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Trolley faces the budget ax
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
The Venice Trolley experiment appears to be over. This past season was the second one during which the city paid to have a trolley circulate around the island to drop … Find out how to read more online.
Nest Robbers
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
Volunteers for Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle patrol are out every day just after sunrise along 32 miles of beach in Sarasota County and Venice to mark new nests and … Find out how to read more online.
Senior, Havanese dog team up for therapy
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
When Linda and Bob Carlier’s 7-year-old standard poodle passed away, they were devastated. The couple were reluctant to get another dog because Linda had undergone several surgeries on her legs, … Find out how to read more online.
Historian will lead Historic Spanish Point
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
John McCarthy, a former county historian, was named executive director of Historic Spanish Point and Gulf Coast Heritage Association. “I am honored to be appointed executive director of Historic Spanish … Find out how to read more online.
Rooney: Shooting was ‘surreal’
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
For U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, a normal Wednesday morning baseball practice led to “totally surreal” moments when he learned fellow congressmen were targeted by a shooter four minutes after he … Find out how to read more online.
Possible homestead hike scares officials
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
Regional officials are already worried about a proposed constitutional amendment that won’t even be on the ballot until next year. The amendment, which would increase the state’s homestead exemption by … Find out how to read more online.
Residents help employees achieve their dreams
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:51PM
Every year, several residents at Village On The Isle (VOTI) choose to serve on the Resident Scholarship Committee to raise funds and evaluate candidate applications to help fund staff members’ … Find out how to read more online.
Burn ban lifted in Venice
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:52AM
City of Venice Fire Chief Shawn Carvey lifted the recreational burn ban after a week of rain. The burn ban was put in place on April 21, mirroring the Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
Letson Stadium deemed 'unsafe'
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The City of Venice has closed down Letson Stadium, the home of the Venice Vikings Pop Warner football teams, located in Venice’s Wellfield Sports Complex, after the facility was deemed … Find out how to read more online.
City backs climate change int’l fight
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The number of U.S. cities that are supporting the “Climate Mayors” movement went up by at least one Tuesday, on a 4-3 vote by the Venice City Council. Nineteen other … Find out how to read more online.
‘Broadway in Black’ opens June 21
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:50AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents its 2017 summer show, “Broadway in Black,” a world-premiere musical revue created and adapted by WBTT founder and artistic director Nate Jacobs. Opening June 21 … Find out how to read more online.
A Father’s Day story
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:50AM
Not every father can take a son who didn’t like school and who refused to go to college and turn him into a master carpenter and nationally recognized Colonial restoration … Find out how to read more online.
Furniture Warehouse to rebuild with large facility on Seaboard
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:48AM
The owners of Furniture Warehouse, with five locations, are planning to rebuild a larger one-story, 21,745-square-foot furniture store in Venice. The owners, Mark and Stephany Richmond, told the Venice Planning … Find out how to read more online.
‘Beau Jest’ opens Players’ summer season
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:48AM
Good parents want their children to be successful and happy. Sometimes the children misinterpret what their parents say and do as being controlling. That is the case with Sarah (Samantha … Find out how to read more online.
Be kind to marine life
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:48AM
The sun is out, the weather is warm; it’s the perfect time for boating in S.W. Florida’s coastal waters. Mote Marine reminds boaters and beachgoers to keep local waters safe … Find out how to read more online.
‘Escape Rooms’ coming to test wits, fear
Fri  Jun 16 2017 11:04AM
Imagine being locked in a room to await aliens, or knowing that a killer is coming, or being in a room that will scare you or one that will take … Find out how to read more online.
Parks need help but who pays?
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:36AM
The Venice City Council isn’t sure what the future holds for Wellfield Park and Chuck Reiter Park. It just knows that the city’s current interlocal agreement with Sarasota County for … Find out how to read more online.
WCIND chief earns praise and a raise
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:34AM
West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) Executive Director Justin McBride got high marks and praise from his bosses at their June 2 board meeting. And he got a raise, too. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice musician heads to Berklee College
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:32AM
By Chris Galeone’s own admission, he was not always musically talented. The Venice High School senior has been accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He will … Find out how to read more online.
