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Venice Regional CEO is leaving
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
Only a little more than a year after taking the reins at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH), CEO John McLain is moving on. His hiring in February 2016 was the … Find out how to read more online.
A Second Chance At Forever
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
Talking about how she went from dog lover to dog rescuer brings tears to Lisa Letson’s eyes. She had volunteered with the Humane Society and rescue groups, but then she … Find out how to read more online.
Showmobile may be headed to auction
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
The Venice City Council will take another shot Tuesday at getting rid of the city’s Showmobile. The topic was on the agenda for the April 11 meeting but confusion over … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to continue beach survey
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin last summer, support for beach renourishment from Manasota Key property owners who had encountered erosion was high. But when Sarasota County staff conducted … Find out how to read more online.
Doggie dining debate ignites again
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:26PM
The City of Venice began a process this week that could make “doggie dining” permanently allowable in Venice. But it experienced a rough start and nearly didn’t get the approval … Find out how to read more online.
Four-car crash causes serious injuries
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:02PM
A four-car crash on River Road has left drivers seriously injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, North Port resident Barbara Cook, 79, … Find out how to read more online.
Group proposes more garbage rate hikes
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:00PM
The Venice Solid Waste and Recycling Rate Stakeholders’ Work Group will be back before the City Council Tuesday to recommend more rate increases, to get the Solid Waste Department’s finances … Find out how to read more online.
Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest returns
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:00PM
Have some fun in the sun and show off your sand sculpting skills as Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources hosts the 45th annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest on … Find out how to read more online.
Speaker to discuss family homelessness
Sun  Apr 23 2017 12:58PM
In South Sarasota County, the fast-growing population becoming homeless is families with children. Charles Denton, of Family Promise of South Sarasota County, will address this topic Wednesday, April 26, 7-8:30 … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler found near Bypass
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:32PM
A Good Samaritan may have saved the life of a toddler found wandering near the Venice Bypass. Venice Police report the man called 911 on Friday, April 14, at 10:21 … Find out how to read more online.
The People. The Music. So. Much. BBQ.
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:30PM
Thousands of people did more than just attend the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash — they danced, they laughed and they ate. Boy, did they ever eat. This is one … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s a great state, taxwise
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:30PM
If you ask people why they like living in Florida, a low tax burden probably won’t make the list. The term seems like an oxymoron; by definition, taxes are always … Find out how to read more online.
Bitter Ends streaks across Sarasota Bay
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:28PM
Venice women participated in the Florida Women’s Sailing Association’s (FWSA) Rainbow Regatta Monday, March 27, on Sarasota Bay. The 17 Venice-area competitors are members of the Bitter Ends, based at … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional’s safety grade goes up
Fri  Apr 21 2017 09:36PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) finally saw its Hospital Safety Score improve this spring, but only to a “C” after getting a “D” last spring and fall. In a press … Find out how to read more online.
Symphony to play final concert of season
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:24PM
The Venice Symphony invites you to “Waltz with The Symphony to the Music of Vienna” at its final concert of the season, 7:30 p.m. April 28, and 3:30 p.m. and … Find out how to read more online.
Concert band to hold season finale
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:24PM
The Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its final concert of the season entitled “Spring Potpourri” on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m., in the … Find out how to read more online.
Bayshore Drive unsafe, say fearful residents
Fri  Apr 21 2017 09:36PM
A litany of horror stories about accidents and near-accidents along Bayshore Drive, at the northern tip of the island, got the attention of the Venice City Council Tuesday. Person after … Find out how to read more online.
Trolley ends as Connector begins
Fri  Apr 21 2017 09:36PM
The free Venice trolley will run through Easter Sunday, April 16, while the Sarasota County Area Transit’s (SCAT) “Venice Connector,” an island circulator, begins it’s inaugural run today, Saturday. The … Find out how to read more online.
Police pension plan having strong year
Sun  Apr 16 2017 02:12PM
The only bad news the Venice City Council got this week about the Venice Police Department pension plan was that if the state hadn’t gotten involved with it, it would … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney tapped to lead Russian meddling probe
Sun  Apr 16 2017 02:08PM
Florida U.S. Rep. Thomas Rooney will help head up a House intelligence committee probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, following Chairman Devin Nunes temporarily stepping away … Find out how to read more online.
