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Pinebrook may switch rentals to condos
Wed  May 23 2018 09:18AM
City Council will take another look at the Pinebrook Road apartment project it defeated two weeks ago. Council Member Jeanette Gates agreed to place the topic on the next Council … Find out how to read more online.
They build golf carts using your imagination
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Occasionally, somebody walks into his shop with an idea for a special golf cart, and at times, Don Ware, owner of Custom Golf Carts, admits he thinks the idea is … Find out how to read more online.
‘Moderate’ utilities rate hikes coming
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
The Venice City Council on Tuesday gave its preliminary approval for a variety of utilities rate hikes recommended by a stakeholder group. Residents of the City of Venice can expect … Find out how to read more online.
Council grapples with asset-naming policy
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Public Works Director John Veneziano appeared before the Venice City Council Tuesday with the outline of a proposed policy for naming city facilities. He also had four questions he wanted … Find out how to read more online.
Bladder Cancer Awareness Month underway
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
During the past legislative session, Rep. Mike Grant (R-Port Charlotte) successfully pushed a resolution declaring this month “Bladder Cancer Awareness Month” in Florida. Grant’s resolution stated Florida had the second-highest … Find out how to read more online.
Life in prison for car fire murderer
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Three children are now without their mother or their father. That’s the result of a Hillsborough County man’s arrest and subsequent conviction in connection with the murder of his longtime … Find out how to read more online.
‘Always … Patsy Cline’ celebrates country music legend
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) kicks off its 28th Summer Mainstage Season with “Always…Patsy Cline,” a musical homage to the legendary country music icon. The show will run on the theater’s … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View teacher in dispute speaks out
Mon  May 21 2018 05:38PM
NOKOMIS — When school starts in August, Pine View School will be missing seven of the nine dual enrollment classes that were available on campus from State College of Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Victim wages war on human trafficking
Sun  May 20 2018 12:24PM
When Jamie Walton was a 14-year-old living in Venice, she spent every other weekend flying from Florida to Atlanta to see the 46-year-old man she’d met and started a romantic … Find out how to read more online.
OK to swim; beach advisories lifted
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
The four Sarasota County beaches that were issued a “No Swim” advisory on Thursday for elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria, had the advisory lifted on Friday, giving the all-clear for … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with abducting, hitting woman
Sun  May 20 2018 12:22PM
A Sarasota man was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly abducting and assaulting a north Venice woman. According to a Venice Police Department report: On May 2 at 3:30 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View needs ‘identity,’ officials say
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
The elimination of most of Pine View School’s on-campus dual enrollment classes for the 2018-19 school year was barely mentioned at Tuesday’s Sarasota County Schools Board workshop. But board members … Find out how to read more online.
Scrub jay habitat plan may cost $3.5M more
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
Charlotte County Commissioners reluctantly agreed to move forward with acquiring new lands for scrub jay habitat conservation. About 80 scrub jay families were recorded in the county during the last official … Find out how to read more online.
‘Lillian Likes It’ to take the stage
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
Venice High School Student Theatre Summers will present “Lillian Likes It,” winner of the 2015 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award and written by actor, director and playwright Joshua Mikel. Incoming ninth … Find out how to read more online.
‘Stuart Little’ is a really BIG show
Tue  May 22 2018 11:11AM
With set design and direction by Tim Wisgerhof, Venice Theatre’s Generations production of “Stuart Little” held lots of promise. Not only did Wisgerhof transform the Main Stage into a setting … Find out how to read more online.
Death at sea still a mystery
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a suspicious death off the coast of Venice. A Sheriff’s Office forensics team responded to the Crow’s Nest marina on Saturday, May … Find out how to read more online.
Hiring process to change after child porn arrest
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Following the recent arrest of a Booker High School teacher on child porn charges, Superintendent Todd Bowden addressed Sarasota County Schools hiring policy. Quentin Peterson was arrested April 24 by … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Gardens celebrates 60 years
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Venice Garden residents are celebrating the community’s 60th anniversary. The official celebration began at last Tuesday’s City Council meeting when City Council member Chuck Newsom presented a proclamation recognizing the … Find out how to read more online.
City pushing to change Seaboard
Wed  May 23 2018 09:18AM
Venice Mayor John Holic isn’t giving up on the idea of securing redevelopment funds for the city. He made his case to rejuvenate the Seaboard area before the city’s Economic … Find out how to read more online.
