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Biz deviates from plan, gets OK
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:48AM
The Old Salty Dog will get to keep its new restaurant awning, even though the business was supposed to construct a barrel roof tile facade on the front of the … Find out how to read more online.
Erika breaks up on way here
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:44AM
Tropical Storm Erika may have defied forecasts that it would skirt by Florida’s East Coast on its way to parts north, but predictions that it wouldn’t strengthen to hurricane force … Find out how to read more online.
Reserves tapped to fund many projects
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:44AM
One of the premier sports programs in the city of Venice will get a major boost this upcoming year. The City Council agreed this week to add up to $150,000 … Find out how to read more online.
A staycation can honor America’s first city
Wed  Sep 2 2015 09:40AM
Not many Americans will get the chance to visit the nation’s oldest city during its celebration of 450 years of existence. But because that city, St. Augustine, is in Florida, … Find out how to read more online.
Mortgages easier to get, still time-consuming
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:40AM
Southwest Florida is one of the easiest places in the state to get approved for a mortgage, but it can still be an arduous, time-consuming process. A recent study by … Find out how to read more online.
‘I Never Saw Another Butterfly’ takes the stage
Wed  Sep 2 2015 09:40AM
Venice Theatre’s Generations Series presents Celeste Raspanti’s drama, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” Based on poems and drawings of children living in the Terezin ghetto during World War II, the … Find out how to read more online.
Fire chief gets ‘no confidence’ vote
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
An overwhelming majority of Venice firefighters gave their leader, Fire Chief Jim Warman, a vote of no confidence this week, according to the local union. Jerry Collins, vice president of … Find out how to read more online.
Readying for Erika
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
With memories of Hurricane Charley and its sudden late change of course still lingering after 11 years, just the possibility that a tropical storm might approach Florida is enough to … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite Players readies four short comedies
Tue  Sep 1 2015 06:22PM
Rehearsals are underway for “A Different Perspective,” a collection of four short comedies that Starlite Players will present Sept. 10-13. The evening of short plays, following the format established with … Find out how to read more online.
Construction accident injures three
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Three construction workers were injured after scaffolding collapsed in downtown Venice. The accident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Island Court Townhomes under construction on Turin … Find out how to read more online.
Up With People tickets available at Venice Gondolier Sun
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun is an outlet for the 50th anniversary Up With People Show Sept. 11 and 12 at the 1,070-seat Venice Performing Arts Center. In six previous visits … Find out how to read more online.
She will skate to erase cancer
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Isabella Vail, 9, an ice skater, lost her great-grandfather, David Alt, to cancer nearly three years ago. Saturday, she will be skating at the Germain Arena in Estero to raise … Find out how to read more online.
Exsultate! auditions set for September
Tue  Sep 1 2015 06:36PM
The Venice Chorale’s Exsultate! will hold auditions Monday evening, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m., at Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. The auditions are open to all who qualify, by … Find out how to read more online.
VABI proposes to light up banyan trees
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Venice Area Beautification Inc.’s next project is up a tree — literally. VABI is proposing to install lights to shine up at the banyan trees at West Venice Avenue and … Find out how to read more online.
Venice to buy condos for $1 million
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:02PM
Elected officials in Venice agreed yesterday to purchase the Hamilton Office Condominiums for $995,000, but they made it clear it’s not their intention to build a parking garage on the … Find out how to read more online.
Popular Toy Train Show soon
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
One of the more popular annual family events in the city is the Venice Area Toy Train Show and Swap Meet. There people can witness what is known as Toy … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic task force seeks public input
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
A task force usually is formed to analyze a problem, suggest solutions and disband as soon as the problem is “fixed.” Apparently, that’s not going to be the fate of … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View grad’s ‘Peculiar’ book being filmed
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:24AM
Editor’s note: This story was inspired by a story by Elaine Allen-Emrich that appeared in the Englewood Sun. While seeking more information on Ransom Riggs, writer Kim Cool learned she … Find out how to read more online.
Fire leaves one dead
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
When Sharon Vander Wulp stepped outside her office near the corner of Shamrock Boulevard and Bal Harbour Drive Wednesday afternoon, she saw smoke coming from an apartment complex in which … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless sleeping in public areas now legal?
