Archive For September 30, 2015

CITY OF SARASOTA:  HISTORIC YEAR FOR BUILDING PERMITS; 8K PROCESSED FOR FIRST TIME EVER 

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CITY OF SARASOTA:  HISTORIC YEAR FOR BUILDING PERMITS; 8K PROCESSED FOR FIRST TIME EVER 

HISTORIC YEAR FOR BUILDING PERMITS; 8K PROCESSED FOR FIRST TIME EVER   Sarasota, FL: For the first time ever, the City of Sarasota Building Division processed over 8,000 building permits in one year, shattering last year’s record. The 2014-15 fiscal year concluded at the end of business today and the tally for building permit applications…

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Piano playing Sarasota homeless man joins suit against city  WTSP

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Piano playing Sarasota homeless man joins suit against city  WTSP

  Piano playing Sarasota homeless man joins suit against city  WTSP Sarasota, Florida —  Donald Gould, the Sarasota homeless man who made national headlines for playing the piano, has joined a lawsuit against the City of Sarasota. “It’s pretty much harassment we are human beings for crying out loud,” says Gould. Gould, 51, his partner…

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Report: 70-year-old ripped off Veterans Post – WWSB

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Report: 70-year-old ripped off Veterans Post – WWSB

  Report: 70-year-old ripped off Veterans Post – WWSB NOKOMIS, Fla. – The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a woman with embezzling more than $65,000 over a nearly two year period from the Disabled American Veterans Post No. 101 on Colonia Lane in Nokomis. Agnes Lafferty, 70, was charged with Fraud-Swindling to Obtain…

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Red Tide – Florida Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

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Red Tide – Florida Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)

Florida Red Tide and other Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) K. brevis, the single-celled, harmful algae that causes Florida red tide, occurs naturally in background concentrations in the Gulf. However, its cells can proliferate to numbers that scientists categorize as “very low” to “high.” Water samples collected along the Sarasota County coastline by the Sarasota Healthy…

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Sarasota students stand out in school test results, Manatee and Charlotte closer to average | HeraldTribune

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Sarasota students stand out in school test results, Manatee and Charlotte closer to average | HeraldTribune

  Sarasota students stand out in school test results, Manatee and Charlotte closer to average | HeraldTribune Days after Florida superintendents urged the state Department of Education not to use test scores in calculating teacher evaluations or school grades, the state has released preliminary results from the spring 2015 Florida Standards Assessments and End-of-Course exams….

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Waived building inspection fees cost Sarasota County $7.4 million, audit finds | HeraldTribune

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Waived building inspection fees cost Sarasota County $7.4 million, audit finds | HeraldTribune

  Waived building inspection fees cost Sarasota County $7.4 million, audit finds | HeraldTribune A Sarasota County audit made public this week revealed building inspectors illegally waived fees that, in the past seven years, cost the government at least $7.4 million in uncollected revenue and that last week cost the county’s chief building inspector his…

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Arrest Made in Monday Night Homicide — Sarasota Police Department

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Arrest Made in Monday Night Homicide — Sarasota Police Department

Arrest Made in Monday Night Homicide SARASOTA, Fla. – September 30, 2015 – 2:45 p.m. Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department, agents with the United States Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Taskforce with the assistance of the Tampa Police Department, have arrested Diandrew L. Clarkson, 20, of Tampa, in connection with the homicide that occurred Monday…

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Bob loves to spend the City of Venice’s money 

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Bob loves to spend the City of Venice’s money 

Bob loves to spend the City of Venice’s money  Robert Daniels <RDaniels@Venicegov.com> Hacksher Park/ Venice Avenue Median Renovation Monument /Tree Park Section City of Venice Goals: 1. Remove outdated sidewalk and construct a double lane sidewalk 2. Install ADA compliance entrances. 3. Update electrical power. 4. Remove walk entrance of the rotten wood posts. Estimated…

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Former City of Venice Councilwoman slams the first work shop and consultant, handling the Venice Comp Plan changes

