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Homeless fight spurs city hall debate
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The timing couldn’t have been worse. Just as the city is about to spend $16,000 on a water fountain to beautify the new Ruscelletto Park, complaints are coming in about … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with beating, killing dog
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
A Nokomis man who was arrested in January on charges of domestic battery by strangulation was arrested this week for strangling a dog. The man faces four counts of aggravated … Find out how to read more online.
Years of environmental work get financial help
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Volunteers have cleared hundreds of feet of the Siesta Waterway in South Venice by hand. Thanks to a grant jointly funded by Sarasota County and the Southwest Florida Water Management … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial concern abated
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Venice Mayor John Holic’s question about where a donor gets the authority to make changes to a public monument — in this case, the 9/11 Memorial in Patriots Park — … Find out how to read more online.
Lemon Bay Playhouse opens its season
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:38AM
With a new play opening and one in the works, Lemon Bay Playhouse (LBP), 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, is getting into full swing for its season of performances. “Don’t … Find out how to read more online.
Bay Indies reclaimed water project derailed
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:08AM
Bay Indies, the largest mobile home park in Sarasota County, was hoping to become a pilot program for reclaimed water in the city, but those hopes have been dashed. The … Find out how to read more online.
Nonprofit offers self-defense, martial arts classes
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
If a criminal grabs your purse, Anthony Sura says let it go, because nothing inside that bag is worth your life. Sura says he teaches self-defense, perhaps a little differently … Find out how to read more online.
Medicare clarifies what it pays for home health
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
If Medicare denied you coverage for home health services because your condition wasn’t likely to improve, check again. A lawsuit settlement approved early last year clarified that what determines whether … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre expands actor training with internships
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:04AM
Entering its 65th season, Venice Theatre, with support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is expanding its internship program. Summer stock performers Kaitlyn Terpstra and Patrick Mounce, who starred in … Find out how to read more online.
Short term rental settlement to be discussed
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
City leaders will convene next week in a private attorney-client shade meeting that will likely consider a settlement offer between residents and the city over its 2009 short-term rental law. … Find out how to read more online.
MacPherson Local businessman succumbs to cancer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Taylor MacPherson, a well-known local businessman and leader of the Venice Yacht Club, passed away Aug. 19 after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Of Scottish descent, Mr. … Find out how to read more online.
Rag dolls relate African-American experience in new book by Nokomis writer
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
Historical novels can be boring tomes or charming, educational and entertaining for children of all ages. The latter describes “The Yomy Tales, An American Experience,” written and illustrated by Nokomis … Find out how to read more online.
Garage sale by you? Did you register?
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:58AM
Pop out of bed at some ungodly hour. Hammer a homemade sign into the ground at the end of the street. Toss a few items your aunt gave you on … Find out how to read more online.
Theater expands actor training with internships
Wed  Aug 27 2014 04:06PM
Entering its 65th season, Venice Theatre, with support from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, is expanding its internship program. Summer stock performers Kaitlyn Terpstra and Patrick Mounce, who starred in … Find out how to read more online.
Diva Angels plan charity poker run
Wed  Aug 27 2014 04:06PM
The Diva Angels are at it again ... fundraising for a good cause. On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Divas will ride for the charity they voted on in February — First … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Diocese to pay six figures for Fort Myers priest misconduct
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
The Diocese of Venice will pay six figures to settle a sex abuse case involving a now-defrocked Fort Myers priest and a 16-year-old boy, the victim’s attorney announced today. The … Find out how to read more online.
Patient records likely hacked
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
Patients of doctors and clinics affiliated with Venice Regional Bayfront Health are among the 4.5 million people whose personal information is believed to be in the hands of Chinese cyber … Find out how to read more online.
Anderson to run for Venice council seat
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
Deborah Anderson, a local attorney, qualified this week to run against the council member who defeated her husband three years ago. The city hasn’t had a contested race in the … Find out how to read more online.
Man charged with choking, urinating on woman
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
A registered sex offender was charged Monday with attacking and urinating on a woman after an argument about leaving his car at a nearby 7-Eleven gas station led to an … Find out how to read more online.
Two arrested for gambling operation
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:42AM
The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men this week who operate the Players Club 777 in Osprey for illegal gambling and other charges. The investigation began in January of … Find out how to read more online.
