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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
Hinckley finds indifference in future home
Sun  Apr 19 2015 01:19AM
The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He likes taking walks, plays guitar and paints, eats at Wendy’s … read more.

Bipartisanship erupts
Sun  Apr 19 2015 01:19AM
WASHINGTON — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. On Iran, Medicare, education and trade, Republicans and Democrats have come together to make deals, and that’s something rarely seen lately. “It’s great,” Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said … read more.

Yemen militia says it is besieging rebels at base
Sun  Apr 19 2015 01:19AM
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Militiamen loyal to Yemen’s exiled president besieged an air base Saturday once crucial to the U.S. drone program targeting al-Qaida militants in the country, trying to dislodge the Shiite rebels holding the complex, a spokesman said. … read more.

Lice eyed as Brazilian pepper tree solution
Sun  Apr 19 2015 01:19AM
MELBOURNE — Biologists may soon have another biological weapon in their war against the infamous Brazilian pepper tree: an army of jumping plant lice. These tiny insects — called Calophya Latiforceps — have the gall to go up against arguably … 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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