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No easy fix for affordable housing shortage
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Justin Willis grew up in North Port and owned a few businesses there before taking his family out of state to “see if the grass was greener.” Living in Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
The place is smoking
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The new Fedora’s Cigar Bar, 209 Wood St., in Punta Gorda, held a recent grand opening celebration. The newly renovated establishment has an assortment of wine, beer and cigars, catering … Find out how to read more online.
Allegations of torture in jail surface
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office may be facing litigation stemming from the alleged torture of an inmate at the county jail. The allegedly abused inmate, 57-year-old Mark … Find out how to read more online.
Got a slogan?
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Much like “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” or “Orlando makes me smile,” Punta Gorda will be constructing its identity through city branding in future months. The City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Mural Society dedicates 28th installment in Punta Gorda
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
The Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society dedicated its 28th mural painted by Charles Peck on the Amberg Insurance Agency in Punta Gorda on Thursday. The mural, Bayshore Lodge, was owned … Find out how to read more online.
Dance star charged with murder
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former Port Charlotte resident and 32-year-old Broadway dancer Marcus Bellamy was arrested after confessing to the murder of his boyfriend Aug. 19. Law enforcement told the New York Daily News … Find out how to read more online.
Judge finds dog owner in contempt for disobeying
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Friday’s second custody hearing for dogs previously removed from a home for neglect, but are now unlawfully back with their owners, wasn’t about the love two sisters … Find out how to read more online.
Owner of animal hoarding house will clean up property
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
The house that was home to 35 cats, including nine that ended up dead, has been ordered to be cleaned, before foreclosure, due to the public nuisance the stench is … Find out how to read more online.
Residents now must mow rights of way
Fri  Aug 26 2016 03:29PM
SARASOTA — With little discussion, Sarasota County Commissioners approved by a 4-1 vote an ordinance requiring residents within the urban area of the county to mow and maintain the rights … Find out how to read more online.
No tax increase in Sarasota County
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:38AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Commissioners put the finishing touches on their fiscal year 2017 budget without raising taxes, while adding funding to aid the local economy and less-fortunate residents. By … Find out how to read more online.
Teen tests positive for travel-related Zika after trip
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
A Southwest Florida teenager received positive test results this week for Zika after a trip to Nicaragua this summer and developing tell tale symptoms of the mosquito-based illness, according to … Find out how to read more online.
‘Surprise’ findings helped save officer’s job
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Although city and police officials came under intense pressure from the public to terminate officer Lee Coel earlier this summer after the officer’s K-9 mauled a suspect, … Find out how to read more online.
Dogs removed by Animal Control return home
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
PORT CHARLOTTE — Linda Maggi has been taking care of others her entire adult life. For 33 years, Linda provided daily support to her father, who was diagnosed with throat … Find out how to read more online.
North Port in Top 10 Forbes’ list for job growth
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — North Port is receiving some national recognition for job growth, even if many feel discontent with the types of jobs that are being brought in. Forbes named … Find out how to read more online.
Former city attorney to face judge
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — Embattled former city attorney Robert Robinson will face a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings judge today, stemming from allegations he violated state law by creating new government … Find out how to read more online.
Residents want access to transportation, health services
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — In a perfect world, Englewood would have busses that crossed the county line. There would be no homeless people or children going to bed hungry. Englewood would have … Find out how to read more online.
Aid on the way to Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
Jana-Lee Bair, of North Port, received a grief-stricken email last week from her 82-year-old cousin, Lynne Ferdon, in Prairieview, Louisiana. Lynne’s parish had been obliterated by 35 inches of rain. … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane Charley, 12 years later
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
This August marks 12 years since Hurricane Charley hit, and while the storm remains fresh in some minds, Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Wayne Sallade says Florida is suffering from … Find out how to read more online.
No tax increase in Sarasota County
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:46AM
SARASOTA — Sarasota County Commissioners put the finishing touches on their fiscal year 2017 budget without raising taxes, while adding funding to aid the local economy and less-fortunate residents. By … Find out how to read more online.