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Former City of Venice Councilwoman slams the first work shop and consultant, handling the Venice Comp Plan changes

Former City of Venice Councilwoman slams the first work shop and consultant, handling the Venice Comp Plan changes From: sue lang <suelang99@hotmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:30:36 PM To: Edward Lavallee; Jeff Shrum; Robert Daniels; Deborah Anderson Subject: FW: Addendum Venice Comp Plan Update Addendum:  Venice needs to preserve and maintain a Wildlife Corridor…

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Elevated levels of red tide reported off Sarasota coast | HeraldTribune

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Elevated levels of red tide reported off Sarasota coast | HeraldTribune

  Elevated levels of red tide reported off Sarasota coast | HeraldTribune Elevated levels of the toxic red tide algae have been detected along the coast of Southwest Florida between Longboat Key and Manasota Key, but so far there have been no reports of fish kills or breathing problems among beachgoers. The red tide concentrations…

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ORANGE/MAIN INTERSECTION REOPENS ON SCHEDULE: 5 P.M. TODAY | 

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ORANGE/MAIN INTERSECTION REOPENS ON SCHEDULE: 5 P.M. TODAY | 

ORANGE/MAIN INTERSECTION REOPENS ON SCHEDULE: 5 P.M. TODAY Sarasota, FL: The Orange Avenue/Main Street intersection will partially reopen to traffic as a new, modern roundabout as scheduled this afternoon, Wednesday, September 30 at 5 p.m.  As planned, all directions of the roundabout will be open except the north leg. Drivers are encouraged to continue to…

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SNN Video Report: Sanford Circle Drug Bust 

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SNN Video Report: Sanford Circle Drug Bust 

SNN Video Report: Sanford Circle Drug Bust

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** Please Share ** Video: Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify: Burglary Case 15-50271  – SPD

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** Please Share ** Video: Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify: Burglary Case 15-50271  – SPD

    ** Please Share ** Sarasota Police Attempt to Identify: Burglary Case 15-50271  – SPD PLEASE SHARE – The two people seen on this video walked into an office on September 15, 2015 at Ringling College and stole credit cards and charged thousands of dollars in Manatee County. They arrived and left the area…

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Operation Safe Schools Results Released – SCSO

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Operation Safe Schools Results Released – SCSO

Operation Safe Schools Results Released The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Florida Sheriffs Task Force, concluded a four-week operation aimed at protecting Florida’s children with enhanced traffic enforcement in school zones as classes began. From August 24 to September 18, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputies focused on educating motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about…

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Karen Rose to oversee district’s middle schools | HeraldTribune

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Karen Rose to oversee district’s middle schools | HeraldTribune

  Karen Rose to oversee district’s middle schools | HeraldTribune SARASOTA COUNTY – Superintendent Lori White has named longtime Sarasota Middle School Principal Karen Rose as the school district’s next executive director of middle schools. Rose will replace Page Dettmann, who left her job to become vice president of Contract Furnishing’s new education division. There,…

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Video Report: Wave of retirements hit Venice City Goverment – WWSB

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Video Report: Wave of retirements hit Venice City Goverment – WWSB

  Wave of retirements hit Venice City Goverment – WWSB VENICE, Fla. — For twenty years, Pam Johnson has lead the City of Venice’s Public Information Office. She was the first person to hold this position. Now, she’s about to retire. “It’s been a great pleasure, I’ve met so many wonderful people in this community…

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Video Report: Florida continues to fall short in processing of rape investigation evidence – WWSB

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Video Report: Florida continues to fall short in processing of rape investigation evidence – WWSB

    Florida continues to fall short in processing of rape investigation evidence – WWSB As officials scramble to find a solution, Florida continues to rank near the bottom of the nation in the number of untested rape kits. Source: Florida continues to fall short in processing of rape investigation evidence – Sarasota News |…

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Sarasota Lions Club gives free eye screenings | HeraldTribune

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Sarasota Lions Club gives free eye screenings | HeraldTribune

