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Venice Regional safety grade rises to a ‘B’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
Editor’s note: We’ll have an in-depth look at the latest safety report in Saturday’s paper. • • • Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has finally seen its efforts to improve … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County OKs new sandbag procedure
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
When the next tropical event flares up in the Gulf of Mexico threatening properties along Manasota Key, homeowners there will find new procedures in place regarding the placement of sandbags. … Find out how to read more online.
City-county park issue now has a counteroffer
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
After about two months, the city is ready to respond to Sarasota County’s proposed terms for a new interlocal parks agreement. At least, it will be once City Manager Ed … Find out how to read more online.
Medicine brought together Dr. Albee and the Mayos
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
In Rochester, Minnesota, brothers William J. and Charles H. Mayo founded what would become the most famous hospital system in the United States, the Mayo Clinic. These days, it has … Find out how to read more online.
Too many choices and too little time
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
What a weekend. The fabulous bigger and better than ever BBQ Bash was smokin’ over at Venice Airport’s Festival Grounds on Saturday. The Sarasota Film Festival was winding down, with … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee proposal debuts; support for tax voiced
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
The Venice City Council has a recommendation from its Venice Fire Department Stakeholders Work Group. Now it just has to decide what to do with it. The group was appointed … Find out how to read more online.
To get Venice job, biz had to explain accident
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
After a shaky start, Ajax-Tandem has been tapped to construct the new Venice “Cop Shop” — also known as the new Venice Police Department. The Venice City Council on Tuesday … Find out how to read more online.
$100M campaign underway at The Ringling
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the State Art Museum of Florida administered by Florida State University (FSU), announced a $100 million campaign to preserve and expand its … Find out how to read more online.
Former principal honored for service to schools
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
Barbara Needleman was surrounded by former associates, including teachers, office secretaries and a former student turned teacher during her career as Principal of Nokomis Elementary School from 1970 to 1987. … Find out how to read more online.
Urban forest?
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI) is going to create a forest. But not just any forest — an urban forest. If that sounds like an oxymoron, it’s not. According to … Find out how to read more online.
Many crashes after I-75 is shut down
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Multiple crashes piled up in Venice and beyond after heavy smoke caused visibility issues for drivers. Around 4:30 a.m. the Florida Highway Patrol closed down I-75 between mile marker 195 … Find out how to read more online.
Festival’s early closure costs Special Olympics
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Severe weather forced last Sunday’s Venice Shark’s Tooth Festival to close. The festival was open Saturday but did not reopen on Sunday. The closure didn’t just affect those wanting to … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Film Festival matures at 20
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
At the ripe old age of 20, the Sarasota Film Festival has much of which to be proud. While developing a solid educational program for area students, especially student filmmakers, … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Cat died of neglect
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
A North Port woman was charged with neglecting one of her 50 cats, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports. Shirley Duncan, 55, 400 block of Granada Boulevard, was charged … Find out how to read more online.
‘Debbie Does Dallas’ in Venice
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series will present the funny and sexy musical “Debbie Does Dallas” beginning Thursday, April 26 and running through Sunday, May 20. Performances begin at 8 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Novice filmmakers show promise at film festival
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Their films were short. The shortest film for the group of women-produced films took all of 5 minutes, the longest 22 minutes. In choosing which of eight films and events I wanted … Find out how to read more online.
No college? Then these companies want you
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
While recent college graduates may be getting jobs, they aren’t necessarily related to the type of degree they received. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York conducts annual studies of … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclist dead after Bypass crash
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
State Troopers are looking for assistance to identify a vehicle and its driver that struck and killed an elderly man on U.S. 41 Bypass in Venice early Monday morning. According … Find out how to read more online.
Do-over to seek rezone next to Fox Lea OK’d
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:40PM
Windham Development has secured its right to submit new plans to rezone 39 acres for residential housing next to Fox Lea Farm. The Venice City Council approved a Vested Rights … Find out how to read more online.
