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State bill would allow short-term rentals
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:50AM
Venice’s short-term rental ordinance, adopted to allow the city to exert some control over the renting of houses that became the site of some spring break-type partying, is doomed if … Find out how to read more online.
Coyote forum Thursday
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:50AM
Golden Beach resident Janice Stevenson has organized another free coyote forum, “Living in Harmony with Our Island Coyotes,” to be held Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Venice City … Find out how to read more online.
No hurricane shelter for 2018
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
The city of Venice learned Thursday that there will be no Venice hurricane shelter before the next season begins on June 1. It was actually welcome news, said Venice Mayor … Find out how to read more online.
Annexation OK’d, but cows gotta go
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:48AM
The cows that graze on nearly 10 acres between Albee Farm Road and Bay Indies Mobile Home Park will have to go. That was one of two stipulations adopted recently … Find out how to read more online.
Florida unlikely to mandate work for Medicaid, officials say
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
While the Trump administration signaled willingness to allow work requirements for Medicaid beneficiaries, the Florida Legislature is unlikely to move ahead with such a mandate this year. House Speaker Richard … Find out how to read more online.
Back to normal — show openings, art fests and gazebo concerts
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
Most people know that I love coasters: Cheetah Run at Busch Gardens and all the mountains (Splash, Space, Thunder and Everest) at Walt Disney World. I have gone hang gliding … Find out how to read more online.
‘Shakespeare in Love’ merges romance, comedy, tragedy
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
In my mind, a romantic comedy merges the lives of two people who are meant for each other and undergo some light-hearted events in finding each other. However, the Asolo … Find out how to read more online.
Dispute gets Charlotte firefighter arrested
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
A Charlotte County Fire battalion chief was arrested Monday on burglary and battery charges after he got into an altercation with two young men in a Mercedes who he claimed … Find out how to read more online.
Church’s homeless program opposed
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Leaders in Nokomis are opposing a new church and school because the church will be offering a homeless program, and people are afraid that such a program will attract people … Find out how to read more online.
Electrician electrocuted
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
A contractor working on an electrical system at Village on the Isle was transported by helicopter to a burn unit after he was shocked. The incident occurred at 11:08 a.m. … Find out how to read more online.
Council OKs 1% increase for police pensioners
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
When the Venice City Council reluctantly voted down a raise for police pensioners last fall, citing a tight budget, it was with the expectation that another pitch for a raise … Find out how to read more online.
County to consider parking requirements
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Will Sarasota County commissioners begin to loosen the requirements that perhaps hinder the development of affordable housing in the county? The answer to that question will come on Jan. 17 … Find out how to read more online.
Banner year for sports
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
City politicians made a small but symbolic gesture this week by offering to celebrate Venice High sports champions with banners at each of the three bridges onto the island. A … Find out how to read more online.
Venice High clubs give back for the holidays
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
In the recent season of giving, many students of Venice High School knocked it out of the park. During the recent holiday season, in continuation of the past seasons, several … Find out how to read more online.
Vereen accused of assault at theater
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
Several young actresses in Venice Theatre’s 2015 production of “Hair” have accused Broadway star Ben Vereen, who directed it, of sexually assaulting them. According to an article that appeared in … Find out how to read more online.
New circus comes to Englewood
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
If you said goodbye to 2017 with one of the New Year’s concerts at Venice Theatre, why not start the New Year back at the theater to see “Smokey Joe’s … Find out how to read more online.
A Rare, Foggy Day
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
When a deep, thick fog descended on the Venice area recently, photographer Larry Evans decided to document life during such a hard-to-see day. He got everything from birds to people … Find out how to read more online.
Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone to perform
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
Venice Theatre will present Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone for three shows only on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. and Monday Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Last year’s concert was sold out, … Find out how to read more online.
Shelter offers warmth, food
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
The Interfaith Outreach Inc. cold-weather shelter at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, opened its doors Jan. 3-5 to people in need of a warm place to … Find out how to read more online.
Manatees face cold-weather threats
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
Cold snaps are inconvenient for those wanting to spend a day at the beach. But low temperatures can prove deadly for manatees. During the winter months, when water temperatures drop, … Find out how to read more online.
Tragedy
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:50AM
In the four minutes it took Nokomis firefighters to arrive on scene, they knew someone might be trapped inside the burning home. It was a rescue mission, not just fire … Find out how to read more online.
