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31 teams in hunt for $375K in ‘blue’ innovation challenge
Thu  May 28 2015 09:12AM
SARASOTA COUNTY — Money might not fix a problem, but it surely can attract people who think they might have a fix. Case in point: a Gulf Coast Community Foundation … Find out how to read more online.
Repaving ‘paradise’ to cost $555,000
Wed  May 27 2015 09:02AM
City leaders this week approved a list of road paving projects in the “City on the Gulf” that will cost $555,648 this year. It’s the first time City Council approved … Find out how to read more online.
Venice eateries add 2,600 seats in a year
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
With more homes being sold and increasing visitors to the area, the number of total seats available at existing and new restaurants has increased dramatically in the Venice area. In … Find out how to read more online.
Honoring Heroes
Wed  May 27 2015 08:58AM
Hundreds of people, including veterans, veterans’ families, residents and officials gathered Monday at Patriots Park for a stirring Memorial Day ceremony that included tears, heartfelt remembrance, patriotism and the honoring … Find out how to read more online.
Mangrove research project needs support
Wed  May 27 2015 08:58AM
Weston’s WannaB Inn will take part in a cutting-edge pilot program for the restoration of mangroves and oysters along Florida shorelines. Besides the WannaB resort, the project sees local support … Find out how to read more online.
Lotela Gold returns to the MainStage
Wed  May 27 2015 08:56AM
Lotela Gold, a vibrant nine-member show band, will return to Venice Theatre Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m., as part of the Venice Theatre Guild Summer Concert Series. Tickets are $20 and are … Find out how to read more online.
‘Hut’ shut down
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
The little blue building that appeared on U.S. 41 at Dona Bay a year ago is now at the center of a controversy. NoKoMos Sunset Hut at 690 Tamiami Trail … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomis waste facility turns trash gas into cash
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
It may be hot and have sound that would be deafening without ear plugs but the three new turbines roaring at the Sarasota County Solid Waste Disposal Complex in Nokomis … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofit proposed to help operate Venice Performing Arts Center
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
Sarasota County School Board members lent their approval this week to a proposed nonprofit organization to help manage the Venice Performing Arts Center. Mike Hartley, a member of the VPAC … Find out how to read more online.
She crafts purses into silk memorials
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
Memorials to those who have gone before come in all shapes, sizes and even materials. Venice beautician Bonnie Naylor preserves memories of fathers, sons and husbands in purses made from … Find out how to read more online.
Deputy ‘survival kit’
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
In honor of National Police Week, first-graders at Garden Elementary School in Venice took on a special “thank you” project, making a “Deputy Survival Kit” for everyone at the south … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre offers classes
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
Registration is open for Venice Theatre’s summer adult classes and “TheatreFest” 2015, the popular children’s theater camp. Students in the six-week afternoon camp and the three-week camps will rotate daily … Find out how to read more online.
Experts: Educating kids is key
Wed  May 20 2015 10:10AM
Gun education and safety should start in every elementary school. That’s what Malcolm Cook believes, owner of Cook’s Sportland in Venice. “There should be a four-week class where an expert … Find out how to read more online.
Vessel sinks after burning; sailor safe
Wed  May 20 2015 10:10AM
A quick thinking sailor jumped into a 7-foot dinghy before abandoning his 46-foot sailboat after it caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. Venice Fire Department Lt. Steve Worobel said … Find out how to read more online.
Petition: Keep tennis court bully away
Wed  May 20 2015 10:08AM
Two tennis players at Hecksher Park came before the city of Venice Parks and Recreation Advisory Board recently with a novel request — keep a tennis player off the courts. … Find out how to read more online.
You gotta love ‘Children’s Letters to God’
Wed  May 20 2015 10:06AM
That “kids say the darnedest things” is as true today as when the late Art Linkletter said those words more than 50 years ago. In the Pinkerton Theatre at Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Buzz builds over razing the downtown library
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Ever so slowly, the murmur of building a new public library on the island is on the rise. The county may not have thrown in the towel on the downtown … Find out how to read more online.
‘Ugly’
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
The Florida Department of Transportation’s preliminary design for the Laurel Road overpass has at least three county commissioners worried about public reaction when it’s unveiled in a state meeting later … Find out how to read more online.
16 arrested in Venice operation
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 16 people in a two-day operation targeting retail theft in Venice. Deputies focused on stores near the intersection of Jacaranda Boulevard and U.S. 41. Arrests were made … Find out how to read more online.
Legal aid office opens Venice location
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
An area law firm closed 1,628 cases in 2014. That’s a lot of cases, especially when you consider the firm has only five paid attorneys, and two of them have … Find out how to read more online.
