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Ban plastic bags, city board says
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
A Venice advisory board is recommending the city adopt a resolution that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The issue came up at an Environmental Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff’s Office now accepts texts to 911
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Bureau announced this week that the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) will begin accepting text messages to 911. While other counties have adopted … Find out how to read more online.
Play. If you dare.
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
“Two spades,” “four no-trump.” Familiar words to most retired women spending an afternoon at the card table. But in Nokomis, words like, “four-Bam,” “two-Crak” and “Red Dragon” are ringing out … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane seminar message: Get ready
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
It was standing room only at this year’s Hurricane Preparedness Seminar, hosted by the City of Venice. More than 250 people attended the Wednesday morning event to hear the latest … Find out how to read more online.
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Bedbugs in Tampa college classrooms
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — The University of South Florida is dealing with an infestation of bedbugs. The Tampa Bay Times reports that instead of invading USF’s beds or dorms, the bugs have infested its classrooms. USF officials say six classrooms and … read more.

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes
Fri  May 27 2016 09:04PM
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of … read more.

Rate hikes looming for Florida businesses after court ruling
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida regulators are being asked to approve a whopping 17.1 percent rate hike in insurance premiums paid by the state’s business owners to cover their employees. The agency that submits rate filings on behalf of insurance companies filed … read more.

Under new rules, an American couple finally has a word for Haitian child: daughter
Sat  May 28 2016 01:19AM
The first time Dan and Julie Cruz met the little girl with the wide eyes and the bright smile, she looked up, stretched out her arms and silently motioned to be picked up. “It was an awesome moment,” recalled Dan, … read more.

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Audit finds city General Fund ‘very healthy’
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
The city of Venice’s finances are in good shape, according to its auditor, despite a new accounting standard related to pensions. Under Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 68 (GASB 68), governments that offer a defined-benefit pension plan now have … Find out how to read more online.

You vote: Fix 70% of city roads?
Wed  May 25 2016 10:22AM
More than 70 percent of public roads within the City of Venice boundaries will be resurfaced, and some of those completely rebuilt, if voters say yes in November to a road bond on the ballot. The Venice City Council voted … Find out how to read more online.

Class for visually impaired needs funding
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature slashed funding for the Adults With Disabilities program from $10 million to $750,000 last summer, the cuts hit the Sarasota County School District’s Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) program especially hard. … Find out how to read more online.

Northern Jackson Road to stay as is
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
Attorney Jeff Boone thought that asking the Venice City Council to take steps to ensure that North Jackson Road, in North Venice, won’t be extended and improved would be a slam dunk. It wasn’t. Pre-annexation agreements related to the two … Find out how to read more online.

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