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Off The Wagon named Chamber’s New Biz of Year
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
The business named the New Business of the Year by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in May likely would not have won if not for a seemingly random event. … Find out how to read more online.
Group wants to help VPAC grow
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
A group wants to help the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) put on more shows to raise money so it can put on more shows, among other things. Representatives of … Find out how to read more online.
Museum expansion becoming urgent, Part II
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
In Part I of a three-part story on the history of Venice, growth of the city’s Archives and Historical Collection leads to the development of a museum to showcase the … Find out how to read more online.
City to bring in fire assessment consultant
Mon  Jun 27 2016 10:49AM
The city is moving quickly to get expert help on two matters that could play a part in next week’s budget discussions and November’s election. Among the unbudgeted expenses the … Find out how to read more online.
Army sergeant piloted tanks, Learjets
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Robert “Beaver” Radebaugh was a little guy, not much more than 5 feet tall. But he was just the right height to be a Sherman tank driver, part of the … Find out how to read more online.
Family sets up fund to help fisherman
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:32PM
Following the death of 23-year-old Dylan Gonzalez, friends and family are working to honor his memory across social media. Gonzalez was out fishing early Sunday with his friend William Pfannkuch, … Find out how to read more online.
Final flood maps now available
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Rick and Robin Laclare, of Venice, were happy to learn that their home on East Venice Avenue is not presently in a high risk flood zone. They sat at a … Find out how to read more online.
Smartphones bad for turtles
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Smartphones may be discouraging nesting sea turtles. Linda Soderquist — the state primary permit holder overseeing volunteer sea turtle patrols on Little Gasparilla Island — expects “false crawls,” when a … Find out how to read more online.
Boats on driveways
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
There’s a movement underway in North Port to get a right that residents of Venice and much of Sarasota County already enjoy — parking a boat on their driveway. In … Find out how to read more online.
More Milano subdivision homes, fewer in Tuscano
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
The Venice Planning Commission this week OK’d more homes in the Villages of Milano subdivision, and fewer in Tuscano Isles. A preliminary plat petition for Phase 1A and 1B of … Find out how to read more online.
Five win at New Play Festival
Mon  Jun 27 2016 10:35AM
It all began for five local playwrights June 27 and run through July 1. Coordinator Sandra Musicante and Artistic Director Jeffery Kin, of the Players Centre for Performing Arts, recently … Find out how to read more online.
Grad party fight leads to arrests
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
A former Venice High football star picked this week to participate in an international football team is among those arrested for the graduation party beating of another teenager who left … Find out how to read more online.
Sea turtles making up for storm losses
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
Sea turtles seem to be making up for last week’s nest losses to Tropical Storm Colin. “We had 35 nests in my zone (Zone One at Caspersen Beach),” Coastal Wildlife … Find out how to read more online.
Vega testifies before Congress about Zika
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Dr. Vilma Vega, a Sarasota-based, board-certified infectious disease physician and certified HIV specialist, testified Wednesday in Washington, D.C., before the Florida delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives, regarding the … Find out how to read more online.
‘Men, Whiskey & Watches’ event comes to Venice
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
“Men, Whiskey & Watches,” the highly popular fundraising campaign of the Child Protection Center, raised $40,000 at its inaugural event in Venice. Monies raised go to help children and families … Find out how to read more online.
College grads jobs scarce in Venice
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
The city of Venice has made another list, but not one it wants to be on. According to the personal-finance website WalletHub, of 130 Florida cities researched, Venice is in … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man arrested on felony drug charges
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
A Venice man who repeatedly sold heroin, cocaine and cannabis to undercover Sheriff’s Office detectives was arrested. Jeremy Bettis, 34, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, June 7, in the … Find out how to read more online.
Citizen of the Quarter named
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Sue Lomas was named Sertoma Club of Venice Citizen of the Quarter. Sue has been a big force behind the Challenger Baseball Program started by Rich Carroll. She has been … Find out how to read more online.
Local gun sales up after Orlando
Wed  Jun 15 2016 08:30AM
Just a day after the largest mass shooting in the U.S., local gun shops have seen an increase in gun purchases and interest in gun training sessions. “Especially after Orlando, … Find out how to read more online.