  Sarasota Lions Club gives free eye screenings | HeraldTribune Sarasota Lions Club had a successful day screening at Trinity Methodist Church. Lions club members gave people 58 glucose screens. Members took 10 digital retinal photos for people who did not pass the vision/glucose tolerance levels. Retinal images were sent to an ophthalmologist in Daytona…

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Rutgers loses Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt, who decommits | NJ.com

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Rutgers loses Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt, who decommits | NJ.com

  Rutgers loses Florida defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt, who decommits | NJ.com Venice (Fla.) three-star defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt decommitted from Rutgerson Tuesday morning, he announced via Twitter.       In 2014, Hewitt accumulated 112 tackles, 74 of which were solo, and 12 sacks as a junior, leading to a first-team all-state selection. Hewitt was the…

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Region’s growth outpaces nation’s | HeraldTribune

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Region’s growth outpaces nation’s | HeraldTribune

  Region’s growth outpaces nation’s | HeraldTribune Propelled by ringing cash registers and construction and service jobs, Southwest Florida is once again experiencing faster-than-average growth. For 2014, the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area realized $24.9 billion in real gross domestic product, up 3.7 percent from a year earlier and outpacing the state’s overall rate of 2.7 percent…

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Letter To The Venice Scoop – Investors are inflating home prices and pricing people out of the market

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Letter To The Venice Scoop – Investors are inflating home prices and pricing people out of the market

  Letter To The Venice Scoop – Investors are inflating home prices and pricing people out of the market Kevin Stockton wrote on The Venice Scoop‘s timeline. 8:53pm I am writing to this page in hope of finding out why and what is going on with the housing in south Venice again, I have been…

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Jesse Smith is going to prison for 10 years – SCSO

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Jesse Smith is going to prison for 10 years – SCSO

Jesse Smith is going to prison for 10 years – SCSO Jesse Smith is going to prison for 10 years.Tactical Unit deputies had him under surveillance in June after he pawned more than 100 items in just a few months. After obtaining arrest warrants they watched him try to pawn another TV, which he admitted…

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Plan moves most homes out of Venice airport runway zone | HeraldTribune 

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Plan moves most homes out of Venice airport runway zone | HeraldTribune 

  Plan moves most homes out of Venice airport runway zone | HeraldTribune VENICE – A plan to rebuild a portion of the main runway at the Venice Municipal Airport will change flight traffic enough that most of about two dozen homes on the Gulf of Mexico side of the airport will no longer be…

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Caught on camera: Profane tirade by president of nonprofit that runs Nathan Benderson Park – WWSB

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Caught on camera: Profane tirade by president of nonprofit that runs Nathan Benderson Park – WWSB

    This is WWSB’s write up on a video and story that I shared earlier.  Based upon their investigation, it looks like Blackketter may have some explaining to do……..  To see the video, go to my site at http://www.thescoopradioshow.com/2015/09/face-of-70-million-benderson-rowing-facility-is-intoxicated-abusive-out-of-control-sarasota-phoenix/ Here is WWSB’s write up: SARASOTA, Fla. — Video of a heated confrontation between Suncoast Aquatic Nature…

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Sarasota man charged with DUI after fleeing crash near Venice | SNN TV

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Sarasota man charged with DUI after fleeing crash near Venice | SNN TV

  Sarasota man charged with DUI after fleeing crash near Venice | SNN TV A 36-year-old Sarasota man is facing several charges after the fled the scene of a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Venice. Jason Bridwell Tobin was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on felony driving under the influence and felony leaving the…

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 SCSO – CAPTURED: Christopher Higginbotham

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 SCSO – CAPTURED: Christopher Higginbotham

  SCSO – CAPTURED: Christopher Higginbotham CAPTURED: Christopher Higginbotham was just taken into custody in White County, Georgia. His capture was facilitated by our Fugitive Apprehension Unit, working in conjunction with the US Marshal Service and the White County Sheriff White County Sheriff’s Office. He was staying at the home of a friend who was…

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SNN Video Report: Man Injured in Hit And Run 

