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Ban plastic bags, city board says
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
A Venice advisory board is recommending the city adopt a resolution that could lead to a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. The issue came up at an Environmental Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
Play. If you dare.
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
“Two spades,” “four no-trump.” Familiar words to most retired women spending an afternoon at the card table. But in Nokomis, words like, “four-Bam,” “two-Crak” and “Red Dragon” are ringing out … Find out how to read more online.
Audit finds city General Fund ‘very healthy’
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
The city of Venice’s finances are in good shape, according to its auditor, despite a new accounting standard related to pensions. Under Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 68 (GASB … Find out how to read more online.
Class for visually impaired needs funding
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Legislature slashed funding for the Adults With Disabilities program from $10 million to $750,000 last summer, the cuts hit the Sarasota County … Find out how to read more online.
Selby Gardens to hide 80 free passes
Sat  May 28 2016 11:50AM
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, will hiding 40 binocular sets containing two free passes to the 40-year-old-attraction throughout the region. Providing the free passes is to … Find out how to read more online.
“Hetty Feather” takes the Asolo Rep stage
Sat  May 28 2016 11:50AM
Asolo Repertory Theatre presents the final production of its record-breaking 2015-16 season — the U.S. premiere of the U.K. phenomenon “Hetty Feather.” The play is Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s popular U.K. … Find out how to read more online.
Art that twirls
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
City leaders considered accepting an 11-foot tall aluminum kinetic art sculpture this week, but held off after concerns were raised about where to place the artwork. Artist and local Realtor … Find out how to read more online.
Pierce named city’s next finance director
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The City of Venice has hired Walter H. Pierce III of Tampa as its new finance director. Pierce will start at the city Thursday, May 26. Pierce brings to the … Find out how to read more online.
Annual hurricane seminar today
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The area hasn’t seen a major hurricane in over a decade. But residents are warned not to get complacent just because one hasn’t hit. In an effort to provide information … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs $3M for land buy, sludge removal
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
Dealing with a potential environmental issue at Pinebrook Park and acquiring land for future city facilities that could have gone there will cost about $3 million. The Venice City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Hilarity abounds in Broadway Palm’s ‘Menopause’
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
“Menopause The Musical” is a campy spoof on one of nature’s most dreaded events that affects women: menopause, aka “The Change.” In this musical on the main stage of the … Find out how to read more online.
Purple Heart Ring Mystery
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Mark DesErmia considers himself more of a treasure hunter than an underwater metal detector enthusiast. A Venice High graduate, now 53, he makes a living at it. He used to … Find out how to read more online.
Gun range eyed
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Residents in North Venice are upset over semi-automatic gunfire and a stray bullet that hit a Willow Chase home this week. It’s not the first time a residence in the … Find out how to read more online.
SCF provost retiring after 34 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Darlene Wedler-Johnson has spent more than half her life working for what is now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. She’s seen five college presidents and the name of the institution … Find out how to read more online.
Woman’s Club celebrates 90 years
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
In 1927, Frank Parker Stockbridge addressed a newly formed group of 18 women in Venice calling themselves the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club on “What Makes A Community.” He suggested the women … Find out how to read more online.
Board: Keep post office/hotel idea alive
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Venice Mayor John Holic found the support at the Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) that he was expecting to get from his City Council colleagues. Holic proposed at the May … Find out how to read more online.
With turtles protected, lime can be removed
Mon  May 23 2016 11:35AM
When the Venice City Council approved a plan in April to fill in lime pits by Wellfield Park, it was with the proviso that Utilities Director Tim Hochuli come back … Find out how to read more online.
Speaker sees change coming for VA benefits
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Elder Law Attorney Lisa Goldstein gave a detailed presentation recently and talked about many important details for obtaining both VA and Medicaid benefits when long term care is needed. She … Find out how to read more online.
Turn signals at Publix are requested
Thu  May 26 2016 04:38PM
With the success of getting a left hand turn signal on U.S. 41 Venice Business at Indian Avenue leading into Venice High School, city leaders have now set their sights … Find out how to read more online.
A model for nation
Thu  May 26 2016 04:38PM
Around 300 residents and dignitaries gathered in the clubhouse of the new Nancy Detert Residences at Loveland Village project to witness the ribbon-cutting Monday. It is the first residential complex … Find out how to read more online.
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Sheriff’s Office now accepts texts to 911
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Bureau announced this week that the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC) will begin accepting text messages to 911. While other counties have adopted … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane seminar message: Get ready
Sat  May 28 2016 11:54AM
It was standing room only at this year’s Hurricane Preparedness Seminar, hosted by the City of Venice. More than 250 people attended the Wednesday morning event to hear the latest … Find out how to read more online.
