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‘Greatest Show’ No More
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:50AM
Within hours of the latest induction of circus notables at St. Armands Ring of Fame in Sarasota on Saturday, Feld Entertainment chairman Kenneth Feld announced that the Ringling Bros. Barnum … Find out how to read more online.
Draft Comp Plan ready for public review
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
After 15 months of revisions, the Venice Planning Commission passed out a fresh draft updating the 2010 Comprehensive Plan for the public to review. The “Comp Plan” is the city’s … Find out how to read more online.
City won’t buy controversial ‘The Woods’
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:07PM
The Venice City Council this week opted to pass up an opportunity to purchase The Woods in Venice, a 150-acre planned subdivision by Neal Communities. A rezone of the property … Find out how to read more online.
Bee Gees Gold plays Venice Friday, Saturday
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Enjoy BBQ and the Bee Gees Gold tribute group with John Acosta Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21, at Venice Community Center. Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Orchid Society Show slated
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
The Venice Area Orchid Society (VAOS) will present its 51st annual show and sale at the Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, Feb. 4-5. Show hours are: Saturday … Find out how to read more online.
Unbelievable Life
Mon  Jan 16 2017 03:04PM
As dark clouds swirled over Europe with Hitler’s armies headed north, the corpse of Italy’s Benito Mussolini was soon to be hung in the street by a mob. Guido Saeli, … Find out how to read more online.
City poised to end Domestic Partnership program
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
City leaders were prepared this week to officially do away with the city’s Domestic Partnership Registry but didn’t take action. At a meeting on Tuesday, Council sent the proposal back … Find out how to read more online.
Holic: Trolley’s purpose isn’t sightseeing
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
The Venice City Council’s decision on Tuesday to keep the trolley circulating around downtown likely made merchants happy — especially those on West Miami Avenue, which will be put on … Find out how to read more online.
Council postpones new beach parking lot
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
A new beachside parking lot planned at the Venice Fishing Pier near Sharky’s Restaurant was postponed this week after a number of Venice Council Members raised objections to the project. … Find out how to read more online.
Landscaper death investigation underway
Mon  Jan 16 2017 12:31PM
A male worker for a private landscaping company was fatally injured this week. The incident happened on Thursday, shortly after 10 a.m. while on the job at 758 Village Circle, … Find out how to read more online.
Political slugfest ‘Frost/Nixon’ takes the stage
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
Venice Theatre will continue its 2016-2017 Stage II Season with the area premiere of Frost/Nixon by British film writer and playwright, Peter Morgan. The play, called “briskly entertaining” by The … Find out how to read more online.
Choreography is stunning in ‘Sweet Charity’
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
When “Sweet Charity” played Broadway back in the 1960s, it garnered nine Tony nominations, including a win for choreography by Bob Fosse, who also was the show’s director. To see … Find out how to read more online.
Trolley route to stay downtown
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:32AM
If you want to ride the Venice trolley out to the South Jetty, you’d better jump on real soon. On Tuesday, the same day the trolley made its first appearance … Find out how to read more online.
Thorny issues dominate Wellfield discussion
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:32AM
Inadequate parking and an overused sports complex have city officials still scratching their collective heads about the future of the Wellfield Sports Complex. Already two thorny discussion points have surfaced … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Home & Garden Show this weekend
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:42AM
Home and garden shows sprout all over the U.S. this month. The Venice Home & Garden Show, Jan. 14 and 15 at the Venice Community Center, is the newest. In … Find out how to read more online.
August Wilson’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ on tap
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:32AM
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe continues its 2016-2017 season with “The Piano Lesson,” which runs Jan.11 – Feb. 18. With this production, WBTT continues its commitment to produce every play by … Find out how to read more online.
Respected pianist to perform with symphony
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:32AM
Distinguished pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann will be the guest soloist at The Venice Symphony’s concerts at Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC), One Indian Ave, Venice, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 … Find out how to read more online.
At stoplight, man shoots assaulter, deputies say
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:04PM
A driver waiting on River Road at the U.S. 41 stoplight shot a man who started hitting him in what may have been a road rage incident, according to authorities. … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield could be a sports mecca
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:04PM
City of Venice and Sarastoa County leaders are trying to figure out a way to turn Wellfield Sports Complex into a regional sports mecca. Part of the problem, according to … Find out how to read more online.
Property taxes paid but pension funds missed
Wed  Jan 4 2017 04:54PM
City officials are now satisfied that all properties annexed into Venice have been paying property taxes every year. Information from the Sarasota County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector has allayed … Find out how to read more online.
