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Rezone nixed over rumors of a garage
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
The Venice Planning Commission voted 5-2 against approving a downtown rezoning application after neighbors complained it would pave the way for a rumored parking garage development. Despite the vote, the … Find out how to read more online.
Mystery Trolley Tours: A Recipe For Fun
Wed  Oct 22 2014 04:47PM
Take a 36-seat trolley car painted red and green, add 36 willing riders (including the organizers, barkeep and driver), throw in a dash of refreshments (snacks, wine, soda and water) … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Full Monty’ takes the MainStage
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Venice Theatre is proud to unveil the second show of its 2014-15 MainStage Season, “The Full Monty.” The hit musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book … Find out how to read more online.
Expert speaks about the Arab-Israeli conflict
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:46AM
Lifelong Learning Academy presents a day-long workshop on the Arab-Israeli conflict. A companion to LLA’s series of fall classes, this special one-day event on Monday, Nov. 3, features archaeologist, historian, … Find out how to read more online.
Backstage at ‘fangate,’ I saw Fantasyland
Mon  Oct 20 2014 09:05PM
I was backstage at this week’s gubernatorial debate, as part of my role as past chairman of the Florida Press Association, getting ready to welcome the audience. Watching the fan … Find out how to read more online.
Controversial fine dismissed by Board
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
A city construction board dismissed a citation issued to a general contractor this week in a decision that even board members agreed is sure to be scrutinized. Jeff Gates, of … Find out how to read more online.
Home and Happy
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Little Orphan Annie, the 11-year-old girl who is rescued on stage and screen from “the hard-knock” life by a rich bachelor, has nothing on Khloe Nevaeh Hagemeier — aka “Annie,” … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect arrested in Nokomis robbery
Sat  Oct 25 2014 08:30AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping that took place at a Nokomis RaceTrac gas station in September. On Sept. 22, … Find out how to read more online.
Venice resident was Army’s top enlisted man
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:08PM
Most of David Eshelman’s 29 years in the service were spent as an airborne trooper. In 1979, the Venice man retired as a command sergeant major, the highest rank an … Find out how to read more online.
Make a Difference Day needs more volunteers
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Sign-up is still open for volunteers who want to help spruce up the city on Make a Difference Day, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by the Tri-County Community Foundation, the … Find out how to read more online.
Patriot Plaza tours honor the fallen
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and The Patterson Foundation invite the public to join them in honoring those who have served our country via guided tours of … Find out how to read more online.
100-year-old lights up Zumba class
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Frances Eggleston just turned 100. Her birthday was celebrated during her Zumba class Oct. 3 at LA Fitness, 1667 South U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice. I visited her there the following … Find out how to read more online.
Start thinking of marijuana biz rules
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
The city of Venice hedged its bet this week by giving preliminary approval to develop zoning rules on where a medical marijuana business can establish itself, should the constitutional amendment … Find out how to read more online.
Batman’s car to revisit this week
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
Holy coolest car in town, it’s the Batmobile! Ideal Classic Cars, in South Venice, rarely has a problem attracting the good citizens of the community to its showroom. It routinely … Find out how to read more online.
Consensus is event fee waivers need flexibility
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
The members of any city of Venice advisory board usually outnumber the number of people in the audience at their meetings. That wasn’t the case for the Economic Development Advisory … Find out how to read more online.
Coe: It’s all about quality of life issues
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:54AM
Alexandra Coe has as diverse a résumé as you’re likely to see in a candidate for political office: model, actress, farmer, business owner, anthropologist. She’ll find out Nov. 4 whether … Find out how to read more online.
This was good year for nesting turtles
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
This has turned out to be a banner year for sea turtle nesting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state is receiving reports of high numbers of … Find out how to read more online.
Reduce debt or raise taxes, mayor says
Sat  Oct 18 2014 02:18PM
Despite pleas from some councilmen not to broach the subject of pension reform anymore, Mayor John Holic said he plans to do just the opposite — keep bringing it up. … Find out how to read more online.
Candidates struggle to get their message across
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
Two nervous candidates for Seat No. 1 on the Venice City Council recently squared off at the second candidate debate of the season, sponsored by Venice Aviation Society Inc. Challenger … Find out how to read more online.
