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State is tops for military vet retirees
Wed  May 24 2017 10:18AM
If you’re a military veteran looking for a place to retire — and you’re reading this — you’ve found it, according to And if you’re a military veteran who … Find out how to read more online.
Save an infant’s life by teaching them to swim
Wed  May 24 2017 10:17AM
When offered a kidney implant from an infant, Jillian Forgea turned it down. “I had a 13-month-old niece, so I understood the kidneys were coming from a 13-month-old who drowned … Find out how to read more online.
Bramble honored, roasted for anniversary
Wed  May 24 2017 10:16AM
The Venice City Council recognized Assistant City Manager Len Bramble Tuesday for 10 years of service, and took the opportunity to pick on him a little, too. The presentation of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice pot doctor: 1,800 sign up
Sat  May 20 2017 10:13AM
Of the many small businesses in the Lakeview Office Park complex at Commercial Court near Cracker Barrel at the I-75 Jacaranda Interchange, there is a small office suite at the … Find out how to read more online.
Stick Choir shares message of redemption
Wed  May 24 2017 10:10AM
Somber looks of compassion spread across their faces as they dance and shape sticks into the sign of the cross while appealing to the love of Jesus for His saving … Find out how to read more online.
WBTT invited to National Black Theatre Festival
Wed  May 24 2017 10:06AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe (WBTT) has been recognized with a third invitation to perform during the National Black Theatre Festival, which takes place every other year in Winston-Salem, N.C. Troupe … Find out how to read more online.
Large apartment complex gets 1st OK
Sat  May 20 2017 10:30AM
Venice city leaders will have a chance to approve the first major low-income housing project to come along in decades — the John Nolen Gardens in North Venice. The project … Find out how to read more online.
40 fingers, 40 perfect toes
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
When Amanda Corcoran was a little girl dreaming about Mother’s Day, she never thought it would mean being a mom of four all at once. The soon-to-be 27-year-old gave birth … Find out how to read more online.
Vendors: Don’t move Farmers Market
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
The vendors at the Venice Farmers Market really don’t want it to move from its location on West Tampa Avenue, so they put on the proverbial “dog and pony show” … Find out how to read more online.
Council to vote on $2.6M for sludge removal
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
Venice city staff will be back before the City Council Tuesday with another contract for the removal of the lime sludge ponds in Pinebrook Park. The Council put off a … Find out how to read more online.
Black bear spotted in Port Charlotte
Sat  May 20 2017 10:16AM
Maybe Smokey Bear started making house calls. It has been dry. There have been wildfires. Maybe he was reminding residents that “only you can prevent forest fires.” Or maybe it … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland Players in ‘Las Vegas’ takes the stage
Sat  May 20 2017 10:14AM
Students from Loveland Village who participate in the theater arts partnership with Venice Theatre will present four performances of the original musical “Las Vegas ... Under the Neon Lights.” The … Find out how to read more online.
Developer wants homes next to Fox Lea
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Loaded with a host of conditions, the Venice Planning Commission has recommended approval of a proposed gated community called the Preserves of Venice on a 39-acre parcel off I-75 just … Find out how to read more online.
Help save her
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
When 19-year-old Cassidy Hamm, a hostess at Venice’s Left Coast Seafood, began experiencing pain in her hip at work one night, she thought maybe she had popped it out or … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny parks to get names
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
Less than a week after the Venice City Council voted to designate four city pocket parks “Nolen Greens,” the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board signed off on names and markers … Find out how to read more online.
CEO leaving hospital on the upswing
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
With less than a week left in his tenure as CEO of Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH), John McLain said everything is in place for his successor to come in … Find out how to read more online.
Here’s why Turgeon’s case was dropped
Sat  May 13 2017 04:56PM
A lot of people think they know why a reckless-driving charge against former Venice High School Principal Jack Turgeon was dismissed last month: The “fix” was in. A story about … Find out how to read more online.
Arena & elephants depart, Ringling Circus closes
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
On Sunday, the World will lose what Venice lost in 1992 — The Greatest Show on Earth. Feld Enterprises, owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, announced … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County conducting racial slur probe
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Sarasota County officials are investigating a complaint from the Teamster’s union contending a supervisor made racist statements to some minority employees, resulting in two of them transferring out of the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Lions Club expands eyeglass collections
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
When the Venice Lions Club announced its 70th Anniversary of service to the Venice community, Lion Dr. Ric Namikas called attention to the second part of the anniversary slogan, “Celebrating … Find out how to read more online.
