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Football sponsor stopped funding after firing
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
In the weeks following the firing of Indians football coach John Peacock on April 25, the Venice community had an array of mixed reaction — with many calling for the … Find out how to read more online.
Whale shark visits increasing
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
Capable of growing to over 40 feet in length and 20 tons in weight, whale sharks truly are the gentle giants of the ocean, and can increasingly be found off … Find out how to read more online.
Pinebrook project may get second chance
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:00AM
The Venice City Council rarely gives a developer a second bite at the proverbial apple but it’s scheduled to do so Tuesday. On the agenda is consideration of rescinding the … Find out how to read more online.
Budget has no tax rate increase
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
City Manager Ed Lavallee recently presented a maintenance budget with no increase in the millage rate for 2019. That’s good news for taxpayers. Increasing property values and new revenue streams … Find out how to read more online.
Remember Fido and Fluffy during hurricane season
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
Hurricane season is underway. Is your pet prepared? As pet owners, it is our role to assure their safety. They are family members whose welfare must be included in our … Find out how to read more online.
City legal eagles want to swap spots
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:52AM
The Venice City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney may be swapping positions. City Attorney Dave Persson announced on Tuesday he will step back from the day-to-day activities beginning in August, … Find out how to read more online.
They help others live with peace
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:48AM
Donna Day is doing all she can to foster peace in the world. She invites others to join in her journey by asking them to spend time at any of … Find out how to read more online.
I’ve got something important to tell you
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
‘Hey kids, I’ve got something important to tell you.” It was 1976. Our Mom and Dad had gathered the five children around the table. Dad said, “I’ve decided to leave … Find out how to read more online.
Old K-Mart to get businesses
Wed  Jun 20 2018 11:48AM
For the residents of Venice Isles, Shamrock and South Venice, they will no longer wonder what is going into the long-empty K-Mart property in the Jacaranda Plaza on the U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
What’s not to love about Venice?
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
Congratulations to Dick and Julia Hyman, who are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary today in Venice. Both have made their marks in the arts. She is a Parsons grad who … Find out how to read more online.
City helps parking, more at Venice Community Center
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:50AM
The Venice Planning Commission considered a number of land use petitions on Tuesday that give itself permission to accomplish a number of things. First, it approved a change in plans … Find out how to read more online.
Turtles are making tracks once again
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
As sea turtle nesting season moves into overdrive, local beaches begin to resemble test tracks for tractors. Females crawling up on the beach (most often at night) leave a variety … Find out how to read more online.
‘Carole’s Kings’ misses the mark
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
Cabaret shows at Florida Studio Theatre are generally terrific, especially when conceived in-house by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins and James Prosser. Four examples enjoyed in the recent past were “Mack … Find out how to read more online.
Learn from the pros at Improv Festival
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
The 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival July 12, 13, 14 will bring together over 75 of the best improvisers from all over the country, and as far as France and … Find out how to read more online.
Developer adds 300 acres from North Venice
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:19PM
The property in North Venice where Gulf Coast Community Foundation had planned to build workforce housing will finally be developed, but not by the Foundation and not for workforce housing. … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane survival — are you ready?
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
It’s one thing to hear the advice of experts on how to prepare for a hurricane. It’s another to hear it from an expert who lived through one that destroyed … Find out how to read more online.
Never gets old
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:19PM
• More Photos on Page A10 Venice loves its parades, and this year, the city got two extra ones. The first happened earlier this year to celebrate the Venice High … Find out how to read more online.
Head of SMH Venice hospital named
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
There’s no Laurel Road branch of Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) yet, but there is a founding president to oversee what it’s calling “the most significant addition in Sarasota Memorial’s 93-year … Find out how to read more online.
For Dane Hassan, the beat goes on
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
Neither a career with the Connecticut State Police nor a heart transplant kept Venice resident Dane Hassan away from his drums for very long. Now playing regularly with Mike and … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, sheriff battle on your kids’ safety
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
The battle between Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden continues. The pair have been at odds over how to provide school resource deputies (SRD) … Find out how to read more online.