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31 teams in hunt for $375,000
Wed  May 27 2015 12:07PM
Money might not fix a problem, but it surely can attract people who think they might have a fix. Case in point: a Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) invitation issued … Find out how to read more online.
Council looks to March ballot for referendum
Wed  May 27 2015 09:02AM
City Manager Ed Lavallee told the Venice City Council this week his administration would be unable to flesh out details for a lengthy list of capital projects in time to … Find out how to read more online.
Paynes Creek pairs history, beauty
Wed  May 27 2015 08:58AM
Florida State Parks are as varied as the critters that inhabit them. Myakka River State Park encompasses thousands of acres of wildlife. Stump Pass Beach State Park boasts beautiful, postcard … Find out how to read more online.
Man achieves goal — turn signal at intersection
Wed  May 27 2015 08:56AM
One Venice resident has proved with the support of the community, safety changes to downtown traffic flows are possible. Last July, Mike Debitetto launched a petition to have additional left-turn … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Woods’ meeting: Hundreds can’t talk
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
Hundreds of residents, many who live near the Myakka River, showed up at a special meeting this week at city hall to hear Neal Communities make its case for a … Find out how to read more online.
Farmers Market hopes to stay where it is
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
Venice Farmers Market Manager Linda Wilson gave the Venice Economic Development Advisory Board something it’s always looking for — statistics on the economic impact of a local business. In the … Find out how to read more online.
Board to debate funding guidelines … again
Sat  May 23 2015 01:20PM
The Venice Economic Development Advisory Board (EDAB) has a nice problem: money to spend and the ability to influence where it goes. It just doesn’t have any guidelines for how. … Find out how to read more online.
Toddler shooting still being analyzed
Wed  May 20 2015 10:10AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office offered few new details on Tuesday into last week’s toddler shooting in the parking lot of a preschool facility in South Venice. On Friday, a … Find out how to read more online.
County moves to acquire Little Salt Spring
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
Sarasota County commissioners will move forward with the acquisition of Little Salt Spring directly from the University of Miami. County commissioners agreed in June 2013 to begin negotiations with UM … Find out how to read more online.
Roads and traffic top the Council’s agenda
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
One way or another, roads will be a featured subject at Tuesday’s Venice City Council meeting. Following up on a suggestion made earlier in the month by Council Member Bob … Find out how to read more online.
Honor veterans at Patriots Park on Memorial Day
Sat  May 23 2015 01:18PM
NO-VEL Post 159 of the American Legion will hold a Memorial Day event at Patriots Park in Venice at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25. Located at 800 Venetia Bay Blvd., … Find out how to read more online.
Charges uncertain in toddler shooting incident
Wed  May 20 2015 10:10AM
Whether anyone will face criminal charges as a result of a 3-year-old boy accidentally shooting his 1-year-old sister Friday depends on several questions investigators have yet to answer and statutes … Find out how to read more online.
Boy, 3, accidentally shoots sister, 1, in face
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
A 1-year-old girl in South Venice was accidentally shot in the face Friday by her 3-year-old brother inside their car while their mother stood outside. The little girl is expected … Find out how to read more online.
Exhibit designer will speak at Heritage dinner
Wed  May 20 2015 10:08AM
What a museum designer can do to enhance the visitor experience at the Lord-Higel House and Venice Museum & Archives may be addressed by exhibit designer Roger Barganier at the … Find out how to read more online.
Certain area bridges in need of repair
Wed  May 20 2015 10:06AM
A report to Sarasota County commissioners recently stated three of the county’s four movable bridges have become “functionally obsolete.” According to the report, functionally obsolete only indicates the bridges do … Find out how to read more online.
Museum project becomes a bond prospect
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Lack of money has driven supporters of a new city museum to rethink how to finance the project. Supporters said this week they will need the city’s financial help to … Find out how to read more online.
Market manager cool to proposed new location
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Venice Farmers Market manager Linda Wilson is going to use the Economic Development Advisory Board’s meeting next week to launch her defense of the market’s current location on West Tampa … Find out how to read more online.
Roberta MacDonald exits life’s stage, leaves legacy
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
As her family sang to her, Roberta MacDonald Turoff, 81, made her final curtain call Tuesday, after a lifetime in the theater. She was 81 and had been battling cancer … Find out how to read more online.
A deadline is imposed; Consolidation study due in 30 days
Sat  May 16 2015 08:30AM
Concerned the Fire Department consolidation feasibility study could drag on well into next year, Venice City Council this week directed the city manager to complete the study within 30 days. … Find out how to read more online.