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County ranks high for West Nile
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
Sarasota County ranks near the top in the state for sentinel chickens infected with West Nile Virus and other diseases this year, according to a report from the Centers for … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban gets plan board nod
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week gave its stamp of approval on a draft ordinance implementing a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within City of Venice boundaries. The board voted … Find out how to read more online.
Anniversary event honors city’s living mayors
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:22AM
The next event in the celebration of Venice’s 90th anniversary as a city is a dinner honoring its five living mayors: Merle Graser, Dean Calamaras, Fred Hammett, Ed Martin and … Find out how to read more online.
Haunted Trails this weekend at Oscar Scherer State Park
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
Oscar Scherer State Park promises a “frightfully fun time for the howl family” at its fifth annual Haunted Trails Halloween event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, from 8 … Find out how to read more online.
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Wildlife Center offers volunteer classes
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The Wildlife Center of Venice held a wildlife rescue class at the T. Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve last Saturday where attendees learned more about the Center and how to volunteer in various ways. The Wildlife Center is located at … Find out how to read more online.

Endorsement heats up Council race
Sat  Oct 14 2017 03:21PM
Venice Council Member Deborah Anderson drew attention at this week’s Republican Party of Sarasota County meeting — and not in a good way. At Thursday’s meeting, before a crowd of around 100 at the South Gate Community Center, Anderson accused … Find out how to read more online.

Sabal Trace’s third owner has no plans yet
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
The future of Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club is once again unknown as a third owner has stepped in to take over the property. Mark Gerenger, of GNP Development LLC, based in Tampa, is now taking over the property. … Find out how to read more online.

Sun Fiesta opens winter season in Venice
Wed  Oct 18 2017 09:20AM
What began in October 1973 as the last hurrah to summer for the year-round residents, The Sun Fiesta is now the herald of Snowbird season, the time when winter residents and Venice visitors head south to escape the dark days … Find out how to read more online.

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Big question for US cities: Is Amazon’s HQ2 worth the price?
Thu  Oct 19 2017 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Dozens of cities are working frantically to land Amazon’s second headquarters, raising a weighty question with no easy answer: Is it worth it? Amazon is promising $5 billion of investment and 50,000 jobs over the next decade and … read more.

University chief: Security cost for Spencer speech ‘unfair’
Thu  Oct 19 2017 01:19AM
GAINESVILLE — A day before white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the University of Florida, its president affirmed his belief in free speech but said the security costs of holding such an event at a public university … read more.

Judge asks group in Trump lawsuit to justify right to sue
Thu  Oct 19 2017 01:19AM
NEW YORK — A federal judge on Wednesday pressed government lawyers to explain why President Donald Trump’s ownership of hotels patronized by foreign government officials didn’t violate the Constitution, a key question that could shed light on Trump’s finances if … read more.

US urges UN to adopt Trump’s comprehensive approach to Iran
Thu  Oct 19 2017 01:19AM
UNITED NATIONS — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to adopt the Trump administration’s comprehensive approach to Iran and address all aspects of its “destructive conduct” — not just the 2015 nuclear deal. She told … read more.

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