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Developer adds 300 acres from North Venice
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
The property in North Venice where Gulf Coast Community Foundation had planned to build workforce housing will finally be developed, but not by the Foundation and not for workforce housing. … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane survival — are you ready?
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
It’s one thing to hear the advice of experts on how to prepare for a hurricane. It’s another to hear it from an expert who lived through one that destroyed … Find out how to read more online.
Never gets old
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
• More Photos on Page A10 Venice loves its parades, and this year, the city got two extra ones. The first happened earlier this year to celebrate the Venice High … Find out how to read more online.
Head of SMH Venice hospital named
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
There’s no Laurel Road branch of Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) yet, but there is a founding president to oversee what it’s calling “the most significant addition in Sarasota Memorial’s 93-year … Find out how to read more online.
For Dane Hassan, the beat goes on
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
Neither a career with the Connecticut State Police nor a heart transplant kept Venice resident Dane Hassan away from his drums for very long. Now playing regularly with Mike and … Find out how to read more online.
Council wants shorter, nicer public hearings
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
Another long, contentious public hearing, another plea from the Venice City Council for ways to make public hearings shorter and less contentious. The impetus for the latest request to the … Find out how to read more online.
Art Center makes Father’s Day ‘rock’
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
The Venice Art Center Summer Kid’s Camp is celebrating Father’s Day this year by letting participants dedicate their latest stone art project to their dads for this special holiday. The … Find out how to read more online.
Irma eyesore set to be demolished
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:42AM
Floors covered in broken glass and insulation hanging from the frame of a ruined roof characterizes the current condition of an abandoned home torn apart by hurricane Irma nine months … Find out how to read more online.
Sheraton hotel plan voted down
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:42AM
Confusion and more than 800 petition signatures opposed to constructing a Four Points by Sheraton hotel across from Village on The Isle continuous care campus on Tamiami Trail were enough … Find out how to read more online.
Autopsy report still pending on woman
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
The death of 23-year-old Meghan Kay Bennett, of Clearwater, who was found three months ago on the lawn of a Venice residence near City Hall, remains under investigation. An autopsy … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
Corrections Captain Eddie’s Seafood Restaurant, Mojos Real Cuban Restaurant and Bogeys of Venice Restaurant have and remain independently owned and operated by the Myara family and are not associated with … Find out how to read more online.
Pinebrook South drug bust leads to more charges
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
A Venice man charged in February with trafficking large quantities of marijuana is facing new charges. Daniel Dinka, 21, was arrested June 5 for possession of child pornography and two … Find out how to read more online.
Tents downtown this weekend but not for camps
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Downtown Venice Avenue will look like “Tent City” this weekend for the Silver Anniversary of the Downtown Venice Craft Festival, June 16-17. There will be countless unique and affordable handcrafted … Find out how to read more online.
Street ‘nickname’ will honor VHS champs
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Cost and red tape made changing the name of Bahama Street, in front of Venice High School, to “Champions Way” a no-go Tuesday. But Mayor John Holic had a fall-back … Find out how to read more online.
Life’s a jungle at the Asolo
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Sounds of the jungle rose in the darkened Mertz Theatre Saturday night. Clapping their hands to emulate the sound of drumbeats, four actors entered from the back of the theater. … Find out how to read more online.
Betts arrested for parole violation
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:36AM
A second parole violation has landed Donna Betts, the wife of Allman Brothers Band founding member Dickey Betts, back in jail. According to court documents, the 63-year-old Betts was arrested … Find out how to read more online.
Tree-point landing
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
Norman Ellis is accustomed to private planes flying in and out of Englewood’s Buchan Airport. He didn’t expect one to end up on his lawn. “It scared the heck out … Find out how to read more online.
Sea debris exhibit shines sobering light on plastics
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
A recent exhibit at Mote Marine shows how humankind’s love affair with plastic is proving deadly to sea creatures across the globe. “Sea Debris: Awareness Through Art” will be on … Find out how to read more online.
Projects examined as budget meetings begin
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
Department heads will put their collective best feet forward over the next few weeks as City Manager Ed Lavalle presents a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 before the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Venice plans for 2nd Parade of Champions
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:00PM
The City of Venice is preparing for another “Parade of Champions.” City officials and Venice High School leaders are organizing the parade to celebrate Venice’s 7A baseball state champions. The … Find out how to read more online.
