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County tax rate unchanged
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:20AM
After two days of listening and questioning, Sarasota County commissioners nixed the idea of raising the property tax rate on county residents. They did, however, reluctantly give approval to moving … Find out how to read more online.
Businesses bypass banks for funding
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:20AM
People involved in small business or nonprofits know how important it can be to stretch a dollar. Instead of seeking another bank loan or just putting out a donation jar, … Find out how to read more online.
Baby escapes drowning
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:14AM
Baby Forrest Trommer saw the bright yellow toy beckoning as it bobbed in the pool. He reached for it and fell in. A minute later, his mother, Morgan, found the … Find out how to read more online.
Council meeting runs over to Wednesday
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:16AM
The Venice City Council meeting Tuesday ended a bit after 5 p.m., but only because a lengthy hearing meant that a Wednesday session was a foregone conclusion, and no one … Find out how to read more online.

Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:14AM
Turn lane to be installed at beach A popular route to Caspersen Beach and the Venice Fishing Pier is about to get a turn lane. Beginning July 10 and lasting … Find out how to read more online.
Jersey Tenors offer blast from the past
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:12AM
No mics are needed for the new show in the Court Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre: “The Jersey Tenors.” Used to playing such venues as Yankee Stadium, the Tenors may … Find out how to read more online.
History First
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:16PM
When word spread through Venice two years ago that almost a third of the historic downtown business district had been purchased by a largely unknown Guatemalan businessman, panic began to … Find out how to read more online.
Nickerson to lead Gondolier
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:15PM
As Tim Smolarick, publisher of the twice weekly Venice Gondolier Sun, changes course to take on the publisher role at the daily newspaper, the Highlands News Sun, that publisher, Glen … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls contribution to HUD housing
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The City of Venice is considering “plan B” to get its Phase 2 Venetian Walk HUD housing project off the ground, and it may include a $500,000 contribution. It’s been … Find out how to read more online.
Landmark Dome Flea Market to close
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:56AM
After 43 years, the owners of the Dome Flea & Farmers Market have told vendors they’re calling it quits. “It’s a nightmare, a nightmare,” said Ginger Hansel, who operates Back … Find out how to read more online.
Little Salt Spring focus of big event
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The Morgan Family Center hosted the third annual Little Salt Spring workshop on Saturday. Little Salt Spring site manager Steve Koski and Joan San Lwin, a member of the Little … Find out how to read more online.
Preserves, John Nolen Gardens on city agenda
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
The presence of two major development proposals on Tuesday’s agenda already has Venice City Council members thinking the meeting will go into overtime. But recently adopted rules for quasi-judicial proceedings … Find out how to read more online.
Civics 101 teaches about local government
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Sarasota County will continue offering a backstage pass to residents through its popular Civics 101 program. “Act I: Setting the Stage” will begin July 27 and continue on Thursday evenings … Find out how to read more online.
Woman honored for her work with visually impaired
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:08PM
Beverly Kruger, of Venice, recently received the International Leadership President’s Medal from Robert Corlew, president of Lions Clubs International. Corlew cited Kruger’s 30 years of volunteer service to the visually … Find out how to read more online.
Board merger talks on back burner
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
The Venice Planning Commission effectively placed a discussion about merging a number of city advisory boards on the back burner this week, citing bad timing. But they plan to bring … Find out how to read more online.
Sisters bond with seniors as companions
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” — Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) … Find out how to read more online.
City mulls future marijuana laws
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
There’s a medical marijuana bill awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature that, once signed, could be a game- changer. It lays out how and who can receive marijuana licenses, and other … Find out how to read more online.
Battery victim in serious condition
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
A Nokomis woman with two children who was allegedly beaten severely by her longtime boyfriend is in serious condition at Venice Regional Bayfront Health. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office issued … Find out how to read more online.
Retirement may reveal who we truly are
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:00AM
We are the lucky ones, those of us who have survived a working life of 30, 40, 50 years and come out with enough monthly income from pension, savings or … Find out how to read more online.
Opioid epidemic hits home
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:20AM
A phone on the floor of a halfway house lights up with a new text message. “Hey for real, inject slowly because that’s no joke, it’s a … ton of … Find out how to read more online.
