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Stranded Baby Whale
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
A Little Gasparilla Island resident saw and reported a sperm whale calf wallowing in the Gulf shallows of the barrier island early Tuesday morning. Wildlife officials received the call at … Find out how to read more online.
School Board picks new superintendent
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
The vote was unanimous. Rather than choose an someone with experience in another district, Sarasota County School Board picked one of its own Tuesday to be its next superintendent of … Find out how to read more online.
Haunted Trails returns to Oscar Scherer Park
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Looking for thrills and chills? Then join everyone who dares to walk the paths at the 4th Annual Haunted Trails Halloween event in Oscar Scherer State Park at 1843 S. … Find out how to read more online.
Pain management clinic hours scaled back
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
The city of Venice pain management clinic regulations expired more than a year and a half ago before anyone noticed. Now, the Venice City Council has reintroduced the rules and … Find out how to read more online.
Schools alter mock election procedure
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Students in Sarasota County will find mock elections are a bit different this year. Unlike in previous years, where students voted on Election Day in a big countywide mock election, … Find out how to read more online.
Four comedies to focus on ‘Love, Actually’
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Starlite Players presents “Love, Actually,” a collection of four short comedies that find laughter in love at first sight, second sight, hindsight, and out of sight. The new plays will … Find out how to read more online.
Pulitzer winner to speak at Opera House
Thu  Oct 20 2016 08:41PM
Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell will lead a talk entitled “Adventures in Opera” at 10:30 a.m. at the Sarasota Opera House on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Campbell will discuss the recent … Find out how to read more online.
Bowls of Hope on sale now
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
One of the most popular events in Sarasota County is the annual All Faiths Food Bank Bowls of Hope event. Buy a bowl and enjoy a simple meal of soup … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals battle for right to service Venice
Mon  Oct 17 2016 03:17PM
Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has revised its plans for a hospital in Venice to address the reasons the state denied it permission for one earlier this year. But this time … Find out how to read more online.
Bird Meets Shark
Mon  Oct 17 2016 03:17PM
When a black tip shark surfaced at the Jetties this week, an Osprey searching for its own food soon found itself facing a fish with a ton of teeth. Only … Find out how to read more online.
Retirees’ future may be one of work
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:04AM
Florida is again faced with the dilemma of too few employees to meet the demands of employers as the economy picks up. Will present and future retirees abandon traveling, cruising … Find out how to read more online.
FHP: Pedestrian stepped in front of garbage truck
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Troopers are saying there’s no way the driver of a Waste Management garbage truck could have avoided striking a South Venice man who stepped in front of the vehicle on … Find out how to read more online.
Backyard chickens become legal in unincorporated Sarasota County
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Residents in unincorporated Sarasota County can now keep backyard chickens legally. By a 4-1 vote Monday, county commissioners approved an amendment to the county’s zoning code allowing people in residentially … Find out how to read more online.
Potential changes for 776 corridor coming to public
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Sarasota County commissioners gave their blessing to a set of changes to the S.R. 776 corridor plan for workshops with the public to learn their thoughts and concerns. The proposed … Find out how to read more online.
Woman shares her story of survival
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Venice resident Sandi Wilmink made the discovery in April 2001, when she and her husband were on a weekend cruise. “As I rolled over in my sleep, a pinch deep … Find out how to read more online.
Statewide neighborhoods conference underway
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Venice is hosting the 20th annual Florida Neighborhoods Conference today at the Venice Community Center. The conference began Thursday afternoon, and featured a keynote speech on Friday by Real Estate … Find out how to read more online.
Senior Fit Camp returns to Venice
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:50PM
We all know exercise is good for you, but a recent Time magazine cover story hails it as “a miracle drug.” It provides more benefits, to more aspects of a … Find out how to read more online.
Venice firefighter receives Congressional honor
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:40PM
A Venice firefighter was recognized by Congress recently for saving a man who was preparing to jump from the ledge of the Venice Regional Bayfront Health parking garage last year. … Find out how to read more online.
Affordable apartment project gets 1st OK
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:16AM
Actual promised affordable apartment housing in Venice moved a step closer this week. Two private property owners received final city approval of a zoning map amendment Tuesday. This paves the … Find out how to read more online.
