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Quick response can’t save burning house
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:30AM
No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday night that destroyed a Venice-area residence. The fire broke out near midnight at the property in the 200 block of Snyder Road … Find out how to read more online.
Beach work put on hold
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
Work stopped this week along a stretch of Venice Beach in the midst of a major beach renourishment project. A booster pump broke. According to city spokeswoman Pam Johnson, a … Find out how to read more online.
Coastal rowing may be coming
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
As the 2017 World Rowing Championships approach, international and U.S. Rowing officials came to check up on Nathan Benderson Park’s progress. World Rowing Federation executive director Matt Smith said he … Find out how to read more online.
Buffet now a church, preaching to world
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
After moving more than 23 tons of debris and completing a total renovation, Fisherman’s Net Church at 1101 South Tamiami Trail next to Denny’s restaurant has replaced the former Panda … Find out how to read more online.
Venice doctor ordered to pay $411K
Sat  Jan 31 2015 11:15AM
VENICE — A gastroenterologist surgeon has been ordered by a bankruptcy court to pay damages in the amount of $411,428.93, plus interest. The ruling means he’s not off the hook … Find out how to read more online.
State to Venice: Fix fire pension
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:30AM
While Venice Mayor John Holic was giving his State of the City speech at city hall this week — a glowing progress report that also highlighted deficiencies, like the underfunded … Find out how to read more online.
Residents organize over Plantation cell tower
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Representative for Florida Tower Partners, based in Bradenton, got another earful from residents of the Plantation Golf & Country Club and Lake of the Woods at Jacaranda subdivisions who oppose … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
The Venice City Council took two major steps this week to begin enforcing a ban against short-term rentals in single-family neighborhoods — albeit beginning in 2016. First, they settled a … Find out how to read more online.
Fellowship will send Pine View student to college
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:42AM
Alexis Smith was a little miffed that she had to go back to school Thursday and leave her babysitting job. She got over it quickly when she found out what … Find out how to read more online.
Students keep circus history alive
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Historic markers and “The Greatest Little Show on Earth” are all that remain of “The Greatest Show on Earth’s” 1927-1992 winter quarters residency in Sarasota and Venice. The Sarasota site … Find out how to read more online.
Company conducts nutrition research with SKY Academy
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Venice-based Omega3 Innovations, the “fresh fish oil company,” is conducting a study with a local Venice charter middle school to track how omega-3 affects student focus and academic performance. Over … Find out how to read more online.
‘Say I Do Again’ returns
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
In keeping with what’s become a local tradition, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation’s “Say I Do Again” wedding vow renewal event will return on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Flood of questions after new FEMA maps
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Residents aren’t all that impressed with the low-tech roll-out of the latest high-tech FEMA floodplain maps. The inability to publish easily accessible maps may have contributed to the steady stream … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen to direct Venice play
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Climaxing Venice Theatre’s announcement of its 2015-2016 season was the news that Broadway star Ben Vereen will direct “Hair” on the theater’s main stage. “There is a synergy here,” Vereen … Find out how to read more online.
Debate on special event fees comes full circle
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
After several months of meetings, public input and discussion, the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) is basically back where it started on the issue of special event fee waivers. … Find out how to read more online.
‘Orphan Train’ author packs Arts Center
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Christina Baker Kline drew more than 1,000 mostly women to the Venice Performing Arts Center Friday morning Jan. 16 to hear the free talk about her recent hit novel “Orphan … Find out how to read more online.
One-woman play honors Black History Month
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sarasota County Library System welcomes a dramatic one-woman play to the North Port Library in February to celebrate Black History Month. Written and performed by Penny Musco, “Steal Away” tells … Find out how to read more online.
Elected leaders missing meetings now a focus
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
Council members appear to have drawn a line in the sand over the anticipated absences of newly elected member Deborah Anderson. She missed the original swearing-in ceremony in November (council … Find out how to read more online.
Segway service returns to Venice
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
“Gather your friends and have a blast” is the description promoting the return of the Segway tours around the city that began recently. This is the second year that Maureen … Find out how to read more online.
Variance procedure overhauled
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Obtaining a variance from building rules isn’t going to be any easier for the average Venice citizen under a rule rewrite, but it is going to be easier for the … Find out how to read more online.
City tourism effort takes multimedia approach
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:30AM
If there’s a way to encourage people to visit Venice — and spend some money here — chances are that Pam Johnson, the city’s Marketing and Communications Officer, is trying … Find out how to read more online.
