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Post office/hotel project gets higher priority
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:56PM
The Venice City Council took a small but potentially significant step Wednesday toward the eventual acquisition of the post office distribution center on the island by moving it up a … Find out how to read more online.
A landowner who wants to build affordable housing
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:54PM
For Ronald J. Siegrist, making rentals affordable is the only sensible thing to do. We live in an area of exploding construction and high dollar rentals, which increases the difficulty … Find out how to read more online.
Roundabout is out; traffic light a go on Tamiami
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:54PM
The intersection on Tamiami Trail in the West Villages area that was being considered for a large roundabout will now get what the residents originally asked for — a traffic … Find out how to read more online.
‘Three amigos’ thankful at swearing in
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:52PM
When Mayor John Holic was first elected to the Venice City Council, he had two grandchildren; now he has six. Council Member Jeanette Gates’ daughter Jackie was in the seventh … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana clinic to open in Venice
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:51PM
A doctor from Venice plans to open what he calls a “groundbreaking” medical practice in January that coincides with a new law involving marijuana. The Compassionate Cannabis Clinic of Venice … Find out how to read more online.
‘White Christmas’ kicks off Palm’s holiday season
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:50PM
Like a gentle wave on the ocean, “White Christmas” at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater tenderly ushers in the holidays. With a capable cast of singers and dancers, well-choreographed dance … Find out how to read more online.
‘Crush-It’ plans new plant in North Venice
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:40AM
Crush-It, Inc., the family owned and operated custom concrete and asphalt crushing business, plans to have a third location in Venice. It would be located at 530 Gene Green Road … Find out how to read more online.
GPS on city vehicles
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
Soon after Peter Lilholt was hired as the City of Venice’s fleet manager in the Public Works Department in January of 2015, he began looking for ways to improve the … Find out how to read more online.
How Trumpish is Venice?
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
With protests waning over the election of Donald J. Trump as the next president, and recounts being called for in three states, it’s worth noting Trump won many neighborhood precincts … Find out how to read more online.
New commissioners take office for county
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
The faces on the dais looked a little different last Tuesday as Sarasota County Board of Commissioners began their last meeting of the month. Prior to the start of last … Find out how to read more online.
Airport festival area to get electrical upgrades
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:36AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children. The project will “increase the electrical capacity at the Venice Municipal Airport Festival Grounds.” … Find out how to read more online.
Future Venice library update scheduled
Thu  Dec 1 2016 01:06PM
Find out what’s new in the planning process for the future public library in Venice when Sarasota County hosts a community update next week. Two 90-minute sessions, scheduled for 10:30 … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT launches $6 million capital campaign
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:36AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has launched its Heart & Soul Capital Campaign at the recent Emerald City Ball gala fundraiser. The effort has a $6 million goal to transform the … Find out how to read more online.
32 short-term rentals under investigation
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:38AM
About a year ago Venice Code Enforcement Board Member John Burton asked why it hadn’t seen any cases involving the city’s short-term rental ordinance. Code Enforcement Supervisor Paul Iannelli Jr. … Find out how to read more online.
Living History
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:36AM
On a clear, starry night outside the Venice City Hall Chambers last Wednesday, Christmas lights illuminated a special American scene. Along the sidewalks of Venice Avenue, handholding couples and dog … Find out how to read more online.
Public hearings may soon have time limits
Thu  Dec 1 2016 12:02PM
Not long after the second multi-day quasi-judicial hearing in a little more than a year, City Attorney David Persson wants to know if the Venice City Council is interested in … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Venice Christmas’ to ring in the holiday
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:34AM
The Venice Concert Band will present its Christmas concert, “A Venice Christmas,” at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Way, Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. You will be … Find out how to read more online.
Theater in Englewood celebrates 30 years
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:32AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse will host an Open House in celebration of its 30th season of presenting live theater to the community. The free event will be open to the … Find out how to read more online.
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Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:54PM
City OKs two new building inspectors
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:54PM
The 142 percent increase in single family home construction permits over the past year was enough to convince the Venice City Council this week to authorize funds to pay for two … Find out how to read more online.
