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Finally, a ferry
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:10PM
The long saga of the South Venice Beach ferry is finally over. Broken parts on a new ferry, a fire and a contract dispute over repairs delayed delivery for nearly … Find out how to read more online.
Snyder payout OK’d at special meeting
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:10PM
The Venice City Council held a special meeting last week to approve a $65,000 payout to its finance director, who recently resigned. Jeff Snyder’s last day on the job is … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism numbers are up across the board
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:08PM
Although Sarasota County has a reputation as a mecca for snowbird retirees, in 2014 only 22 percent of visitors to the area said they were retired. People who had professional … Find out how to read more online.
Church of the Nazarene becomes new again
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:08PM
The Venice Church of the Nazarene (VCN) has undergone a revival of sorts: it has a new pastor, new colors in the sanctuary, and new programs in the wings. Rev. … Find out how to read more online.
County seeks mangrove-enforcement authority
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:46AM
County commissioners want the authority to enforce and strengthen mangrove-protection codes in the county. In a unanimous vote recently, county staff was directed to prepare an application to the state … Find out how to read more online.
Torah will be rerolled Friday
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:44AM
Simchat Torah will be celebrated at Jewish Congregation of Venice at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. This event marks the annual completion of reading the Torah (the first five books … Find out how to read more online.
Woman awaits new liver
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:26AM
A couple of years ago Venice resident Maria Rivera was wondering why she was suddenly having swelling in her right leg. Concerned, she decided to visit her doctor. After a … Find out how to read more online.
$150K bond in gun theft
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:26AM
A self-proclaimed gang member living in Nokomis is in Sarasota County jail on $150,000 bond facing an armed burglary charge after allegedly stealing a gun from a business in Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Report: 70-year-old swindled Vets Post
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:54AM
A Nokomis woman was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $65,000 over a nearly two-year period from the Disabled American Veterans Post No. 101 on Colonia Lane in Nokomis. … Find out how to read more online.
Pilot reservation service planned for SCAT Route 13
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:52AM
Sarasota County Area Transit officials have come up with an alternative for Route 13 riders traveling southbound to or from Publix and nearby shops in the Venice Shopping Center on … Find out how to read more online.
Forget Sharks
Wed  Sep 30 2015 03:02PM
A 10-foot alligator was captured at the South Jetty in Venice Thursday, Sept. 24. After a more than three-hour battle with a trapper and a lifeguard on a Jet Ski … Find out how to read more online.
Historic cars come to historic Venice
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:48AM
There’s a whole lot of buffing and polishing going on this week in preparation for the 28th Annual Collector Car Show Sunday, Oct. 4, at Centennial Park. That is what … Find out how to read more online.
Style show marks Audubon’s 50th year
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:46AM
“Birds of a Feather Flock Together” is the theme of the 10th annual Venice Area Historical Society style show, to be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m., at the Plantation … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital to hire new heart surgeons
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health, faced with the news that the Ocala Heart Institute is closing in a few months, is aggressively moving forward to hire new heart surgeons while all … Find out how to read more online.
Fire Chief resigns as report is released
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
Venice Fire Chief James Warman resigned this week, a day before an investigative report on the Fire Department was released. Alan Bullock, Director of Administrative Services, who authored the workplace … Find out how to read more online.
Detert to cut Senate term short, run for County Commission seat
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
State Sen. Nancy Detert’s interest in running for the Sarasota County Commission has been rumored for some time. On Thursday, she not only confirmed it but set a timetable for … Find out how to read more online.
Voter registration deadline nears for upcoming election
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:06PM
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent is reminding residents of the City of Venice and Town of Longboat Key that they must be registered by Monday, Oct. 5 to … Find out how to read more online.
Church offers fellowship in native tongue
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:06PM
Attila Kulcsar, pastor of the Open Bible Hungarian Church, had one word to describe growing up in communist Transylvania: “Hopeless.” “My dad was a pastor who spent 25 years in … Find out how to read more online.
Search called off for missing Venice man
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
The search for Neil Smith, 72, of Venice, has been called off, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. “After yesterday’s full day of searching, with the assistance of Air1 … Find out how to read more online.
