously reported. As part of its consent agenda, the Venice City Council voted unanimously … Find out how to read more online.
‘Later Life’ takes the Lemon Bay stage
Wed  Oct 11 2017 10:24AM
For the second production of its 31st season, Lemon Bay Playhouse will present “Later Life,” written by A. R. Gurney. This comedy/drama, directed by Jenni Elliott, will open Oct. 18 and … Find out how to read more online.
SMH to submit another Venice CON application
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
Although it’s hoping for a favorable outcome in a recent administrative hearing, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) isn’t taking any chances with its plans to build a hospital in Venice. “We … Find out how to read more online.
Detert: County will make the shelter picks
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
Sarasota County Commissioner Nancy Detert said that the county’s hurricane preparation went very well “except we didn’t service Venice,” a shortcoming she says will be remedied by the next season. … Find out how to read more online.
Rooftop cafe proposed downtown
Sat  Oct 7 2017 08:30AM
A city board began a discussion this week about whether to allow rooftop cafes, restaurants or bars in Venice. The issue came up when David and Martha Hanneman, owners of … Find out how to read more online.


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