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Record set for bldg. permits
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
The city of Venice reached another milestone since the Great Recession ended. For the first time ever, the city issued more than 4,000 residential and commercial building permits in a … Find out how to read more online.
Ink Spot artist nets 1st place in tattoo competition
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
It was the intricate details in the tattoo of an eagle clutching a snake in its talons that the judges liked the best in the large traditional category at the … Find out how to read more online.
Pension migration a tough sell
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:10PM
The strategy to move employees from city retirement plans into the state retirement plan is, as expected, meeting strong resistance. The city of Venice already declared an impasse in salary … Find out how to read more online.
Home repair loans available for local residences
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
The Sarasota Office of Housing and Community Development is offering zero-percent deferred loans for home repairs on owner-occupied homes throughout the county. Homeowners must meet certain criteria to be eligible … Find out how to read more online.
Home development planned for Intracoastal
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
For the first time in several years, prospective homebuyers may soon have the opportunity to purchase a town home on the island of Venice with unobstructed views overlooking the Venetian … Find out how to read more online.
Drama students to give the gift of hope
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
Those looking for a romantic comedy with a little magic thrown in need look no further than Venice High School Drama Dept.’s production of John Cariani’s “Almost, Maine.” The April … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-officios are out, liaisons are in
Mon  Apr 14 2014 05:10PM
Ex-officio members on city of Venice advisory boards are being eliminated to make it easier for city council members to converse with them. Currently an ex-officio member — a council … Find out how to read more online.
Warm Mineral Springs to open
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
After being closed to the public for more than nine months, Warm Mineral Springs Day Spa will officially reopen for swimming at 9 a.m. Saturday. “It’s about time — it’s … Find out how to read more online.
Cash Creatures
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
A dolphin named “Diamond Jim” lived up to its name at Saturday’s Sea Venice auction at the Venice Yacht Club. Created by artist Debbi Marucci for sponsor Stonegate Bank, “Diamond … Find out how to read more online.
Carlesimo pushes downtown redevelopment district
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:02AM
City Council Member Emilio Carlesimo, with council’s blessing, is exploring alternative funding to revitalize the downtown area. Carlesimo said he became interested in the idea of revitalizing the downtown area … Find out how to read more online.
Sink your teeth into this festival
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:00AM
When one Googles “Shark’s Tooth Festival,” Venice, Fla., pops up. This year, the city celebrates its off-shore sea finned and toothy creatures with the 22nd annual festival. There are many … Find out how to read more online.
‘Parallel Lives’ to entertain crowds
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:00AM
Venice Theatre’s Stage II presents “Parallel Lives,” a comedy revue that will take audiences on a ride through contemporary life and love. The show will open Thursday, April 10, in … Find out how to read more online.
‘4000 miles’ connects generations
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:00AM
It’s 3 a.m when Vera Joseph’s wayward grandson Leo Joseph-Connell arrives at her apartment in New York City. That Leo has come 4,000 miles from his home in Seattle inspired … Find out how to read more online.
Shower for homeless now being built
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:24PM
It won’t be long before area homeless people will be able to shower before breakfast. Volunteers with Christ United Methodist Church (CUMC) have been working diligently since November to plan … Find out how to read more online.
Group wins push to have ‘Albee’ light
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:24PM
Drivers going south on the Bypass in Venice say it’s a nightmare to turn left onto Albee Farm Road. It’s not uncommon to wait until the light has turned red … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army talks hybrid housing
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:22PM
Sarasota Salvation Army officials unveiled plans recently for a hybrid housing project that could put a big dent in the area’s homeless population if it becomes reality in the near … Find out how to read more online.
Young actors participate in Sarasota Film Festival
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:22PM
People become actors for various reasons. For Julia King, 14, it was a godsend. “When she was 4 years old, she had a lot of anxiety and was painfully shy,” … Find out how to read more online.
‘Five Guys’ is a quintuple hit at Venice Theatre
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:22PM
When Brad Wages is both director and choreographer of a show, I expect good things. That is what the audience got — and more — Tuesday at the opening of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre marquee upgrade gets approval
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:48AM
The Venice Theatre’s electronic marquee sign will get an overhaul in time to host the June American Association of Community Theatre’s Worldfest. It won’t feature a multi-colored video of exploding … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Gondolier Sun owner buys Sebring newspaper
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:48AM
The Sun Coast Media Group, parent company of the Venice Gondolier Sun, has purchased the Sebring News-Sun, Highlands County’s hometown newspaper since 1927, further expanding SCMG’s unique brand of local … Find out how to read more online.
