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Overpass meeting set for this week
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:02AM
Three county commissioners called it ugly. Next week, the public can weigh in. “It” is a proposed overpass to allow users of the Legacy Trail to cross Laurel Road safely … Find out how to read more online.
Mote Magic
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota was named the fifth best aquarium in the U.S. and 15th best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor in the site’s 2015 Traveler’s … Find out how to read more online.
Sporty cars crash
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
In two separate incidents this past week, sporty vehicles were in single car crashes. A Charlotte County woman is in critical condition after she lost control of the 2015 Porsche … Find out how to read more online.
The amazing beauty of Donna’s Secret Garden
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
On a 10-acre plot of land in south Venice, Donna and Michael Kiehl have created an oasis of tropical beauty among the lush woods around them. Fifteen years ago, the … Find out how to read more online.
Join the Sun Fiesta party pack
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
Party planning is well underway for the biggest party in Venice, the annual Sun Fiesta. For 43 years, this event has celebrated the end of summer and the arrival of … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre continues renovations
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
After completing the massive building program of its First Avenue facility, Florida Studio Theatre takes its construction tools to Palm Avenue. A $100,000 grant from the William G. and Marie … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Realtor part of sale of an island
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:24AM
What does it take to close a $14.5 million property sale of an entire island? Venice resident Victoria Stultz, a Realtor for Michael Saunders & Company at the Palmer Ranch … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland growing again
Thu  Jul 23 2015 03:15PM
As the future Loveland Village continues to rise vertically, the organization announced it has recently acquired two adjacent properties on almost eight acres reaching from East Venice Avenue to Gladesview … Find out how to read more online.
‘Godspell’ opens tomorrow in Venice
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:22AM
Venice Theatre’s summer stock production of “Godspell” opens Thursday on the mainstage. Unlike the 10-character show that was a hit on Broadway in 1976 and 1977, this production, directed and … Find out how to read more online.
Queen rocks ‘Kings of Country’ at FST
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:20AM
Classic country tunes such as “Night Train to Memphis,” Honky Tonk,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” and “Goodbye Joe” had the Court Cabaret audience singing along for most of the Saturday twilight … Find out how to read more online.
Baseball bat used to hit child in head, deputies state
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:51PM
Deputies arrested two people this week in connection with a child injury case that landed a four-year-old boy in the hospital after allegedly being hit in the head with a … Find out how to read more online.
Return of heroin locally mirrors national trend
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:51PM
On Thursday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested Cynthia Hyer on a charge of neglect of a child causing great harm after her 15-year-old son overdosed on heroin. According to … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital makes top 50 nationally for heart care
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:51PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health is the only facility on the West Coast of Florida to make the list of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. And it’s the third time … Find out how to read more online.
City a step closer to fire consolidation vote
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
The Venice City Council took yet another step closer to consolidating the city’s fire department with that of Sarasota County. The Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to authorize both governmental … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT closes 15th season with Cotton Club review
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:48PM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s opening show in 1999, “The Cotton Club Cabaret,” with some tweaking, is the closing production of the 15th anniversary year. “Some of the songs came out … Find out how to read more online.
Leadership of historical bldg. not entirely clear
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
Larry Humes, president of Venice Heritage, Inc., the nonprofit driving the renovation of the Lord-Higel House built in 1896, came before the Venice City Council this week. The idea was … Find out how to read more online.
Venice archives building has a weight problem
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:30AM
A recent structural engineering report has found the Venice Museum & Archives has more weight in its stack room on the second floor than the building can support. Some of … Find out how to read more online.
Solar-powered ferry still priority for ‘Spirit’-ed group
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
The idea started seven years ago, according to Russ Kyper, chairman of the board of directors of Spirit of Englewood, a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of realizing the … Find out how to read more online.
Allow skydiving, FAA says to city airport
Sat  Jul 11 2015 02:52PM
The FAA’s Southern Region has penned a tersely written letter to Venice Airport Director Chris Rozansky, giving the city until Sept. 1 to grant a skydiving business access to the municipal … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Festival is set for Nov. 13-16
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
The core of the Chalk Festival will be held in Venice at the airport and downtown Nov. 13-16, with other events related to the festival being held prior to those … Find out how to read more online.
