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Cheating alleged on city FEMA tests
Wed  Mar 4 2015 12:20PM
A whistleblower in the city of Venice came forward last week, claiming he was asked to cheat by his supervisor on a Federal Emergency Management Agency test used by Utilities … Find out how to read more online.
Surfing on Land
Wed  Mar 4 2015 10:40AM
In the past few years, Venice has seen the growth of cycling, Segway riding, skateboarding and now for 2015, we will be watching paddle boarding. The latest sport for all … Find out how to read more online.
Mary Poppins takes flight in Venice
Wed  Mar 4 2015 10:38AM
It takes more than pixie dust for Mary Poppins, Bert the chimney sweep and the Banks’ children to fly in Venice Theatre’s current production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary … Find out how to read more online.
Toast To Venice on tap
Wed  Mar 4 2015 10:38AM
The Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club is hosting its seventh annual Toast To Venice Food, Beer & Wine Festival Saturday, March 7. (Rain date: March 8) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
FPL substation property rezoning OK’d
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
The expansion of a Florida Power & Light Co. substation in North Venice should alleviate some electrical problems residents there have reported. On Tuesday, the Venice City Council approved a … Find out how to read more online.
Tatko honored for destroying two German halftracks
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:54PM
It was while Walter Tatko of Venice was serving in Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in France during World War II that he and a buddy, Pfc. Frank Zalewski, knocked out … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shark Lady’ Eugenie Clark dies at 92
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:54PM
Even at the age of 90, Eugenie Clark — affectionately known as the “Shark Lady” — wasn’t ready to hang up her flippers. “It never stops,” Clark told the Sun … Find out how to read more online.
Strawberry Festival celebrates 80 years
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:52PM
Strawberries, music and merriment are all in the offing for those heading north to Plant City for the 80th annual Florida Strawberry Festival that runs through March 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Outfalls project nearly done
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
Venice Stormwater Engineering Manager James Clinch had the sad duty to confirm to the city’s Environmental Advisory Board Wednesday that the beach renourishment project has encountered another equipment-related delay. During … Find out how to read more online.
WCIND board picks next director
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
Modernizing operations of the West Coast Inland Navigation District (which funds Intracoastal Waterway projects in a four-county area), improving transparency and better media relations are just some of the criteria … Find out how to read more online.
Need Italian? Venice has 32 eateries
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:30PM
With two new Italian restaurants under construction in Venice, it appears residents are already naming the city The Little Italy of the Suncoast. On the island, construction is progressing with … Find out how to read more online.
Venice shelter helps save hoarder’s kittens
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:30PM
How do authorities overcome the dilemma of finding homes for 60 cats and kittens? Recently, the Venice cat shelter again offered its services following the discovery of numerous undernourished, in-bred … Find out how to read more online.
STEMsmart Summit showcases students’ smarts
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
Students from Sarasota and Riverview high schools tied for the lead in the third annual competition that tests student success in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The Jan. … Find out how to read more online.
Bizarre findings shed new light
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
A body found Wednesday has still not been confirmed as that of missing former Venice City Council Member Dave Sherman. The body was found off a dirt path in the … Find out how to read more online.
Players Theatre replaces season closer
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The Players Theatre announces the Charles Busch play, “You Should Be So Lucky,” as its Broadway Season closer, a replacement for the advertised “Love! Valour! Compassion!” The show dates are … Find out how to read more online.
One man’s plan to cheat death
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:44PM
Neal VanDeRee plans to live forever. He’s just not sure it will be on this planet. A self-described “immortalist,” VanDeRee, 54, believes it’s mankind’s destiny to live for hundreds or … Find out how to read more online.
Low income housing misses cut for phase 2
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:44PM
The developer of Venice’s only low income housing project, Venetian Walk, is actively pursuing funds for phase two using tax credits through Florida Housing, but he already knows the grant … Find out how to read more online.
Body likely that of missing politician; missing gun found
Wed  Feb 18 2015 05:28PM
A body has been found that police believe is former Venice City Council Member Dave Sherman, 67. Police said decomposition does not allow them to positively identify the body, but … Find out how to read more online.
Hit-and-run crashes on the rise
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
Florida law enforcement officials say hit and run crashes are increasing at an alarming rate. That’s why they’re launching a new campaign to let drivers know that leaving the scene … Find out how to read more online.
