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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.
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.
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.
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.
State, National and World News
Tampa company could be a model for real estate investors
Tue  May 31 2016 01:19AM
TAMPA (AP) — Two years ago, a new Tampa company called RE-710 declared bankruptcy to halt foreclosure of nearly 50 homes it was renting out for thousands of dollars. The company was so new it didn’t have employees, equipment or … read more.

Two suspects shot in separate traffic stops
Tue  May 31 2016 01:19AM
MIDDLEBURG (AP) — Authorities say two suspects were hospitalized after shootings during separate traffic stops. In an emailed statement, Clay County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Mary Justino said a shooting occurred during a traffic stop that Lt. Shawn Gordon initiated late … read more.

Land owned by family of Black Stallion writer sold
Tue  May 31 2016 01:19AM
VENICE (AP) — A 2.5-acre undeveloped tract near Golden Beach in Venice once owned by bestselling writer Walter Farley has sold for $1.77 million. The Herald-Tribune reports that Southbridge Investments LLC bought the property from heirs Alice Patricia Farley, Walter … read more.

Shark alert! Warnings high- and low-tech seek to protect
Tue  May 31 2016 01:19AM
CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech to ensure safety for millions … read more.

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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 68), governments that offer a defined-benefit pension plan now have … 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 road bond on the ballot. The Venice City Council voted … 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 School District’s Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) program especially hard. … 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 slam dunk. It wasn’t. Pre-annexation agreements related to the two … Find out how to read more online.

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