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Take Wellfield Park, city asks county gov’t
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:42AM
City leaders in Venice agreed recently they want something done about the Wellfield Sports Complex to bring it up to speed with other county sports parks. In short, they want … Find out how to read more online.
SMH picks design firm for planned Venice hospital
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board selected Flad Architects and Gilbane Building Company to design and construct the planned $225 million, 65-acre Sarasota Memorial Hospital campus in North Venice on … Find out how to read more online.
Regional animal rescue looking to expand services
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
Many times when Rescue Garage takes in a dog, it’s days away from being euthanized at a high-kill shelter in Florida. That’s when Chez Malinois, who formed the local not-for-profit … Find out how to read more online.
On with the parade
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
As progress continues toward the Venice Circus Train Car Museum, it seems fitting that Venice moves into parade season overdrive. Those who lived in Venice when The Greatest Show on … Find out how to read more online.
Should West Villages lose its ‘Venice’ address?
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Years after an initial request to make West Villages a North Port address, the topic was visited once again with a handful of concerned residents. The City Commission met Monday … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Art Center’s Concert Series begins
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:38AM
The Venice Art Center’s upcoming concert series is sponsored by Barbara B. Freeman in memory of Dr. John A. Freeman Jr. Doors to all concerts will open at 6:30 p.m.; … Find out how to read more online.
‘Over the River and Through the Woods’ takes the stage
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:38AM
For the third production of its 31st Season, the Lemon Bay Playhouse presents “Over the River and Through the Woods,” written by Joe DiPietro. Directed by Peter Ivanov, it will open … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoying the Blues
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:36AM
Thousands of fans attended the annual Blues Festival held throughout the downtown area this past weekend. The festival was the idea of Venice MainStreet and The Suncoast Blues Society years … Find out how to read more online.
Museum may get new home
Mon  Nov 20 2017 12:52PM
City leaders are already talking about what to do with the Hamilton Building, which currently houses the temporary Venice Library, once the new library is built. “When that’s empty, what … Find out how to read more online.
Irma response to be reviewed
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
Hurricane Irma posed an interesting challenge to counties across the state of Florida when it arrived in September. When Irma made landfall, it covered much of the state of Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County addresses chronic homelessness
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Four years after they began discussing the problem of chronic homelessness, particularly in county parks, Sarasota County commissioners now have a plan in place. A new quality of life ordinance, … Find out how to read more online.
Anglers offer to advise city about pier
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
When the city was having issues with behavior on the Venice Fishing Pier about seven years ago, the City Council appointed a committee to come up with some recommendations for … Find out how to read more online.
Bluesfest set for Saturday at Maxine Barritt Park
Sun  Nov 19 2017 01:57PM
The blues brought Nick Sperry to Venice. Sperry is a blues musician who lived and worked in Memphis for 10 years. Before that, he was an event planner for the … Find out how to read more online.
Bus crash hospitalizes 5 students, 2 drivers
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Five North Port High School students and two vehicle drivers were transported to the hospital after a collision between a car and a school bus. Around 7 a.m. Wednesday, a … Find out how to read more online.
Akins to run for Congress, challenge Rooney
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
Port Charlotte Republican Bill Akins announced Thursday he will challenge Congressman Tom Rooney in 2018 for the District 17 seat. Akins said his platform includes veterans issues, Second Amendment rights, … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Christmas Story’ brings holidays to town
Mon  Nov 20 2017 03:51PM
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” opened on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, Nov. 14, and will run through Sunday, Dec. 10. Performances of the show that The New York Times says is … Find out how to read more online.
‘Wonder Women’ honored for helping women succeed
Sun  Nov 19 2017 01:57PM
When it came to deciding which of the many South Sarasota County giving women to honor as “Wonder Women” for the Women’s Resource Center’s (WRC) annual fall gathering, three women … Find out how to read more online.
Chalk Festival amazes visitors
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
If the idea of art is to evoke a reaction, then the 10th annual Venice Chalk Festival succeeded. People were either in awe of the complex art done in basically … Find out how to read more online.
Bybee convicted of kidnapping, fraud
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A former Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was charged with attempted murder received a 15-year jail sentence for kidnapping and other charges Thursday afternoon. Frankie Bybee, 47, was convicted … Find out how to read more online.
Pier shark fishing could be banned
Mon  Nov 13 2017 03:19PM
When Hurricane Irma forced the closure of the Venice Fishing Pier in September, job No. 1 was to get it open again temporarily, if possible, and job No. 2 was … Find out how to read more online.