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
A recent U.S. Department of Justice “Statement of Interest” in a Boise, Idaho, case involving homeless people could influence how the City of Venice responds to homeless people who want … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Canes as Weapons
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:44AM
In a community of senior citizens, some residents feel frightened for their safety. Incidents do arise, and being prepared to manage any situation is an advantage. At 72 years old, … Find out how to read more online.
‘Hut’ finally opens
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:44AM
At long last, Nokomos Sunset Hut, the blue building on the southwest side of Dona Bay Bridge, is open again. On-site parking and nearby parking at the deli store across … Find out how to read more online.
Smoke at school a minor inconvenience
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:42AM
Students were relocated to the gymnasium at Venice Middle School Tuesday morning as a precaution after smoke was discovered coming from an air conditioning vent in the main office of … Find out how to read more online.
Tampa sex offender has Venice ties
Wed  Sep 2 2015 08:40AM
A man arrested by Tampa police Wednesday after a teenage girl tested positive for a date rape drug is a registered sex offender resulting from a conviction in Sarasota County. … Find out how to read more online.
Confusion: You can rent. No, you can’t.
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Eric Geistert, of Eric’s Painting, has owned a commercial building on Tamiami Trail for three decades. It’s home to three storefronts. Over the years, renters have come and gone. But … Find out how to read more online.
Oops! SCAT is not OK with ‘new’ bus stop
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Sarasota County Area Transportation will not be adding a southbound bus stop at Publix in November, after all. That’s the word from SCAT, after a mix-up in communications led a … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder overseeing volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
Cyclists could be asked to walk bikes downtown
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Monty Andrews was a reluctant presenter at Monday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting. “I’d rather not be here,” he said. Andrews, who writes a bicycling column for the Gondolier Sun, … Find out how to read more online.
Qualifying ends; one race, one shoo-in
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
The qualifying period for residents to announce their candidacy for two seats on the Venice City Council is over. Incumbent Emilio Carlesimo, seeking his third term in office, will run … Find out how to read more online.
Police warned not to relocate sleeping homeless
Tue  Sep 1 2015 02:14PM
An Assistant City Attorney is advising the Venice Police Department not to arrest or remove homeless people sleeping on park benches or on a sidewalk, for example, when there “are … Find out how to read more online.
Cool off at beaches, parks
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
This is the time of year when air conditioners are struggling to keep up with the 95-degree steam room known as summer in Southwest Florida, yet the idea of leaving … Find out how to read more online.
Swingeroos sway Court Cabaret
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Court Cabaret’s stage at Florida Studio Theatre was absolutely backed with music and musicians Tuesday night. Newly opened is “The Swingeroos,” featuring an eclectic group of performers from New York … Find out how to read more online.
Venice High alum receives Medal of Honor
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Local historian and man about town Earl Midlem informed me recently that a 1960 Venice High School graduate, Clyde Lassen, had received the Medal of Honor while serving as a … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT picks new Publix bus stop
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
The City of Venice announced this week a solution for the southbound Publix bus stop on Route 13, albeit one that will take until November to implement. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
Airport skydiving is too risky, city says
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
Venice Airport Director Chris Rozansky finished a safety risk analysis this week that, not surprisingly, finds skydiving a risky business proposition at Venice Municipal Airport. The FAA ordered the city … Find out how to read more online.
Clock ticking toward enforcement of rental law
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
With a little more than a month remaining in the city’s moratorium on enforcing its short-term rental ordinance, most of the properties whose owners had challenged it are in compliance … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay season begins with ‘A Bench in the Sun’
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:22AM
Lemon Bay Theatre seems to be on the grow. The coming theater season begins Sept. 2 with “A Bench in the Sun” by Roy Clark” and is augmented by four … Find out how to read more online.
No shortage of beautification ideas for VABI
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Have you noticed any of the landscaping or pieces of art in downtown Venice? If so, thank Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI). A volunteer-based, nonprofit organization, VABI’s mission is to … Find out how to read more online.