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Skydive Venice wins but council hates the idea
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
The Venice City Council has approved a skydiving operation based out of the Venice Municipal airport, but only after raising strong objections. Council members said the Federal Aviation Administration forced … Find out how to read more online.
From 100 candles a week to a whopping 50,000 a day
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
Successful businessman John Pidorenko retired to Venice in 1995 following a career with major corporations and having sold his business up north. Bored at home, his daughter suggested they open a … Find out how to read more online.
Housing will be affordable, developer says
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
A private property owner has stepped up to offer the city not just workforce housing but “affordable” workforce housing. It’s the first project to come before the city in years. … Find out how to read more online.
City political forum Oct. 5
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
A Venice city election forum where residents can listen to city candidates answer questions and give their views is being hosted by the Venice Gondolier Sun on Wednesday, Oct. 5 … Find out how to read more online.
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Slippers lead to suspect’s arrest in Florida church fire
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
FORT PIERCE (AP) — A 38-year-old man is charged with arson after police say he set fire to a Fort Pierce church. Police spokesman Ed Cunningham says cameras at Indian River Presbyterian Church captured the arsonist pouring a liquid on … read more.

Coast Guard: Number of Cubans caught at sea surges higher
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
MIAMI (AP) — The Coast Guard says the number of Cubans intercepted at sea while trying to reach U.S. shores has risen even higher amid Washington’s increasing contact with Havana. According to a Coast Guard statement , authorities encountered 7,358 … read more.

SpaceX’s Elon Musk turns to science fiction for Mars ship
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
CAPE CANAVERAL (AP) — If SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s plan to establish a city on Mars sounds like science fiction, then consider the name of his first passenger ship. The answer lies in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” the … read more.

Power goes out for more than an hour at Universal Studios
Sat  Oct 1 2016 01:19AM
ORLANDO (AP) — Power went out for more than an hour and a half at Universal Studios in Orlando, forcing passengers to be evacuated from the Men in Black and Transformers rides. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said that the cause … read more.

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Countdown to library opening is underway
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:26AM
It’s less than a week to the opening of the temporary Venice Public Library in the former Hamilton Office Condominiums, so the City Council got its last progress report Tuesday. Assistant City Manager Len Bramble said that Tuesday was the … Find out how to read more online.

Minor brush fire
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:24AM
A power line apparently fell down behind homes on the corner of Nokomis Ave. South and Base Ave. West Saturday, sending flames up palm trees and dry brush Saturday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Neighbors said that they had called FPL … Find out how to read more online.

Sneak peek
Tue  Sep 27 2016 12:30PM
An opening date has been set for the much anticipated new “temporary” public library on the island. The new library, located behind Venice Theatre at 260 N. Nokomis Ave., will open its doors at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4. A … Find out how to read more online.

RPM celebrates 30 musical years together
Wed  Sep 28 2016 11:24AM
Thirty years is a pretty long time for a duo to be performing together, but two local musicians have accomplished the feat. In honor of reaching the milestone, Randy Marsh, acoustic guitarist and singer, and Mark Waelti, bassist and singer … Find out how to read more online.

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