WCIND looking into regional maritime officer
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:32AM
Justin McBride, executive director of the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND), has floated a new idea for dealing with derelict boats: hiring a district maritime officer. Derelict boats pose … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls future marijuana laws
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
There’s a medical marijuana bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature that, once signed, could be a game- changer. It lays out how and who can receive marijuana licenses, and other … Find out how to read more online.
Battery victim in serious condition
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
A Nokomis woman with two children who was allegedly beaten severely by her longtime boyfriend is in serious condition at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issued … Find out how to read more online.
Retirement may reveal who we truly are
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:00AM
We are the lucky ones, those of us who have survived a working life of 30, 40, 50 years and come out with enough monthly income from pension, savings or … Find out how to read more online.
Rowing, yes; River Road, no
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
While Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of $3 million in state funding for River Road, yet approving $2.5 million for the world rowing event, was a disappointment, officials vow to … Find out how to read more online.
City adds more ADA parking at library
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
The effort to construct a new Venice Public Library passed another milestone this week when the Venice Planning Commission approved a site and development plan for the new facility. The … Find out how to read more online.
Plane’s engine failure still unexplained
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
The final report issued last month on the July 27, 2014, airplane accident that claimed two lives on Venice Beach doesn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind then: Why? On … Find out how to read more online.
The Players to hold patriotic performance
Fri  Jun 23 2017 09:41AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts will pay tribute to the music and musicians who have characterized the American experience with “America the Beautiful: A Patriotic Celebration.” Celebrating America’s Independence … Find out how to read more online.
‘Amazing’ Growth
Wed  Jun 21 2017 03:31PM
Newspapers are generally known for the words they publish. But the Venice Gondolier Sun has produced some “amazing” numbers lately, as well, said Publisher Tim Smolarick. The newspaper has increased … Find out how to read more online.
Tax break possible for historic buildings
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:52AM
A tax break on historical properties could be coming soon in the city of Venice. The tax break would be for maintenance or improvements on historical properties. Sarasota County already … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield is not closing, officials say
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:50AM
There are no plans to close Wellfield Sports Complex, say authorities. A recent social media petition states otherwise. Now, some are saying the conversation among the Venice City Council talking … Find out how to read more online.
The wait begins for the Braves
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:50AM
And now the waiting begins, and the anticipation builds. Will West Villages be successful in its quest to bring spring training baseball, specifically the Atlanta Braves, to North Port? On … Find out how to read more online.
Disney’s Avatar vehicle is unique
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:48AM
In Saturday’s article on the new World of Pandora in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, there was not enough space to show the ride vehicle for Avatar Flight of … Find out how to read more online.
Emergency shock -- The Cost of Using An Ambulance
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:30AM
Diana Trolli was suffering chest pains when paramedics drove her from North Port to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. When she saw her ambulance bill, Trolli felt a new tightness in her … Find out how to read more online.
Players receives $1 million for new theater
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:48AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts received a $1 million gift toward its new state-of-the-art complex in Lakewood Ranch. The donation is the lead gift since the theater announced plans … Find out how to read more online.
She first said no to what became her career
Sat  Jun 17 2017 11:46AM
Sometimes we say no to something that is exactly what we are supposed to do. Such was the case for Sally Pym, a relatively new resident of Venice. She moved … Find out how to read more online.
New eatery in works at Jetty
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:36AM
Bringing in a new concessionaire at the South Jetty will mean expanded hours and an expanded menu for the popular spot. The city’s lease with Anita Dean, who operated Anita’s … Find out how to read more online.
Council split over climate agreement vote
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:34AM
On the heels of President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Venice City Council this week took a symbolic vote to continue its long … Find out how to read more online.
Enter your dog, cat in pet photo contest
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:32AM
Enter your dog or cat picture in the Tenth Annual Pet Photo Contest “Raining Cats and Dogs” organized by Collectors’ Gallery & Framery in Venice. In this competition, a prize … Find out how to read more online.
Three couples celebrate 181 years of marriage
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:32AM
In Venice, divorce may not be as common as lengthy marriages. Three couples who were married for 55-64 years renewed their vows at Venice Beach in a joint ceremony on … Find out how to read more online.
Council officially opens door to fire fee
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:32AM
It took the Venice City Council about as much time to approve an ordinance authorizing a fire assessment fee Tuesday as it did for City Clerk Lori Stelzer to read … Find out how to read more online.


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