Great season overall for businesses, say owners
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
In a random selection of Venice area businesses, the general consensus is the 2018 season was better than previous years despite the warmer January, unusually hot February followed by the … Find out how to read more online.
City accepts offer for more beach parking financing
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:14PM
The Venice Pier Group, owners of Sharky’s and Fins Restaurants next to the Venice Fishing Pier, are offering the city a deal not too dissimilar to the one they offered … Find out how to read more online.
Eric Robinson: ‘I regret my actions’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
Following Tuesday’s Sarasota County School Board meeting, board member Eric Robinson took a moment to apologize. Robinson came under fire due to some text messages he exchanged with Sarasota Sheriff … Find out how to read more online.
Alligators are on the move
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
In the spring of 2017, a 9-foot male alligator climbed a 15-foot staircase and surprised a South Carolina family by crawling around on their porch. Officials surmised the 60-year-old gator … Find out how to read more online.
County schools may start own police force
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
After a month of debate, the Sarasota County School Board is considering creating its own police force. During its workshop Tuesday, Superintendent Todd Bowden presented a four-part plan for the … Find out how to read more online.
Quick success for K-9 ballistic vest fundraiser
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:12PM
It took only three and a half days to raise funds for six ballistic vests for K-9s with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. The $6,800 goal of a GoFundMe campaign … Find out how to read more online.
Temporary library will become … a what?
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
There are currently no plans for what to do with the Hamilton Office Building when Sarasota County no longer needs it for a temporary library. But there will be by … Find out how to read more online.
Eleven students complete apprentice program
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
The Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA) honors 11 Venice High School students who are completing this year’s Apprenticeship Program, putting the spotlight on their hard work, dedication, and growth … Find out how to read more online.
Teens to showcase ‘Great Books’
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
See the triumphant return of The Players Teens performance group in “All the Great Books (Abridged),” by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, on April 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Lemondrops Summer Theatre Camp set
Wed  Apr 25 2018 02:10PM
For the sixth year in a row, Lemon Bay Playhouse will host the Lemondrops Summer Theatre Camp for children ages 8 through 14. If a child is over 14 years … Find out how to read more online.
Child-sex trips get Venice man 330 years in prison
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:46PM
Editor’s Note: Some people might think that what they do overseas can stay overseas, according to the FBI, but child sex tourism — when people travel to another country specifically … Find out how to read more online.
City needs to hire more ... but how many?
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
City leaders have some tough decisions to make this coming budget session about just how many new employees it will take to maintain the city. City Manager Ed Lavallee already … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range in park is safe, chief says
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:30PM
Police Chief Tom Mattmuller this week addressed a number of recent complaints about gunfire at the department’s outdoor gun range. The range is located behind the police station within Wellfield … Find out how to read more online.
Garden alum brings ‘rock’ stars to school
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Who knew that rocks could be so prolific? In the past year, there have been many stories of rocks being placed all over the area by individuals. The idea is … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider parks deal counteroffer
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Negotiations between the city and the county about a new parks interlocal agreement have stalled while the Council staked out its position. That could happen Tuesday. City Manager Ed Lavallee … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Youth of the Year wins state title
Sun  Apr 22 2018 04:44PM
Just two months after being named 2018 Youth of the Year at the local level for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Rickey Tedesco, of Venice, has won … Find out how to read more online.
Sheraton hotel sought on island
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:48PM
Another application for an island hotel is in the making, and this one looks like it has legs. An upscale Four Points by Sheraton, under the Marriott flag, is being … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals still waiting for judge’s CON ruling
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) are still in limbo, waiting for an administrative law judge to recommend to the state either the approval or denial … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant, others dispute ‘60 Minutes’ report
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
Shortly before Daniel Davis flew into Punta Gorda Airport Monday morning on an Allegiant Air flight, he said his brother forwarded him some news indicating his airline could be dangerous. … Find out how to read more online.
Rec trail gets city nod, county wink
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:38PM
City leaders this week OK’d a MURT in a PUD. That’s planner speak for approval of a rezone of 292 acres from county rural zoning to a city Planned United … Find out how to read more online.