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Effort to rename Punta Gorda’s Trabue Woods rolls along
Fri  Feb 23 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — Looking at the history of Punta Gorda, a community leader says the name “Trabue Woods” is not factually accurate and should be changed. Historic District Homeowners Association … Find out how to read more online.
Business owner calls out city over Gilchrist parking woes
Fri  Feb 23 2018 08:30AM
PUNTA GORDA — A Charlotte County Realtor says it’s an “injustice” that parking on the grass is no longer permissible at Gilchrist Park. Phil Wilson, owner of Wilson Realty, recently … Find out how to read more online.
Housing market boasts record number of new listings
Fri  Feb 23 2018 08:30AM
While January usually signals a boost in housing activity, last month’s record-breaking mark of new listings in Charlotte and Sarasota counties could indicate blockbuster sales ahead. In Charlotte, new listings … Find out how to read more online.
Chances of showers could break up the heat this weekend
Fri  Feb 23 2018 08:30AM
A wet weekend could be in the works for Southwest Florida residents. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of showers on Friday and Saturday. … Find out how to read more online.
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MADD seeks to incentivize ignition interlocks
Fri  Feb 23 2018 09:32AM
After returning from a week-long cruise, Lisa Johnson turned her phone on to a call from a nurse in Fort Myers, letting her know her granddaughter had been involved in a horrific accident. Ashlyn Eaton, 19, was on life support, … Find out how to read more online.

Baseball & the region:
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
No question, baseball is good for Charlotte and Sarasota counties. But it also should go without question that Charlotte and Sarasota are good for baseball. Of course, the marquee draw to the area in February and March is spring training. … Find out how to read more online.

Venice Pier Group, doing the right thing for 31 years
Thu  Feb 22 2018 08:30AM
A woman of a certain age, dressed to the nines, appeared at the entrance to Sharky’s On the Pier one evening. It seemed that a Sharky’s employee’s paycheck had been misdelivered to her Sarasota address three times, even after she’d … Find out how to read more online.

Referendum, budget colliding?
Thu  Feb 22 2018 10:51PM
SARASOTA — Ahead of next month’s referendum vote, the Sarasota County School Board met to discuss the tentative 2018-19 budget. It is set to be released the same week as the referendum vote and the recently agreed upon two-year salary … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida eye doctor gets 17 years for Medicare fraud
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor once accused of bribing Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey received a 17-year sentence Thursday for stealing $73 million from Medicare by persuading elderly patients to undergo excruciating tests … read more.

Nelson: Gun debate helps Democrats on 2018 Florida ballot
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The debate over guns, the “me too” movement against sexual misconduct and the federal government’s handling of hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico will give Florida Democrats victories up and down the November ballot, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson … read more.

Texas’ vow to streamline Harvey recovery backfires
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
BEAUMONT, Texas — After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that the country’s largest conservative state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid to storm victims while avoiding the staggering inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses. … read more.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors
Fri  Feb 23 2018 01:19AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay. The Plus program, unveiled Thursday, is aimed at winning over … read more.

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