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SNN Video Report: Man Injured in Hit And Run 

  SNN Video Report: Man Injured in Hit And Run

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Drug Trafficking Arrest – SCSO

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Drug Trafficking Arrest – SCSO

Drug Trafficking Arrest The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for drug trafficking after learning he was storing a large amount of narcotics at a home in the 1800 block of Sanford Circle in Sarasota. Undercover detectives determined the suspect, Tyrone Anderson, would arrive in a maroon Chevrolet Equinox to pick up the drugs,…

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SNN Video Report: Man Shot and Killed in Sarasota  

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SNN Video Report: Man Shot and Killed in Sarasota  

  SNN Video Report: Man Shot and Killed in Sarasota  

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FACE OF $70 MILLION BENDERSON ROWING FACILITY IS “INTOXICATED, ABUSIVE, OUT OF CONTROL”— Sarasota Phoenix 

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FACE OF $70 MILLION BENDERSON ROWING FACILITY IS “INTOXICATED, ABUSIVE, OUT OF CONTROL”— Sarasota Phoenix 

With more than 42,000 rowers, coaches and support staff from across the globe planning on traveling to Southwest Florida for the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, THE SARASOTA PHOENIX has come into possession of a video which clearly shows Randy Benderson’s “point man” for the event, a wild, out of control, abusive and intoxicated Paul…

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Neal’s Involvement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End – Sarasota Phoenix

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Neal’s Involvement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End – Sarasota Phoenix

Neal’s Involvement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End Neal’s Involement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End By Jon Susce The recent announcement by the local 12th Judicial nominating committee of the finalist to succeed retiring Judge Peter Dubensky would be comical if it were not so outrageous.  It’s a prime example of why…

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NJ High School Quarterback Died of ‘Massive Internal Bleeding’ After Tackle: Officials – NBC News

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NJ High School Quarterback Died of ‘Massive Internal Bleeding’ After Tackle: Officials – NBC News

  NJ High School Quarterback Died of ‘Massive Internal Bleeding’ After Tackle: Officials – NBC News The New Jersey high school quarterback who died Friday after being injured during a varsity football game suffered “massive internal bleeding,” the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday. The hemorrhage that killed Evan Murray, a senior at Warren…

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Residents change subject to jobs during Newtown community meeting – WWSB

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Residents change subject to jobs during Newtown community meeting – WWSB

Residents change subject to jobs during Newtown community meeting – WWSB SARASOTA, FLA    Sarasota City officials and contractors came out to talk about new projects in the area–from enhancing the Martin Luther King Junior corridor, to building a new multi-purpose field, to new street-scaping on Myrtle Street–but that’s not the only thing some residents…

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Website: Bradenton is fifth “drunkest” place in Florida; Sarasota is No. 2 | Food & Drink | Bradenton Herald

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Website: Bradenton is fifth “drunkest” place in Florida; Sarasota is No. 2 | Food & Drink | Bradenton Herald

Website: Bradenton is fifth “drunkest” place in Florida; Sarasota is No. 2 | Food & Drink | Bradenton Herald Bradenton is the fifth “drunkest” place in Florida, according to a website that aims to “show you the real side of places that not everyone wants to hear.” The irreverent ranking by RoadSnacks.net was based on…

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Sarasota shooting leaves male victim with life-threatening injuries | Crime | Bradenton Herald

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Sarasota shooting leaves male victim with life-threatening injuries | Crime | Bradenton Herald

  Sarasota shooting leaves male victim with life-threatening injuries | Crime | Bradenton Herald SARASOTA — The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a shooting that left a victim with life threatening injuries near 25th Street and Orange Avenue. The police department tweeted the news shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday. “At this time what we believe…

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Manatee, Sarasota officials reminded of shortage of funds for transportation projects | Manatee County Traffic | Bradenton Herald

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Manatee, Sarasota officials reminded of shortage of funds for transportation projects | Manatee County Traffic | Bradenton Herald

