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Museum may get new home
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
City leaders are already talking about what to do with the Hamilton Building, which currently houses the temporary Venice Library, once the new library is built. “When that’s empty, what … Find out how to read more online.
Irma response to be reviewed
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
Hurricane Irma posed an interesting challenge to counties across the state of Florida when it arrived in September. When Irma made landfall, it covered much of the state of Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of life ordinance, … Find out how to read more online.
Anglers offer to advise city about pier
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
When the city was having issues with behavior on the Venice Fishing Pier about seven years ago, the City Council appointed a committee to come up with some recommendations for … Find out how to read more online.
Bluesfest set for Saturday at Maxine Barritt Park
Sun  Nov 19 2017 01:57PM
The blues brought Nick Sperry to Venice. Sperry is a blues musician who lived and worked in Memphis for 10 years. Before that, he was an event planner for the … Find out how to read more online.
Bus crash hospitalizes 5 students, 2 drivers
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Five North Port High School students and two vehicle drivers were transported to the hospital after a collision between a car and a school bus. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, a … Find out how to read more online.
Akins to run for Congress, challenge Rooney
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Port Charlotte Republican Bill Akins announced Thursday he will challenge Congressman Tom Rooney in 2018 for the District 17 seat. Akins said his platform includes veterans issues, Second Amendment rights, … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Christmas Story’ brings holidays to town
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” opened on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, Nov. 14, and will run through Sunday, Dec. 10. Performances of the show that The New York Times says is … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wonder Women’ honored for helping women succeed
Sun  Nov 19 2017 01:57PM
When it came to deciding which of the many South Sarasota County giving women to honor as “Wonder Women” for the Women’s Resource Center’s (WRC) annual fall gathering, three women … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Festival amazes visitors
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
If the idea of art is to evoke a reaction, then the 10th annual Venice Chalk Festival succeeded. People were either in awe of the complex art done in basically … Find out how to read more online.
Bybee convicted of kidnapping, fraud
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A former Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged with attempted murder received a 15-year jail sentence for kidnapping and other charges Thursday afternoon. Frankie Bybee, 47, was convicted … Find out how to read more online.
Pier shark fishing could be banned
Mon  Nov 13 2017 03:19PM
When Hurricane Irma forced the closure of the Venice Fishing Pier in September, job No. 1 was to get it open again temporarily, if possible, and job No. 2 was … Find out how to read more online.
Auditioners needed for ‘Troupe in a Trunk’
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Auditions for Venice Theatre’s “Troupe in a Trunk” spring 2018 school tour will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. at the theater, located at 140 W. Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors fear marijuana dispensary
Tue  Nov 14 2017 05:24PM
Some residents in the Jacaranda West neighborhood aren’t happy with the proposed location of a medical marijuana dispensary in their area. More than 60 attended the meeting, with about 20 … Find out how to read more online.
Residents OK with concrete biz
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:06PM
Crush It Inc. concrete recyclers, who have a permit to base their portable operations equipment on property on Gene Green Road off Knights Trail Road, behind several subdivisions, received approval … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtles stayed busy on beaches in 2017
Tue  Nov 14 2017 02:37PM
From Longboat Key south to Venice, sea turtles came ashore and laid nests about 600 times a week during the 2016 and 2017 nesting seasons. Those numbers come from Kristen … Find out how to read more online.
Army Air Force comes to Venice
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:04PM

Interesting plane names

In June and July, the 13th and 14th Fighter Squadrons were transferred from Page Field in Fort Myers to Venice for training. Both squadrons arrived with their …