Waiting, watching as grass turns brown
Wed  May 24 2017 10:17AM
Sometimes, the relationship between homeowners and their neighborhood is a tenuous one. The homeowners pay monthly or annual dues and expect certain services will be performed for their membership in … Find out how to read more online.
Contract approved to remove lime pits
Wed  May 24 2017 10:16AM
The City of Venice awarded a contract this week to remove the massive lime pits from Pinebrook Park Nature Trail within Wellfield Park. It paves the way for ProLime Corporation, … Find out how to read more online.
Terry-Tuerk named Rotary’s Teacher of Year
Wed  May 24 2017 10:12AM
Tracy Terry-Tuerk of Garden Elementary School has been named Teacher of the Year by the Venice Nokomis Rotary Club, now in its 27th year of awarding such an honor. Introducing … Find out how to read more online.
Board to consider playground/pickleball swap
Wed  May 24 2017 10:17AM
The Hecksher Park playground’s days may be numbered, though its potential demise won’t happen anytime soon. At least not if Venice City Council Member Bob Daniels has anything to say … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs event fee for park, roads
Wed  May 24 2017 10:08AM
A revised special events policy that is generally agreed to need more work was approved by the Venice City Council Tuesday. The major changes from the current policy are the … Find out how to read more online.
Blessing of the Fleet Boat Parade set
Wed  May 24 2017 10:06AM
The Venice Yacht Club will sponsor its annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony at its docks on Roberts Bay Sunday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. Participating boats will gather on the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Tennis bully’ gets night in county jail
Sat  May 20 2017 10:30AM
Throwing a beer can on someone’s property typically won’t get you arrested … unless you’ve done it the umpteenth time and it’s caught on camera. That was the case this … Find out how to read more online.
A crash victim’s final good deed
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
At a candlelight vigil for Carol Hayden and Eugene Hayden, who died May 8 when the van Carol was driving went off the South Jetty and into the Venice Inlet, … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider public space rental fee
Sat  May 20 2017 10:28AM
Revisions to the city’s special events policy that would add a fee for the use of public space are headed to the Venice City Council. The Economic Development Advisory Board … Find out how to read more online.
Rights of way cell towers return
Sat  May 20 2017 10:24AM
While the Sarasota County Board of Commissioners has continued the moratorium on cell towers in public rights of way, the issue is not going away. One has been requested in … Find out how to read more online.
Tracy was Army spy in East Berlin in ‘Cold War’
Sat  May 20 2017 10:16AM
Allen W. Tracy of Nokomis was a spy working in East Germany in the 1960s. He was a member of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission operating out of spy headquarters … Find out how to read more online.
A conversation with TV-7’s Linda Carson
Sat  May 20 2017 10:12AM
Venice Heritage’s annual dinner is just a few days away, and this year’s event is one that you won’t want to miss. ABC-TV-7’s reporter and local personality Linda Carson will … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s history gives me a sense of history
Sat  May 20 2017 10:12AM
I’m beginning to really feel like a Venetian now that I’m past the 10-year mark of living here. I guess it takes a while to really feel at home in … Find out how to read more online.
Pickleball still has no home
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
A renewed request for more pickleball courts at Venice’s Hecksher Park didn’t fall on deaf ears Monday so much as it did an empty wallet. Marta Carpenter had previously made … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun publisher named leader of daily paper
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
Sun Coast Media Group CEO David Dunn-Rankin has announced that Tim Smolarick, the publisher of the Venice Gondolier Sun, will soon be leaving the newspaper to take a job as … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee illuminates true cost of fire service
Wed  May 17 2017 09:28AM
City leaders took another major step toward adopting a Fire Fee Assessment to replace the current system of paying for fire service through property taxes. It’s something the city tried … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier editor honored as national skate judge
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
Kim Cool knows skaters. In fact, if they’ve skated in the Olympics, chances are she has judged their skills at some point in their career. Venice Gondolier Sun features editor … Find out how to read more online.
Prepare for the big one, meteorologist warns
Wed  May 17 2017 09:26AM
“We want to prepare you, not scare you,” said Bob Harrigan, chief meteorologist for ABC 7 news. The 31-year veteran of weather predicting was a speaker at the 2017 Hurricane … Find out how to read more online.
‘Beatsville’ beats all at Asolo
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
“Beatsville, the Beatnik Musical” should dance its way onto Broadway just the way it seems to be dancing its way into the hearts of the Cultural Coast. The Asolo Rep … Find out how to read more online.
Tribute event for Jack Fanning
Wed  May 17 2017 09:24AM
A tribute event for Jack “John” Fanning, of North Port, will be held Friday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Allegro Bistro, 1740 E. Venice Ave., Venice. … Find out how to read more online.