Archive For April 30, 2015

Councilman Bennett responds to one angry constituent, regarding “In God We Trust”

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Councilman Bennett responds to one angry constituent, regarding “In God We Trust”

  Councilman Bennett responds to one angry constituent, regarding “In God We Trust” The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino From: Jenny White <jenny88white@gmail.com> Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 2:46 PM To: City Council Subject: In God We Trust Dear Councilman, This is in reply to the article in the Herald Tribune on April 29, Venice denies…

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What’s next for Florida’s Legislature?

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What’s next for Florida’s Legislature?

  What’s next for Florida’s Legislature? HT Politics One of the most contentious Florida legislative sessions in recent memory will quietly close at midnight Friday. But the sound and the fury of a deep divide between the House and Senate will reverberate through the next two months as lawmakers scramble to put together a new…

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Venice High students cash in on Rotary scholarships

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Venice High students cash in on Rotary scholarships

  Venice High students cash in on Rotary scholarships Sarasota Herald VENICE – This is the best time of the year for Kim Kindell and Julie Pinkerton, who run the Rotary Futures College Resource Center at Venice High School. They get to deliver good news almost daily to students receiving scholarships. With $1,000 here or…

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Mortgage rates inch up

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Mortgage rates inch up

  Mortgage rates inch up Inside Real Estate Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week, but remain near historic lows with the spring home-buying season underway and showing strong sales. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said the national average for a 30-year fixed -rate mortgage increased to 3.68 percent from 3.65 percent last week….

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Go Inside Downtown Sarasota’s Sansara Condos

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Go Inside Downtown Sarasota’s Sansara Condos

    Go Inside Downtown Sarasota’s Sansara Condos SRQ Magazine A whole new generation of downtown apartments is going up, and judging by their look, Sarasota is about to add a modernist edge to its new urbanism. Sansara, which is being developed on Pineapple Avenue, is a good example. The exterior lines are clean and…

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Buchanan out of U.S. Senate race

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Buchanan out of U.S. Senate race

  Buchanan out of U.S. Senate race HT Politics U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. The Longboat Key Republican will announce later today that he is instead focusing on his re-election to the House where his growing seniority has made him a key player on U.S. tax policy…

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Venice meeting set for Neal rezoning request

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Venice meeting set for Neal rezoning request

  You can start to inundate council with your concerns via email at citycouncil@venicegov.com, this will send a email to all of them. – Francesco Abbruzzino 🙂 Venice meeting set for Neal rezoning request Sarasota Herald VENICE – Anticipating that City Hall will be packed with people interested in a rezoning decision, city leaders decided Thursday…

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Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail to re-open May 6

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Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail to re-open May 6

  Pistol and Rifle Range at Knights Trail to re-open May 6  The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino SARASOTA COUNTY – The Pistol and Rifle Range at Knight Trail Park will continue to be closed to the public through May 5th for a lead remediation project overseen by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.The project’s anticipated completion date…

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No-swim advisory issued for Venice Fishing Pier

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No-swim advisory issued for Venice Fishing Pier

  No-swim advisory issued for Venice Fishing Pier VENICE – A no-swim advisory has been issued for the Venice Fishing Pier by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. The advisory was issued late this morning because of elevated levels of enterococci (enteric) bacteria in the water. The indefinite advisory could be lifted as…

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Elementary students at risk crossing the street in North Port, without crossing guard replacements

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Elementary students at risk crossing the street in North Port, without crossing guard replacements

  Elementary students at risk crossing the street in North Port, without crossing guard replacements The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino MR Apr 30th, 12:41pm Good morning Mr. Abbruzzino, I am writing you today about concerns of public safety for our elementary children who use Biscayne and Glenallen BLVD. to and from school to please be…

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17 Suspects Charged in South County Warrant Sweep

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17 Suspects Charged in South County Warrant Sweep