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Politician appears, causing traffic board gridlock
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:10PM
The city’s Traffic Advisory Task Force struggled at its last meeting to keep on track after a City Council member questioned the direction it’s headed. Council Member Deborah Anderson, who … Find out how to read more online.
Many hands take care of the land
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:08PM
Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey celebrated National Public Lands Day recently by offering free admission and a free lunch to volunteers who undertook improvement projects around the park. The … Find out how to read more online.
Englewood’s own hometown winery a sweet surprise
Wed  Oct 7 2015 12:08PM
A local winery that makes and sells handcrafted wines? It may seem highly unlikely, but it’s absolutely true. As a matter of fact, Catania’s Winery has been operating in Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
State Rep. offers sewer customers help
Wed  Oct 7 2015 10:46AM
State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, is willing to try to garner state funding to offset some of the costs for the Englewood Water District’s V-9C sewer expansion — which includes … Find out how to read more online.
SMH bid for Venice Regional rejected
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:26AM
The recent problems at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) have caused some speculation about whether Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) might be interested again in trying to buy it. It might, … Find out how to read more online.
Sergeant resigns, avoids termination
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:26AM
A Venice Police Department sergeant resigned just days before a disciplinary hearing in which he faced termination for allegedly trying to get his wife’s ex-husband arrested. According to an Internal … Find out how to read more online.
Traces of red tide found locally
Tue  Oct 6 2015 10:26AM
State researchers have reported traces of the toxic red tide algae in water samples throughout Sarasota County to Boca Grande. Background to very low concentrations of the algae — Karenia … Find out how to read more online.
He saw the sign. He literally saw the sign. (And now he’s alive.)
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:54AM
Jimmy Walker was bored a couple of weekends ago, so he thought he’d go wash and wax his dirty car. Partway through washing it at the Key West Car Wash … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital CEO says state OK with cleanup
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:53AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) is a step closer to resolving the state and federal violations it was cited for after a May sewage spill. Interim CEO Jeff Reece reported … Find out how to read more online.
Venice named top city in national contest
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:52AM
With the city being recognized for its beauty and the involvement of its residents, Venice won its size class category in the America in Bloom national competition. The city earned … Find out how to read more online.
Exodus at City Hall as key people leave
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
In the span of a few short weeks, the city of Venice has learned it will be losing a host of its top staff, including its police and fire chiefs. … Find out how to read more online.
Comp plan kick-off attracts a crowd
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:53AM
Residents went to the Venice Community Center last week to see what the city has planned to handle future development in the city. Some were disappointed that city staff and … Find out how to read more online.
‘Second Chances’ merits first look
Wed  Sep 30 2015 11:46AM
The world premier of “Second Chances” by Tom Ross Prather, founder of the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, offers a sweet and melodic look at church thrift stores … Find out how to read more online.
Biggest growth? Here.
Mon  Sep 28 2015 05:24PM
New-home starts are booming in Sarasota County, especially in and around the South County area known as the West Villages Improvement District. The developments there — Gran Paradiso and Island … Find out how to read more online.
Businesswomen honored at Gondolier event
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:08PM
Editor’s Note: All photos from the event can be found on the Venice Gondolier Sun Facebook page. ••• Linda Bradway, Realtor and Office Manager of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, was … Find out how to read more online.
Study lauds Venice for senior social scene
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:06PM
A new report by SmartAsset helps explain why Venice consistently ranks high on so many “Best Places to Retire” lists: It’s among the top 10 Florida cities with the most … Find out how to read more online.
Where the wild things go
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:06PM
Editor’s note: This story about an Englewood resident appeared in the Englewood Sun. It could just as easily happen in Venice, given the new construction in the area. For more … Find out how to read more online.
Planetary event of year Sunday night
Sat  Sep 26 2015 01:06PM
This Sunday night, if weather permits, we will see a rare celestial event. Set your watch for 9 p.m. Sept. 27. That’s when the start of the lunar eclipse basically … Find out how to read more online.