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Football sponsor stopped funding after firing
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
In the weeks following the firing of Indians football coach John Peacock on April 25, the Venice community had an array of mixed reaction — with many calling for the … Find out how to read more online.
Schools, sheriff battle on your kids’ safety
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
The battle between Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight and Sarasota County Schools Superintendent Todd Bowden continues. The pair have been at odds over how to provide school resource deputies (SRD) … Find out how to read more online.
Whale shark visits increasing
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:02AM
Capable of growing to over 40 feet in length and 20 tons in weight, whale sharks truly are the gentle giants of the ocean, and can increasingly be found off … Find out how to read more online.
After input, downtown construction plans change
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:00AM
Business owners are happier after meeting with city officials over scheduling of the downtown beatification project. Contractors are only weeks away from beginning reconstruction of several major roadways in the … Find out how to read more online.
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Pinebrook project may get second chance
Sat  Jun 23 2018 11:00AM
The Venice City Council rarely gives a developer a second bite at the proverbial apple but it’s scheduled to do so Tuesday. On the agenda is consideration of rescinding the Council’s vote on May 9 rejecting on first reading a … Find out how to read more online.

Injuries reported in Tamiami Trail crash
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
A vehicle crash with injuries was reported June 16 in south Venice that closed all southbound lanes of U.S. 41. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, troopers responded to U.S. 41 and Englewood Road on Saturday at 11:19 a.m. for … Find out how to read more online.

Budget has no tax rate increase
Sat  Jun 23 2018 10:54AM
City Manager Ed Lavallee recently presented a maintenance budget with no increase in the millage rate for 2019. That’s good news for taxpayers. Increasing property values and new revenue streams from new residential construction helped balance the budget. “Everything is … Find out how to read more online.

Gondolier Sun, SCMG sold to family biz
Wed  Jun 20 2018 09:52AM
The Venice Gondolier Sun and its sister newspapers are moving from one family to a larger one. Adams Publishing Group announced Monday the purchase of Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes the Sun Newspapers, including the Gondolier Sun, Charlotte Sun, … Find out how to read more online.

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Florida woman accused of shining laser at helicopter pilot
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — A woman is accused of pointing a green laser light at a sheriff’s office helicopter that was patrolling a Florida city during a power outage. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officials said in a news release … read more.

Deputies: Man smoked weed while child drowned in pool
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is facing manslaughter charges after authorities say a child he was watching drowned in a backyard pool while he smoked marijuana with a teenager in the front yard. Bay County Sheriff’s … read more.

Census shows greatest Hispanic growth rate in north Florida
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — North Florida counties led the state in the growth rate of Florida’s Hispanic population last year. But traditional bastions in South Florida and central Florida led in pure numbers. Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census … read more.

Naples Zoo in Florida featured in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame
Thu  Jun 21 2018 09:46PM
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Naples Zoo has been inducted into TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame. The Naples Daily News reports the new status comes after the zoo earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award five years in a row. That award … read more.

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