Local trial nears end
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:12PM
The first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Rice, the South Carolina man charged with the first-degree murder of Philippe Nahon in Osprey in 2012, should be winding down next week. … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Greatest Little Show on Earth’ turns 65
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:10PM
As Sarasota County has been the circus capital of the United States since 1927, it makes sense that Sarasota High School might have given birth to America’s longest running student … Find out how to read more online.
Jews begin observance of Passover on Monday
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
In preparation of Passover, the holiday that celebrates Jews’ freedom from Pharaoh in Egypt, Jews clear their homes of “Chametz” — leavened bread, cake and similar foods. To do a … Find out how to read more online.
Third alternate north-south relief road gets approval
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
There was good news this week for drivers needing to regularly travel from South Venice to Manatee County. In early 2016, a third alternate route will be opened following the … Find out how to read more online.
Walking for stronger hearts
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
The American Heart Association and Venice Regional Bayfront Health have announced a year-long partnership to promote the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life” health movement. Launched in the spring … Find out how to read more online.
Cody Bowman named Ms. Congeniality in Ms. Wheelchair pageant
Sun  Apr 13 2014 01:08PM
When State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice student Cody Bowman took the stage in the Ms. Wheelchair Florida pageant April 4-6 in Orlando, she realized her dream of advocating … Find out how to read more online.
Killer heard voices, attorney says
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
“Kill him, he is a bad man. Kill him, he is a bad man.” Those are the words that were running through Michael Rice’s head just moments before he pulled … Find out how to read more online.
Bio-swale project near beach scaled back
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:04AM
Residents along the Gulf of Mexico in Venice have won a partial victory in their fight against a planned open bio-swale project south of Venice Beach. The city on Tuesday, … Find out how to read more online.
Ex-officios are out, liaisons are in
Fri  Apr 11 2014 10:43AM
Ex-officio members on city of Venice advisory boards are being eliminated to make it easier for city council members to converse with them. Currently an ex-officio member — a council … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Trail a ‘homeless highway?’
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:24PM
Speculation that the county may raze a park shelter because homeless people have taken it over may be overreaching but this and other actions have led to the question of … Find out how to read more online.
Florida’s women were caught up in Civil War
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:00AM
Florida does not get much attention from historians who write about the Civil War. Historian Tracy J. Revels recently told a Venice audience that “Florida is the Rodney Dangerfield of … Find out how to read more online.
Salvation Army holds spring festival for community
Wed  Apr 9 2014 09:00AM
Easter comes early to the Salvation Army of Venice, which holds a community-wide spring festival Saturday. One of the highlights will be the first East Egg hunt of the season … Find out how to read more online.
Fossil Fest at Venice Museum
Wed  Apr 9 2014 08:58AM
Fossil Fest takes place Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Venice Museum and Archives, 351 S. Nassau St. This is the last Saturday opening for the museum this season. … Find out how to read more online.
Man uses CPR on drowning teen
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:48AM
Stoneybrook maintenance worker Nels Coleman, a 25-year-old transplant from Minnesota, was changing copy on a sign Friday afternoon in the subdivision in Venice when a young girl ran up to … Find out how to read more online.
Pinkerton family honored for service to Venice Theatre
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:24PM
“The Pinkertons have long been active in the Venice community, with Venice Theatre being one of the many organizations to benefit from their volunteer work and philanthropy.” — Laurie Colton, … Find out how to read more online.
Sheriff honors employees of the year
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:22PM
Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight this week recognized three Employees of the Year for 2013 and a special 911 award. “It is difficult to distinguish yourself in an agency with … Find out how to read more online.
Civil War re-enactors shine in uniform
Sun  Apr 6 2014 01:20PM
The Venice Historical Society invited me to attend its March meeting. The meeting place was along the South Trail at Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club, and I had always … Find out how to read more online.
Buy the beautiful Sea creatures
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:00AM
Online bidding has begun for Venice Art Center’s Sea Venice creatures. The 45 artist-decorated dolphins and sea turtles are heading to the Venice Yacht Club where they will be auctioned … Find out how to read more online.
Book it to the fair
Wed  Apr 2 2014 08:00AM
The third annual Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival comes into its own Saturday. No mere gathering of authors and booksellers, the Venice Fair has acquired its own unique personality … Find out how to read more online.