No injuries in school bus mishap
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
An estimated half-dozen fender-bender crashes involving school buses occurred in the past fews weeks in Southwest Florida from Bradenton to Naples. The latest occurred in Venice, Wednesday, Feb. 18, when a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice plane crashes but all walk away
Wed  Mar 4 2015 10:40AM
Myakka Pines Golf Club staff did what they could to help a pilot and student pilot whose single-engine, Venice-based plane went down on Thomas Ranch, off U.S. 41 in North … Find out how to read more online.
Hansen to leave Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Wed  Mar 4 2015 10:40AM
Teri A Hansen is leaving her position as president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) as of June 30 to join a Sarasota-based private family foundation. She will … Find out how to read more online.
Detert wants guardian reform
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:54PM
State Sen. Nancy Detert plans to push a bill in the next legislative session — which gets underway next week — that will reform Florida’s elder guardianship system. Detert’s bill, … Find out how to read more online.
Own a second home? You will owe more
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
Owners of second homes in Florida will be paying more for flood insurance than those who live here full time. “In addition to whatever the rate increases are, owners of … Find out how to read more online.
Police warn about fake FPL contractors
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:54PM
People falsely claiming to be contractors for Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) have been reported in the area, demanding access to local homes at the risk of the homeowner … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland’s ‘stimulus’ package
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
From its modest beginnings in 1962, The Loveland Center, 157 South Havana Road, has grown to be a major resource for 120 adults with developmental disabilities, providing activities, training and … Find out how to read more online.
Tapping for Tidewell Hospice
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:54PM
For the past 18 years a dynamic group of senior citizens from Venice and the surrounding communities has been performing in a variety of annual benefit shows for Tidewell Hospice. … Find out how to read more online.
Council mulls ‘shady’ solar offer from FPL
Sun  Mar 1 2015 02:58PM
The Venice City Council is very interested in a partnership with Florida Power & Light Co. that could put a shade structure topped by solar panels on city property. It … Find out how to read more online.
‘Dead man’ saved after fiery car rescue
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:30PM
What began as a short trip to buy something that he had forgotten to get earlier ended in an unforgettable night for Venice resident Jacob Sola when he saved a … Find out how to read more online.
Strong ‘no’ to idea of deputies for officers
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:30PM
Four members of the Venice City Council made it abundantly clear Tuesday that they have zero interest in an increased Sheriff’s Office presence in the city — not even if … Find out how to read more online.
Eviction order filed against Island Time
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:32PM
The owners of Island Time now face another challenge to stay in business, having learned the property owners have filed an eviction lawsuit. “I don’t have much information about it … Find out how to read more online.
Council gets input heading into planning sessions
Wed  Feb 25 2015 04:30PM
The Venice City Council kicked off its annual strategic planning process Monday by convening a “Think Tank” of more than 20 local residents. Over the course of three-plus hours, three … Find out how to read more online.
Student’s art featured in ‘Embracing Our Differences’
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
A painting by Venice Middle School eighth-grade student Mackenzie Reiss has been selected for display in the 2015 art exhibit “Embracing Our Differences.” Mackenzie is an eighth-grade student at VMS … Find out how to read more online.
Alledged Theatre Co. presents ‘After the Fall’
Wed  Feb 25 2015 08:30AM
The Alleged Theatre Co. will produce a one-night-only reading of Arthur Miller’s classic play, “After the Fall” in Readers Theater-format on the lobby stage at The Players Theatre, 838 North … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Beach renourishment temporarily halted
Fri  Feb 27 2015 03:25PM
Sand placement on Venice Beach is temporarily delayed by a mechanical problem that’s caused the shutdown of dredging operations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced. During operations on … Find out how to read more online.
Deputies may replace some city police
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:44PM
The day after he and Vice Mayor Jeanette Gates proposed talking with Sheriff Tom Knight about assisting with law enforcement in Venice, Council Member Bob Daniels sent an email asking … Find out how to read more online.
FPL substation wins approval by Venice
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:44PM
Florida Light & Power didn’t need to run a site and development plan for a substation expansion by the city of Venice, but it did anyway, as a courtesy. On … Find out how to read more online.
Show features work inspired by art odyssey
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
Hitting all the right notes on a five-month cross-country plein air odyssey in 2013, artist Karen Hitt learned a lot and turned out more than 70 paintings. What she learned … Find out how to read more online.
$800,000 sought to hire deputies
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
The Sarasota County Sheriff says he needs to hire more deputies to keep up with the growing population in the county. Sheriff Tom Knight plans to ask the county for … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT rolls out its 16th season
Sat  Feb 21 2015 02:42PM
While in the throes of its 15th season performance schedule, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) is planning for an “electrifying 16th season,” by announcing its schedule of shows. The 2015-16 … Find out how to read more online.