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Oops! SCAT is not OK with ‘new’ bus stop
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Sarasota County Area Transportation will not be adding a southbound bus stop at Publix in November, after all. That’s the word from SCAT, after a mix-up in communications led a … Find out how to read more online.
Turtle nests keep on hatching
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Linda Soderquist had a welcomed surprise this week. “A couple of new nests and ‘surprise hatches’ this week boosted our numbers,” she said. She’s the primary permit holder overseeing volunteer … Find out how to read more online.
Cyclists could be asked to walk bikes downtown
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Monty Andrews was a reluctant presenter at Monday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting. “I’d rather not be here,” he said. Andrews, who writes a bicycling column for the Gondolier Sun, … Find out how to read more online.
Qualifying ends; one race, one shoo-in
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
The qualifying period for residents to announce their candidacy for two seats on the Venice City Council is over. Incumbent Emilio Carlesimo, seeking his third term in office, will run … Find out how to read more online.
Police warned not to relocate sleeping homeless
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
An Assistant City Attorney is advising the Venice Police Department not to arrest or remove homeless people sleeping on park benches or on a sidewalk, for example, when there “are … Find out how to read more online.
Cool off at beaches, parks
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
This is the time of year when air conditioners are struggling to keep up with the 95-degree steam room known as summer in Southwest Florida, yet the idea of leaving … Find out how to read more online.
Swingeroos sway Court Cabaret
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Court Cabaret’s stage at Florida Studio Theatre was absolutely backed with music and musicians Tuesday night. Newly opened is “The Swingeroos,” featuring an eclectic group of performers from New York … Find out how to read more online.
Venice High alum receives Medal of Honor
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Local historian and man about town Earl Midlem informed me recently that a 1960 Venice High School graduate, Clyde Lassen, had received the Medal of Honor while serving as a … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT picks new Publix bus stop
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
The City of Venice announced this week a solution for the southbound Publix bus stop on Route 13, albeit one that will take until November to implement. Sarasota County Area … Find out how to read more online.
Airport skydiving is too risky, city says
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
Venice Airport Director Chris Rozansky finished a safety risk analysis this week that, not surprisingly, finds skydiving a risky business proposition at Venice Municipal Airport. The FAA ordered the city … Find out how to read more online.
Clock ticking toward enforcement of rental law
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
With a little more than a month remaining in the city’s moratorium on enforcing its short-term rental ordinance, most of the properties whose owners had challenged it are in compliance … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay season begins with ‘A Bench in the Sun’
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:22AM
Lemon Bay Theatre seems to be on the grow. The coming theater season begins Sept. 2 with “A Bench in the Sun” by Roy Clark” and is augmented by four … Find out how to read more online.
No shortage of beautification ideas for VABI
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Have you noticed any of the landscaping or pieces of art in downtown Venice? If so, thank Venice Area Beautification Inc. (VABI). A volunteer-based, nonprofit organization, VABI’s mission is to … Find out how to read more online.
Vote set on possible garage site
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
A seven-page agenda awaits the Venice City Council when it convenes Tuesday for the first time in a month. One item that isn’t on it is a proposal for a … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View student is president of Boys Nation
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Osprey resident Aravind Byju, who will be a senior at Pine View School, is the newly elected president of the American Legion’s Boys Nation. He won the office by capturing … Find out how to read more online.
Cat attack victim ponders next move
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
Cat attack victim Sammy Giordano is conflicted. On the one hand, he’s pretty sure he wasn’t bitten and severely scratched by a feral cat with rabies. Rabies is extremely rare, … Find out how to read more online.
Board backs proposal for more croquet courts
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
The courts at the Sarasota County Croquet Club complex at Wellfield Park are so busy, members say, that they have to wait longer to play a game than the game … Find out how to read more online.
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Fire chief gets ‘no confidence’ vote
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
An overwhelming majority of Venice firefighters gave their leader, Fire Chief Jim Warman, a vote of no confidence this week, according to the local union. Jerry Collins, vice president of … Find out how to read more online.
