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Carlesimo out; Gates in as election is set
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:52AM
Former councilman Emilio Carlesimo announced yesterday he will withdraw his name to fill Seat 5 on the Venice City Council and supports the incumbent, Jeanette Gates, who is now unopposed. … Find out how to read more online.
Key speakers at annual 9/11 ceremony
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:50AM
The annual 911 Ceremony at Patriots Park this year will mark the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the fourth anniversary of the killing of the … Find out how to read more online.
Man seeks home for Titanic memorabilia
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:50AM
John Brophy has a familial connection to the Titanic disaster, which has resulted in a collection of memorabilia he would like to donate to a worthy recipient. “My wife Elsie’s … Find out how to read more online.
Yet another crash at Venice Airport
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:51AM
A second experimental airplane suffered a landing gear collapse at Venice Municipal Airport within the span of a week. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate following an incident involving an … Find out how to read more online.
Mission helps at ‘Touching Miami With Love’
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
A team of 11 people who had helping others on their minds and hearts went forth from South Venice Baptist Church recently to help young people learn about the Christian … Find out how to read more online.
Fate of police K-9 team hangs on inquiry
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
The tragic shooting of a civilian during a public training demonstration in Punta Gorda two weeks ago has the city’s police K-9 team on the sidelines. Since pulling the trigger … Find out how to read more online.
Tarpon Center Drive advisory issued
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
A private contractor began work on Thursday at 1329 Tarpon Center Drive, in Venice, performing dredging maintenance work on the adjacent canal on the east side of the roadway. There … Find out how to read more online.
Play festival winner stuns the senses
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
London-born Booker School of the Visual and Performing Arts grad Llywelyn Jones is a three-time winner of the Players Centre for Performing Arts annual New Play Festival. His third winning … Find out how to read more online.
No injuries in airport mishap
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident involving a small airplane that occurred late Sunday afternoon at Venice Municipal Airport. There were no injuries. The plane is a CTsw … Find out how to read more online.
Saving Flooded Pets
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Critters cause turf problem at Wellfield
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
It’s usually tiny tikes tearing up the turf at Venice’s Letson Stadium Football Field, but county officials are concerned about another turf terror — burrowing mole crickets. The crickets are … Find out how to read more online.
City agrees to automated garbage pickup
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Venice City Council this week signed off on a pilot program to introduce automated waste collection to Venice. An advisory group representative pitched the program before Council on Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
County, state focus on residents’ health
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
Health and safety seem to be at the top of the priority list for Sarasota County and the state of Florida lately, including a reminder about child safety, breastfeeding support … Find out how to read more online.
Trauma alert, crash send two to hospital
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
A Venice man who fell off a ladder earlier this week was BayFlited to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. According to a Venice Fire Department press release, firefighters responded at 2:37 p.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Island water outage in some areas
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
There will be a water outage in the City of Venice from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The outage is due to a contractor replacing a … Find out how to read more online.
Less is more for Starlite Players
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
With all those shows about tiny houses on the Home and Garden channels, it makes sense that tiny plays also would be popular. That is the whole idea behind Starlite … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay holds auditions
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Lemon Bay Playhouse will hold open auditions for “Hypnosis” on Sunday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse Annex, 80 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. The … Find out how to read more online.
Sharon Scott will perform at Brassfest
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Popular Sarasota singer Sharon Scott will be the guest singer when First Brass of Sarasota concludes its summer season with “Sarasota Brassfest.” There will be two concerts: one at Englewood … Find out how to read more online.
Check out these dream homes
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
If you’re thinking about playing the Powerball anytime soon, now is the time to do it. The real estate market is flush with beautiful, high-end homes that will satisfy any … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun owner purchases a daily newspaper
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Sun Coast Media Group, which owns the Venice Gondolier Sun, continues to expand throughout central Florida as it becomes the new owner of the daily newspaper in Highlands County. Sun … Find out how to read more online.
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Fraize accused of yelling at staff
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:52AM
Venice City Council Member Fred Fraize was singled out this week in council chambers for conduct unbefitting an elected official. Reportedly, Fraize was upset after a recent tour of the … Find out how to read more online.