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Jetty at heart of trolley debate
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:48AM
A new route for the Venice trolley went into effect Tuesday, but the Venice City Council’s discussion of it isn’t over. The decision to drop the South Jetty as a … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary celebrates 25th arts, craft festival
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
All that glitters could be silver at this year’s 25th anniversary Rotary Arts & Craft Festival, which will fill the Venice Municipal Airport’s festival grounds this weekend. Eighty artisans have committed … Find out how to read more online.
Venice honors fallen deputy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
Funeral services were held on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in Port Charlotte, for the Orange County deputy who was killed last week while tracking down a murder suspect … Find out how to read more online.
‘Great Society’ completes Johnson legacy
Wed  Jan 18 2017 09:46AM
“The Great Society” is the continuation of last year’s “All the Way” at Asolo Rep in Sarasota. Based on the turbulent years following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the play uses … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown to remain same
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:40PM
Angled parking in downtown Venice is dead, thanks to a City Council vote that also killed the idea of reducing West Venice Avenue to one lane in each direction. But … Find out how to read more online.
She’s raising money to attend Trump inauguration
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:38PM
You might say that Charlene Marks is a Donald Trump fan. The 80-year-old, who splits her time between Wisconsin and Venice, supported the multimillionaire businessman throughout his successful presidential campaign, … Find out how to read more online.
Fixing beach erosion could end federal funding
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:34PM
Concerned about skyrocketing costs to renourish Venice’s beaches, city leaders discussed various options this week, focusing on what to do about three hot spots. The takeaway — after listening to … Find out how to read more online.
Ways to save Venice Beach challenging
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:32AM
The Venice City Council holds a rare second meeting this week, on Friday, to discuss two topics near and dear to residents’ hearts: roads and the beach, the first item … Find out how to read more online.
Ceremony honors ‘Jew By Choice’
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
Deborah Polkinghorn-Suta recently became a Jew by Choice, at the Jewish Congregation of Venice, where the sanctuary was filled with guests and friends. Rabbi Harold Caminker, Spiritual leader of the … Find out how to read more online.
Council cleans up decade-old mistake
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
The Venice City Council voted to fix a nearly 11-year-old boo-boo Tuesday. When Gulf Coast Strategic Investments, an arm of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, petitioned in 2006 for the annexation … Find out how to read more online.
Whoopi has competition
Sun  Jan 15 2017 12:32PM
Syreeta S. Banks’ portrayal of Deloris Van Cartier in Venice Theatre’s production of “Sister Act” is darn close to that of Whoopi Goldberg in the film of the same name. … Find out how to read more online.
Golden Globe award goes to Pine View grad
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:38AM
“Moonlight,” produced by Pine View School grad Adele Romanski, won the Golden Globe Sunday for Best Motion Picture of 2017. “Still glowing this morning from last night,” Romanski Tweeted Monday … Find out how to read more online.
Manatee rescued
Wed  Jan 11 2017 10:32AM
Residents of Brook to Bay awoke to a surprise in Forked Creek Tuesday morning — a young manatee was stuck in the creek. Richard Springall was the first resident of … Find out how to read more online.
Council debates, ‘How long can you talk?’
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:34AM
A marathon Venice City Council meeting in November raised the issue of just how much time people seeking permission for big projects should have to make their case. The Council … Find out how to read more online.
Rabies alert after Venice bobcat incident
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:03PM
After two bobcat attacks in two days, Venice and North Port are under a rabies alert. However, experts are stating the alarm is less about the animals and more a … Find out how to read more online.
‘Phantom’ haunts Broadway Palm in best way
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:40AM
Can a disfigured man hiding behind a mask find true love with a lovely singer in the catacombs of an Opera House? That is the story of “The Phantom,” which … Find out how to read more online.
Acting class and Shakespeare workshop set
Wed  Jan 11 2017 09:32AM
The Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP) is offering an acting class and a Shakespeare workshop for adults (16 and up) starting Jan. 17 and 19, respectively. Classes will culminate in a … Find out how to read more online.
Don’t be nervous. It’s just 62,000 people
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:04PM
Hannah Jae Wasserman has come a long way since being discovered by Jon Bon Jovi’s Music Director, Obie O’Brien, with whom she co-produced her first CD including songs she began … Find out how to read more online.
Trolley experiment begins year two on Tuesday
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:04PM
The bright red trolley that traveled the island last season will be back Tuesday, conveying residents and visitors to any of 13 stops in a half-hour loop. But both the … Find out how to read more online.
City may phase out domestic partnership registry
Sat  Jan 7 2017 12:02PM
The Venice City Clerk is recommending the city phase out its Domestic Partnership Registry and encourage those currently registered to join the county’s program. The issue came up when the … Find out how to read more online.