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Airbags save lives in multi-car crash
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:30AM
Venice Police suspect alcohol may have been the catalyst for a multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 41 Bypass at Venetia Bay Boulevard in Venice on Valentine’s Day. Police and Fire Departments … Find out how to read more online.
Jews, Muslims, Christians pray together in synagogue
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
In a show of solidarity, friendship and kindness, Rabbi Harold Caminker invited Imam Mohamed Benkhaled, with the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton, to participate in the Shabbat (worship service) Friday night, … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown bank drive-in closes for good
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Drivers stopping on Tuesday at the Bank of America drive-up window at 304 West Venice Ave., used the facility for the final time. It closed permanently after business that afternoon … Find out how to read more online.
Boone and Boone named Mayor’s Pillars
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Two longtime Venice attorneys received the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award this week for their community service. Steve and brother Jeff Boone were cited for decades of hands-on involvement … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Questions about Braves deal premature
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Sarasota County officials are downplaying a recent report questioning the financial benefits of the Atlanta Braves’ proposed spring training relocation to North Port. The club announced last month it was … Find out how to read more online.
Miami Avenue beautification to be celebrated
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Join the businesses of Miami Avenue as they welcome everyone attending the Miami Avenue Beautification Project. This takes place at Nautical Sand Sculptures, 223 W. Miami Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
‘This is our life,’ Wallenda says, retakes wire
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
Editor’s Note: Features Editor Kim Cool has covered the circus for decades and has chronicled the circus history here in Venice. This past weekend, she attended a performance at Circus … Find out how to read more online.
Fine Arts Show & Sale, plus antique show this weekend
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:24AM
There are two big shows this weekend on the Cultural Campus in Venice — an art show and sale, as well as the Venice Antique Show. The Venice Art Center … Find out how to read more online.
New police station staying as planned
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
Venice leaders learned an important lesson this week — don’t deviate from an approved referendum. The original referendum to build a new state-of-the-art Public Safety and Command Center, passed by … Find out how to read more online.
City eyes parcel for Solid Waste functions
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The City of Venice is asking Sarasota County what it thinks of conveying a 9-acre parcel in North Venice to the city to relocate its Solid Waste and Recycling operations. … Find out how to read more online.
Council approves fire fee in concept
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The Venice City Council took a major step Tuesday toward meeting a March 1 deadline to create a process to collect a fire assessment on property in the city. It … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs planning, public works hires
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:06AM
The Venice City Council approved a nearly $230,000 budget amendment Tuesday to allow the Planning and Public Works departments to hire some much needed help. Development Services Director Jeff Shrum … Find out how to read more online.
City earns top GO bond ratings
Sat  Feb 11 2017 08:30AM
The city of Venice has its financial house in order and that was reflected in a recent General Obligation bond rating issued by FitchRatings, S&P and Moody’s. City officials traveled … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown idea: One-way streets
Mon  Feb 13 2017 11:34AM
The Venice City Council put few limits on City Engineer Kathleen Weeden when it directed her to come back with some concepts for West Tampa and West Miami avenues. So … Find out how to read more online.
Air Commander
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:34AM
Mark Cervasio, the Venice Municipal Airport director for six months now, says operations are moving along just fine. After a whirlwind start at the job putting into place procedures for … Find out how to read more online.
‘Pinta’ and ‘Nina’ coming to Venice
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:34AM
The “Pinta” and the “Nina,” replicas of Columbus’ ships, will be coming to Venice next month. The ships will be docked at Fisherman’ Wharf, Dockside Waterfront Grill, 509 North Tamiami … Find out how to read more online.
Fewer buildable homes in city’s plan
Sat  Feb 4 2017 02:08PM
City officials unveiled a draft long-range plan for the city this week that envisions fewer housing units. The draft Comprehensive Plan, which guides future development in the city — a … Find out how to read more online.
Business learns it has two front yards
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:32AM
A local business learned the hard way this week that it has two front yards — one in the front of its business, and one behind its building facing an … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an art to AAUW home tour
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:32AM
Home tour fans for whom collections and artwork are as important as the home itself should love this year’s AAUW home tour — “Home and Art.” The tour will be … Find out how to read more online.
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Tourism is up here; Braves looming
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Tourism set records in Sarasota County and the state of Florida last year as the rebound from the recession continues. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that 112.8 million people visited … Find out how to read more online.
