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SCATPlus riders give service high marks
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Having privatized its paratransit services last March, Sarasota County Area Transit — SCAT — conducted a rider satisfaction survey in September. The results: 94 percent of respondents said their overall … Find out how to read more online.
Top cops talk guns, cameras
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Open-carry laws and body cameras were just some of the issues discussed in Venice Friday by a panel of top cops from the area. Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, Venice … Find out how to read more online.
Funny business
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
Calvin Cole didn’t plan to become a comedian. But, at 29, that’s what he is. Growing up in Venice, Cole figured he might become a writer. He majored in English … Find out how to read more online.
Protesting Trump
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:32AM
Chanting “Hey, ho, Donald Trump has to go,” roughly 70 people marched in and around downtown Venice Monday as part of a nationwide protest against the President on Presidents Day. … Find out how to read more online.
International cuisine eateries continue to grow
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:32AM
Our Businews columnist, Roger Button, keeps track annually of the number of area restaurants and their specialties. Here is his report on restaurants serving international cuisine. • • • The … Find out how to read more online.
Park Plan falls down ‘rabbit hole’
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:30AM
The Venice Planning Commission met yesterday to collectively scratch their heads over what to do with a draft Parks Master Plan that was sent back to them to be “recertified.” … Find out how to read more online.
Hale tabbed as dean of Academic Affairs at SCF-Venice
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:30AM
The first in his family to go to college, Ryan Hale knows the importance of a quality education. And now, Hale is putting his life experience to practical use as … Find out how to read more online.
Don’t miss the ‘Anything Goes’ cruise
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:28AM
After seeing “Anything Goes” at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre last Friday, I was reminded yet again about the amazing number of classic hits by the late Cole Porter. Porter … Find out how to read more online.
Airbags save lives in multi-car crash
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:30AM
Venice Police suspect alcohol may have been the catalyst for a multi-vehicle crash at U.S. 41 Bypass at Venetia Bay Boulevard in Venice on Valentine’s Day. Police and Fire Departments … Find out how to read more online.
Jews, Muslims, Christians pray together in synagogue
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
In a show of solidarity, friendship and kindness, Rabbi Harold Caminker invited Imam Mohamed Benkhaled, with the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton, to participate in the Shabbat (worship service) Friday night, … Find out how to read more online.
Downtown bank drive-in closes for good
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Drivers stopping on Tuesday at the Bank of America drive-up window at 304 West Venice Ave., used the facility for the final time. It closed permanently after business that afternoon … Find out how to read more online.
Boone and Boone named Mayor’s Pillars
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Two longtime Venice attorneys received the Mayor’s Pillar of the Community Award this week for their community service. Steve and brother Jeff Boone were cited for decades of hands-on involvement … Find out how to read more online.
Officials: Questions about Braves deal premature
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:28AM
Sarasota County officials are downplaying a recent report questioning the financial benefits of the Atlanta Braves’ proposed spring training relocation to North Port. The club announced last month it was … Find out how to read more online.
Miami Avenue beautification to be celebrated
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Join the businesses of Miami Avenue as they welcome everyone attending the Miami Avenue Beautification Project. This takes place at Nautical Sand Sculptures, 223 W. Miami Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. … Find out how to read more online.
‘This is our life,’ Wallenda says, retakes wire
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
Editor’s Note: Features Editor Kim Cool has covered the circus for decades and has chronicled the circus history here in Venice. This past weekend, she attended a performance at Circus … Find out how to read more online.
Fine Arts Show & Sale, plus antique show this weekend
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:24AM
There are two big shows this weekend on the Cultural Campus in Venice — an art show and sale, as well as the Venice Antique Show. The Venice Art Center … Find out how to read more online.
New police station staying as planned
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
Venice leaders learned an important lesson this week — don’t deviate from an approved referendum. The original referendum to build a new state-of-the-art Public Safety and Command Center, passed by … Find out how to read more online.
City eyes parcel for Solid Waste functions
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The City of Venice is asking Sarasota County what it thinks of conveying a 9-acre parcel in North Venice to the city to relocate its Solid Waste and Recycling operations. … Find out how to read more online.
Council approves fire fee in concept
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The Venice City Council took a major step Tuesday toward meeting a March 1 deadline to create a process to collect a fire assessment on property in the city. It … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs planning, public works hires
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:06AM
The Venice City Council approved a nearly $230,000 budget amendment Tuesday to allow the Planning and Public Works departments to hire some much needed help. Development Services Director Jeff Shrum … Find out how to read more online.
