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Final flood maps now available
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Rick and Robin Laclare, of Venice, were happy to learn that their home on East Venice Avenue is not presently in a high risk flood zone. They sat at a … Find out how to read more online.
The high price of jail
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Jeff Lowdermilk, the county’s fleet and facility division manager, a week ago told Sarasota Board of County Commissioners its detention campus, a cluster of three jails located on Main Street … Find out how to read more online.
Smartphones bad for turtles
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Smartphones may be discouraging nesting sea turtles. Linda Soderquist — the state primary permit holder overseeing volunteer sea turtle patrols on Little Gasparilla Island — expects “false crawls,” when a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Museum collection in ‘Harms’ way
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When a collection’s weight threatens the structural integrity of a building, it is not a good sign. Venice Museum & Archives reached that stage about three years ago. Removing several … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Florida to spend millions on Zika
Fri  Jun 24 2016 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is ordering the state to spend millions to battle mosquitoes and prepare for the Zika virus. Scott on Thursday used his emergency powers to authorize spending up to $26.2 million on everything from … read more.

With Rubio in, others step out in Florida’s Senate race
Thu  Jun 23 2016 05:42PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s decision to run for president set off a scramble to replace him. His last minute decision to run for re-election set off a scramble — though much smaller — to get out … read more.

Democrats end 25-hour House floor protest over guns
Thu  Jun 23 2016 05:40PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary but jubilant House Democrats ended their extraordinary sit-in on the chamber’s floor Thursday more than 24 hours after it began, a protest that let them broadcast their demands around the world for gun-control votes in the … read more.

House, Senate GOP seals agreement on $1.1B Zika measure
Wed  Jun 22 2016 10:20PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate Republicans have reached agreement among themselves on a $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus, but the measure drew immediate opposition from Democrats who signaled they would scuttle it over its spending cuts … read more.

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Boats on driveways
Fri  Jun 24 2016 06:19PM
There’s a movement underway in North Port to get a right that residents of Venice and much of Sarasota County already enjoy — parking a boat on their driveway. In North Port, as in the city of Sarasota, boats can … Find out how to read more online.

Expulsions, suspensions down in area schools
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions have dropped significantly, in some cases by more than 50 percent, in Sarasota County Schools, School Board members learned during a workshop recently. For example, in the 2013-14 school year, there were 7,077 high school students … Find out how to read more online.

More Milano subdivision homes, fewer in Tuscano
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week OK’d more homes in the Villages of Milano subdivision, and fewer in Tuscano Isles. A preliminary plat petition for Phase 1A and 1B of the Villages of Milano was approved by City Council on … Find out how to read more online.

Report: Man fathers child with minor
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
A Nokomis man who admitted he had sex with his niece back in 2012 was arrested this week for allegedly having sex with another minor, age 17 — this time, a friend of the family — and fathering her child. … Find out how to read more online.

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