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Diver’s death still a mystery
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
An investigation continues into Thursday’s death of a diver found 100 yards offshore between the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier and N. Manasota Key Road. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
‘Skip the Straw’ gains momentum
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
The next time you visit a restaurant, the drinking implement that comes with your beverage could literally be your last straw. Or at least the last plastic one you get. … Find out how to read more online.
County OK’s car dealership at roundabout
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
One of the most accident-prone intersections in the county will be getting a car dealership with a repair shop. The Board of County Commissioners approved a special exception Tuesday for … Find out how to read more online.
Hair to dye for
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:14AM
When Kelley Thayer wanted to capture a rainbow, she did not take a photo or paint on a canvas, as least not on a traditional canvas. Thayer, a 22-year master … Find out how to read more online.
Council OK’s moving forward on fire station
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:14AM
It’s on to stage two for the replacement of Venice Fire Station No. 1. City Council members had a few suggestions regarding a conceptual plan for the facility as presented … Find out how to read more online.
‘Monster’ gator caught in Shamrock Park
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:30AM
A trapper authorized by the Florida Wildlife Commission SNAP program pulled a 13-foot alligator out of the exact location where a dog was attacked and another went missing in a … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide now hurting local businesses
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:36AM
Three months after opening for business, Jetty Jacks’ owner Chris Johnson has to face the impact a red tide can have on business. Located on the South Jetty, this restaurant … Find out how to read more online.
Saltwater Cafe suddenly closes
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:36AM
After a run of 22 years, the sudden closing of the popular Saltwater Cafe at 1071 Tamiami Trail, in Nokomis, caught many by surprise. Famous for its local television celebrity … Find out how to read more online.
City to sponsor Battle of the Bridges
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:32AM
The City of Venice this week decided to add its name as an official sponsor to a first time special event with a $2,500 donation to the Battle of the … Find out how to read more online.
Circus arena lives again, just smaller
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:30AM
For more than a year, Bill Dovel has been working on one of the key exhibits for the Circus Train Car Museum that will eventually be placed next to the caboose … Find out how to read more online.
Neal takes steps to control smoke issue
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:28AM
A major factor behind smoke from land-clearing fires drifting into residential neighborhoods is that the fires aren’t hot enough, according to Pat Neal, of Neal Communities. Last month, the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Actors needed for ‘Last of Red Hot Lovers’
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:28AM
Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for the first show of the 32nd season Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Playhouse, … Find out how to read more online.
TRIM notices to show mill increase
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:28AM
City leaders adopted a one-tenth of one mill increase — from 3.6 to 3.7 mills — on Tuesday, setting the preliminary millage rate used in TRIM (Truth In Millage) notices. … Find out how to read more online.
Part of downtown road closes Monday
Sat  Jul 7 2018 12:12PM
The eastbound — southern — lanes of West Venice Avenue from Harbor Drive to U.S. 41 Business will close Monday for the downtown road project. The closure will continue through … Find out how to read more online.
City warns property owners about rentals
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
Courtesy letters went out last week warning some City of Venice property owners that they’re currently in violation of the city’s short-term rental rules. According to Code Enforcement Supervisor Jim … Find out how to read more online.
Body found in Myakka River identified
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
A body found in the Myakka River near North Port has been identified as David Wayne O’Ree, 50, of Venice. O’Ree was reported missing by his girlfriend last Friday at … Find out how to read more online.
Tuscan Gardens gets OK’d for more beds
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
Owners of the Tuscan Gardens of Venetia Bay assisted living facility on Tamiami Trail were approved for additional beds by the Commission. Attorney Gregg Roberts, speaking on behalf of the … Find out how to read more online.
Referendums worth millions on upcoming Sarasota ballot
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
If Sarasota County voters can make it through what is expected to be a lengthy ballot this November, they will find some issues of local interest. Leading the way, is … Find out how to read more online.
City, Neal may have a deal on land fees
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:50AM
A years-long dispute between the city of Venice and a major local developer is on the verge of being settled. It will take 11 separate votes at next Tuesday’s meeting … Find out how to read more online.
