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Developer extraction fees found ‘permissible’
Sat  Apr 18 2015 08:30AM
The “extraction” fee the city of Venice collects from developers to mitigate the impact of new projects earned itself a legal review recently in light of developer rumblings. However, a … Find out how to read more online.
Group planned to address Venice traffic
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
The city of Venice dissolved one board and created another to address traffic this week. To applause, Venice City Council dissolved the Utility Rate Stakeholder’s Work Group on Tuesday, April … Find out how to read more online.
4-year-old sweeper is a $215,000 disappointment
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
The Venice City Council prides itself on finding or avoiding taxpayer waste. When faced Tuesday with authorizing the purchase of a new street sweeper for $215,000, after the old one … Find out how to read more online.
Daniels calls finance director, a ‘roadblock,’ gives critique
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
“Ouch.” That was Finance Director Jeff Snyder’s initial response to a Venice council member’s criticism of his performance. Snyder began his day inviting members of the Finance Department to the … Find out how to read more online.
State, National and World News
Funding firestorm
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
FORT LAUDERDALE — Gov. Rick Scott is comparing the Obama administration to the Sopranos and accusing the president of not caring for low-income families, even as the Republican governor refuses to expand Medicaid insurance to more than 800,000 low-income families. … read more.

Greek talks shake stock markets
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
NEW YORK (AP) — Fear that Greece could default and abandon the euro is rattling global financial markets. News that negotiations between Greece and its international lenders are making little progress sent European stock markets down sharply on Friday, and … read more.

Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a “ratification of the status quo.” The … read more.

Adventurous raccoon makes 58-story climb up Toronto crane
Sat  Apr 18 2015 01:19AM
TORONTO (AP) — A death-defying raccoon has caused a sensation in Toronto for climbing a crane about 698 feet up a downtown skyscraper. Social media was a-buzz with a photo of the furry adventurer peering from between the metallic rungs … read more.

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Posh pet resort with suites, ‘skinny dipping’ on way
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
Planning a vacation at the Ritz Carlton will be comparable to making reservations for your pet at the new Bayside Pet Resort at Osprey under construction at 728 S. Tamiami Trail on U.S.41. Typical of hotels or motels, you can … Find out how to read more online.

Two locals caught in drug warrant sweep
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:18AM
Two Nokomis residents were among 15 people arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office on warrants for selling drugs to undercover deputies in North County. The arrests occurred at numerous locations starting Thursday. Lindsay M. Waggoner, 27, of the 300 … Find out how to read more online.

Bluegrass, BBQ converge Saturday at airport
Wed  Apr 15 2015 10:16AM
Still young as festivals go, the Sixth annual BBQ and Bluegrass Bash in Venice already is the biggest event of its kind in Southwest Florida. With more cooks than ever, the one scheduled for Saturday, April 18, also will have … Find out how to read more online.

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