OUR POSITION: Florida has a new g^povernor and he deserves a chance to prove himself without tying him to past administrations or stereotypes.^p
Even people who oppose development in Venice would have to admit that the way Mike Miller got his Porto Vista condo project approved is a how-to in making an idea into reality in Venice.
We won’t presume to make any New Year’s resolutions for the city or the county, but there is an issue we hope will have gotten significant attention from them by the time we’re looking back at 2019: affordable housing.
The execution of Jose Antonio Jimenez in Florida late Thursday marked the 25th such killing this year, up two from last year. That makes 2018 the fourth year in a row in which fewer than 30 people were executed in the United States. That, incongruously enough, is progress. Since the U.S. Sup…
OUR POSITION: A summit or conference of various county and city government representatives to address the affordable housing issue might shed some light on possible solutions.
Florida’s unprecedented three statewide recounts in razorthin elections revealed no clear corruption, despite reckless claims to the contrary. They did expose flaws in the state’s election system, particularly regarding mail ballots that have become the predominant voting method of choice.
As the sun rose higher last Saturday and Sunday mornings, the Legacy Trail in Venice and Nokomis became busier with walkers, joggers and people on bicycles of all descriptions — sleek, pricey road bikes; beach cruisers with fat tires; tandems, everyday mom-and-pop bikes and garage-sale beaters.
In the 2020 election, some, but not all, South Sarasota County voters will get to cast ballots for County Commissioner Nancy Detert of Venice, if she runs for re-election.
In 2012, Charlotte County was aflutter with the possibility that Mote Marine Laboratory might build a new aquarium in downtown Punta Gorda near Charlotte Harbor.
A decade ago, Sarasota County transformed an overgrown railroad line into a quiet, car-free biking/pedestrian path between Venice and the Palmer Ranch area of Sarasota.
The race for the Sarasota County Commission District 4 seat pits an incumbent Republican with strong ties to the business and development community against a young Democrat making her first foray into elective politics.
Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission took over a year to formally propose eight amendments for this year’s ballot. In reality, the eight were a mash-up of supposedly similar items. Similar, that is, if you consider offshore oil drilling and indoor vaping to be vaguely in the same category.
The last three constitutional amendments on the ballot this year range from clearing obsolete language from the Constitution, to lobbyists and to dog racing.
Constitutional Amendment 5 on this year’s ballot is little more than the gift of an excuse for lawmakers to use when they do not properly fund programs such as education, health care and mental health.
It is rare that we recommend passage of any amendment to our state Constitution. We believe it is the duty of our elected representatives to take care of business and not have to pass their responsibility to amendments that can be created by the public or special interests.