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Venice Regional CEO resigns
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:36AM
In the wake of bad publicity regarding a sewage spill at Venice Regional Bayfront Health, the hospital’s CEO, Peter Wozniak, turned in his resignation, effective Friday. “I am extremely proud … Find out how to read more online.
No. 1 Ranked Newspaper in Florida
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:34AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun has been named the best community newspaper in its size class for the second straight year by the Florida Press Association. This news comes as the … Find out how to read more online.
Finance expert Cautero to run for Council
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:34AM
Richard Cautero, a North Venice resident with both corporate and nonprofit board experience, has thrown his hat into the ring for Seat No. 4 on Venice City Council. Jim Bennett, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Golf gets award for tons of wildlife
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
The Venice Golf and Country Club (VGCC) continues to collect accolades in the environmental realm, thanks to the efforts of its general manager, Jim Schell, his staff and a legion … Find out how to read more online.
Site of hospital sewage spill not inspected for month
Thu  Jul 30 2015 04:07PM
Twenty-nine days. That’s the time that elapsed between the day a sewage spill at Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) was reported as having been cleaned up and the first day … Find out how to read more online.
Planners approve — not just review — site plans
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
City staff very recently took over some of the duties that used to lie exclusively with the city Planning Commission — they approved a series of “minor” site plan petitions. … Find out how to read more online.
Breast milk depot opens at SMH
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
Delivering about 3,000 babies annually, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has opened a Milk Depot to make it easier for local moms to donate their breast milk to struggling premature babies. A … Find out how to read more online.
Four teens arrested in Casey Key Burglaries
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:30AM
Deputies arrested four teens, including one from Nokomis, in connection with a burglary spree on Casey Key that started early Thursday morning. A deputy responded to the 400 block of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice’s Seaboard to get another look
Thu  Jul 30 2015 04:07PM
The Venice mayor would like to have another discussion about establishing a Community Redevelopment Area to help fund improvements in the Seaboard area to rejuvenate the business district. CRAs allow … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomos delayed again
Thu  Jul 30 2015 04:07PM
It appears diners will not be watching the sun go down at Nokomos Sunset Hut any-time soon. This week, the county posted notices of a variance request by the owners … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital’s Medicare reimbursement at risk
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
Errors in the way Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) handled a recent sewage spill didn’t just pose a risk to patients — the errors also jeopardize the hospital’s Medicare reimbursement. … Find out how to read more online.
Summer music camp takes on silver sheen
Wed  Jul 29 2015 09:18AM
Even the woodwinds seem to have a silvery sheen this year as the Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp celebrates its 25th or silver anniversary. Still directed by Venice Symphony bassoonist … Find out how to read more online.
Overpass meeting set for this week
Tue  Jul 28 2015 12:13PM
Three county commissioners called it ugly. Next week, the public can weigh in. “It” is a proposed overpass to allow users of the Legacy Trail to cross Laurel Road safely … Find out how to read more online.
Mote Magic
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota was named the fifth best aquarium in the U.S. and 15th best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor in the site’s 2015 Traveler’s … Find out how to read more online.
Sporty cars crash
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
In two separate incidents this past week, sporty vehicles were in single car crashes. A Charlotte County woman is in critical condition after she lost control of the 2015 Porsche … Find out how to read more online.
The amazing beauty of Donna’s Secret Garden
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
On a 10-acre plot of land in south Venice, Donna and Michael Kiehl have created an oasis of tropical beauty among the lush woods around them. Fifteen years ago, the … Find out how to read more online.
Join the Sun Fiesta party pack
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
Party planning is well underway for the biggest party in Venice, the annual Sun Fiesta. For 43 years, this event has celebrated the end of summer and the arrival of … Find out how to read more online.
Florida Studio Theatre continues renovations
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
After completing the massive building program of its First Avenue facility, Florida Studio Theatre takes its construction tools to Palm Avenue. A $100,000 grant from the William G. and Marie … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Realtor part of sale of an island
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:24AM
What does it take to close a $14.5 million property sale of an entire island? Venice resident Victoria Stultz, a Realtor for Michael Saunders & Company at the Palmer Ranch … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland growing again
Thu  Jul 23 2015 03:15PM
As the future Loveland Village continues to rise vertically, the organization announced it has recently acquired two adjacent properties on almost eight acres reaching from East Venice Avenue to Gladesview … Find out how to read more online.
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Althea’s restaurant is sold
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:34AM
Longtime owners Gregg and Diane Silvia have sold Althea’s restaurant, 220 W. Miami Ave. The restaurant has been a landmark on the island since they acquired it 20 years ago. … Find out how to read more online.