Buchanan eyes Ebola readiness
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Editor’s Note: See page 2B for the state of Venice Regional Bayfront Health’s readiness to deal with Ebola. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan toured Sarasota Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon to see … Find out how to read more online.
City Notes
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:48AM
Watch out for workers The inside westbound lane of West Venice Avenue, between U.S. 41 Business and Harbor Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic Saturday, Oct. 25, to protect … Find out how to read more online.
Laughter is contagious Backstage at the Players
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:46AM
There was a rash of giggles and more Backstage at the Players Thursday on the opening night of “Breaking Out in Ives,” a collection of one-act plays by David Ives. … Find out how to read more online.
Skaters want city skate park
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:50AM
Jacob “Jake” Grammerstorf, 13, is on a mission. Like other skateboarders in the community, he says he’s not challenged by the local skate park at the SKY Family YMCA. Unlike … Find out how to read more online.
Boil water notice affects 500
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
The city issued a Code Red Thursday afternoon after a water main break on the island affecting an unspecified number of homes and condo units in Golden Beach. More than … Find out how to read more online.
Brothers’ Facebook argument ends in assault
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
What began as a Facebook argument over two ounces of missing pot turned into a parking lot confrontation in which a gun was brandished. According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s … Find out how to read more online.
Alcohol possible at Performing Arts Center
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Venice Mayor John Holic fields a lot of questions. When it comes to the new Performing Arts Center on the Venice High School campus, residents have only two things on … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army’s Venice corps has new officers
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Lts. Scott and Andrea Hoover were appointed as Corps Officers to The Salvation Army of Venice from Stuart, Fla. on June 23. Scott, from Owensboro, Ky., is a first generation Salvationist … Find out how to read more online.
In heated debate, Council says no to discussing pensions
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:10AM
For the second time, the Venice City Council voted not to study the consolidation of city and county fire departments. A vote taken last month, with council voting against doing … Find out how to read more online.
‘West Side Story’ snapshots rival ’50s gangs
Wed  Oct 22 2014 09:46AM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Music Department will present “West Side Story” Oct. 24-26 at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., in Neel Performing Arts Center, building 11 East. Showtimes … Find out how to read more online.
Chris Coy appears on ‘Walking Dead’
Sat  Oct 18 2014 08:00AM
Actor Chris Coy, who hails from North Port, appears this season on “The Walking Dead.” On his Facebook fan page, Coy, 28, said he will be in several episodes in … Find out how to read more online.
Amendment 1 to be discussed Tuesday at SCF
Fri  Oct 17 2014 11:06PM
The Venice Green Team of State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a free guest lecture on Amendment 1 at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at SCF Venice. The … Find out how to read more online.
Man crashes into cruiser
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
A Venice drunk driver nearly ran over a Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputy and demolished the back of her vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s Office report, the deputy was parked in … Find out how to read more online.
Council welcomes a future with Rev3
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
Do what you can to make it work. That was the directive given by the Venice City Council this week to the city manager who asked if Rev3 triathlon organizers … Find out how to read more online.
County wants input on rainfall-induced flooding
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:54AM
As many local residents can attest, it doesn’t take a hurricane to cause flooding in South Sarasota County. Heavier-than-normal rain over the last six weeks or so — including several … Find out how to read more online.
Venice recognized in America in Bloom awards
Wed  Oct 15 2014 09:07AM
The city of Venice didn’t take home a major award in its first year of competition in the prestigious America in Bloom national beautification program but it did walk away … Find out how to read more online.
County Bar installs officers
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:52AM
The South County Division of the Sarasota County Bar Association Inc. recently installed its new officers and directors for 2014-15: President Robert T. Klingbeil Jr., President-elect Kerry Mack, Secretary Dan … Find out how to read more online.
Sun Fiesta kicks off Snowbird Season
Wed  Oct 15 2014 08:52AM
Planning began a year ago for Sun Fiesta 2014, which starts Friday at 5 p.m. in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. Considered the biggest party of the year for Venice residents, … Find out how to read more online.