Bypass traffic shifts, roundabout work set
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
The new traffic lanes of the U.S. 41 Bypass are scheduled to be put to use beginning Sunday and Monday nights. According to a press statement from the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
County looking to land New Jersey company
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
In hopes of landing the headquarters of a company currently based in New Jersey, the Sarasota County Commission will consider incentives to influence the company’s decision during its meeting Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Archives kicks off city’s 90th anniversary
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
“Venice at 90: A Retrospective” is the new show at the Venice Museum and Archives in the historic Triangle Inn. It will remain open through July 31. Although Venice could … Find out how to read more online.
A Godly Moon
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Photographer Adam Hutchinson shot this photo of the “Snow Moon” perfectly positioned behind the cross atop the Church of the Nazarene in early February. But getting the photo was harder … Find out how to read more online.
Jetty proposal fails Council smell test
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
The Venice City Council this week sent a draft Request for Qualifications for a new South Jetty concessionaire, developed by the city’s Procurement Office, back for more work. The RFQ … Find out how to read more online.
‘Older than Dirt’ will leave you laughing
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:24AM
You can “Depends” on “Older Than Dirt” in the Court Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre to tickle your funny bone. If it doesn’t, check your temperature. Created in-house by Rebecca … Find out how to read more online.
Oops, 750 homes, parcels not rezoned
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
City staff revealed a stunning oversight this week — that nearly 800 homes on the island in Venice were never legally rezoned. The problem dates back to 1978, said Community … Find out how to read more online.
Council decision: One-way? No way
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The Venice City Council may have finally dealt a death blow to the idea of one-way streets downtown. The Council had decided at a special meeting last month that it … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield out as safety site
Sat  Feb 11 2017 08:30AM
The city is reconsidering a site on East Venice Avenue that it identified more than a year ago for its new public safety complex, and backing off placing it in … Find out how to read more online.
Feast on the Jewish Food Festival
Wed  Feb 15 2017 11:08AM
The 23rd annual Jewish Food Festival and Flea Market is a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach. It is the one day a year when authentic Jewish corned beef … Find out how to read more online.
‘Born Yesterday’ is fresh as today at Asolo Rep
Wed  Feb 15 2017 11:08AM
Billie Holiday lives again thanks to Christina DeCicco’s portrayal of Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin’s Academy Award-winning “Born Yesterday”. When millionaire junk dealer Harry Brock (Norm Boucher) moves to Washington, … Find out how to read more online.
Hundreds of visitors enjoy Venice art walks
Wed  Feb 15 2017 09:56AM
Venice Art Walks are proving more popular on the first Thursday of each month. Collectors Gallery & Framery at 114 S. Nokomis Ave. had more than 250 visitors during the … Find out how to read more online.
Gonzalez seeks funds for River Road
Sat  Feb 11 2017 08:30AM
State Rep. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, has filed a bill asking for the appropriation of over $43 million to expand and elevate River Road. River Road is a key corridor in … Find out how to read more online.
Council to open door to fire fee
Mon  Feb 13 2017 11:32AM
The Venice City Council holds its first meeting of the shortest month of the year Tuesday facing a long agenda. Among several significant items, the Council will consider adopting a … Find out how to read more online.
Drug ODs up in county, city
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:34AM
Overdoses last month in Sarasota County rose a staggering 320 percent in comparison to January 2016, according to data released by Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. The agency reported 21 overdoses … Find out how to read more online.
Jews, Muslims to worship together
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:34AM
Imam Mohamed of the Islamic Society of Sarasota will offer a “Prayer for Peace” during the Friday evening worship service at the Jewish Congregation of Venice. He will be there … Find out how to read more online.
County ranks high in good car deals
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:34AM
A study from Autolist.com offers a change from all those rankings of Venice and Sarasota County as one of the best places in the country to retire to. This one … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Trail extension in works
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:32AM
It has long been the desire of the Friends of the Legacy Trail to see it extended into downtown Sarasota. Their hopes, dreams and wishes are about to come to … Find out how to read more online.
Change coming for former gas station
Wed  Feb 8 2017 09:32AM
For the past eight years, the gas station and convenience store known as the Myakka River Trading Post has remained vacant, a victim of the recession and economic downturn. Now … Find out how to read more online.