Venice family in need gets their new roof
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:42AM
It took a whole town’s participation but the Hamrick family of Venice was finally able to come out on top in a local contest to win a new roof. A … Find out how to read more online.
Sarasota County receives AA+ rating on Braves’ bonds
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
With the blessings from a major rating agency, Sarasota County’s bonds to finance the construction of the Atlanta Braves spring training facility in North Port are ready to go to … Find out how to read more online.
Circus train car returns to Venice
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
The Venice Area Historical Society’s project to “Preserve the Venice Depot’s Circus Train Heritage” is moving forward at a steady pace. A former train car actually used by the old … Find out how to read more online.
Gas line break shuts down businesses
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
A ruptured gas line at Sweet Treats bakery closed down parts of West Venice Avenue and Tampa Avenue Monday morning. Venice Fire Rescue and Police responded to a gas leak … Find out how to read more online.
‘Santaland Diaries’ — a snarky side of Christmas
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:40AM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II Series will present humorist David Sedaris’ one-man comedy, “The Santaland Diaries,” Thursday Nov. 30 through Saturday Dec. 23. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Christmas Story’ is cheery good fun
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:38AM
“A Christmas Story, The Musical” at Venice Theatre will have you pulling for Ralphie to get that treasured Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas he so desires, even … Find out how to read more online.
Blue shirts and Dream Walkers raise funds, awareness
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:36AM
The streets of Venice were awash in blue Saturday, Nov. 11, as about 140 Dream Walkers strode through the city raising awareness about the Family Promise program and raising funds … Find out how to read more online.
Regional 2-1-1 service expands
Wed  Nov 22 2017 09:36AM
Call center operations for 2-1-1 Suncoast will be provided through Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1 (HFUW 2-1-1), beginning Dec. 1. The call center offers services to those who are homeless … Find out how to read more online.
Teacher of Year
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
Bethany Burnett is described as dedicated and passionate, by the staff at Venice Elementary School. Her dedication to the school and the students is why she commutes from the Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Council says Sunshine Law too restrictive
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:56AM
The Venice City Council has approved two stakeholder groups, but not without complaining that the state’s open-meeting law is chilling volunteer participation in city government. The topic will be on … Find out how to read more online.
Companies wanting tax breaks must meet tighter requirements
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
With little discussion, Sarasota County commissioners enacted a trio of changes that increase the requirements for businesses seeking an economic development incentive. Specifically, the amendments to the county’s economic development … Find out how to read more online.
A Florida Christmas tree
Mon  Nov 20 2017 02:24PM
Peter Murfitt’s passion for Christmas trees and shells led to a new career. When he lived in Maryland and coached figure skaters, he began decorating miniature Christmas trees that he … Find out how to read more online.
Coyotes dying from mange now on island
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
It’s not a pretty sight — coyotes with mange — but it’s one that unfortunately is becoming more common, report Venice island residents. A woman recently caught a glimpse of … Find out how to read more online.
Recycler’s pushback a headache for council
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
It took two days, but the Venice City Council overturned a Planning Commission decision this past week and approved a site and development plan for McLeod Recycling Yard in North … Find out how to read more online.
New Council members take office Nov. 28
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:54AM
The agenda for the first meeting for newly elected Venice City Council Members Mitzie Fiedler and Chuck Newsom is brief: Get sworn in. Actually, there’s a little more to be … Find out how to read more online.
Grief group offers hope to bereaved parents
Sat  Nov 18 2017 10:52AM
The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a worldwide self-help organization offering support, understanding and hope to bereaved families through the work of their local chapters. In over 700 chapters across the … Find out how to read more online.
Allow shark fishing at pier, council is told
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A lengthy hearing for an appeal of a Planning Commission decision Tuesday meant the Venice City Council took public comment on a matter it never got to — shark fishing … Find out how to read more online.
Teens involved in robbery of pot supplier
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Three Venice area residents (ages 21, 18 and 15) were arrested last week for robbing a marijuana supplier at knifepoint. According to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report: On Nov. … Find out how to read more online.
Fire, police impact fees clear first hurdle
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
Barring some last-minute opposition, Venice will start imposing fire protection and police impact fees on new construction next spring. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to send an ordinance — … Find out how to read more online.
Marijuana dispensary ban in city adopted
Wed  Nov 15 2017 08:30AM
A city ban on medical marijuana dispensaries passed unanimously Tuesday with little discussion. Confronted with the options only of banning them or allowing dispensaries almost everywhere a pharmacy could go, … Find out how to read more online.