Concerns about appearance of overpass eased
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:34AM
Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson said that when she has talked with her constituents about a proposed pedestrian overpass spanning Laurel Road, they had one of two comments: It’s not … Find out how to read more online.
Punta Gorda attorney plans to sue Venice’s police department
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
A Punta Gorda lawyer and former judge candidate has notified the City of Venice that he plans to sue its police department. Steven Leskovich, of Leskovich Law Group, is claiming … Find out how to read more online.
Officials eye rules for cab-like Uber
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
As Uber gains popularity in Sarasota County, some officials want stronger regulation of the transportation service. Created in San Francisco, Uber is now in 300 cities worldwide and more than … Find out how to read more online.
Some candidates’ coffers already filling up
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
The 2016 primary election is still more than a year away, but fundraising by Sarasota County candidates is already well underway. Some candidates have war chests of several thousand dollars … Find out how to read more online.
Marauders’ mission: Blow Po River bridge
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
The target: A major bridge over the Po River near Pavia in northern Italy used by the Germans in World War II to move men and equipment south to the … Find out how to read more online.
Farley to host exhibit honoring fallen in War on Terror
Sat  Aug 1 2015 11:32AM
“Remembering Our Fallen,” a special traveling exhibit that is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by 304 Floridians killed in the War on Terror, will be displayed at … Find out how to read more online.
Man arrested for setting off chemical bombs
Thu  Jul 30 2015 04:08PM
A 35-year-old Nokomis man was arrested for setting off acid bombs amidst residential apartments in Englewood just for fun. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report, on July 25 … Find out how to read more online.
Park has tough trails
Thu  Jul 30 2015 04:07PM
There’s a new preserve in Sarasota County, and a new sport for it. Mogul-hiking in Walton Ranch. Sarasota County recently opened the 3,760-acre Walton Ranch, on Toledo Blade Boulevard, which … Find out how to read more online.
Stay ‘on’ the bay at Polynesian Village
Wed  Jul 29 2015 09:20AM
One of the oldest hotel-resorts at Walt Disney World is now the newest and right in style with some of the best resort hotels in the world thanks to the … Find out how to read more online.
Townhouse condo incorporates Nolen green space
Wed  Jul 29 2015 09:18AM
A recently demolished single-family residence constructed in 1951 will be replaced with a modern three-unit condo building near downtown Venice called Bella Milan. The project, called an example of Smart … Find out how to read more online.
FST’s ‘Over the River’ is heartwarming
Wed  Jul 29 2015 09:18AM
When Nick Cristano (Matthew DeCapua) is offered a job in Seattle, which is on the other side of the country from both his maternal and paternal grandparents, a whole lot … Find out how to read more online.
Questions after the city reposts inspector position
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
The Venice fire inspector released last week after City Council learned she didn’t have a required state certification has an opportunity to reapply. Cynthia Dehler was given a conditional offer … Find out how to read more online.
K-9 Atlas and handler head down to North Port
Mon  Jul 27 2015 11:00AM
The Venice Police Department’s loss is North Port’s gain. The city signed off on a deal this week allowing K-9 Atlas to be purchased by his handler, Officer Chad Walker. … Find out how to read more online.
State cites Venice Regional for 13 more violations
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:22AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) is now accused of a total of 15 federal and state regulatory violations as a result of failing to “adequately address a large sewage spill … Find out how to read more online.
Groups asking city for money get mixed results
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
After devoting months to crafting a city policy on special events, Venice’s Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) got to take it for a spin Wednesday. “This is the first opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
One woman plays seven roles in Banyan offering
Sat  Jul 25 2015 12:26PM
Katherine Mitchell Tanner, clad in a simple Amish dress, portrays seven very different characters in the one-act Banyan Theater production of “The Amish Project,” written by Jessica Dickey and directed … Find out how to read more online.
Loveland growing again
Sat  Jul 25 2015 08:30AM
VENICE — As the future Loveland Village continues to rise vertically, the organization announced it has recently acquired two adjacent properties on almost eight acres reaching from East Venice Avenue … Find out how to read more online.
A Turtle Twist
Wed  Jul 22 2015 10:22AM
The Coastal Wildlife Club posted online a recent video of a male green sea turtle mating with a female loggerhead off Manasota Key. “We have found green hatchlings out of … Find out how to read more online.
State cites hospital for errors over sewage leak
Sat  Jul 18 2015 10:52PM
Failing to properly respond to a sewage leak may have Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) in hot water with a state agency. The hospital is accused by the Agency for … Find out how to read more online.