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Lime removal cost jumps $1M plus
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
The city will have to cough up another $1.3 million to complete restoration of lime pits in Pinebrook Park. That’s the additional amount it will take, according to the contractor, … Find out how to read more online.
Lime guesstimate will get legal review
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:52AM
The city is taking a closer look at a consultant’s bad estimate of how much lime was contained in two lime sludge ponds that are being removed from Pinebrook Park. … Find out how to read more online.
Gurl does Christmas with international flair
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:50AM
Celebrate Christmas in Venice with Brian Gurl and his talented friends, Michelle James and David Pruyn and award-winning Russian pianist/entertainer Katherine Alexandra. There actually will be a total of six … Find out how to read more online.
McKeon, Newsom swap seats
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:48AM
Charles Newsom’s election to the Venice City Council created a vacancy on the city Planning Commission that, it turns out, will be filled by former Council member Kit McKeon, who … Find out how to read more online.
Frustration grows over park funding issue
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:46AM
City leaders endorsed a response to Sarasota County this week, urging the county to retract a notice of termination of a Parks Interlocal Agreement that requires the county to maintain … Find out how to read more online.
Club to hold Christmas sale
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:44AM
Bling for you. Bling for your table! The members of the South Venice (yacht-less) Yacht Club invite the public to attend a unique jewelry and bake sale fundraiser to be … Find out how to read more online.
‘A Motown Christmas’ delivers at fever pitch
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:44AM
With cast members performing close to the level of Broadway stars, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s rendition of “A Motown Christmas” puts the audience on a soul train track heading toward … Find out how to read more online.
Artist Series Concerts sets Venice season
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:42AM
The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has announced its upcoming season of Lunch & Listen for Venice in its 2017-2018 22nd Season at a Glance. Lunch & Listen: Venice One-hour … Find out how to read more online.
Few new ideas for pier rules
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
The Venice City Council will have its first and last discussion of 2017 about what should be in the city’s new pier rules. It’s the first discussion because the Council … Find out how to read more online.
City to county: Restore parks agreement
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
The city of Venice has asked Sarasota County to retract its termination notice of an interlocal agreement that requires the county to maintain certain city-owned regional sports parks. The county … Find out how to read more online.
Daniels proposes Adopt-A-Park
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
Reverberations continue following the Sarasota County Commission’s decision last week to give notice to various municipalities that it intends to terminate numerous interlocal agreements to make up a $5 million … Find out how to read more online.
Wilsons sell Sunbug of Venice after 35 years
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
Dave and Sandy Wilson have sold Sunbug of Venice, 141 W. Venice Ave., after 35 years of ownership. Norhala Houck and James Haas, the new owners, will have a meet-and-greet Sunday, … Find out how to read more online.
Member of Venice pioneer family dies
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
Ronald Wesley Higel, a retired dentist and local historian whose great-grandfather was one of the first settlers in Venice, passed away on Nov. 5 at the age of 80. He … Find out how to read more online.
Historic year
Sat  Dec 2 2017 06:58AM
Emergency management directors in Charlotte and Sarasota counties are thankful for rest as the six-month hurricane season came to an end Thursday. “It’s been a fairly uneventful 13 years, but … Find out how to read more online.
VFD volunteers teach other firefighters
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Fire Department sent four of its firefighters down to San Carlos Park to instruct other firefighters for a five-day training seminar put on by the Great Florida Fire … Find out how to read more online.
Plan board to consider Village petitions
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
The Venice Planning Commission has 10 items on its agenda next Tuesday, and more than half of them are related to Village On The Isle’s expansion plans. The continuing-care retirement … Find out how to read more online.
North Port prepares for Braves
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
Mike Dunn has begun filling boxes, throwing away old items and saying goodbye to friends as he leaves Atlanta to move to sunny North Port. Moving is never fun, he … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Boat Parade on for Saturday
Wed  Nov 29 2017 09:16AM
The 29th annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade is on, says organizer John Osmulski. An earlier report stating the parade might be in jeopardy due to a lack of participants was … Find out how to read more online.
Venice Lions Club ends 70th year at top speed
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
“When we had our 70th anniversary celebration, we felt pretty proud of our past accomplishments as Venice’s oldest service club,” said Gary Beck, president of the Venice Lions Club. “But … Find out how to read more online.
Artist unites caricatures and mapmaking
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
Melissa Smith is a highly skilled, creative person who not only gets involved with mapmaking but also adds the personal touch with caricatures that highlight events along the route’s topography. … Find out how to read more online.
