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Attack #5
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
A 68-year-old homeless man was bitten by a 9-foot alligator while bathing in a retention pond in Port Charlotte Monday. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Fredric Iman … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood says no to name change
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
Just a rumor that Englewood could be renamed Englewood Beach sparked outrage on Facebook from some locals. “Englewood was found and born on some great historical families. Why would we … Find out how to read more online.
Navigation board to debate millage rate
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
In June, the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) board didn’t think it needed a budget workshop before its millage rate was submitted to the property appraisers in Manatee, Sarasota, … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota commissioners skeptical of energy program
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
When the Sarasota County Commission returns to business in late August after its annual break, they will face a decision over which it expressed skepticism in July. On July 11, … Find out how to read more online.
Growth brings city staffing issues
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
If you’re worried about growth ramping up again in the Venice area, the fact that there’s a shortage of people qualified to review plans and inspect construction might sound like … Find out how to read more online.
Baila Miller discusses Madame Butterfly
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
Local historian Baila Miller kicks off the August program at the Venice Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. on Aug. 1. Miller will present “Madame Butterfly: Art Nouveau, Adventure, and Arrogance.” … Find out how to read more online.
South Florida men arrested for vehicle burglary
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:00AM
A day after the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning about smash and grab robberies in Sarasota, two men from Pompano Beach were arrested after deputies connected them with … Find out how to read more online.
Intriguing fitness court considered
Sun  Jul 23 2017 10:02AM
Few of the emails trying to sell the city something get his attention, Venice Public Works Director John Veneziano told the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Monday. But the one … Find out how to read more online.
Bald eagle dies from mosquito
Sun  Jul 23 2017 10:02AM
West Nile Virus is blamed for the death of a bald eagle found recently at a Sarasota park, according to a Florida Health Department report. It is the first reported … Find out how to read more online.
Annual rental options remain limited
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:58AM
In South Venice, North Venice or anywhere in between, your chances of finding a place to rent for less than $1,000 a month are slim, and it’s almost certain to … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs plans grow
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:54AM
North Port City Commissioners have big plans for Warm Mineral Springs after years of uncertainty, and they are one step closer to making those dreams a reality. They unanimously approved … Find out how to read more online.
Brotherhood Ride in Venice Sunday
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:54AM
The Brotherhood Ride, a nonprofit that consists of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who ride bicycles to honor those who have died in the line of duty, … Find out how to read more online.
Institute trains nonprofit board members
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:52AM
Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the second class of its Gulf Coast Board Institute, a governance training series for new and experienced nonprofit board members. Applications … Find out how to read more online.
Working daughters face stigma as caregivers
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:52AM
A new survey by Home Instead, franchiser of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that half of working female caregivers feel they have to choose between being a good … Find out how to read more online.
Feeling brave? Try a unicycle at 22 mph
Fri  Jul 21 2017 09:17AM
What appears to be half a motorcycle is the latest idea for easy, relaxing transportation by Venice designer and entrepreneur Sean Chan, owner of LED Impressions & Computer Repairs. His … Find out how to read more online.
When it comes to voting, Venice leads
Sat  Jul 15 2017 02:30PM
City of Venice residents may not vote “early and often,” as the old joke goes, but they surely do vote. Six of the 10 county precincts with the highest voter … Find out how to read more online.
Board hopes for crackdown on bad bicyclists
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:10AM
The Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is concerned that if local bicyclists don’t start following the rules of the road, somebody is going to get hurt. And that somebody … Find out how to read more online.
Go dolphin watching in Lemon Bay
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:10AM
It’s a little-known fact that sharks believe that people taste better in the waters off of Daytona Beach than they do in Lemon Bay. Not really, but that is one … Find out how to read more online.
Golf club sold to PGA employee
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:04AM
The Bobcat Trail Golf Club will soon be receiving some “TLC,” according to its new owner. The club, which includes a restaurant and golf course located at 1350 Bobcat Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Transformed from ‘brown’ to living center
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:04AM
A property owner has received approval of three development petition approvals, paving the way to turn a former brown site in Osprey, where hydraulic oil was processed and stored, into … Find out how to read more online.
Is historic challenge worth saving?
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:54AM
The city’s Historic Preservation Board made a plea this week to save one of the original downtown Venice structures headed for demolition. David and Martha Hanneman, who own a commercial … Find out how to read more online.