Readying for Erika
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
With memories of Hurricane Charley and its sudden late change of course still lingering after 11 years, just the possibility that a tropical storm might approach Florida is enough to … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite Players readies four short comedies
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Rehearsals are underway for “A Different Perspective,” a collection of four short comedies that Starlite Players will present Sept. 10-13. The evening of short plays, following the format established with … Find out how to read more online.
Construction accident injures three
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:38AM
Three construction workers were injured after scaffolding collapsed in downtown Venice. The accident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Island Court Townhomes under construction on Turin … Find out how to read more online.
Up With People tickets available at Venice Gondolier Sun
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun is an outlet for the 50th anniversary Up With People Show Sept. 11 and 12 at the 1,070-seat Venice Performing Arts Center. In six previous visits … Find out how to read more online.
She will skate to erase cancer
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Isabella Vail, 9, an ice skater, lost her great-grandfather, David Alt, to cancer nearly three years ago. Saturday, she will be skating at the Germain Arena in Estero to raise … Find out how to read more online.
Exsultate! auditions set for September
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
The Venice Chorale’s Exsultate! will hold auditions Monday evening, Sept. 21, 7-9 p.m., at Venice High School, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. The auditions are open to all who qualify, by … Find out how to read more online.
VABI proposes to light up banyan trees
Sat  Aug 29 2015 09:36AM
Venice Area Beautification Inc.’s next project is up a tree — literally. VABI is proposing to install lights to shine up at the banyan trees at West Venice Avenue and … Find out how to read more online.
Venice to buy condos for $1 million
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:02PM
Elected officials in Venice agreed yesterday to purchase the Hamilton Office Condominiums for $995,000, but they made it clear it’s not their intention to build a parking garage on the … Find out how to read more online.
Popular Toy Train Show soon
Wed  Aug 26 2015 12:00PM
One of the more popular annual family events in the city is the Venice Area Toy Train Show and Swap Meet. There people can witness what is known as Toy … Find out how to read more online.
Traffic task force seeks public input
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:26AM
A task force usually is formed to analyze a problem, suggest solutions and disband as soon as the problem is “fixed.” Apparently, that’s not going to be the fate of … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View grad’s ‘Peculiar’ book being filmed
Wed  Aug 26 2015 10:24AM
Editor’s note: This story was inspired by a story by Elaine Allen-Emrich that appeared in the Englewood Sun. While seeking more information on Ransom Riggs, writer Kim Cool learned she … Find out how to read more online.
Fire leaves one dead
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
When Sharon Vander Wulp stepped outside her office near the corner of Shamrock Boulevard and Bal Harbour Drive Wednesday afternoon, she saw smoke coming from an apartment complex in which … Find out how to read more online.
Homeless sleeping in public areas now legal?
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
A recent U.S. Department of Justice “Statement of Interest” in a Boise, Idaho, case involving homeless people could influence how the City of Venice responds to homeless people who want … Find out how to read more online.
Food and more still offered by Salvation Army
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
The words were harsh in the call to the Venice Gondolier Sun’s “Let ’em Have It” column. An anonymous reader was complaining about the Salvation Army ceasing Friday mobile food … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclists hope to camp in park
Sat  Aug 22 2015 08:30AM
Yet another group wants to bring a bunch of cycling enthusiasts to Venice, but with a twist — the 600 participants in Bike Florida’s Spring Tour 2016 would be camping … Find out how to read more online.
Oil rig debris now in Venice
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
An Aug. 15 Gondolier Sun story about oil rig debris washing up on Southwest Florida beaches wasn’t news to Phillip Ellis — he’d already found some. Ellis and his 8-year-old … Find out how to read more online.
Puppy shooter must pay 5k
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:24AM
A 67-year-old North Port man who shot a puppy in the city March 29 pleaded no contest Monday and was ordered to pay almost $5,000 to the court and the … Find out how to read more online.
Dangerous bacterium reported in Charlotte County
Wed  Aug 19 2015 09:22AM
Bill Mango didn’t think much of the cut he got while unloading the kayak from his truck before a day on the water. Now he’ll never forget the injury to … Find out how to read more online.
Indians built for postseason success
Thu  Aug 20 2015 12:18AM
Coming off their first district title in five years and a run to the state quarterfinals in last year’s playoffs, the 2015 Venice Indians football team that features more size … Find out how to read more online.