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Skydive Venice wins but council hates the idea
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
The Venice City Council has approved a skydiving operation based out of the Venice Municipal airport, but only after raising strong objections. Council members said the Federal Aviation Administration forced … Find out how to read more online.
Housing will be affordable, developer says
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
A private property owner has stepped up to offer the city not just workforce housing but “affordable” workforce housing. It’s the first project to come before the city in years. … Find out how to read more online.
Countdown to library opening is underway
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
It’s less than a week to the opening of the temporary Venice Public Library in the former Hamilton Office Condominiums, so the City Council got its last progress report Tuesday. … Find out how to read more online.
Sneak peek
Tue  Sep 27 2016 12:30PM
An opening date has been set for the much anticipated new “temporary” public library on the island. The new library, located behind Venice Theatre at 260 N. Nokomis Ave., will … Find out how to read more online.
Foundation helps families toward self-sufficiency
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:24AM
Twenty previously homeless Sarasota County families recently celebrated a milestone in working toward financial self-sufficiency. They completed a phase of a program to improve their financial literacy while they compile … Find out how to read more online.
City to take plunge on skydiving
Tue  Sep 27 2016 12:42PM
It’s been seven years since tandem skydive business owner Christian Schoemig first approached the city with a proposal to open a skydiving operation at the Venice Municipal Airport. That wait … Find out how to read more online.
Gondo is No. 1 again
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
For the third year in a row the Venice Gondolier Sun has been named the best weekly newspaper in the 7,000-15,000 circulation class by the Florida Press Association. The honor … Find out how to read more online.
City’s rules on pain clinics died
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
The city of Venice recently discovered its pain management clinic regulations expired more than a year and a half ago. The Planning Commission this week set out to adopt new … Find out how to read more online.
Cops say no to phased-in raise
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Negotiators for Venice Police officers have rejected a city proposal for a substantial pay increase that the Venice City Council has already set aside $160,000 to fund. The proposal focused … Find out how to read more online.
Does Osprey Ditch need a $1M fix?
Sat  Sep 17 2016 08:30AM
Neighbors are not happy with a proposed city fix to keep pedestrians and vehicles from going into the Osprey Ditch, a lengthy, 10-foot-deep roadside ditch that carries a swift current … Find out how to read more online.
SMH changes its hospital strategy
Sat  Sep 17 2016 08:30AM
Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) has decided to start from scratch in its effort to build a hospital in Venice. It submitted an application last year for a certificate of need … Find out how to read more online.
Getting by, thanks to strangers
Sat  Sep 17 2016 08:30AM
The Banata family (not their real name) were all doing just fine … until they weren’t. They are a family of four — a mom and a dad, both of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice tax rate up by 16 percent
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:50AM
The Venice City Council approved its first tax increase in more than a decade. The board voted Tuesday evening to increase the Fiscal Year 2017 millage rate from last year’s … Find out how to read more online.
TV star Jack Hanna visits local eatery
Mon  Sep 19 2016 05:40PM
Monday lunchtime was even more exciting this week than usual for the hostess and servers at TJ Carneys Bar & Grill at 231 West Venice Ave. TV personality and wild … Find out how to read more online.
Meet ‘Zilch,’ aka Mike Moran
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:38AM
Mike Moran is a famous name in music. It is such a famous name that when the Mike Moran referred to in this story went to register with ASCAP, he … Find out how to read more online.
Water main break results in boil water advisory
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:24AM
There was a water outage earlier this week in the City of Venice due to a water main break. The affected areas will be required to boil water, or use … Find out how to read more online.
Great Performers 2016-2017 season set
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:24AM
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) continues its eighth decade of “bringing Carnegie Hall to Sarasota” with its lineup of world-class musicians and ensembles. SCA’s 2016-2017 Great Performers Series season, which … Find out how to read more online.
2016-2017 Music Matinees scheduled
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:24AM
The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) will offer its 2016-17 free “Music Matinees,” a long-running, community outreach program (formerly called Munchtime Musicales) that features the talents of accomplished musicians with ties … Find out how to read more online.
Hurricane helps man win $1M
Sat  Sep 10 2016 07:48PM
A North Port man taking a few moments inside a dry gas station during Hurricane Hermine walked out $1 million richer, Florida Lottery officials announced Wednesday. Hollie Lyle Jr., 56, … Find out how to read more online.
Enthusiasts flock to High Noon Guns
Sat  Sep 10 2016 07:48PM
As the new Venice location of High Noon Guns opened at 1867 South Tamiami Trail on Friday morning, the parking lot was continually full as customers and visitors came to … Find out how to read more online.