  17 Suspects Charged in South County Warrant Sweep The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino via SCSO The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged 17 people as part of a targeted search for suspects who sold heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs to narcotics detectives in recent months. Following several undercover drug buys, Special Investigations Section Detectives…

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Sarasota man sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to meet 14-year-old girl for sex

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Sarasota man sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to meet 14-year-old girl for sex

  Sarasota man sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to meet 14-year-old girl for sex The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino via SCSO A man arrested in April 2014 by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in an internet predator sting has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Detectives arrested Harry Walters,…

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Sexual Offender update – ROBERT WALTER GILFILLAN

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Sexual Offender update – ROBERT WALTER GILFILLAN

  Sexual Offender update – ROBERT WALTER GILFILLAN The Scoop News Click Here to Track this Offender Designation: Sexual Offender Name: ROBERT WALTER GILFILLAN Status: Released – Subject to Registration Department of Corrections #: Not Available Search the Dept of Corrections Website Date of Birth: 06/05/1937 Race : White Sex: Male Hair: Grey Eyes: Blue…

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Sex offender update – MARTIN EDGAR RUSSELL

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Sex offender update – MARTIN EDGAR RUSSELL

  Sex offender update – MARTIN EDGAR RUSSELL The Scoop News Florida Department of Law Enforcement – Sexual Offender / Predator Flyer MARTIN EDGAR RUSSELL Date Of Photo: 01/16/2015 Click Here to Track this Offender Designation: Sexual Offender Name: MARTIN EDGAR RUSSELL Status: Released – Subject to Registration Department of Corrections #: Not Available Search…

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Auto dealers are refurbishing and expanding

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Auto dealers are refurbishing and expanding

  Auto dealers are refurbishing and expanding Sarasota Herald Nudged by the makers of the car brands they carry — and nursing a fever to build repeat business — auto dealers around Southwest Florida are refurbishing and expanding with multimillion-dollar makeovers. Right now that means two new dealership operations for Audi and Infiniti on Clark…

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‘Oh Mama!’ Love is in bloom at Lemon Bay Playhouse

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‘Oh Mama!’ Love is in bloom at Lemon Bay Playhouse

  ‘Oh Mama!’ Love is in bloom at Lemon Bay Playhouse Ticket Sarasota Lemon Bay Playhouse is offering audiences some laughs with a production of Reginald Denham’s “Oh Mama! No, Papa!,” running May 6-May 17. Rita Corn directs the comedy about a widow and widower who are constantly complaining about their health problems, much to…

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How to help nesting sea turtles stay safe

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How to help nesting sea turtles stay safe

  How to help nesting sea turtles stay safe The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino via SCG SARASOTA COUNTY – With sea turtle nesting season beginning May 1, Sarasota County reminds residents and visitors there  are some simple steps they can take to ensure the safety of these unique animals. “Every May through October, our beaches become…

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CITY OF SARASOTA CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY

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CITY OF SARASOTA CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY

  CITY CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino Sarasota, FL: The City of Sarasota will celebrate Arbor Day Friday, May 1 at approximately 10:40 a.m. at Alta Vista Elementary School, 1050 S. Euclid Avenue.  A gold tree (tabebuia chrysotricha) will be planted, with students placing the final shovels of dirt around it. Mayor…

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Sarasota-Manatee foreclosure rate sinks to 2.71%

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Sarasota-Manatee foreclosure rate sinks to 2.71%

  Sarasota-Manatee foreclosure rate sinks to 2.71% Sarasota Herald While foreclosure rates continue to slide in Southwest Florida, they remain among the highest levels in the nation. The rate of foreclosures among outstanding mortgages in the Sarasota-Manatee region fell to 2.71 percent in February from 5.32 percent a year earlier, data provider CoreLogic reported Wednesday….