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New foreclosures spike in Sarasota County
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:04PM
The number of home defaults in Sarasota County jumped last month, up to 69 in October from 49 the previous month, a 41 percent increase, according to the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
More people needed for fire stakeholders’ group
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:02PM
It might take the Venice City Council less time to pick the people to serve on the fire department’s stakeholders’ work group than it did to decide which stakeholders should … Find out how to read more online.
Two injured in house fire
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:02PM
The Sarasota County Fire Department responded to a call regarding a house fire at 2700 Bonito Drive, Venice, at 9:43 p.m. Wednesday night. Upon arrival the SCFD upgraded the blaze to … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher of Year
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
Bethany Burnett is described as dedicated and passionate, by the staff at Venice Elementary School. Her dedication to the school and the students is why she commutes from the Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Council says Sunshine Law too restrictive
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
The Venice City Council has approved two stakeholder groups, but not without complaining that the state’s open-meeting law is chilling volunteer participation in city government. The topic will be on … Find out how to read more online.
Companies wanting tax breaks must meet tighter requirements
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
With little discussion, Sarasota County commissioners enacted a trio of changes that increase the requirements for businesses seeking an economic development incentive. Specifically, the amendments to the county’s economic development … Find out how to read more online.
A Florida Christmas tree
Sun  Nov 19 2017 01:57PM
Peter Murfitt’s passion for Christmas trees and shells led to a new career. When he lived in Maryland and coached figure skaters, he began decorating miniature Christmas trees that he … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes dying from mange now on island
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
It’s not a pretty sight — coyotes with mange — but it’s one that unfortunately is becoming more common, report Venice island residents. A woman recently caught a glimpse of … Find out how to read more online.
Recycler’s pushback a headache for council
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
It took two days, but the Venice City Council overturned a Planning Commission decision this past week and approved a site and development plan for McLeod Recycling Yard in North … Find out how to read more online.
New Council members take office Nov. 28
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
The agenda for the first meeting for newly elected Venice City Council Members Mitzie Fiedler and Chuck Newsom is brief: Get sworn in. Actually, there’s a little more to be … Find out how to read more online.
Grief group offers hope to bereaved parents
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:52AM
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a worldwide self-help organization offering support, understanding and hope to bereaved families through the work of their local chapters. In over 700 chapters across the … Find out how to read more online.
Allow shark fishing at pier, council is told
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A lengthy hearing for an appeal of a Planning Commission decision Tuesday meant the Venice City Council took public comment on a matter it never got to — shark fishing … Find out how to read more online.
Teens involved in robbery of pot supplier
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Three Venice area residents (ages 21, 18 and 15) were arrested last week for robbing a marijuana supplier at knifepoint. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report: On Nov. … Find out how to read more online.
Fire, police impact fees clear first hurdle
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Barring some last-minute opposition, Venice will start imposing fire protection and police impact fees on new construction next spring. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to send an ordinance — … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban in city adopted
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A city ban on medical marijuana dispensaries passed unanimously Tuesday with little discussion. Confronted with the options only of banning them or allowing dispensaries almost everywhere a pharmacy could go, … Find out how to read more online.
Front yard pool appeal withdrawn
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Residents unhappy with plans by a neighbor to build a front yard pool have withdrawn an appeal of the Venice Planning Commission’s decision to grant a variance allowing it. The … Find out how to read more online.
Say Goodbye
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:06PM
After being closed for nearly a year due to safety concerns, the North Jetty dock and observation deck will be permanently removed next week. Some resident have already say they … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic backup contributes to I-75 crash
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:06PM
A Venice woman was sent to the hospital in serious condition after being rear-ended on I-75 near Mile Marker 181. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report: The crash, which … Find out how to read more online.
Newbies win Venice City Council seats
Wed  Nov 8 2017 10:20AM
Two political newcomers won seats on the Venice City Council on Tuesday over one sitting and one former council member. Mitzie Fiedler, a retired educator supported by the slow-growth community, … Find out how to read more online.
Council to debate police, fire impact fees
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:04PM
The Venice City Council shelved a proposed fire service fee in September in the face of public opposition. On Tuesday, the Council will consider two new impact fees that should … Find out how to read more online.
Dead Sea Scroll, Jewish debates are coming
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:02PM
In commemoration of 70 years since archeologist Eleazar Sukenik purchased the first Dead Sea Scroll in November 1957, the community is invited to examine and unlock the stories of these … Find out how to read more online.
‘Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage’ runs
Tue  Nov 14 2017 04:00PM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series presents the hilarious Western farce, “Flaming Guns of the Purple Sage” in the Pinkerton Theatre through Sunday, Nov. 19. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesdays … Find out how to read more online.
Benefit set for seriously hurt Venice man
Sun  Nov 12 2017 01:02PM
A benefit with live music and more will be held Nov. 18 for Jim Lawton, a 25-year Venice plumber who was seriously hurt in a collision three months ago. During … Find out how to read more online.