VHS adding girls football, boys volleyball
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:15PM
Hall of Fame volleyball coach Brian Wheatley has been pushing hard to add boys volleyball to the sports offerings at Venice High School over the past couple of years. Wheatley, … Find out how to read more online.
Here’s how to follow the money
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:16AM
You could point to Sarasota County’s impending deal with the Atlanta Braves and say that if the county stopped pursuing another professional baseball team, there would be plenty of money … Find out how to read more online.
Life at the Woodmere Lumber Co.
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:14AM
In 1918, the plat for the huge Manasota Lumber Co. was recorded. Operation of the mill started in 1919. It was claimed the mills at Manasota, Florida, were the largest … Find out how to read more online.
Comp Plan debates causing tensions
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:16AM
The Venice City Council held yet another all-day meeting last week to listen to objections to the city’s draft Comprehensive Plan — some by slow-growthers, and some by residents mainly … Find out how to read more online.
SKY Family YMCA acquires Charlotte Ys
Wed  Jun 28 2017 10:12AM
The Charlotte County Family YMCA, which includes child care centers and fitness facilities in North Port, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda, has announced that effective July 14 it will be … Find out how to read more online.
Airport hotels are proposed
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:16PM
The Venice City Council will consider two proposals — both involving hotels — to lease the 11-acre former circus property next week. There’s the one that includes projections for rent, … Find out how to read more online.
Burgundy Square, a trip back in time
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:14PM
Although its appearance and function during the past nine decades has gradually evolved, the cluster of buildings along Venice’s Miami Avenue, known today as Burgundy Square, contributes to the ambiance … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Regional names new CEO
Tue  Jun 27 2017 03:18PM
After several CEOs brought in from out of state, Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) only needed to look as far north as Ocala to fill its current vacancy. The hospital … Find out how to read more online.
The Bridges sale hits a glitch
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation may have a buyer for its 300 acres of vacant property called The Bridges. The parcel was purchased in 2005 with plans to create a … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff requests small budget increase
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:12PM
With a new headquarters building and a support services facility in the pipeline, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 was minimal. Knight presented his proposed … Find out how to read more online.
‘Girls Who Code’ build website for homeless
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
A handful of middle schoolers spent 15 weeks researching and creating a website for homeless teens and adults in need. Through the Girls Who Code pilot program launched earlier this … Find out how to read more online.
Council to resolve status of rental units
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Bluedog Capital Partners LLC will try to persuade the Venice City Council next week that the dwelling units in its property at 127 E. Tampa Ave., are legal. It’s trying … Find out how to read more online.
Sailor Circus heads to Washington, D.C.
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:10PM
Giant fans helped control the heat inside the non-air-conditioned tent/building where Sailor Circus students performed Tuesday night. The production was the preview performance of the show they are taking to … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee puts a spin on budgeting
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:08PM
The proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 city budget is the first one ever built around a separate fee to fund the fire department. You’re not alone if your reaction was, what … Find out how to read more online.
Rattlesnake rattles rural residents
Sat  Jun 24 2017 02:06PM
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control captured a large diamondback rattlesnake last Saturday on a Whispering Pines residential property. According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Officer Nicole Osborne … Find out how to read more online.
Trolley faces the budget ax
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:04AM
The Venice Trolley experiment appears to be over. This past season was the second one during which the city paid to have a trolley circulate around the island to drop … Find out how to read more online.
Nest Robbers
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
Volunteers for Mote Marine Laboratory’s sea turtle patrol are out every day just after sunrise along 32 miles of beach in Sarasota County and Venice to mark new nests and … Find out how to read more online.
Senior, Havanese dog team up for therapy
Wed  Jun 21 2017 10:02AM
When Linda and Bob Carlier’s 7-year-old standard poodle passed away, they were devastated. The couple were reluctant to get another dog because Linda had undergone several surgeries on her legs, … Find out how to read more online.
Historian will lead Historic Spanish Point
Wed  Jun 21 2017 09:58AM
John McCarthy, a former county historian, was named executive director of Historic Spanish Point and Gulf Coast Heritage Association. “I am honored to be appointed executive director of Historic Spanish … Find out how to read more online.


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