Developer takes second try near Fox Lea
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:48AM
As expected, Herb Lawson of Windham Development is in the process of resubmitting a number of land use applications for a planned residential subdivision on 40 acres in Venice next … Find out how to read more online.
Rescue made in heavy seas near Jetty
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:48AM
Two people were rescued from heavy seas over the weekend. The Venice Fire Department was dispatched to 2000 Tarpon Center Dr. at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, after a … Find out how to read more online.
Rotary Art Festival will rock this weekend
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
The winter “season” in Venice will get off to a “rockin’ start Friday at 6 p.m. when this year’s Rotary Art Festival takes over the festival grounds at Venice Municipal … Find out how to read more online.
Nokomis art, craft market this Saturday
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
The Nokomis Art and Craft Market, which takes place the third Saturday of each month on the grounds of The Cottage in Nokomis, Rumrunners Antiques and Nokomis Artspace, will be … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Trail surrey rides return
Wed  Jan 17 2018 09:46AM
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, in partnership with Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT), has reopened the 2018 surrey ride program. This popular program offers an option for … Find out how to read more online.
West Villages to keep Venice ZIP
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
A new party has weighed in regarding the debate over the Venice ZIP code for the North Port-located West Villages community: the U.S. Postal Service. The North Port City Commission … Find out how to read more online.
Grad rates up, though VHS’ dips
Sat  Jan 13 2018 08:30AM
Graduation rates are up in Sarasota County, despite a decrease at three of its nine high schools, including Venice High. The school’s principal said there’s nothing to be concerned about, … Find out how to read more online.
Still no shelter update as city fumes
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
The Venice City Council’s frustration over hurricane shelters — specifically, the lack thereof in the area — is building like a tropical storm moving over warm water. The city and … Find out how to read more online.
When getting a bike means so much
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
The Venice Moose Riders Lodge 1308 each year purchases bicycles that are given to a list of children provided by Center of Hope Church. This year, there were even extra … Find out how to read more online.
Council gives Village a break on the rent
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:50AM
As a goodwill gesture, before approving a lease with Village On The Isle (VOTI) last month for the use of airport land by contractor and employee vehicles during its expansion … Find out how to read more online.
Red tide lingers along beaches
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
The cold snap, more so than red tide, appears to be keeping people away from local beaches. But that doesn’t mean the toxic red tide algae isn’t lingering in local … Find out how to read more online.
Osprey man was at Normandy shortly after invasion
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Former Motor Machinist 2nd Class Angelo Yerace’s first taste of war came when he and the other 11 members of the crew of the LCT (Landing Craft Tank) he served … Find out how to read more online.
Cops: Port Charlotte man kidnapped children
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
A Port Charlotte man was arrested after kidnapping two children and their mother in North Port, according to North Port Police Department reports. Aaron Gainer, 27, 1300 block of Arrow … Find out how to read more online.
Council defers decision on library contribution
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
The Venice City Council wants to make sure the city’s new library has “Venice” on the inside as well as the outside of the building — and will pay $100,000 … Find out how to read more online.
Council discusses growth in frank way
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:48AM
Fred Fraize, a minority member on the Venice City Council when it comes to growth issues, seemed uncertain how his fellow council members would take it. He wanted to talk … Find out how to read more online.
Get the most for your Disney dollars with new guide to WDW
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
Before you spend your children’s inheritance on a trip to Walt Disney World, spend $22.99 for the “Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2018” by Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa. The … Find out how to read more online.
New SCAT bus route links West Dearborn, beach
Wed  Jan 10 2018 11:46AM
The Englewood Beach Bus is back. Sarasota County Area Transit’s new Route 26 is set up specifically to link Englewood’s two main attractions, the West Dearborn Street business district and … Find out how to read more online.
Suspect questioned in car fires
Wed  Jan 3 2018 10:04AM
The Seaboard arsonist hit a third time over the weekend. Venice Police say now they have a suspect. According to Detective Sgt. Andrew Leisenring, investigators have identified a male suspect … Find out how to read more online.
Council gets back to work Tuesday
Sat  Jan 6 2018 08:30AM
The Venice City Council meets for the first time this year on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The wide-ranging agenda includes whether to provide a cost-of-living increase for police pensioners, rat control … Find out how to read more online.


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