School’s in session
Tue  Aug 23 2016 09:38AM
NORTH PORT — As Sarasota County headed back to school Monday, Brandon Johnson, the new principal at North Port High School, is finding he has a lot of new faces … Find out how to read more online.
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Airport wants better public relations
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Punta Gorda Airport is an airport on the move, enjoying growth that may become more than a spurt if its low-cost offerings continue to draw ultra-low-cost flights. But some on … Find out how to read more online.
Prummell’s statement
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Editor’s Note: This is the complete statement issued by Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell Saturday. “I don’t usually respond to articles in the Sun, but because it was so egregious … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Man, 70, injured in two-car crash
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — An Englewood man was seriously injured in a Saturday morning crash at U.S. 41 and Ortiz Boulevard. Robert J. Havard, 70, was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, … Find out how to read more online.
Understanding a complex primary ballot is just a few clicks away
Sun  Aug 28 2016 08:30AM
Charlotte County voters will face a complex list of 15 different primary election ballots awaiting Republican, Democrat and Libertarian party members, as well as those with no party affiliation, on … Find out how to read more online.
Robinson: ‘Allegations are offensive’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 08:30AM
Former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson, facing allegations he abused his position to create new government jobs for himself, admitted Friday that according to city charter verbiage he was … Find out how to read more online.
Zika Hope screen project spreads awareness
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
CHARLOTTE COUNTY — John Neely is concerned about preventing a homegrown case of Zika in Charlotte County. Neely, a retired vector-borne disease epidemiologist with decades of experience in federal, state, … Find out how to read more online.
Attorney: ‘Robinson took advantage of his role’
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:42AM
SARASOTA — Counsel for Florida Commission on Ethics argued Thursday that former North Port city attorney Robert Robinson was a public officer, not a local government attorney, when he allegedly … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Man caught with money, drugs, stolen gun
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:40AM
NORTH PORT — A routine probation call resulted in an arrest after a North Port man was found with more than $20,000 in cash and drugs. Marquail Morris, 21, was … Find out how to read more online.
Ukraine celebrates independence day
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:00AM
Lieda Boyko and her family huddled around a radio, intensely listening as the BBC report crackled over the airwaves. While Boyko and her family had been in the United States … Find out how to read more online.
Tropical wave likely to cause heavy rainstorms
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
The seventh named storm of the hurricane season, Gaston, is not expected to be a threat to Florida, but forecasters are watching another tropical wave closely in the next few … Find out how to read more online.
Area residents recall Italian region hit by quake
Fri  Aug 26 2016 08:30AM
The earthquake that hit Italy this week struck a region that may struggle to recover from the devastation, say area residents familiar with that section of the country. Julie Glenn, … Find out how to read more online.
Ukrainians celebrate 25 years of independence
Thu  Aug 25 2016 10:44AM
NORTH PORT — With the American flag hanging in front of City Hall, the Ukrainian national anthem swelled as the yellow and blue Ukrainian flag rose to sway side by … Find out how to read more online.
More dogs, cats from flooded Louisiana
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
ENGLEWOOD — Marion Lutz hasn’t had much time for sleep these last few days. Lutz, who is the director of the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, has had a busy weekend, … Find out how to read more online.
No questions raised by Punta Gorda City Council
Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — At the first City Council meeting since the death of Mary Knowlton at the Punta Gorda Police Department’s Citizens Academy, Mayor Rachel Keesling gave a brief statement, … Find out how to read more online.

Thu  Aug 25 2016 08:30AM
Voter turnout strong so far
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:04AM
NORTH PORT — With a week left before the Aug. 30 primary election, a Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections official says voter turnout is strong so far thanks to vote-by-mail … Find out how to read more online.
Artist hosts new program for women
Wed  Aug 24 2016 11:02AM
NORTH PORT — An abstract artist has joined WKDW Real Community Radio. Gina Battle, whose work has been featured in Southwest Florida and elsewhere, will host “I’M ME,” a program … Find out how to read more online.
EARS expecting more animals from Louisiana
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.