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Coming back snowbirds? Better have a reservation
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Local rental specialists agree this season was a winner and next season will present a challenge to snowbirds without reservations. Venice’s small-town charm, combined with the warm, sunny winter weather … Find out how to read more online.
Shorebirds face difficult dog days of nesting
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The telltale signs of nesting sea turtles dragging themselves onto local Gulf beaches are generally hard to miss. But signs of nesting shorebirds — whether it’s Wilson’s and snowy plovers, … Find out how to read more online.
Realtor looking for hotel builder
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Venice has always been an area primarily known for retirees, but in the past five years, a systematic shift has occurred, said Stan Rutstein a commercial Realtor for RE/Max Alliance … Find out how to read more online.
STEMsmart transforms learning via a vision
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Page Dettmann, who heads middle-school education for Sarasota County, is what you might call a visionary. The high-tech science and math classrooms that have been installed throughout the district’s middle … Find out how to read more online.
New foundation website is a mine of data
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
A new initiative of Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) can tell you just about anything you want to know about the four-county region it serves. And some things you might … Find out how to read more online.
Runway project goes out to bid Monday
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
The city is ready to put the runway 13-31 improvement project out to bid, with a possible construction start as early as September. That’s the timetable Venice Municipal Airport Director … Find out how to read more online.
Council surprised over seeing unspent funds
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
What looked good on a capital budget spread- sheet raised red flags at a Venice City Council workshop this week. Even before discussing a single project at a Capital Projects … Find out how to read more online.
Players’ show is silly on steroids
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
For those who enjoy farce with liberal doses of slapstick comedy, the Players production of “You Should Be So Lucky” should tickle the funny bone. Christopher (Parker Lawhorne) is a … Find out how to read more online.
Guide dogs bring good things to life
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
I waited with great anticipation for the business meeting to end and the representative of Southeast Guide Dogs to arrive with one of those cute doggies. Finally, Michael Miller entered … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan: Roads in paradise need fixing
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:10AM
Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-16th District, was the guest of the Nokomis Area Civic Association Monday, and he brought a guest of his own: Congressman Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, chair of the … Find out how to read more online.
Capital projects plan under review by city
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:10AM
City leaders will pick apart a draft Capital Improvement Plan today (Wednesday, April 22) to see what construction and infrastructure projects are funded in the next five years and which … Find out how to read more online.
No questions asked. Pregnancy Care Center helps
Thu  Apr 23 2015 03:08PM
The mission statement says it all: "Helping moms in South Sarasota County provide safer, happier and healthier lives for their children." Since Bishop John Nevins founded the Venice Area Pregnancy … Find out how to read more online.
‘Bereave’ informs on aging, love and death
Thu  Apr 23 2015 03:08PM
Imagine knowing your days are numbered and you feel the end coming near as your wife looks forward to celebrating your 40th wedding anniversary. This is something you would share … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Park scaled back
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:46PM
Faced with a low bid of $2.82 million to construct long-awaited Legacy Park — far more than the available funding — city of Venice officials this week agreed to scale … Find out how to read more online.
Youth movement takes over at City Hall
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:46PM
What would young adults in high school do at City Hall on hot button topics? The cream of the crop of Venice High students job-shadowed department directors and elected officials … Find out how to read more online.
Firm submits proposal to unite transit systems
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
An Illinois company has submitted an unsolicited proposal to Manatee and Sarasota counties to provide transit operations as a single entity. Transdev Services Inc. submitted the proposal to create Sarasota … Find out how to read more online.
As recession recedes, where does county focus?
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:16AM
During the Great Recession, some things got put off. New cars, family vacations and other luxuries — and necessities — fell by the wayside. The same was true for local … Find out how to read more online.
Farmer’s Market receives $10,000 grant
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
The Venice Farmer’s Market (VFM) will receive up to $30,000 over the course of three years to maintain its Fresh Access Bucks program for SNAP (Food Stamp) recipients through the … Find out how to read more online.
Nominate a top volunteer
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
ABC 7 kicked off its fourth annual “7 Who Care” Awards, a public service program to recognize Suncoast citizens who embody the spirit of volunteerism. To coincide with National Volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
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Gated communities are making a comeback
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:26PM
Building luxury homes in a gated community in 2006 seemed like the right idea. But for developers Sam Rodgers and Lee Wetherington, it quickly became a nightmare. In 2004, after … Find out how to read more online.