  Manatee, Sarasota officials reminded of shortage of funds for transportation projects | Manatee County Traffic | Bradenton Herald — Elected officials from Manatee and Sarasota counties were reminded Monday there isn’t enough money to cover all of the region’s transportation needs. “We really need to accept the fact that we are short of funds…

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SCF change sparks resistance | HeraldTribune

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SCF change sparks resistance | HeraldTribune

  SCF change sparks resistance | HeraldTribune Days after the State College of Florida’s trustees voted to end continuing contracts to faculty members, educators throughout Florida are watching the fallout, interpreting state laws and speculating about whether the move flags Gov. Rick Scott’s agenda for education reform at 27 other community colleges. Those against eliminating…

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Video Report: 10-foot alligator wrangled on Venice beach – Story | WTVT

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Video Report: 10-foot alligator wrangled on Venice beach – Story | WTVT

    10-foot alligator wrangled on Venice beach – Story | WTVT On the other end of the line, the caller told Lieutenant Gregory Rose with the Sarasota County Beach Patrol that an alligator was swimming along the South Jetty in Venice. 10-foot alligator wrangled on Venice beach “I have been there 20 years out…

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Sarasota County’s Mobility Fee Plan Proposal  The Bradenton Times

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Sarasota County’s Mobility Fee Plan Proposal  The Bradenton Times

  Sarasota County’s Mobility Fee Plan Proposal  The Bradenton Times SARASOTA — Sarasota County’s Jonathan Paul and MPO staff are redefining future transportation impact fees by design, adopting more multi-modal routes. The concept is to no longer view transportation development through car-count glasses. It is a plan based on Complete Street Corridors for future planning….

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Hronek wins PGA Section title, headed to Bay Hill | HeraldTribune

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Hronek wins PGA Section title, headed to Bay Hill | HeraldTribune

  Hronek wins PGA Section title, headed to Bay Hill | HeraldTribune Once again, David Hronek is taking his power game to the PGA Tour. The 45-year-old head pro at North Port’s Bobcat Trail birdied four of the last seven holes to win the North Florida PGA Section Championship recently at the Reunion Resort in…

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Venice land once owned by iconic writer Walter Farley is for sale | HeraldTribune 

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Venice land once owned by iconic writer Walter Farley is for sale | HeraldTribune 

  Venice land once owned by iconic writer Walter Farley is for sale | HeraldTribune VENICE – Wooded, undeveloped land near the beach has become a rarity on Venice island. But that is not the only reason the 2.5 acres near Golden Beach stands out. The land was where iconic writer Walter Farley penned several…

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PLEASE SHARE – HELP US FIND THE OWNER: Remember the arrest of Anthony Berretta a few weeks ago? – SPD

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PLEASE SHARE – HELP US FIND THE OWNER: Remember the arrest of Anthony Berretta a few weeks ago? – SPD

PLEASE SHARE – HELP US FIND THE OWNER: Remember the arrest of Anthony Berretta a few weeks ago? He was charged with at least 11 counts of burglary and more are possible in connection to vehicle and boat burglaries in the City of Sarasota in recent weeks. This is a photo of a desktop of…

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Scott calls for more ‘transparency’ in Florida hospital costs HT Politics

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Scott calls for more ‘transparency’ in Florida hospital costs HT Politics

  Scott calls for more ‘transparency’ in Florida hospital costs HT Politics TALLAHASSEE Gov. Rick Scott said today he will push for more “transparency” in the cost and quality of health care treatment at Florida hospitals. As the governor’s Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding met in Tampa, Scott, a former hospital company executive, said…

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North Port Library to host end-of-life documentary screening – WWSB

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North Port Library to host end-of-life documentary screening – WWSB

  North Port Library to host end-of-life documentary screening – WWSB NORTH PORT, Fla. — North Port Public Library will host a screening of “Consider the Conversation,” an award-winning documentary about having end-of-life discussions with loved ones, on Monday, Oct. 5. “Consider the Conversation” is a film about the struggle of preparing for life’s end…

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