You vote: Fix 70% of city roads?
Wed  May 25 2016 10:22AM
More than 70 percent of public roads within the City of Venice boundaries will be resurfaced, and some of those completely rebuilt, if voters say yes in November to a … Find out how to read more online.
Northern Jackson Road to stay as is
Sat  May 28 2016 11:52AM
Attorney Jeff Boone thought that asking the Venice City Council to take steps to ensure that North Jackson Road, in North Venice, won’t be extended and improved would be a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Evolving/Revolving’ ends dance season
Sat  May 28 2016 11:50AM
Sarasota Contemporary Dance (formerly Fuzion) is just days away from the final production of its 10th season, “Evolving/Revolving,” June 2-5, at the Cook Theater in the FSU Center for the … Find out how to read more online.
City bicycle, pedestrian coordinator needed
Sat  May 28 2016 11:50AM
The increasing growth, popularity and importance of cycling in the Venice area has created a need for a part-time city bicycle/pedestrian coordinator to help take the program to the next … Find out how to read more online.
Think you are having a stroke? Think ‘brain attack.’ Act fast
Wed  May 25 2016 10:26AM
Dizziness. Headache. Slurred speech. Weakness. Blurred vision. Those are the major symptoms of a brain attack — the blockage of an artery that serves the brain. If that sounds like … Find out how to read more online.
Four wounded veterans spend weekend fishing
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
Joe Deslauters caught a 70-pound tarpon while fishing the first weekend of May in the waters off Manasota Key. “He put up a pretty good fight,” said the 37-year-old Deslauters, … Find out how to read more online.
Details of Salvation Army leader’s fraud charges
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
The state’s Office of Financial Regulation released details of the investigation into a local Salvation Army leader and his co-defendant for fraud charges. David Sutton, 63, of Sarasota, and Michael … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland Center students to perform ‘The Unbroken Circle’
Wed  May 25 2016 10:24AM
Students from Loveland Center who participate in the theater arts partnership with Venice Theatre will present four performances of the original musical, “The Unbroken Circle - A Tribute to the … Find out how to read more online.
Brew Bash set for Memorial Day weekend
Wed  May 25 2016 10:22AM
The Venice Brew Bash V Saturday, May 28, 3-7 p.m., will kick off Memorial Day weekend in downtown Venice. Celebrate the suds at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., and … Find out how to read more online.
City sidewalks soon for rent?
Sat  May 21 2016 11:52AM
Complaints from residents about restaurants and apparel boutiques serving meals and selling their goods on the sidewalk have drawn the attention of City Council. Some say it’s a welcome arrangement, … Find out how to read more online.
Full city pension funding a matter of time
Sat  May 21 2016 11:50AM
Editor’s note: This is the last story in a series on the city of Venice’s police and firefighter pension funds. • • • “Pensions are one of the largest and … Find out how to read more online.
SMH fights objections, says hospital needed
Thu  May 26 2016 04:38PM
Not surprisingly, Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s response to the objections to its proposed 80-bed facility on Laurel Road focuses on the ones raised by the closest competitor — Venice Regional Bayfront … Find out how to read more online.
New fines set for unlicensed contractors
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Sarasota County is cracking down on unlicensed contractors and trying to make the financial penalties high enough to deter unpermitted construction work. County commissioners unanimously adopted an amendment Tuesday creating … Find out how to read more online.
Crash injures high school student
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
A two-vehicle crash at the Circus Bridge in Venice Tuesday morning sent a Venice High School student to the hospital and shut down the southbound side of the bridge for … Find out how to read more online.
‘James and the Giant Peach’ is delightful
Sat  May 21 2016 11:48AM
Get ready to be energized by Venice Theatre’s production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” If you’ve never read the children’s book or seen the movie, this fantasy … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor has questions on police station bond
Sat  May 21 2016 11:46AM
City leaders are all set to pull the trigger next week on a road bond for voters to decide in November. But a second bond project — to build a … Find out how to read more online.
Small business owner files for Council seat
Thu  May 26 2016 04:38PM
As anticipated, small business owner Bill Ahern has filed for the City Council seat being vacated by Jeanette Gates. Gates announced in late April she would not seek a third … Find out how to read more online.
CEO: Venice Regional is on the right path
Thu  May 26 2016 04:38PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain’s intended career might have had him working in a hospital, but not running one. He planned to go to school to be a … Find out how to read more online.