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Toy Train shows still hold an attraction
Sat  Feb 17 2018 01:02PM
While the crowds are getting slimmer at some toy train shows, a recent one in Englewood attracted about 200 would-be locomotive engineers and those interested in this slice of Americana. … Find out how to read more online.
Hoarder charged with animal cruelty
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Deputies charged a South Venice woman this week with animal cruelty after they found three crated dogs living among piles of trash and feces. Deputies first responded to the home … Find out how to read more online.
Administrators take over parks talks
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council put its faith in Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee to find common ground with Sarasota County for a new interlocal parks agreement. Lavallee met Friday with … Find out how to read more online.
State urged to fix bad intersection
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
One of the city of Venice’s highest road priorities is a dangerous intersection that’s not in the city. The intersection is between Detwiler’s Farm Market on the west side of … Find out how to read more online.
Super Bowl hero returns
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
“He’s one of us!” It was a refrain heard at Bogey’s Sports Pub Tuesday from people in a line that stretched from the patio, down the side of the building … Find out how to read more online.
Water ‘burn’ underway in S. Venice
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
The Englewood Water District, serving an estimated 17,000 residential units in Englewood and 918 units in South Venice, has begun a month-long shock treatment of its water supply lines. It’s … Find out how to read more online.
Mayor’s State of the City:
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
Venice Mayor John Holic on Tuesday delivered his annual State of the City address, sort of. After Holic tried unsuccessfully last year to convince council to adopt a statute requiring … Find out how to read more online.
Funding OK’d by county for homeless teams
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
With little comment and no discussion, Sarasota County commissioners Wednesday took a major step in solving a decades old problem. Calling it a major step, commissioners unanimously approved a budget … Find out how to read more online.
There’s an art to this event
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:02AM
With its latest addition up and running, the Venice Art Center’s annual member show and sale this coming weekend will be bigger than ever. In addition to all the returning … Find out how to read more online.
Buyer wanted for ‘Little Beirut’ property
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
After sitting idle for 11 years with half-constructed shells of two buildings, the “Little Beirut” complex — as some people have started calling it — is now for sale. The … Find out how to read more online.
SCF Venice to host Florida author Tim Dorsey
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host best-selling author Tim Dorsey at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 at SCF Venice, 8000 South Tamiami Trail. The event in Building 800, Selby … Find out how to read more online.
Shakespeare is better than ever
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
One of my all-time favorite cabaret shows is “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits” which was created inhouse at Florida Studio Theatre some 20 years ago. The creative team of managing director Richard … Find out how to read more online.
Burton: ‘We’re world champs. Unbelievable’
Fri  Feb 16 2018 02:20PM
Editor’s Note: The Venice Gondolier Sun was able to get a detailed, one-one-one interview with former Venice High football player and now Super Bowl Champ Trey Burton. Here is the … Find out how to read more online.
Wayfinding bicycle route created in Venice
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:56AM
City of Venice Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Darlene Culpepper and a team of volunteers have installed Venice Connect wayfinding medallions for bicyclists, starting along the Legacy Trail. Bicyclists can follow these … Find out how to read more online.
Pier group: Ban chumming, leave other rules alone
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:54AM
The informal citizens group advising the Venice City Council about potential new pier rules has weighed in, and its recommendation could hardly be simpler — ban chumming and leave everything … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man helped civilians in Vietnam
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:54AM
When Warren Sharp went to Vietnam in 1965, the first time as a young captain serving as an adviser to a South Vietnam combat engineering battalion, he quickly learned there … Find out how to read more online.
Aquarium was proposed for Venice Beach
Fri  Feb 16 2018 02:20PM
Moving Mote Aquarium to the mainland is big news. Adding additional outposts of Mote is not. Mote currently has five properties in Florida. Some 25 years ago, when Venice shut … Find out how to read more online.
New site ID’d for Farmers Market
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:52AM
With the start date for downtown road work less than three months away, patrons of the Venice Farmers Market may be getting nervous about what’s going to happen to it … Find out how to read more online.
Holic: Parks talks must address termination first
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:52AM
According to Mayor John Holic, the only park issue Venice should be talking to Sarasota County about is whether the county’s termination of their interlocal agreement last fall was valid. … Find out how to read more online.
Mid-winter concert planned for VPAC
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:52AM
The Venice Concert Band, under the direction of Bob Miller, will present its mid-winter concert, “Showtime,” in the Venice Performing Arts Center Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. The band will perform music … Find out how to read more online.
City backflow policy may be stopped up
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
The Venice City Council approved a resolution Tuesday establishing a process for testing and replacing backflow prevention assemblies. And in the process, several members potentially identified themselves as unintentional violators … Find out how to read more online.