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Council may seek more local authority
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The Venice City Council faces a light agenda Tuesday — as light as a plastic bag, which is one of the things up for discussion. More specifically, the Council will … Find out how to read more online.
$25M payday seen in rowing event
Sat  Feb 25 2017 08:30AM
The estimated 40,000 fans and spectators, 2,000 volunteers and 1,700 world-class athletes who are expected to visit the area for the 2017 World Rowing Championships could generate an economic impact … Find out how to read more online.
Willow Chase uprooting all ‘median’ oaks
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:30AM
Nearly every shade tree that was originally planted in front of each residence in Willow Chase will be uprooted after a decision by the homeowners association. This addresses a problem … Find out how to read more online.
Couple found asleep in car at intersection
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:32AM
An Englewood couple was arrested after officers found them passed out in their car at a nearby intersection with a 2-year-old child in a urine-soaked diaper in the backseat, according … Find out how to read more online.
Venice’s Hannah Jae opens for Bon Jovi
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Sometimes in life, we feel as if we’re going in circles but for Hannah Jae Wasserman, a junior at Venice High School, that’s a good thing. When she was 12 … Find out how to read more online.
4-H’ers earn honors at state contest
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:30AM
Two Sarasota County youths earned high marks for their work in a pair of recent Florida 4-H contests focused on marine life. Benjamin Adams, a seventh-grade homeschooled student, received the … Find out how to read more online.
County launches ‘neighborly’ competition
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:28AM
Sarasota County is challenging neighborhoods to be greener, healthier and more involved — and is offering a competition of sorts. Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability, Florida Department of Health … Find out how to read more online.
Obedience classes for you and your pet
Wed  Feb 22 2017 09:28AM
Have fun and help your dogs be the best they can be by teaching them basic commands, advanced level training or learn to become a Pet Therapy team. Suncoast Humane … Find out how to read more online.
Tourism is up here; Braves looming
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
Tourism set records in Sarasota County and the state of Florida last year as the rebound from the recession continues. Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday that 112.8 million people visited … Find out how to read more online.
Bypass traffic shifts, roundabout work set
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:28AM
The new traffic lanes of the U.S. 41 Bypass are scheduled to be put to use beginning Sunday and Monday nights. According to a press statement from the Florida Department … Find out how to read more online.
County looking to land New Jersey company
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
In hopes of landing the headquarters of a company currently based in New Jersey, the Sarasota County Commission will consider incentives to influence the company’s decision during its meeting Wednesday … Find out how to read more online.
Archives kicks off city’s 90th anniversary
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
“Venice at 90: A Retrospective” is the new show at the Venice Museum and Archives in the historic Triangle Inn. It will remain open through July 31. Although Venice could … Find out how to read more online.
A Godly Moon
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
Photographer Adam Hutchinson shot this photo of the “Snow Moon” perfectly positioned behind the cross atop the Church of the Nazarene in early February. But getting the photo was harder … Find out how to read more online.
Jetty proposal fails Council smell test
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:26AM
The Venice City Council this week sent a draft Request for Qualifications for a new South Jetty concessionaire, developed by the city’s Procurement Office, back for more work. The RFQ … Find out how to read more online.
‘Older than Dirt’ will leave you laughing
Sat  Feb 18 2017 09:24AM
You can “Depends” on “Older Than Dirt” in the Court Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre to tickle your funny bone. If it doesn’t, check your temperature. Created in-house by Rebecca … Find out how to read more online.
Oops, 750 homes, parcels not rezoned
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
City staff revealed a stunning oversight this week — that nearly 800 homes on the island in Venice were never legally rezoned. The problem dates back to 1978, said Community … Find out how to read more online.
Council decision: One-way? No way
Wed  Feb 15 2017 10:31AM
The Venice City Council may have finally dealt a death blow to the idea of one-way streets downtown. The Council had decided at a special meeting last month that it … Find out how to read more online.
Wellfield out as safety site
Sat  Feb 11 2017 08:30AM
The city is reconsidering a site on East Venice Avenue that it identified more than a year ago for its new public safety complex, and backing off placing it in … Find out how to read more online.
Feast on the Jewish Food Festival
Wed  Feb 15 2017 11:08AM
The 23rd annual Jewish Food Festival and Flea Market is a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach. It is the one day a year when authentic Jewish corned beef … Find out how to read more online.
‘Born Yesterday’ is fresh as today at Asolo Rep
Wed  Feb 15 2017 11:08AM
Billie Holiday lives again thanks to Christina DeCicco’s portrayal of Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin’s Academy Award-winning “Born Yesterday”. When millionaire junk dealer Harry Brock (Norm Boucher) moves to Washington, … Find out how to read more online.