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From 100 candles a week to a whopping 50,000 a day
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
Successful businessman John Pidorenko retired to Venice in 1995 following a career with major corporations and having sold his business up north. Bored at home, his daughter suggested they open a … Find out how to read more online.
City political forum Oct. 5
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
A Venice city election forum where residents can listen to city candidates answer questions and give their views is being hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun on Wednesday, Oct. 5 … Find out how to read more online.
Minor brush fire
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:24AM
A power line apparently fell down behind homes on the corner of Nokomis Ave. South and Base Ave. West Saturday, sending flames up palm trees and dry brush Saturday at … Find out how to read more online.
RPM celebrates 30 musical years together
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:24AM
Thirty years is a pretty long time for a duo to be performing together, but two local musicians have accomplished the feat. In honor of reaching the milestone, Randy Marsh, … Find out how to read more online.
Starlite reaches 50-show milestone
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:22AM
Moving into its second year, the Starlite Players have produced 50 shows — 50 short shows. “If you don’t see something you like, wait a minute” Starlite founder and producer … Find out how to read more online.
Inlet yields 1,000 pounds of trash
Sat  Sep 24 2016 08:30AM
The first-ever cleanup in the mooring areas near the Venice Yacht Club took place recently, with divers bringing up just shy of 1,000 pounds of scrap, including the proverbial kitchen … Find out how to read more online.
Hospital’s parent co. ‘exploring options’
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
When Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) was dealing with the aftermath of a major sewage spill and administrative turnover last year, the question of a possible sale of the facility … Find out how to read more online.
Jacaranda West Country Club sold
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Jacaranda West Country Club, 1901 Jacaranda Blvd., has been acquired by GF-Jacaranda LLC of Naples, which operates from the same address as the new management company for the club, Coral … Find out how to read more online.
Rising from the ashes
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Asked why nothing seems to have happened since Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey was damaged by a fire in July, co-owner Rod Thomas says the delays were due to the … Find out how to read more online.
Hatchling hurdles
Sat  Sep 17 2016 08:30AM
If Kermit the Frog thinks he’s had it tough being green, he ought to consider what sea turtles go through to reach maturity. Devastating things can happen to them before … Find out how to read more online.
River Road redo may get a boost
Sat  Sep 17 2016 08:30AM
West Villages’ general manager is proposing the rapidly growing community not only front millions of dollars to further develop and widen River Road, but help construct the project, too, lessening … Find out how to read more online.
First tax increase in 12 years up for vote
Sat  Sep 10 2016 07:44PM
City leaders in Venice are preparing to pull the trigger next week on the first true property tax rate increase in about a dozen years. At Tuesday’s Venice City Council … Find out how to read more online.
Patriots Park at heart of ceremony
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:48AM
A ceremony in honor of those who gave their lives on Sep. 11, 2001, was held this past Sunday in Venice’s Patriots Park. The key feature of this park is … Find out how to read more online.
Finance director out as employee replaces him
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:46AM
Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee wasted no time finding a new head of finance. He recommended Linda Senne this week to fill the position, which was vacated last week when … Find out how to read more online.
Council to look at raise for police retirees
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:39AM
The Venice City Council deferred action Tuesday on a cost-of-living adjustment for police pension beneficiaries, but made it clear that it’s something they need to find a way to approve. … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Symphony tickets available
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:24AM
Individual tickets for the 2016-17 Venice Symphony concert season are now available. Maestro Imre Pallo will lead the Symphony in concerts that feature classical composers, holiday favorites with the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Theatre offers ‘Generations’ charmer
Wed  Sep 14 2016 09:24AM
Venice Theatre’s Generations production of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is a visual delight thanks to a blue and white set design that envelops the audience. All the … Find out how to read more online.
Water Rescue
Sat  Sep 10 2016 07:48PM
Venice firefighters and the Venice Marine Patrol plucked a man out of the Intracoastal Waterway Friday. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. on Friday after a call to police about … Find out how to read more online.
Parking under bridge to be considered
Mon  Sep 12 2016 10:56AM
The effort to put city parking under the KMI Bridge should take a major step forward next week. The city has long targeted the unused area as a place to … Find out how to read more online.
Whoops. Solar array being built in wrong spot
Tue  Sep 13 2016 08:49PM
A solar power array in the Venice Community Center parking lot that was eagerly embraced by the Venice City Council may be coming down. The Council gave Florida Power & … Find out how to read more online.