Public safety project moving forward
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council gave a mixed reaction Tuesday to an update on the new public safety facility from Venice Police Detective Robert Goodson. Council members hadn’t had a report … Find out how to read more online.
Aerial hog slaughter creates fear
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
A helicopter appeared near the fence line of Carol Abarbanell’s Rotonda West home. A man with a long gun began shooting from it. Scared and shocked, Abarbanell grabbed her binoculars. … Find out how to read more online.
Memorial benefit for young Venice resident
Sat  Feb 17 2018 08:30AM
Last week, Kim Schultz, 27, believed she had a sinus infection, so she went to her doctor, who gave her some medicine to clear up her sinuses and stop her … Find out how to read more online.
Pier rules unchanged, council says
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
Meet the new Venice Fishing Pier rules — same as the old rules. After several months of discussion and getting the input from an informal advisory group, the Venice City … Find out how to read more online.
Bald Eagles raise babies as we document below
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:06AM
Florida has one of the densest concentrations of nesting bald eagles in the lower 48 states, with an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs. Concentrations of nesting territories are clustered around several … Find out how to read more online.
Educators await association explanation
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:04AM
Sarasota County educators are still awaiting their association’s explanation of a two-year salary pact with the school district that does away with traditional salary schedules. The idea of losing salary … Find out how to read more online.
Permit tracking still lacking
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:02AM
It’s not uncommon for residents or business owners to seek out the assistance of a Venice City Council member to smooth away perceived road blocks or governmental red tape. A … Find out how to read more online.
Happy Valentine’s Day
Wed  Feb 14 2018 10:00AM
Venice Symphony tickets may be sold out for the month of February but there are still plenty of roses and chocolates available at local shops as well as from Mrs. … Find out how to read more online.
Mote to dazzle with aquarium at Benderson
Fri  Feb 16 2018 02:20PM
Imagine a building that is shaped somewhat like a boat, is four stories tall and covered in glass. As you approach the building, which is situated on a lake, giant … Find out how to read more online.
‘Toxic’ love story opens at Venice Theatre
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
Newly opened in the Pinkerton Theatre at Venice Theatre is “Toxic Avenger,” a modern-day love story set in a polluted and politically corrupt New Jersey town. Sarah (Caitlin Ellis) is … Find out how to read more online.
Humor mixes with folly in Asolo’s ‘Rhinoceros’
Wed  Feb 14 2018 09:58AM
The newest play to take the Mertz stage at Asolo Repertory Theater, “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco, brings enough humor to lighten a dark message: People are easily led to follow … Find out how to read more online.
One of first female flight trainers visits Warbirds
Fri  Feb 16 2018 02:20PM
As she stepped out of Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee’s car and deftly ducked under the restraining rope at the Venice Municipal Airport, the crowd parted. It was clear that … Find out how to read more online.
New worship center for Laurel Road church
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:56AM
In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of pre-construction infrastructure activity next to the Congregational Church of Laurel at 730 Laurel Road in Nokomis. Pastor K.C. McCay … Find out how to read more online.
Antique cars drive Snowbird Season
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:54AM
Antique cars and planes vie for attention today. Antique car collectors will drive into Centennial Park Sunday morning, Feb. 11 for the 30th annual Collector Car Show sponsored by the Venice … Find out how to read more online.
North Port to host West Villages town halls
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:54AM
After frustration erupted among some residents of the West Villages stemming from a proposal to bring those residents under the North Port ZIP code (instead of the current Venice ZIP … Find out how to read more online.
SCAT to rid more routes
Wed  Feb 7 2018 02:26PM
The Sarasota County Area Transit authority plans to eliminate a number of routes, including a key Venice-South Venice route. But the cuts likely won’t take effect until after the FY2019 … Find out how to read more online.
Post Irma: Peer review calls for training, exercises
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:52AM
A peer review team looking at Sarasota County’s response to Hurricane Irma fleshed out its findings and recommendations a bit more this week before a group of nearly 100 stakeholders. … Find out how to read more online.
VPAC plans a weekend with local legends
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:52AM
The Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA) will present a Weekend with Local Legends Feb. 23 and 24, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Renowned Floridian photographer … Find out how to read more online.
Theater holds auditions and shorts festival
Sat  Feb 10 2018 09:50AM
Lemon Bay Playhouse has three performances of its Ninth Annual Shorts Aloud Festival and two audition dates for the final two shows of the 2017-2018 season. The Shorts Aloud Festival … Find out how to read more online.