County: Fire dept. consolidation doable
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
The first hurdle for proponents of consolidating city and county fire departments was overcome this week when Sarasota County Administrator Thomas A. Harmer issued a letter to the city of … Find out how to read more online.
Singapore a global shopping Mecca: Part VI of a series on travel in Asia
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:24PM
Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a series of stories written by Businews columnist Roger Button about his travels in Asia at the end of the year. Button … Find out how to read more online.
Venice student among top four most improved
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
Chase Thomas, a Venice High School student, got an extra kudo Wednesday, April 22. He initially was one of 40 Sarasota County high school students honored for having overcome challenges to … Find out how to read more online.
Special event policy set
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
It took about nine months, but the city’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB), with help from city staff, has finally removed the City Council from the special event fee waiver … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds protest developing ‘The Woods’
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:08AM
In the longest Venice Planning Commission meeting in years, the board voted 4-3 to recommend approval of Neal Communities’ The Woods in Venice subdivision out on Border and North Jackson … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man crashes into North Port church
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
A 65-year-old Venice man who crashed his truck into a church off Biscayne Drive last Saturday night had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, city authorities … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Film Festival presents its awards
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
More than 800 films were considered for the 285 or so that were shown during the 17th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which ended Sunday with two red carpet programs, one … Find out how to read more online.
‘Oh Mama! No Papa’ plays at Lemon Bay
Sat  Apr 25 2015 07:22PM
Continuing a very successful season, the Lemon Bay Playhouse’s next production, “Oh, Mama! No, Papa!” opens April 29 and runs through May 17. This charming comedy, by Reginald Denham and directed by Rita … Find out how to read more online.
Classics Steakhouse closes in downtown Venice
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:10AM
The first restaurant casualty following the very busy 2015 season is Classics Steakhouse and Nightclubs, formerly Pineapples, where the lights went out for the final time last Friday. It is … Find out how to read more online.
Tiny predators eat deadly swarms
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:10AM
Sarasota County is breeding hordes of ruthless killers who exist only to devour their enemy’s offspring. Captured in the wild and propagated in a captive breeding program, the gambusia holbrooki … Find out how to read more online.
Google’s eyes are on Venice
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
A Google Street View car has been roaming the streets of Venice the past few weeks updating the city due to its recent growth and growing popularity. The car stopped … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota Film Festival ends on a high note
Thu  Apr 23 2015 03:08PM
Editor’s Note: Venice Gondolier Sun film and play critic gives her final look at the Sarasota Film Festival. A student-created film on the history of Newton in Sarasota, documentaries on … Find out how to read more online.
Ponce de Leon met his fate near Warm Mineral Springs
Wed  Apr 22 2015 09:06AM
It was a long time ago, but not far away. In July of 1521, Juan Ponce de Leon was ambushed by members of the Calusa tribe of Native Americans near … Find out how to read more online.
Community Video Archives celebrates 25 years
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
For quarter of a century, Community Video Archives, founded by Annette Scherman, has preserved the lives of nearly 120 people and nine special events that have helped shaped this area … Find out how to read more online.
Challenged planning firm stays on city list
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
The Venice City Council has approved Kimley-Horn on a ranking list of only two firms for planning land use services, despite reservations. By a 4-3 vote on April 14, the … Find out how to read more online.
Concert Band features xylophone solo
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
The Venice Concert Band, directed by Bill Millner, will present its Season Finale Concert Monday evening, April 27, 7 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center on the high school … Find out how to read more online.
VPAC hosts free program on teen issues
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:44PM
A free program combining advice for parents and teens with a chance to learn more about community resources will be presented Wednesday, April 22, at Venice High School. “Empowering Parents … Find out how to read more online.
ACS Resource Room a boon for cancer patients
Sun  Apr 19 2015 03:42PM
Being treated with chemotherapy to combat cancer causes many to fear losing their hair, according to the Mayo Clinic website, “Both men and women report hair loss as one … Find out how to read more online.