‘Alleged bad touch’ by bus driver
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
A school bus driver was arrested and may lose his job for allegedly flirting with and touching a 13-year-old girl. Deputies arrested the driver this week on charges of battery … Find out how to read more online.
Lee charged again
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:08PM
A former Venice High School football player is facing burglary charges. Sage A. Lee, 19, was arrested following an investigation into an attempted burglary of his neighbor’s home with five … Find out how to read more online.
New asst. superintendent to focus on ‘gap’
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
Laura Kingsley is excited to take on her role as assistant superintendent/chief academic officer at Sarasota County Schools. “It’s kind of an awesome feeling, and I am excited where Dr. … Find out how to read more online.
Budget balancing not easy for county staff
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:04PM
When Sarasota County commissioners approve the fiscal year 2018 budget in September, it will be a balanced budget with income equaling expenditures. That’s what county residents and taxpayers expect of … Find out how to read more online.
Dick Hyman’s birthday celebration continues
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:02PM
When you are as world-famous as Dick Hyman, it can take a year to celebrate your 90th birthday. “When you are that old, people want to make sure they don’t … Find out how to read more online.
First ‘No Zone’ rezone is challenged
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:00PM
A rezone, decades after a 2.68-acre parcel was annexed, received preliminary approval this week, but not without being challenged. The Planning Commission on Tuesday recommended approval of a rezone for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Fences’ to take the stage
Sun  Apr 23 2017 01:00PM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series will present August Wilson’s family drama “Fences” beginning Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 21. Performances of Wilson’s popular and critically acclaimed play (recently adapted … Find out how to read more online.
Retired military officers learn about A-bomb
Sun  Apr 23 2017 12:58PM
Dr. David C. Zonies presented the subject of atomic bombs with enlightening speech and explosive enthusiasm at a recent meeting of the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. … Find out how to read more online.
The beat goes on at Venetian Falls with tap dancer
Sun  Apr 23 2017 12:40PM
Fran Mogelnicki hails from Connecticut. She has been in Venice for 12 years, having moved here with her late husband, Bob, who sadly died after having lived in the Sunshine … Find out how to read more online.
Building would house city archives
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:32PM
The city of Venice is considering buying a building adjacent to the Cultural Campus to house the city’s archives. City Manager Ed Lavallee said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs in focus
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:30PM
The historical value of Warm Mineral Springs was once again up for discussion with the latest North Port City Commission. The commissioners met recently to talk about the ever-divisive decision … Find out how to read more online.
City wants county to purchase parkland
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:28PM
The Venice City Council this week directed its top administrator to ask Sarasota County to help it build a park in North Venice. On Tuesday, Council directed City Manager Ed … Find out how to read more online.
Community Center blossoms Friday and Saturday
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:28PM
Hot on the heels of the Sarasota Film Festival comes the Venice Area Garden Club Film Festival. Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, the show is “designed … Find out how to read more online.
Emergency notification found lacking
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:26PM
When a water main break left much of the island with low water pressure or no water at all on April 8, Venice Vice Mayor Rich Cautero started getting phone … Find out how to read more online.
‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ has areas to improve
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:24PM
Interpretation is everything in a musical. Newly opened at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is a prime example. Without changing one word of the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with battery on toddler
Wed  Apr 19 2017 01:24PM
A Port Charlotte man was charged with aggravated battery on a 1-year-old child. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a 1-year-old male not breathing on Tuesday. … Find out how to read more online.
Italian judge visits, talks immigration, challenges
Sun  Apr 16 2017 02:12PM
Wellesley College, located in the Boston suburbs, may be one of only 48 higher education institutions in the country that still operates as a women-only school, but their alumni force … Find out how to read more online.
Seafood, drinks, music at new festival
Sun  Apr 16 2017 02:10PM
Venice MainStreet Inc., which represents the merchants, stores and businesses downtown and around the city, has announced their latest fundraising venture, the inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival. The event … Find out how to read more online.
City backs off beach parking lot
Sun  Apr 16 2017 02:08PM
City leaders who unwittingly defunded a third planned parking lot at the municipal pier voted this week not to proceed with the project. The Venice City Council vote failed 3-3 … Find out how to read more online.