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Sheraton hotel sought on island
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:48PM
Another application for an island hotel is in the making, and this one looks like it has legs. An upscale Four Points by Sheraton, under the Marriott flag, is being … Find out how to read more online.
Hospitals still waiting for judge’s CON ruling
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
Venice Regional Bayfront Health (VRBH) and Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) are still in limbo, waiting for an administrative law judge to recommend to the state either the approval or denial … Find out how to read more online.
Allegiant, others dispute ‘60 Minutes’ report
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
Shortly before Daniel Davis flew into Punta Gorda Airport Monday morning on an Allegiant Air flight, he said his brother forwarded him some news indicating his airline could be dangerous. … Find out how to read more online.
Rec trail gets city nod, county wink
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:38PM
City leaders this week OK’d a MURT in a PUD. That’s planner speak for approval of a rezone of 292 acres from county rural zoning to a city Planned United … Find out how to read more online.
River Road improvements just down the road
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:38PM
Improvements to River Road have been discussed and debated for going on 21 years now, but an answer may just be weeks away. “It’s not at the pace all of … Find out how to read more online.
Leaders hammer out details for North Port pool
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:30PM
While it has been decades in the making, the North Port aquatic center is becoming a reality — and the latest City Commission meeting brought some details to life. The … Find out how to read more online.
‘Antiques Road Show’ visits Ringling
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:30PM
For its 23rd season, Antiques Road Show is filming at historic venues rather than inside huge convention centers. Although the shows will not air until 2019, filming is taking place … Find out how to read more online.
Legacy Trail celebrates 10-year anniversary
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:26PM
Over 200 people attended The Legacy Trail 10th Anniversary celebration at Laurel Park Friday, March 23. The Legacy Trail opened on March 26, 2008. The event celebrated the very popular … Find out how to read more online.
Theater opens world premiere of ‘Honor Killing’
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:26PM
Florida Studio Theatre concludes its 44th Winter Mainstage season with the world premiere production of “Honor Killing,” by Sarah Bierstock, a provocative new play that tackles timely themes like cultural … Find out how to read more online.
Lee gets 2 life sentences for murders
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:28AM
Nine of the 12 jurors in John Allen Lee’s double-murder trial voted for him to be executed Thursday, but that wasn’t enough to evoke a death sentence. The mostly female … Find out how to read more online.
Pot dispensary OK’d for area
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:26AM
People in the Venice area suffering debilitating illnesses who have been approved to use medical marijuana for any of the state-approved 11 pain conditions will soon be able to get … Find out how to read more online.
‘Medicare 101’ coming to library today
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:24AM
Future and current Medicare beneficiaries are invited to attend free presentations about the ins and outs of Medicare. “Medicare 101” will be offered on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the … Find out how to read more online.
From dual taxation to dueling park deals
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:20AM
Nobody likes paying taxes. Imagine, though, that you’re a city resident paying city taxes for city services and county taxes for county services but exclusively for the benefit of residents … Find out how to read more online.
Sky Academy is soaring
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:16AM
SKY Academy and YMCA are constantly looking for ways to improve the social, emotional, and physical wellbeing of its students and community. In consideration of recent news events in Florida … Find out how to read more online.
Venice wants piece of EMS revenue pie
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:14AM
Every time a county ambulance is dispatched to help a Venice resident, a Venice Fire Department truck goes along. If that resident owns land in the city, he or she … Find out how to read more online.
Through Women’s Eyes set to inspire women
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
You can do anything is the main message of the Through Women’s Eyes (TWE) Film Festival that is part of the 2018 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF). SFF will run April 13-22; … Find out how to read more online.
Gurl presents last concert of season
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
Pianist Brian Gurl will present his final concert of the 2018 season Sunday, April 15, at Bay Point Church (formerly known as Venice-Nokomis United Methodist Church). Known nationwide as a master … Find out how to read more online.
Report: Community Center fit to be shelter
Wed  Apr 11 2018 10:38AM
The Venice City Council isn’t going to write off using the Venice Community Center as a hurricane shelter without a fight. Exactly what it’s going to do to try to … Find out how to read more online.
Trebbles’ troubles get worse after police fire at him
Wed  Apr 11 2018 10:42AM
A former Venice High football standout is in trouble with the law again. Jeremy Trebbles Jr., 18, was involved in a shooting incident early Tuesday morning at Janie’s Garden Apartment … Find out how to read more online.
No pressure. Just preserve city history
Wed  Apr 11 2018 10:40AM
Harry Klinkhamer got interested in American history because he didn’t feel like an American. Klinkhamer, the city’s new Historical Resources manager, is the son of a German couple who immigrated … Find out how to read more online.