Helicopter, boat, 3 agencies — for a flag
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
Hundreds of people gathered on the beach near the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier on Saturday night — not to watch another spectacular sunset, but to witness what appeared to be … Find out how to read more online.
Boat crash victims pulled from ICW
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
A 17-foot Boston Whaler crashed into the rip rap along the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday, sending two subjects into the water and injuring a third. The incident was reportedly caused … Find out how to read more online.
Time again to prepare your cardboard boats
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
Attention aspiring captains! It’s that time of year again when cardboard becomes a precious commodity and the smell of contact cement permeates the air of Englewood. Yes, you guessed it. … Find out how to read more online.
City shouldn’t pay for Sheriff, mayor says
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
Venice Mayor John Holic has persuaded his colleagues to try one more time to relieve city taxpayers of the expense of funding Sheriff’s Office patrols. For several years, Holic has … Find out how to read more online.
High Practice
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
As part of a planning and training exercise, the Venice Fire Department ladder truck recently put firefighters up multiple floors at 631 Alhambra Road, a building that is part of … Find out how to read more online.
Education classes for all ages set
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:48AM
This is what parents are saying about their children’s educational experiences at Venice Theatre: “Because of the work that you do, my son was able to experience something that has … Find out how to read more online.
Venice woman wins art design contest
Sat  Aug 27 2016 11:46AM
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (ACASC) announces that Venice artist Karen Chandler has won the 2016-17 Arts and Culture Guide Cover Contest. The call to local artists … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun hosting city election forum
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A Venice city election forum where residents can listen to city candidates answer questions and give their views is being hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun on Wednesday, Oct. 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Driver says he’s ‘angel from heaven sent to kill people’
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A naked Englewood man allegedly ran his vehicle into another intentionally in Venice and told officers he was “an angel from heaven sent to kill people.” George Lykopoulos, 29, of … Find out how to read more online.
Main Street turns 28, still has big impact
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
One of the hidden business gems in this city, Venice MainStreet Inc. is relatively unknown to many people despite being active for more than 28 years. Operated by only one … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional planning a new hospital
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has notified the state that the hospital will be seeking permission to build a new 312-bed facility, in a location that’s yet to be determined. … Find out how to read more online.
Urologist to pay $250K for unnecessary medical tests
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
A doctor has agreed to pay $250,000 to resolve allegations that he submitted claims to federal health care programs for laboratory tests that were not medically necessary. Urologist Robert A. … Find out how to read more online.
Council puts a Band-Aid on zoning districts
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
The City Council has brought some much needed consistency to Venice’s Commercial, General (CG) and Commercial, Intensive (CI) zoning districts, to address complaints from business owners. A CI district should … Find out how to read more online.
Auditions set for ‘Get Out of Dodge’
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:30AM
Auditions for the brand-new comic drama, “Get Out of Dodge,” will be held Sunday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., … Find out how to read more online.
‘Why Can’t I Be You’ takes the stage
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
The Players Centre for Performing Arts will present the winning play of the 2015 New Play Festival — “Why Can’t I Be You?” by Llywelyn Jones. It will run Aug. … Find out how to read more online.
Arts and Craft show will be Saturday
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:28AM
Venice Community Center’s annual summer Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice. There always … Find out how to read more online.
For your garbage, ‘claw’ is possible
Tue  Aug 23 2016 04:02PM
A city advisory group is pitching a pilot program for automated waste collection that envisions using a mechanical claw to lift and empty city-provided garbage cans. Lee Lichtle, chair of … Find out how to read more online.
Library-museum idea raises concerns
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
It took a while for Venice officials to cozy up to the idea of creating a combined new public library, archives and museum. City Manager Ed Lavallee made the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Zika is here but don’t panic
Wed  Aug 17 2016 09:42AM
Although the Zika virus has appeared in Sarasota County, for several reasons health officials say it’s not yet a significant concern here, even among the area’s older residents. First, as … Find out how to read more online.