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More doctors for hospital, new CEO says
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health CEO John McLain, who arrived in the city five weeks ago, recently outlined his plans for the hospital to Venice-Nokomis Rotarians at their weekly meeting. Since … Find out how to read more online.
Pension chair: Council was warned about increases
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:56AM
Editor’s note: This is part three of a series on the city of Venice’s continuing police and firefighter pension issues. Next: What more can be done? • • • When … Find out how to read more online.
On hunger strike
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A week into her hunger strike, Yvonne May said she’s suffered from headaches and feels weak, but remains determined. “There is no misunderstanding ... in my heart and soul I … Find out how to read more online.
City could give up Wellfield complex
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Faced with an Interlocal Agreement that provides the city with only $5,000 annually for improvements at Wellfield Sports Complex, city leaders this week began to ask a drastic question: Should … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Tampa Bay Times purchases main competitor, the Tampa Tribune
Tue  May 3 2016 09:09PM
ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — Florida’s largest newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times, said Tuesday it has purchased its main competitor, the Tampa Tribune, ending a decades-long newspaper rivalry. Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said he intends to create one financially … read more.

Acidic seawater dissolving Florida Keys reef
Tue  May 3 2016 09:09PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Seawater — increasingly acidic due to global warming — is eating away the limestone framework for the coral reef of the upper Florida Keys, according to a new study. It’s something that scientists had expected, but not … read more.

Florida’s High Court urged to throw out death sentences
Tue  May 3 2016 09:09PM
TALLAHASSEE (AP) — With the fate of hundreds of Florida death row inmates in limbo, a group of former top judges and legal officials called on the state Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now awaiting … read more.

Nevada worker fired for not accepting Scientology
Tue  May 3 2016 08:55PM
LAS VEGAS — A Catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada lawmaker has filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied … read more.

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City to push conservation, Adopt-A-Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
A new conservation zoning designation and copying Sarasota County’s Adopt-A-Park program, and creating a new one called Adopt-A-Gateway, are just a few of the new initiatives identified this week by the Venice City Council in a planning session. The board … Find out how to read more online.

New MainStreet sign not very popular
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Public reaction to Venice MainStreet’s new electronic sign is mostly negative, if comments on a story posted to the Gondolier Sun’s Facebook page are any indication. In January, the City Council approved putting an LED sign over the old reader … Find out how to read more online.

Snowbirds depart as turtles arrive
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
As the last of the winter visitors heads north, the first nesting sea turtles head for shore along Florida beaches. With more miles of beach than any other state frequented by those large but gentle sea creatures, Florida has been … Find out how to read more online.

City to finish Legacy Park
Sat  Apr 30 2016 11:54AM
Weeks ago the Sarasota County Parks Director, Carolyn Brown, clarified the $400,000 programmed in a 2017 budget document for Legacy Park improvements wasn’t actually committed, and was being redirected. This week the Venice City Council agreed to augment the Legacy … Find out how to read more online.

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