After input, downtown construction plans change
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:00AM
Business owners are happier after meeting with city officials over scheduling of the downtown beatification project. Contractors are only weeks away from beginning reconstruction of several major roadways in the … Find out how to read more online.
Injuries reported in Tamiami Trail crash
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
A vehicle crash with injuries was reported June 16 in south Venice that closed all southbound lanes of U.S. 41. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers responded to U.S. … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun, SCMG sold to family biz
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun and its sister newspapers are moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which … Find out how to read more online.
Routine trip ends with $1.3M
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
Imagine going on a relatively routine trip to the grocery store. Now, imagine that trip earned you $1.3 million. Jodi Hinand, 56, asked her husband to pick up some last-minute … Find out how to read more online.
‘America The Beautiful’ patriotic concert set
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:50AM
“America The Beautiful” will be a patriotic concert celebrating Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m., at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, on the island of Venice. Starring … Find out how to read more online.
Beatty to lead Sun Coast newspapers
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
Adams Publishing Group, the new owner of Sun Coast Media Group, announced Tuesday that Michael Beatty has been named president of APG Media of Florida, which includes the Sun newspapers. … Find out how to read more online.
Get bicycles off the road, official says
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:19PM
Two recent bicycle-related deaths in one week in and around Venice have city leaders wanting to know what more can be done to keep cyclists safe. At Tuesday’s Venice City … Find out how to read more online.
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
Just weeks after the official announcement of its urban forest project, Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI) already has some trees planted. Nearly 300 trees, in fact, ranging from a wax … Find out how to read more online.
Job hunting? Try here
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
Even with an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in May, Sarasota County is a pretty good place to find a job. According to WalletHub, an online financial services company, the … Find out how to read more online.
Snook Haven Park celebrates additions
Fri  Jun 22 2018 02:37PM
The additions to Snook Haven Park, namely the new dock and refurbished boat ramp, were showcased at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, June 15. Other improvements to the park include … Find out how to read more online.
Schools prep for new mental health rules
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
There will be a new mental health mindset to go along with heightened security at schools in Sarasota and Charlotte counties this August. Following the mass shooting of 17 at … Find out how to read more online.
Bails at more than $200,000 for child porn arrests
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
Two more South County men have been arrested for possessing and transmitting child pornography. A 33-year-old Venice man who was arrested last week for transmission of obscene material had 40 … Find out how to read more online.
‘Murder For Two’ brings killer laughs
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) opens its second show of the Summer Mainstage Season with “Murder for Two,” a musical whodunit that flawlessly blends classic musical comedy and madcap mystery. This … Find out how to read more online.
Families enjoy exploring adventure at Bay Preserve
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:48AM
Families enjoyed a morning of adventure and creativity June 9 at “The Jungle in Your Backyard” event hosted by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Kids of all ages discovered the … Find out how to read more online.
Seen this animal in your yard?
Mon  Jun 18 2018 06:19PM
Invasive lizards the size of small dogs are running rampant in Charlotte County. Beware: The tegus are coming. In the past year, there have been three confirmed sightings of the … Find out how to read more online.
Boardwalk fire sparks change in park policy
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
A city law outlining when and where cooking fires are acceptable in public parks was preliminarily passed by the Venice City Council on Tuesday. The change was requested by the … Find out how to read more online.
Fireworks set for Wednesday at Jetty
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
Fireworks will be shot from the South Jetty on Wednesday, July 4, shortly after 9 p.m., as part of the city of Venice’s Independence Day festivities. The free show, which … Find out how to read more online.
Police retirees to get a raise
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
Venice City Council members voted unanimously six months ago to give police pension fund beneficiaries a one-time cost-of-living adjustment to their monthly payments. On Tuesday, they finally considered an ordinance … Find out how to read more online.
Library app debuts with 1,200 downloads
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
The recently released Sarasota County Libraries mobile app was downloaded 1,200 times by people all over the world the first day it was available on the app stores. This software … Find out how to read more online.