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Questions after the city reposts inspector position
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
The Venice fire inspector released last week after City Council learned she didn’t have a required state certification has an opportunity to reapply. Cynthia Dehler was given a conditional offer … Find out how to read more online.
K-9 Atlas and handler head down to North Port
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
The Venice Police Department’s loss is North Port’s gain. The city signed off on a deal this week allowing K-9 Atlas to be purchased by his handler, Officer Chad Walker. … Find out how to read more online.
State cites Venice Regional for 13 more violations
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:22AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) is now accused of a total of 15 federal and state regulatory violations as a result of failing to “adequately address a large sewage spill … Find out how to read more online.
Groups asking city for money get mixed results
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
After devoting months to crafting a city policy on special events, Venice’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) got to take it for a spin Wednesday. “This is the first opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
One woman plays seven roles in Banyan offering
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
Katherine Mitchell Tanner, clad in a simple Amish dress, portrays seven very different characters in the one-act Banyan Theater production of “The Amish Project,” written by Jessica Dickey and directed … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland growing again
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — As the future Loveland Village continues to rise vertically, the organization announced it has recently acquired two adjacent properties on almost eight acres reaching from East Venice Avenue … Find out how to read more online.
A Turtle Twist
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:22AM
The Coastal Wildlife Club posted online a recent video of a male green sea turtle mating with a female loggerhead off Manasota Key. “We have found green hatchlings out of … Find out how to read more online.
State cites hospital for errors over sewage leak
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:52PM
Failing to properly respond to a sewage leak may have Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) in hot water with a state agency. The hospital is accused by the Agency for … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite Players debuts
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:20AM
‘Tis the summer of new theater offerings in Sarasota. Following on the heels of the opening of Urbanite Theatre on Second Street with its edgier productions, comes another new company, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice author’s second volume on Crescent City published
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:20AM
Nineteenth century ladies and a 21st century storm inspired a Venice writer’s latest book. Historical novelist Jack Caldwell of Venice recently completed the second book in his “Crescent City” trilogy … Find out how to read more online.
Voters may get say on new police station
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:51PM
This much we know — it’s becoming more and more certain that a referendum will be held in March 2016. But on what will voters vote? Until just a week … Find out how to read more online.
When a Dog Gets Skin Cancer
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:51PM
A volunteer dog named Colonel is recovering from a successful surgery to remove 30 lesions from his body due to skin cancer. Kim Sanderson of North Port, the 6-year-old American … Find out how to read more online.
City, golf course settle financial issues
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:48PM
A years-old dispute between the city of Venice and the Venice Golf Association (VGA), lessee of the Lake Venice Golf Club, is all but over. The Venice City Council approved … Find out how to read more online.
Button the ‘Bobby’ fought crime 60 years ago
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:48PM
Norwich City Police Constable 170 Roger Button reporting for duty. That was 60 years ago in England. I served that city of 115,000 for nine years until I realized there … Find out how to read more online.
Lionfish Derby nets over 400 fish
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:48PM
Divers and snorkelers removed 456 invasive lionfish from the Gulf of Mexico during the second annual Sarasota Lionfish Derby, which culminated July 12. The Derby was hosted by Mote Marine … Find out how to read more online.
Council keeps tax rate the same — for now
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
If you live in the city of Venice you’ll be happy to know that your property tax rate isn’t going up. At least not this year. And it doesn’t mean … Find out how to read more online.
Families: Get your fun on for art
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:30AM
What could be more fun for kids than to play in chalk, paint, pottery and all kinds of artistic fun with their families? In answer to that question, Mary Morris, … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote Crossing
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
As the Venice area continues to grow and encroach upon what was once rural areas, we are seeing more wild animals appearing in neighborhoods. Nancy Hoffarth has encountered a coyote … Find out how to read more online.
Council favors major rewrite of comp plan
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:31AM
Venice Planning Commission Chair Barry Snyder found himself preaching to the choir at Tuesday’s Venice City Council meeting. With a $252,000 work assignment to Kimley-Horn and Associates to update the … Find out how to read more online.
New theater opens July 15
Wed  Jul 15 2015 08:30AM
In the dim confessional booth, Mickey O’Rourke makes the sign of the cross and speaks into the darkness, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” From the other side, a … Find out how to read more online.