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Venice Pier closed
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Municipal Fishing Pier, a popular destination for locals and tourists, remains closed. The Pier, closed prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma, is showing signs of possible structural … Find out how to read more online.
Agape flight brings relief home
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Usually, Agape Flights is delivering disaster relief or simply needed supplies from religious organizations to other countries like Haiti and Cuba. This week, it brought supplies home. Churches in Kentucky … Find out how to read more online.
Against advice, city opens shelter
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
“System failure.” That’s how Venice Mayor John Holic characterized Sarasota County’s decision not to open any hurricane shelters in the Venice area. He sent a satirical email blast to county … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals carry on through hurricane
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Both Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH), the county’s public hospital, appear to have come through Hurricane Irma in good shape. VRBH was operating on generators … Find out how to read more online.
Do I stay or do I go?
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
With Hurricane Irma barreling toward Florida last week, residents were faced with one decision to make — stay or go. Those in low-lying areas were evacuated. Some who weren’t forced … Find out how to read more online.
Irma leaves state — now what?
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Florida Insurers offer guidance for customers after the departure of Hurricane Irma. As Irma makes its way out of Florida leaving devastation in its path, the Property Casualty Insurers Association … Find out how to read more online.
FEMA advice for applicants
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, … Find out how to read more online.
BrassFest rescheduled
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The First Brass has rescheduled BrassFest 2017. Concerts will be Sunday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, and Saturday, Sept. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice escapes worst of Irma’s wrath
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:58AM
Within the course of less than a week, Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever, drew a bead on Venice, then on Miami, and then back on Venice. It … Find out how to read more online.
Police: People safe, traffic lights a danger
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
No deaths in Venice have been attributed to Hurricane Irma. On Monday and Tuesday, the biggest concern for law enforcement was traffic due to inoperable traffic signals. The Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
City Hall operations move to VCC temporarily
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
Restoring electricity to Venice City Hall following Hurricane Irma is proving more difficult than originally thought. City officials hoped to reopen today (Sept. 13), but decided yesterday to move operations … Find out how to read more online.
Mandatory evacuations for Zone A in Venice
Fri  Sep 8 2017 08:04PM
Emergency officials in Venice have issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A. That includes low-lying areas, barrier islands and mobile homes. Please see the City of Venice evacuation zone map … Find out how to read more online.
Vietnam Wall group looking for funding
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:48AM
Nearly a year after wrapping the initial phase of the Vietnam Wall in Punta Gorda, organizers say fundraising is underway to complete the lauded project. The Vietnam Wall of Southwest … Find out how to read more online.
Bluegrass Bash ahead
Sat  Sep 16 2017 07:12AM
Heartland Bluegrass Association’s monthly Bluegrass Bash is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, at Craig’s RV Resort near Arcadia at 7895 NE Cubitis Ave. The Bluegrass music concert is scheduled to … Find out how to read more online.
The Impact of Irma, 2017
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:46AM
Andrew Lemmon, a communications student with plans of going into photojournalism, decided to drive around the Venice area after Hurricane Irma left. He was able to document much of the … Find out how to read more online.
State of Emergency Declared
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:50AM
The mayor of Venice, at a hastily convened meeting of the Venice City Council on Wednesday, declared a State of Emergency as of this past Friday at 12:01 a.m., officially … Find out how to read more online.
‘Gondo’ mobile app free
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:50AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun mobile phone app, which shows every page of the newspaper and lets you read stories and save PDFs of current and past issues, is now free … Find out how to read more online.
Pilots securing their planes or flying away
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:48AM
While one plane took off from Venice Municipal Airport earlier this week, another pilot was at a refueling station getting his plane ready to follow suit. On the other side … Find out how to read more online.
What do you do after storm leaves?
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:46AM
The steps you’ll need to take to start to get back to normal after a hurricane vary somewhat depending on whether you rode the storm out or you evacuated — … Find out how to read more online.
Safety of animals is their concern
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:46AM
Humans aren’t the only animals whose welfare is a matter of concern as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. At St. Francis Animal Rescue Shelter & Adoption Center, 1925 South Tamiami Trail, … Find out how to read more online.