10 versus 1 (Guess who wins)
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
This year’s World Chess Championship marks the first time a Florida native will be competing for the title. With that on the horizon, National Master Han Schut decided to host … Find out how to read more online.
Day or night, red tide is no delight
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
Red tide at night, beachgoers take flight. And if it is strong during the day, beachgoers simply keep away. “Red tide affects people differently,” Mote Marine Laboratory red tide research … Find out how to read more online.
Historic home rehab raises eyebrows
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:16AM
One of the most iconic of the 1920s historic homes in the City of Venice is about to undergo a restoration — and an expansion. It’s the addition of a … Find out how to read more online.
#NotTodayRingo, tweet Venice police
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:14AM
Not every scammer gets his own Tweet from a police department warning him to fly right. On July 11, Venice Police tweeted a message to Timmy Ringo and others with … Find out how to read more online.
Council nixes new fire service fee study
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:14AM
The Venice City Council has killed any consideration of a fire service fee for the foreseeable future. The subject came up Tuesday, when the Council was to vote on rehiring … Find out how to read more online.
Newest librarian sees growth in programs
Sat  Jul 14 2018 11:12AM
It’s been a little over a year since I first met Stacey Ogea — pronounced “Oh, gee” — and I thought it was time to check-in with her again. We first … Find out how to read more online.
Storm warning sirens proposed at parks
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:36AM
The lightning bolt that struck and killed James Barton at Siesta Key on June 24 served as a reminder that Florida is still the lightning capital of the world, a … Find out how to read more online.
New hospitals get state approval — again
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:34AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) have likely cleared the last major hurdle to their new hospitals. They’ll know for sure in 30 days. On Monday, … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an art to being a Bitter End
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:32AM
Every summer, from June through August, Venice Women’s Sailing Squadron members, aka The Bitter Ends, stow away their boats and gear and take on new adventures. Two weeks ago, the … Find out how to read more online.
Council to boost emergency powers
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:50AM
Ten months after Hurricane Irma passed by, the storm is still having an impact on Venice. The latest one was the discovery by the city attorney that city code provisions … Find out how to read more online.
‘Murder for Two’ is deadly funny
Wed  Jul 11 2018 10:28AM
In “Murder for Two,” the second show of Florida Studio Theatre’s mainstage season, two actors reach new heights of absurdity. Paul Helm portrays Marcus Moscowicz, a police officer who badly … Find out how to read more online.
Swingaroos jazz up the summer
Thu  Jul 12 2018 12:58PM
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) opens its second show of the Summer Sidekicks Cabaret Season, “The Music of the Night,” featuring the gifted jazz and swing sextet The Swingaroos. The Swingaroos … Find out how to read more online.
City tax rate to go up slightly
Sat  Jul 7 2018 12:14PM
City leaders will introduce a one-tenth of one mill increase next week when it sets the preliminary millage rate used in TRIM (Truth In Millage) notices. The mill rate is … Find out how to read more online.
Let Freedom Boom
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
Thousands of people braved late thunderstorms and even the smell of red tide to sit on beaches and in homes and cars near the beach to watch the Fourth of … Find out how to read more online.
$7.2M price tag on new fire station
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
A proposal for replacing Venice Fire Station No. 1 contemplates a short move and a large price tag. The station, which is at the corner of South Harbor Drive and … Find out how to read more online.
Voting registration deadline approaching
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
There’s only a little more time to register to vote in the Aug. 28 primary. Monday, July 30, is the deadline to register. New voter registration applications and requests for … Find out how to read more online.
Meeting set for homeowners intested in residential solar co-op
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:52AM
The Sunshine State has lagged for years in harnessing energy from the sun, but that trend has changed recently. Rooftop solar in Florida advanced 110 percent in the past year, … Find out how to read more online.
Old preserve might be new to some
Sat  Jul 7 2018 11:50AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Thanks to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, many properties — big and small — are protected. One of the most recent additions to the list … Find out how to read more online.
Red, white, blue ‘tide’ holiday
Wed  Jul 4 2018 12:30PM
The Fourth of July has been known to inspire intense patriotic feelings in Americans, but this year proud Venice residents may be crying for a different reason. The red tide … Find out how to read more online.


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