Bridging the gap
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:06AM
Pressing a series of buttons and flipping switches on a large, high-tech control panel, Circus Bridge tender Randall Strong has total command of both the road and waterway. For eight … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
Shots fired in island drug chase
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
At least two shots were fired from a moving vehicle at a man who was chasing them in what appears to be a drug deal gone bad. No one was … Find out how to read more online.
Search intensifies for missing Venice man
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Venice police are asking for the public’s assistance in the search for a missing endangered man. George Edward Kuehne, 55, hasn’t been seen for 43 days, according to authorities. Kuehne … Find out how to read more online.
Council postpones controversial rezone decision
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
After more than 12 hours of public hearing on a rezoning petition last week, the Venice City Council decided … that the parties needed more time. Not to keep arguing … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Fiesta heralds ‘season’ change From bed races to burgers, it’s a feast for eyes and appetite
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Nothing says “Snowbird Season” like the annual Venice Sun Fiesta. It is scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 21-23. For more than 40 years, the annual party has been the last hurrah … Find out how to read more online.
FDLE ends police shooting inquiry
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement turned over to the State Attorney’s Office on Monday its criminal investigation into the shooting death of Mary Knowlton. Knowlton was killed by a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Evita’ gives a powerful, stirring performance
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
“Evita” leaves its mark at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre just as Eva Peron (April Monte) left her mark on Argentina. The story is about the rise to power of Eva … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital’s plan is to move off island
Mon  Oct 17 2016 03:17PM
If the state gives its approval, the new Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) won’t be in Venice, but it will be close. And it will be a bigger building, though … Find out how to read more online.
FPL powers down on solar canopy
Mon  Oct 17 2016 03:17PM
In the face of strong neighborhood opposition, the Venice City Council voted 5-2 early Wednesday morning to reject a lease amendment that would have spared the misplaced solar canopy in … Find out how to read more online.
City prepares for smart water meters
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:54PM
The City of Venice will begin installing smart water meters for many residences sometime around the new year. It’s part of the city’s Water Meter Change-Out Program that will transition … Find out how to read more online.
Voter registration deadline extended again
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections is accepting new voter registration applications for the Nov, 8, 2016 General Election until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Supervisor of Elections Kathy … Find out how to read more online.
School board superintendent candidates interviewed
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Sarasota County School Board could have a new superintendent selected by next week. During an public interview Wednesday, members of the board met with the three remaining candidates. Currently in … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County evaluates erosion on Manasota Key
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
This year hasn’t been kind to many Gulf-front property owners on the Sarasota County side of Manasota Key. Sarasota County staff recently completed an assessment of the erosion seen on … Find out how to read more online.
SORRY, IT’S CANCER Help is out there when cancer strikes
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
In 1976, NBC news correspondent Betty Rollin set the stage for breast cancer awareness with her book, “First, You Cry.” The groundbreaking book, recounting her own breast cancer experience, raised … Find out how to read more online.
Police: Man found with child porn
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
A North Port man has been arrested on possession of child pornography after detectives found video files on his computer. Thomas Weingartner, 63, was arrested Oct. 7, reports show. The … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s 10 strongest hurricanes on record
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:52PM
Florida is no stranger to hurricanes, which have been thrashing the Sunshine State since long before weather records were kept. But how powerful are those storms? The Sunshine State has … Find out how to read more online.
Conservatory takes ‘Hamlet’ on the road
Sun  Oct 16 2016 05:50PM
Third year students in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training are on the road this fall with a special production of “The Tragedy of Hamlet.” Eleven students who are about … Find out how to read more online.
Closed library may have other uses
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:16AM
Can the musty Venice Public Library, closed in January due to health concerns over mold, be re-purposed? That’s a question Mayor John Holic would like the Venice City Council to … Find out how to read more online.
Program surprises people, helps them buy a home
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:10AM
Homeownership remains the epitome of the American Dream. Many young people — just starting out in their careers and with growing families — work hard, with the end-line goal of … Find out how to read more online.
They prepare to pay for beach sand
Wed  Oct 12 2016 10:06AM
Coastal Engineering Consultants is now working on the permitting needed for beach renourishment along Manasota Key’s Gulf shoreline. Meanwhile, Peter Ravella and his consulting team will work hand-in-hand with the … Find out how to read more online.