Pickers needed for citrus gleaning
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
“Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger. I am the … Find out how to read more online.
Woman charged in meth lab explosion
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
A Venice woman was charged this week with trying to cook meth in her grandmother’s mobile park home in North Port. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Section was … Find out how to read more online.
Local Strawberry Fest on tap
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:28AM
Get ready Venice. The Venice Farmers Market is hosting its second Strawberry Festival to help bring awareness to the community to “Eat Fresh and Buy Local from our Florida Farmers.” … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital drops eye surgery
Sun  Feb 1 2015 10:38AM
As of Feb. 1, eye surgery will join the list of medical services no longer provided by Venice’s hospital. “The executive staff at Venice Regional Bayfront Health routinely reviews all … Find out how to read more online.
Doctor ordered to pay $411K
Thu  Jan 29 2015 02:47PM
A Venice gastroenterologist surgeon has been ordered by a bankruptcy court to pay damages in the amount of $411,428.93, plus interest. The ruling means he’s not off the hook for … Find out how to read more online.
Bad golf swing gives thief away
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Some men have complained that golf, a favorite Florida pastime, ultimately ruined their life. Here’s an different take on that lament. John Carey Jeffery, Jr., 38, was arrested this week … Find out how to read more online.
The Secret to Pine View’s Success
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:44AM
Stephen Covert and his wife conducted a nationwide search for the best school for their fifth-grade son when tests showed two years ago that he is gifted. Like many parents, … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood, Venice street resurfacing to begin in March
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
Sarasota County commissioners signed off on a $4.7 million street repaving project for Englewood and Venice Tuesday. The resurfacing project is expected to begin in March and should be completed … Find out how to read more online.
School choice starts Feb. 2
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
School choice applications can be sent in from Monday, Feb. 2 to Friday, Feb. 20 for children to attend a Sarasota County public school in 2015-16 other than their districted school. The … Find out how to read more online.
Medicare penalty changes Venice hospital’s practices
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) got bad news last month — unacceptable rates of infection and complications will cost it 1 percent of every Medicare payment from Oct. 1, 2014, … Find out how to read more online.
Asolo’s ‘Both Your Houses’ hits nerves
Wed  Jan 28 2015 10:40AM
What difference does a year make in politics? Not much in the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Both Your Houses,” which opened Friday in the Mertz Theatre at the Florida State University … Find out how to read more online.
Venice loses a passionate city booster
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
Andrea Cooper’s friends need a lot of adjectives to describe her: honest, loyal, warm, giving, generous. In short, she was the best kind of friend to have. Cooper, 69, passed … Find out how to read more online.
Mote going after biggest catch yet — $50 million
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
What could be the largest fundraising campaign for an area nonprofit was announced Thursday night at Mote Marine Laboratory’s 60th anniversary party. With pledges of $30 million already in hand, … Find out how to read more online.
VHS poster business seeks contest votes
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:24PM
A business startup by a group of nearly all seniors and their tech teacher at Venice High is gaining traction, and they’re looking for support to take it to the … Find out how to read more online.
Epiphany celebrates LabLearner program
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:20PM
LabLearner, a hands-on and inquiry-based program, makes learning science fun for students and teachers at Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School. Epiphany Cathedral recently implemented LabLearner, which is an exciting new program … Find out how to read more online.
Exsultate! and Symphony concert sells out
Sat  Jan 24 2015 02:18PM
Sold out crowds are set to enjoy the Feb. 13 and 14 performances of Carol Orff’s “Cantus Carmina Burana,” which will be jointly presented by the Exsultate! Chorale and The Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Facebook fighting crime?
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:52AM
It’s probably safe to say that few of the deputies in the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were trained to use a modern crime-fighting tool called Facebook when they went … Find out how to read more online.
Churches for homeless grow in ‘Family Promise’
Wed  Jan 21 2015 11:07AM
If Julie Pinkerton, new president of the Family Promise (FP) initiative, has her way, before the end of 2015 the program will be up and running. That is what she … Find out how to read more online.
Sun, fun makes Rotarty art fest a success
Wed  Jan 21 2015 10:50AM
Several thousand visitors and residents showed their support for the community fundraising by members of the Venice Nokomis Rotary Club, which staged the Fine Arts & Crafts Festival last weekend. … Find out how to read more online.