No college? Then these companies want you
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
While recent college graduates may be getting jobs, they aren’t necessarily related to the type of degree they received. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York conducts annual studies of … Find out how to read more online.
Bicyclist dead after Bypass crash
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:46PM
State Troopers are looking for assistance to identify a vehicle and its driver that struck and killed an elderly man on U.S. 41 Bypass in Venice early Monday morning. According … Find out how to read more online.
Do-over to seek rezone next to Fox Lea OK’d
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:40PM
Windham Development has secured its right to submit new plans to rezone 39 acres for residential housing next to Fox Lea Farm. The Venice City Council approved a Vested Rights … Find out how to read more online.
Second Seafood Festival set for park
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:38PM
Following the success of the first event last year, Venice MainStreet is hosting the 2nd Annual Venice Seafood & Music Festival on the weekend of May 5 and 6. This … Find out how to read more online.
Suncoast BBQ Bash grows into 9th year
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:38PM
Sticky fingers and chili bowls will rule at the Ninth Annual Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash. For the cooks, the main event will be Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, … Find out how to read more online.
Walk bikes over bridge? It’s not a law
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
In Florida, a bicycle is considered a vehicle. That’s why bicyclists are required to obey the same rules of the road that apply to cars, trucks and motorcycles. Whether they … Find out how to read more online.
Fire fee is topic of joint meeting Thursday
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:30PM
After backing away last September from trying to impose a fire service fee, the Venice City Council took a suggestion from a resident and appointed a stakeholders group to make … Find out how to read more online.
‘The Tin Woman’ takes the stage
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:26PM
For the sixth production of its 31st season, the Lemon Bay Playhouse, 96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, will present “The Tin Woman,” written by Sean Grennan. This comedy/drama, directed by Will … Find out how to read more online.
‘100 Days, 100 Men’ brings pair together
Wed  Apr 18 2018 01:26PM
When Sam Stanchuk read an article about the “100 Men in 100 Days” campaign, he thought it was his time to be a mentor. That is a decision he said … Find out how to read more online.
Local student set for NBC game show Sunday
Sat  Apr 14 2018 12:04PM
He wears a blazer and a bow tie. It is a business meeting, after all. He paces the room while orating about specific military battles, gesticulating for emphasis. He shares … Find out how to read more online.
District prepares to go after derelict boats
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:26AM
The West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) is close to hiring a district maritime officer. Derelict boats pose both navigation and environmental hazards, Executive Director Justin McBride told the WCIND … Find out how to read more online.
Neighbors want county action on ‘sinkhole’
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:18AM
It’s been almost one month since homeowners on Highland Circle in the Mission Valley subdivision off Laurel Road awoke to find what appears to be a sinkhole opening partly on … Find out how to read more online.
Building model ships, a titanic hobby
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:16AM
(Editor’s note: The RMS Titanic sank in 1912, at approximately 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, to be more precise. On a maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City, the … Find out how to read more online.
Braves center now open
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:14AM
While the Atlanta Braves spring training stadium is currently still concrete and dirt, curious fans have a chance to see the final product a bit early. The Braves preview center … Find out how to read more online.
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe presents ‘Soul Man’
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
America was an uneasy place in the 1960s: the battle for civil rights was ongoing, international tensions were at an all-time high, and the country lost President John F. Kennedy … Find out how to read more online.
Great Depression envelops Venice Theatre’s MainStage
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
When Florida’s land boom ended and the Great Depression loomed, the city’s population plummeted from about 4,000 to 400. As bad as things were here, times were even harder in … Find out how to read more online.
‘Music for the Senses’ to open at Opera House
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
A unique gathering of performers from around the world — including renowned classical musicians, a full orchestra and an aerialist — will perform at the first-ever Classical Music Celebration in … Find out how to read more online.
Betty Intagliata awarded for work in historic preservation
Sat  Apr 14 2018 10:12AM
“History cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face … Find out how to read more online.
Tandem bike rally coming to Venice
Wed  Apr 11 2018 10:42AM
The Southern Tandem Bicycle Rally will be held this year. About 100 couples are expected to participate in the three-day event in Venice, scheduled for Oct. 12-14. The Venice City … Find out how to read more online.
The late John Ryan honored by a child’s reaction
Wed  Apr 11 2018 10:40AM
More than 120 members of Venice Area Chamber of Commerce gathered at the offices on Monday in the late afternoon blazing sunshine for the unveiling of a plaque to their … Find out how to read more online.