Spanish Lakes retail center rezone approved
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
The owner of the Spanish Lakes Mobile Home Park in Nokomis has plans to create a Spanish Lakes Retail Center next door fronting Tamiami Trail. The 16,000-square-foot center on 6.9 … Find out how to read more online.
County may owe a ton to area hospitals
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
With a public hospital in Sarasota County, funded by tax dollars from property owners, why would the county owe three private hospitals more than $3 million for indigent care? Legitimate … Find out how to read more online.
Been in a war or conflict? We need you!
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
Did you ever come to the aid of your country? If so, Don Moore needs you now. In his many years with the Sun newspaper chain, Moore has written more … Find out how to read more online.
Officer in citizen shooting denied disability pension
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:02AM
The Punta Gorda Police Officer’s Pension Board denied the disability pension application of former Officer Lee Coel Friday. Coel filed for disability benefits in February, claiming he was diagnosed with … Find out how to read more online.
New plays will be born at festival
Wed  Jul 26 2017 09:00AM
The Players is where it all begins, from July 31 to Aug. 4. For 16 years, The Players Centre for Performing Arts has served as an incubator for fledgling and … Find out how to read more online.
Gated access to Legacy Trail is approved
Sun  Jul 23 2017 10:02AM
Developers of planned subdivisions north of Laurel Road see a marketing advantage by gaining access to The Legacy Trail, the multipurpose pathway from Venice to Sarasota. In 2016, a number … Find out how to read more online.
Biting Problem
Sun  Jul 23 2017 10:02AM
To say controlling disease-carrying mosquitoes is a challenge may be an understatement. One female mosquito can lay up to 500 eggs. She can do it three times before dying. Her … Find out how to read more online.
County officials discuss affordable housing
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:58AM
During a recent Tiger Bay discussion, Commissioner Alan Maio said he and County Administrator Tom Harmer were criticized regarding the county’s efforts on affordable housing. “We’re consistently charged with doing … Find out how to read more online.
Whoo-Hoo! #VeniceRocks!
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:56AM
“Pack up the babies, and grab the old ladies, and everyone goes” — Neil Diamond No, it’s not “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show,” but it is just as much fun. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice pier could be closed at night
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:10AM
Evening shark fishing at the Venice Municipal Pier is once again under scrutiny. The renewed attention comes after complaints of a hoard of young fishermen being rude and threatening others … Find out how to read more online.
Service connects seniors, local businesses
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:52AM
ITNSunCoast piloted “Let’s Go Places!” in June in Sarasota and Venice. The service connects older adults who choose not to drive, or cannot, with each other and local businesses. This … Find out how to read more online.
FST announces winter mainstage season
Sun  Jul 23 2017 09:52AM
Florida Studio Theatre opens its 2017-18 winter Mainstage season with “Once,” the eight-time Tony Award-winning musical. Adapted from John Carney’s film with book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics … Find out how to read more online.
West Villages ranked high in national list
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:12AM
The West Villages has been ranked fourth in a listing of the 50 top-selling Master-Planned Communities in the nation for the first half of 2017. The rankings, a mid-year update … Find out how to read more online.
Tervis at White House for Florida
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:12AM
Tervis, based in North Venice, was chosen to represent the State of Florida at the Made in America Product Showcase Monday at the White House. Tervis president Rogan Donelly was … Find out how to read more online.
Pickleball may have found a home
Thu  Jul 20 2017 08:03PM
Local pickleball players are a step closer to having outdoor courts on the island, but there are lot more steps before the first pickleball is served. Hecksher Park, just west … Find out how to read more online.
SWAMI plans to unite music folks
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:10AM
Sometimes it takes a village. Or — a SWAMI (South West Area Music Industry). While a Swami (Sanskrit word) is sort of a religious guru, this network support group was … Find out how to read more online.
This area named best for young entrepreneurs
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:04AM
As the region continues to grow in population, its accolades grow as well. The North Port/Sarasota/Bradenton area, which includes Venice, was named as the best place in the nation for … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County to seek legislative assistance
Wed  Jul 19 2017 09:04AM
Faced with an adverse decision from the Florida Supreme Court, and a potential $300,000,000 impact to the county’s General Fund, Sarasota County commissioners may look to the Florida Legislature for … Find out how to read more online.