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No injuries in airport mishap
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident involving a small airplane that occurred late Sunday afternoon at Venice Municipal Airport. There were no injuries. The plane is a CTsw … Find out how to read more online.
Gondolier Sun hosting city election forum
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A Venice city election forum where residents can listen to city candidates answer questions and give their views is being hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun on Wednesday, Oct. 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Saving Flooded Pets
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
Marion Lutz has had a busy few days this week, and things are about to get busier. Lutz, who is the director for the Englewood Animal Rescue Sanctuary, spent Sunday … Find out how to read more online.
Driver says he’s ‘angel from heaven sent to kill people’
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
A naked Englewood man allegedly ran his vehicle into another intentionally in Venice and told officers he was “an angel from heaven sent to kill people.” George Lykopoulos, 29, of … Find out how to read more online.
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Judge who saw escape of Florida murder suspect stays on case
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:22PM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge who watched the escape of a murder suspect from his courtroom says he intends to stay on the case even though he might be on a defense witness list. Broward Circuit Judge … read more.

Couple loses suit to end town ban on front yard gardens
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:22PM
MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida couple has lost a lawsuit seeking to overturn a town’s ban on front yard vegetable gardens. A Miami-Dade County judge on Thursday upheld a Miami Shores zoning ordinance prohibiting such gardens. Hermine Rickets and … read more.

Virginia boy drowns while vacationing in Florida with family
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
DESTIN, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a 14-year-old Virginia boy drowned while vacationing with his family in the Florida Panhandle. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Ted Pecot told the Northwest Florida Daily News Joquis Levano of Centreville, Virginia, died Wednesday … read more.

Florida Army vet gets Purple Heart 66 years after injury
Thu  Aug 25 2016 09:21PM
PARKER, Fla. (AP) — It took 66 years, but Joe Hutchinson finally got his Purple Heart. In August 1950, the Army veteran was wounded by shrapnel while serving in Korea. The belated recognition came Wednesday, thanks to the efforts George … read more.

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Critters cause turf problem at Wellfield
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
It’s usually tiny tikes tearing up the turf at Venice’s Letson Stadium Football Field, but county officials are concerned about another turf terror — burrowing mole crickets. The crickets are ruining the turf and the solution is killing the grass … Find out how to read more online.

Main Street turns 28, still has big impact
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
One of the hidden business gems in this city, Venice MainStreet Inc. is relatively unknown to many people despite being active for more than 28 years. Operated by only one fulltime employee and more recently an assistant, Venice MainStreet is … Find out how to read more online.

City agrees to automated garbage pickup
Wed  Aug 24 2016 10:32AM
The Venice City Council this week signed off on a pilot program to introduce automated waste collection to Venice. An advisory group representative pitched the program before Council on Tuesday, getting unanimous support. The program, which will go into effect … Find out how to read more online.

Venice Regional planning a new hospital
Sat  Aug 20 2016 12:30PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) has notified the state that the hospital will be seeking permission to build a new 312-bed facility, in a location that’s yet to be determined. The new hospital would replace the existing 312-bed facility on … Find out how to read more online.

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