Seen this animal in your yard?
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
Invasive lizards the size of small dogs are running rampant in Charlotte County. Beware: The tegus are coming. In the past year, there have been three confirmed sightings of the … Find out how to read more online.
Boardwalk fire sparks change in park policy
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
A city law outlining when and where cooking fires are acceptable in public parks was preliminarily passed by the Venice City Council on Tuesday. The change was requested by the … Find out how to read more online.
Fireworks set for Wednesday at Jetty
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:44AM
Fireworks will be shot from the South Jetty on Wednesday, July 4, shortly after 9 p.m., as part of the city of Venice’s Independence Day festivities. The free show, which … Find out how to read more online.
Police retirees to get a raise
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
Venice City Council members voted unanimously six months ago to give police pension fund beneficiaries a one-time cost-of-living adjustment to their monthly payments. On Tuesday, they finally considered an ordinance … Find out how to read more online.
Library app debuts with 1,200 downloads
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
The recently released Sarasota County Libraries mobile app was downloaded 1,200 times by people all over the world the first day it was available on the app stores. This software … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lillian Likes It’ opens June 22
Sat  Jun 16 2018 11:42AM
The first production of the new Venice High School summer theater initiative, called Student Theater Summers, will open June 22 at Venice Performing Arts Center. The production is the play, “Lillian … Find out how to read more online.
Teen flips stolen SUV into traffic
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
Troopers say a 16-year-old was behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on the Venice Bypass over the weekend when he lost control … Find out how to read more online.
Busy PGD soars by SRQ
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:42AM
Punta Gorda Airport ranked No. 11 in a listing of the busiest airports in Florida for 2017, beating out Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, which ranked No. 12. PGD was reported to … Find out how to read more online.
Pier repairs delayed until next spring
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
A shortage of wood means the Venice Fishing Pier will go through another season before it gets a permanent fix. Damaged by Hurricane Irma last September, the pier had to … Find out how to read more online.
Remorseful Peacock rehired by Venice
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:00PM
John Peacock has had his share of controversy with the football team he has led for 11 years at Venice High School. From suspensions and fines to forfeited wins and … Find out how to read more online.
They’re back — for 3rd international festival
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:40AM
Another first for Venice Theatre — the theater is the first and only community theater to host three international festivals. The curtain goes up on the 2018 American Association of … Find out how to read more online.
Veteran gets surprised with flag project
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Word War II veteran Louis “Bob” White was honored when he saw the American Flag in his garden a few days before Memorial Day. His wife Betsy White gave him … Find out how to read more online.
Fifth-graders enjoy Audubon Scrub-jay workshop
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Fifth-grade students from North Port’s Glenallen Elementary School participated in a Scrub-jay workshop created and led by Audubon’s Youth Education Coordinator Linda Soderquist. The fifth-grade program was designed to align … Find out how to read more online.
Improv Festival grows up
Wed  Jun 13 2018 09:38AM
Florida Studio Theatre announced its full lineup for the 2018 Improv Festival, including three headliners and a plethora of international talent. Headlining the festival this year will be Spain’s Impro … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown project gets later dates
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
Under the original timeline for the Downtown Roadway Corridor Improvements Project, construction would be well into its second month and on track to be largely completed before the Nov. 24 … Find out how to read more online.
Hotelier addresses residents’ concerns
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
Residents of two subdivisions have registered their objections to a proposed hotel on the island in Venice. The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel planned across the street from the expanding … Find out how to read more online.
Council’s strategic plan to get an update
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
The Venice City Council kicks off a busy week with a regular meeting on Tuesday, followed by budget workshops on Wednesday and Friday. It’s excellent timing, as on Tuesday the … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional honored for stroke care
Sat  Jun 9 2018 12:02PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health’s treatment of stroke patients has earned it an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award “recognizes the … Find out how to read more online.
Airport hotel getting back on track
Thu  Jun 7 2018 06:34PM
Negotiations to construct a hotel at the Venice Municipal Airport may be coming to a conclusion, according to sources close to the matter. In July 2017, the Venice City Council … Find out how to read more online.