Pier may charge a fee
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:54AM
The Venice City Council reached a fairly quick consensus Tuesday to have suggestions for Venice Fishing Pier rules consolidated and provided to an informal advisory group for its thoughts before … Find out how to read more online.
Report confirms city’s water is safe
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:52AM
An independent analysis of the city’s water quality has found the city fully compliant with federal rules, and confirmed the water is safe to drink. A report released earlier this … Find out how to read more online.
Car hits hospital garage
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:50AM
The Venice Police department is investigating the cause of a one-vehicle accident on Tamiami Trail. Just before 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Venice Fire and Rescue crews responded to reports of … Find out how to read more online.
Enjoy food, fun and Mable’s Margaritas
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:46AM
Somehow since returning from vacation, I have been doing food research — specialized research concentrating on lobster and cheese, sometimes together and sometimes not together. My friend Carole Raymond and … Find out how to read more online.
Council wants to give Village a rent break
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:44AM
You won’t often see the Venice City Council try to turn down revenue. You could have seen it Tuesday. The consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting included a lease between the … Find out how to read more online.
Artist Series Concerts announces season
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:44AM
The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota has announced its upcoming season by listing the 2017-2018 22nd Season at a Glance. Classical Recitals (Check individual listings for dates, times and venue.) … Find out how to read more online.
Designer moonlights as elf
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:44AM
Newly opened at Venice Theatre is a “one-elf” show, “The Santaland Diaries.” Playing “Crumpet” the elf is Venice Theatre resident set designer Tim Wisgerhof. Not only does he entertain each … Find out how to read more online.
Bay Indies celebrates with golf cart parade
Wed  Dec 13 2017 09:42AM
The community of Bay Indies celebrates the holidays each year in a very unusual way — by holding a golf cart parade. Some of the participants start working on their … Find out how to read more online.
Complaint filed against school superintendent
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
It’s been more than a year since about 30 teachers, staff members and administrators wore red in support of three women alleging sexual harassment by Sarasota County School Superintendent Todd Bowden. … Find out how to read more online.
Tax reform threatens housing funding
Sat  Dec 9 2017 08:30AM
In September, the Venice City Council voted 4-2 to pledge $550,000 toward Phase II of Venetian Walk, the city’s only public housing community. The pledge was part of a funding proposal … Find out how to read more online.
Watters to hang up his ‘Humbug’
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
Venice song-and-dance man Eric Watters has raised holiday spirits for 15 years by going from “Humbug!” to happiness as Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual Venice Theatre production of Charles Dickens’ … Find out how to read more online.
History board wants ‘teeth’
Wed  Dec 6 2017 08:30AM
The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) is making a number of recommendations to revise the city’s historic district rules. One proposed rule would provide a tax incentive for the restoration of … Find out how to read more online.
County may stop caring for Wellfield
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
Just as the City of Venice is preparing to discuss the prospects of giving Wellfield and other regional parks back to the county in one form or another, Sarasota County’s … Find out how to read more online.
Concept plans for new Venice Regional released
Mon  Dec 4 2017 11:36AM
Concept plans for the new, planned Venice Regional Bayfront Health hospital to be built in East Venice by the roundabout were revealed by VRBH CEO Bob Moore to members of … Find out how to read more online.
SMH, North Port hospital proposals rejected
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
The state has denied applications for new South County hospitals submitted by Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Universal Health Services. SMH, the Sarasota County public hospital, had sought a certificate of … Find out how to read more online.
Venice man helped keep Navy flying
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
John Denike worked as an aviation repair sheet metal worker for Schweitzer Aviation in the Elmira, New York, area building glider planes before World War II. So when he joined the … Find out how to read more online.
West Nile virus numbers rise in area
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
So far this year, 32 sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus, and four for St. Louis encephalitis, making Sarasota County the second-highest in Florida for disease present in … Find out how to read more online.
Fire causes heavy damage, no injuries
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
A stovetop fire caused heavy fire damage but no injuries in a Venice house fire. Venice Firefighters and police were called to a residence at 836 Riveria St., on the … Find out how to read more online.
Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’
Sat  Dec 2 2017 08:30AM
They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if … Find out how to read more online.
City surprised by money needs for new library
Wed  Nov 29 2017 09:20AM
When the Venice Public Library underwent a major makeover in 1993, the city contributed $100,000 to the effort. The City Council agreed in principle Tuesday to match that contribution to … Find out how to read more online.


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