AP Video
City hires 15 percent of workforce in quick way
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:36PM
Try hiring 40 employees, about 15 percent of the City Hall’s employees, in just a few months — after your HR department, which handles the hiring process, lost three of … Find out how to read more online.
Johnson is Mayor’s Pillar of the Community
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
Mayor John Holic has presented the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award to Russ Johnson, a volunteer extraordinaire and resident of Venice for 15 years. “Russ is a person you’ll … Find out how to read more online.
200 National Guardsmen sent to D.C.
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:34PM
A farewell ceremony was held at the 265th Air Defense Artillery Battalion in Sarasota this week, wishing these soldiers luck on their 12-month deployment. Their mission will be ground-based air … Find out how to read more online.
Jesus’ wife evidence led to Venice
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
A journalist’s investigation into evidence suggesting Jesus had a wife led him to Southwest Florida, ultimately to Venice and North Port, and then to Germany and back to North Port … Find out how to read more online.
Council goes to work on budget next week
Sat  Jun 25 2016 01:32PM
One of Venice’s annual parades is scheduled for next week, but it won’t include Shriners or Santa Claus. Instead, city department heads will be taking their turn in front of … Find out how to read more online.
The high price of jail
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Jeff Lowdermilk, the county’s fleet and facility division manager, a week ago told Sarasota Board of County Commissioners its detention campus, a cluster of three jails located on Main Street … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Museum collection in ‘Harms’ way
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
When a collection’s weight threatens the structural integrity of a building, it is not a good sign. Venice Museum & Archives reached that stage about three years ago. Removing several … Find out how to read more online.
Expulsions, suspensions down in area schools
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
Expulsions and out-of-school suspensions have dropped significantly, in some cases by more than 50 percent, in Sarasota County Schools, School Board members learned during a workshop recently. For example, in … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Man fathers child with minor
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
A Nokomis man who admitted he had sex with his niece back in 2012 was arrested this week for allegedly having sex with another minor, age 17 — this time, … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite Players replaces play at 9th hour
Wed  Jun 22 2016 08:30AM
The tragedy at Orlando occurred on the Saturday night preceding the Starlite Players June presentation of four short comedies set to open Thursday, June 16. “Skirting the Law” was the … Find out how to read more online.
Fugitive burglar apprehended in Colorado
Tue  Jun 21 2016 09:52PM
A fugitive task force captured a man in Colorado wanted for a Sarasota burglary that happened in May. According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reports, Gregory Miller, 28, who was … Find out how to read more online.
Blue water turned brown
Tue  Jun 21 2016 10:24PM
The incoming swath of brown water in the blue Gulf waters off Venice was so startling that one paddleboarder stopped, turned around and paddled fast to stay ahead of the … Find out how to read more online.
Sea lice not a threat to area
Wed  Jun 15 2016 08:30AM
Sea lice. Beach lice. Seabather’s Eruption. Whatever you may call them, Southwest Florida residents do not have to worry about them anytime soon. Neither Sarasota County nor Charlotte County track … Find out how to read more online.
Council inches toward pension fixes
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Venice Mayor John Holic made another pitch Tuesday to his colleagues on the City Council to do something to address the underfunding of the city’s police and firefighter pensions. He … Find out how to read more online.
Give Dad choices on Father’s Day
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Father’s Day can be even more special with planning, especially in historic downtown Venice. Make Dad feel extra special by celebrating all weekend instead of just on Sunday. Begin at … Find out how to read more online.
City to explore Fire Fee for FY2018
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Facing another tough budget season, the Venice City Council agreed this week it’s time to explore options, including what has been alternately called a Fire Fee or Fire Tax to … Find out how to read more online.
Council votes to leave Jackson Road alone
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:52PM
Editor’s note: After Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the city clerk learned that the Gondolier Sun hadn’t published notice of the public hearing regarding North Jackson Road. The issue will need … Find out how to read more online.
County set to hire assistant administrator
Sat  Jun 18 2016 12:50PM
Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer has tapped the top staffer in Haines City to be one of his three deputies. Subject to County Commission approval, Jonathan Evans will start as … Find out how to read more online.
Sidewalk use will remain free
Wed  Jun 15 2016 08:30AM
City leaders finally got around to having a chat about the idea of charging rent for use of city sidewalks by restaurants and stores in the downtown area. Not surprisingly, … Find out how to read more online.