Venice’s future graduates with joy
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Venice High School’s Class of 2018 graduated with cheers, applause and a grand sense of accomplishment. The weather behaved and kept the rain away and there was enough of a … Find out how to read more online.
Isn’t it nifty? Tervis store is 50
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
The Tervis store celebrated its 50th birthday May 19. Tervis has come a long way since 1968 when U.S. 41 was a three-lane road — not three lanes each way — three … Find out how to read more online.
Memories are made of this
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Friday at 7:30 a.m., Venice Memorial Gardens will serve breakfast to all the volunteers who will place flags on every veteran’s grave at the cemetery on Center Road. There will be … Find out how to read more online.
Salon conversion gets Council’s OK
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Sarah Ziebro opened her own hair salon in 2013 and built it into a successful business. She closed it April 23, on its fifth anniversary, because health problems preclude her … Find out how to read more online.
‘Sweet Caroline’ Tour to benefit Parkinson’s research
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
Parkinson Place, under the direction of the Parkinson Research Foundation, will hold the organization’s first-ever community fundraising event, The “Sweet Caroline” Tour: A Neil Diamond Concert Celebration, at the Van … Find out how to read more online.
Circus Summer Camp moves to new venue
Wed  May 23 2018 09:16AM
While the Sailor Circus Arena at the Circus Arts Conservatory site on Bahia Vista Street may be under construction, the show must — and will — go on for children … Find out how to read more online.
Mancini, 86, a performer for Sinatra, still plays
Tue  May 22 2018 01:43PM
Philadelphia is the city of Brotherly Love. It also is a haven for musicians. Dominic Mancini, who plays bass, saxophone and other woodwind instruments, is one of those Philadelphia musical … Find out how to read more online.
Burn ban lifted
Mon  May 21 2018 05:12PM
Sarasota County Fire Chief Michael Regnier on Friday lifted the countywide recreational burn ban that was put in place on April 4. The mandatory burn ban was put in effect … Find out how to read more online.
Shamrock Preschool celebrates VPK graduates
Wed  May 23 2018 03:25PM
Shamrock Preschool honored its 2018 VPK graduating class Tuesday in Venice. Director Deborah Whitham and teacher Sherry Jenkins organized the celebration where students sang, danced and received their diploma and … Find out how to read more online.
Comp Plan wins ‘grassroots’ award
Mon  May 21 2018 05:04PM
The City of Venice has won a planning and zoning award in a category for which it didn’t apply. The Florida Planning and Zoning Association last week announced the City … Find out how to read more online.
Bikers needed for drowning prevention fundraiser
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
As a group gathers Sunday at the cemetery to remember twins who died from drowning, some will have the same horrific experience as the toddlers’ father Paul DeMello. “I have … Find out how to read more online.
Council to consider utility rate increases
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
City of Venice utilities customers will see an increase in their bills five times in the next five years if the City Council adopts a five-year rate adjustment plan recommended … Find out how to read more online.
Students end school year on musical note
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
The Venice Symphony concluded its 28th annual Symphony In The Schools music education program on Friday, May 11, with three concerts at the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC). More than1,400 … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial Day Ceremony at Patriots Park
Sun  May 20 2018 12:20PM
The annual Venice Area Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Patriots Park. This year’s observances and activities will be hosted by the American … Find out how to read more online.
Lovebugs unwelcome hitchhikers on my travels
Sun  May 20 2018 11:56AM
My daughter, Melissa, visited me from Denver for Mother’s Day, much to my delight. I love her husband dearly, but it was nice to spend a lot of mother-daughter time … Find out how to read more online.
Report: State near the bottom in healthcare
Wed  May 16 2018 11:32AM
Only Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi kept Florida out of the basement in the 2018 Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, issued earlier this month. The state’s ranking dropped … Find out how to read more online.
County Commission gets idea of cannabis options
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
When Sarasota County commissioners approved the first two medical marijuana dispensaries for the county in April, they expressed varying degrees of concern about the future. Specifically, commissioners worried about the … Find out how to read more online.
No storm shelters on island — ever
Sun  May 13 2018 11:32AM
If a strong hurricane and storm surge truly hit Venice, the three bridges would likely be destroyed and anybody on the island would be trapped — or underwater and dead. … Find out how to read more online.
Aria’s big lakes plat gets thumbs up
Wed  May 16 2018 11:30AM
Demand continues to remain strong for homes in Neal Communities’ The Milano in northeast Venice. On Tuesday, the Venice Planning Commission recommended approval of a preliminary plat that calls for … Find out how to read more online.