Braves stadium 1 vote away
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The West Villages Improvement District and Sarasota County are ready to play ball with the Braves. Now it is up to the North Port City Commission to seal the deal … Find out how to read more online.
Citywide boil water advisory lifted
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Venice water is safe to drink. A citywide boil water advisory was rescinded on Wednesday (Sept. 13), although several isolated pockets remained under a boil water notice for several more … Find out how to read more online.
School shelters to be re-evaluated
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
The Venice area, with a reputation for being spared by hurricanes, learned a number of important lessons when Hurricane Irma came to visit a week ago. Among them: • It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Shoptember event continues today
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
Venice’s downtown merchants are offering shoppers bargains and even new fall fashions in the annual Side Walk Sale continuing today, Saturday, Sept 16. Appropriately renamed SHOPTEMBER to be part of … Find out how to read more online.
Beware of unlicensed vendors after Irma
Sat  Sep 16 2017 08:30AM
As communities across Florida begin the recovery process from Hurricane Irma, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) warns Floridians to be aware of unlicensed vendors who try to … Find out how to read more online.
Broadway Boys show to thank local givers
Mon  Sep 18 2017 05:37PM
While Venice was spared the worst from Hurricane Irma, which impacted Sarasota County greatly with flooding, power outages and shortage of supplies, the Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA) is … Find out how to read more online.
Silver Alert issued for Venice evacuees
Thu  Sep 14 2017 10:28AM
Silver Alerts were issued by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon for a Venice couple who evacuated from Hurricane Irma and haven’t returned. Husband and wife Milan Yezic, … Find out how to read more online.
Jail serves as shelter for people, pets
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
The aging Venice Police Department building — just repaired this past year for leaks and scheduled to be rebuilt after a bond passed by voters in November — served as … Find out how to read more online.
FPL expects power back on by Sept. 22
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:56AM
Life began to return to normal in the area Monday morning when residents who rode the storm out were able to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Their circumstances … Find out how to read more online.
Venice beaches survive Irma’s wrath
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:54AM
While most people in the area were cleaning up debris or returning to work after Hurricane Irma, a few locals decided that a day in the sand was what they … Find out how to read more online.
Sesquicentennial Celebration
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:50AM
When John Greene Webb and his family left Utica, New York in 1867 to establish a homestead in the area today known as Historic Spanish Point, they were met with … Find out how to read more online.
Aquarium gets 300,000 gallons of sea water
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:48AM
Imagine needing 300,000 gallons of water in preparation for a hurricane. The Florida Aquarium’s longtime community partner, The Mosaic Company, aided in its efforts to keep the Aquarium’s animals safe … Find out how to read more online.
Police help move ALF residents at storm’s start
Wed  Sep 13 2017 09:46AM
Following a request on Sunday from operational staff at A Banyan Residence Assisted Living Resort, Venice Police responded and assisted in relocating residents from Venice to North Port, according Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee fizzles
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:52AM
Facing public opposition, the Venice City Council defeated a proposed Fire Assessment in a final vote this week. The city plans on convening a stakeholder group to further study an … Find out how to read more online.
Water is selling but so is liquor
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:50AM
There’s a reason why, after the water ran out at many of the local grocery stores during pre-Irma preparations, the next aisle to empty was the beer one. If you’re … Find out how to read more online.
Area boaters hope for the best
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:48AM
Preparing for a hurricane also means securing marine vessels. Those who can have likely already moved their boats out of the water and into storage. The Crow’s Nest marina, for … Find out how to read more online.
Food safety tips for Hurricane Irma offered
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:46AM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued food safety recommendations Sept. 5 for those who may have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Hurricanes present … Find out how to read more online.
Schools closed Monday
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:46AM
With Hurricane Irma expected to affect much of Florida, including Sarasota County, all schools will be closed Monday, Sept. 11. This comes after schools were closed Friday, Sept. 8 “The … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals stand ready for whatever comes
Sat  Sep 9 2017 08:44AM
When a hurricane threatens, most businesses secure their premises, then send everyone home to take care of their families. Hospitals have their employees get their families squared away, then report … Find out how to read more online.


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