First bishop of Venice diocese passes away
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The Most Rev. John Nevins, the founding bishop of the Diocese of Venice, died Tuesday. He was 82. The death was announced in a press statement from his successor, the … Find out how to read more online.
So you want to be a smuggler?
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
Now that the kids are back in school, parents and grandparents may be inspired to do the same. With all the colleges in the area plus art centers and the … Find out how to read more online.
Summer heat slows hiring
Sun  Aug 31 2014 10:40AM
The typically slow summer season has caused hiring to drag across Southwest Florida, but an increase in construction activity holds promise for the future. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity … Find out how to read more online.
Death of ‘Rookery Island’ a mystery
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
A small island on property in North Venice belonging to Neal Communities that was home to a variety of birds has been cleared, and its neighbors aren’t happy about it. … Find out how to read more online.
New names on 9/11 memorial spark city action
Wed  Aug 27 2014 02:24PM
There are hundreds of memorial plaques and pavers throughout the city that etch the memory of a loved one into rock or wood for years to come, but none like … Find out how to read more online.
McKeon goes unchallenged
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
While voters went to the polls this week, City Council Member Kit McKeon was relaxing, enjoying the inner peace that comes with learning he would not face an opponent in … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial site of teen’s death may be moved
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:06AM
Wednesday, Charlie Moore added fresh mulch near the memorial marker of his only daughter, Valerie, who died at 17 in a crash along U.S. 41 in South Venice in 2005. … Find out how to read more online.
Egg-citing
Wed  Aug 27 2014 11:04AM
PHOTOS BY JUSTIN FENNELL An estimated 3,000 people gathered at the airport fairgrounds in Venice for the 4th annual “Easter in August” helicopter egg drop organized by the Bridge Church. … Find out how to read more online.
Flood Maps Are Coming
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
All of Florida is in a flood zone. Get over it. The growing anxiety is over how much it will cost residents to purchase flood insurance in Special Flood Hazard … Find out how to read more online.
Guards possible at county elementaries
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
Sarasota County School Board member Frank Kovach thinks not enough is being done about elementary school security. The topic was discussed briefly last month but, during a workshop this week, … Find out how to read more online.
World’s largest drawing a goal at Venice’s Chalk Festival
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:16AM
If the organizers of the Sarasota Chalk Festival being held in Venice get their way, they will have a chalk drawing the size of three football fields. The drawing will … Find out how to read more online.
Lord-Higel House reaches fundraising milestone
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
The final $13,000 needed to complete exterior work on the restoration of the Lord-Higel House is in the bank. Julia Cousins Laning, who contributed $1 million to the Venice Museum … Find out how to read more online.
Molestation charge for school psychologist
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
A Sarasota County School District psychologist was charged Wednesday with molesting a young girl who was previously under his foster care, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Harvey Dorey, … Find out how to read more online.
Hallenda triumphant in return to Florida Studio Theatre
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:14AM
Singer Kathy Hallenda’s love affair with Florida Studio Theatre audiences continues with “Somewhere Over the Rose” through Aug. 31. In true “show must go on” fashion, she managed yet again … Find out how to read more online.
South Sarasota County projects get green light
Sun  Aug 24 2014 11:12AM
Several decisions made by Sarasota County commissioners during a Wednesday budget workshop will have impacts on South County and the Venice area. They unanimously approved earmarking $3.8 million of sales-tax … Find out how to read more online.
Pine View High big nationally with house hunters
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:54AM
For years, it’s been generally accepted that Pine View School for the Gifted, in Osprey, attracts families to Sarasota County. Now there are some data to back up the conventional … Find out how to read more online.
Flood insurance outreach discussed
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The revised floodplain maps that were unveiled five years ago — then revamped over and over after industry leaders scared the begeebers out of the government and property owners, saying … Find out how to read more online.
Humans challenge sea turtles in many ways
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
In the previous edition of Our Town, there was a story about endangered sea turtles injured or even killed because of human negligence such as fish hooks and mono-filament fishing … Find out how to read more online.
KMI Bridge — this time, they mean it
Wed  Aug 20 2014 11:52AM
The Hatchett Creek Bridge just does not want to be dismissed without more pomp and ceremony, it seems. The bridge probably will go down in local history as the first … Find out how to read more online.