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One of Nation’s ‘Healthiest’
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:14PM
Since 1991, the Venice Golf and Country Club (VGCC) has been known as one of southwest Florida’s most prestigious golf communities, but the club can now claim national fame, as … Find out how to read more online.
Hurt sea turtle saved
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:14PM
A large adult male loggerhead sea turtle was rescued from Lyons Bay in Nokomis Sunday. “It would come out to get air, go back down, and come back for air … Find out how to read more online.
County, city land values up by 7%
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:14PM
For the third year in a row, Sarasota County real estate values are on the rise. According to the Sarasota County Property Appraiser’s Office, countywide taxable property value jumped 7 percent, … Find out how to read more online.
Veterans to feel effect of new Florida laws
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:14PM
A bevy of new state laws — 130, by several reports — went into effect July 1. Subjects range from housekeeping matters like declaring the 2015 Laws of Florida the official … Find out how to read more online.
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Historic Tampa cigar factory destroyed in fire
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factor collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire … read more.

Cop, lifeguard save Florida man after canoe tips over
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — An officer and lifeguard are being hailed heroes after rescuing a man from nearly crowning after his canoe tipped over in Sarasota. A couple was canoeing Saturday when the canoe tipped over and the man’s hand … read more.

Court rules against damage caps for medical malpractice
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida court has ruled that caps on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits do not apply in personal injury cases. The Legislature in 2003 established $500,000 limits on non-economic damages for such cases. Last … read more.

Crayola Experience opens new attraction at Orlando mall
Mon  Jul 6 2015 01:19AM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Crayola Experience attraction has opened in Orlando. The 70,000 square-foot facility located in Florida Mall opened this week, and is the second created by the crayons maker. It joins one that opened in 2013 in … read more.

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Tips for a safe Fourth of July
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:14PM
Here are a few tips on how to enjoy a safe 4th of July weekend. • Plan ahead where you will watch the fireworks and arrive early. • Large crowds mean lots of traffic. Be patient when it comes to … Find out how to read more online.

To better plan, city may resurrect Pier Fund
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:12PM
Free of Federal Aviation Administration restraints on the city’s Sharky’s lease, the City of Venice may reinstate a pier fund to pay for future improvements. The fund went dormant three years ago after the city agreed to pay more than … Find out how to read more online.

Bombs will burst in air over Venice
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:12PM
When fireworks light up the sky at the jetties at sundown tonight, thank members of the Sertoma Club of Venice and the city of Venice for the show, and thank members of the Continental Congress back in 1776 for the … Find out how to read more online.

City pushes for alternate route to dump
Sun  Jul 5 2015 10:12PM
The North Venice growth spurt has city of Venice officials pushing for a new interchange leading to the county garbage dump. The Venice City Council recently passed a resolution urging the Sarasota Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization, a regional transportation board … Find out how to read more online.

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