Boat Parade tonight; pick the winner
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:54PM
Another Saturday night in Venice means another parade. Tonight (Saturday), the event will be the annual Christmas Boat Parade and once again, viewers can pick their favorite boat by visiting … Find out how to read more online.
Working with the very best — interning
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:50PM
Venice Theatre offers yet another path to Broadway — this time it is an onstage path. In 2001, the theater received certification from the Florida Department of Education for its … Find out how to read more online.
‘Voices’ showcases emerging choreographers
Sun  Dec 4 2016 08:50PM
For the fourth year, Sarasota Contemporary Dance presents “Voices,” a spectacle of works by emerging and company choreographers. The review is hallmark of the company’s approach to dance making — … Find out how to read more online.
Bonus for building apartments considered
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
Taking a hint from Council Members, the Venice Planning Commission this week moved forward with a draft Comprehensive Plan that includes incentives to build affordable apartments. The Comp Plan, a … Find out how to read more online.
Her Feet As Hands
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
Overcoming adversity throughout her life has not stopped post-polio victim Joanne Brooks as she gives inspiration and encouragement to others. She believes it is important to share her ordeals. “Just … Find out how to read more online.
Some Gulf-front land owners not sold on sand project
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
Some Gulf-front property owners on Shoreview Drive aren’t sold on beach renourishment. “All of the new renourishment projects that (Charlotte County) is proposing will establish an erosion control line (ECL),” … Find out how to read more online.
Edmondson Road trail project to be rebid
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
The construction industry is doing so well in Southwest Florida that it’s causing a headache for city officials. Bids to build an 10-foot-wide multiuse trail along a “country block” on … Find out how to read more online.
Santa, his helpers set sail in Intracoastal
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:38AM
Now that the Venice Holiday parade on Venice Avenue is over, it is time for the next holiday event. “One thing you can count on in Venice is the date … Find out how to read more online.
City struggles with 142% increase in permits
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:34AM
It’s not news that the City of Venice is undergoing a residential building boom. The municipality hired three additional staff last year to handle the upswing in building permits and … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT presents ‘Black Nativity’
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:36AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with “Black Nativity,” an inspirational gospel musical penned by poet/playwright Langston Hughes that retells the Biblical nativity story. … Find out how to read more online.
Architectural walking tour turns 15
Wed  Nov 30 2016 09:36AM
Venice has a definable and unique history. For 15 years, I have guided snowbirds and residents alike on walking tours, highlighting and explaining the city’s architectural gems and its Mediterranean … Find out how to read more online.
Moving to a healthier life with ‘Walking Club’
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:36AM
Walking is an automatic, basic human function that we use as a means to get from point A to point B. But even though the ability to walk upright on … Find out how to read more online.
Sponsorship policy to be tweaked … eventually
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:36AM
The Economic Development Advisory Board isn’t strictly adhering to the sponsorship policy it drafted, but it’s not straying far from it either, pending direction from the Venice City Council. Council … Find out how to read more online.
Election lookback: Holic won citywide
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:36AM
The City of Venice released a vote tally this week summarizing how neighborhoods voted in the mayoral race and on two bonds. Incumbent Mayor John Holic won a third and … Find out how to read more online.
City bikes to Silver status but stats wrong
Wed  Nov 23 2016 01:42PM
The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Venice with another Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community award, but not without some controversy. Four years ago the city earned the same designation. … Find out how to read more online.
Join community singalong of ‘Messiah’
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:34AM
Lakeside Lutheran Church, 2401 South Tamiami Trail in Venice, is hosting a community singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. The concert will feature the Qol … Find out how to read more online.
Artifact found at Lord-Higel House
Sat  Nov 26 2016 10:32AM
It isn’t exactly buried treasure, but volunteers restoring the interior of the Lord-Higel House made an interesting discovery recently. Hidden beneath the stairwell leading to the second floor of the … Find out how to read more online.