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6A-3 BASEBALL: Venice rallies to win

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6A-3 BASEBALL: Venice rallies to win

  6A-3 BASEBALL: Venice rallies to win HT Preps Trailing 2-1 in the sixth inning to Naples Barron Collier, Venice High rallied for three runs to defeat the Cougars, 4-2, in a Class 6A-Region 3 quarterfinal Wednesday night. On a night when ace pitcher Cole Kragel didn’t have his best stuff, the Indians still had…

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Quick start help Sailors tame Cougars

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Quick start help Sailors tame Cougars

    Quick start help Sailors tame Cougars HT Preps The Sarasota High softball team likes to get off to a quick start for two reasons: It fires up the offense and permits pitcher Brittany Bendel to settle down. “That’s one of our main goals,” Coach Amy Nye said. “We’ve been doing that lately, scoring…

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Local projects left in budget lurch

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Local projects left in budget lurch

  Local projects left in budget lurch Sarasota Herald The Florida Legislature’s budget meltdown leaves in limbo a number of Southwest Florida organizations seeking state funding, until a final deal can be reached between the House and Senate. Money for a championship rowing venue, conservation efforts, local educational institutions and other groups in Sarasota and…

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The roads aren’t getting wider. So now what?

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The roads aren’t getting wider. So now what?

  The roads aren’t getting wider. So now what? Sarasota Herald SARASOTA – City leaders foresaw Sarasota traffic problems years ago, and listed road projects to solve them. By 2020, planners said, U.S. 41 should be widened to six lanes — even eight in some places. Fruitville Road, Siesta Drive, University Parkway and others would…

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Political Analyst: “Amateur Hour” in Tallahassee

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Political Analyst: “Amateur Hour” in Tallahassee

  Political Analyst: “Amateur Hour” in Tallahassee WWSB Tallahassee, Fla.- The Florida Senate President says what his counterpart in the State House of Representatives did this week by adjourning during an impasse on a budget issue was nothing less than unconstitutional.  And that’s not all he calls it. “For the house to do what they…

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Sarasota cyclist wanted on warrant charged with trying to bribe officer for $350

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Sarasota cyclist wanted on warrant charged with trying to bribe officer for $350

  Sarasota cyclist wanted on warrant charged with trying to bribe officer for $350 Bradenton.com BRADENTON — A Sarasota man with a warrant out for his arrest has been charged with trying to bribe an officer to let him go while en route to jail, according to the Bradenton Police Department. Andrew J. Armstrong, 23,…

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Festival celebrates young Sarasota artists

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Festival celebrates young Sarasota artists

  Festival celebrates young Sarasota artists Bradenton.com The future of the arts in Sarasota looks bright, and you can get a good look at that future on Saturday. The “new and improved” InspireSarasota! Festival will showcase some of the best student artists from the area. The emphasis is on performing arts — from theater and…

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Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

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Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

  Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott Palm Beach Post It’s been a tough session for court-appointed professional guardians as at least three laws worked their way through the Florida Legislature to rein in practices after stories surfaced of financial abuse of their elderly wards. In the end, only one passed. Sen. Nancy Detert,…

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Fate of State Senate’s Backyard Gun Range Bill Unknown

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Fate of State Senate’s Backyard Gun Range Bill Unknown

  Fate of State Senate’s Backyard Gun Range Bill Unknown WGCU The legislature is considering tightening the rules on backyard gun ranges. This comes in the wake of several incidents across the state where residents were concerned about their neighbors opening fire in their backyards. Right now, you can build and use a gun range…

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Sarasota Police Continue Crackdown On Synthetic Drugs

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Sarasota Police Continue Crackdown On Synthetic Drugs

  Sarasota Police Continue Crackdown On Synthetic Drugs SNN A five–month Sarasota police investigation leads to the arrest of a man suspected of selling cocaine and the synthetic drug known as “Spice.” Police arrested 22–year–old Nolan Rebollo on felony drug charges. An arrest report shows police seized 60 grams of synthetic marijuana and 9 grams…

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Prescription for lower drug costs

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Prescription for lower drug costs

  Prescription for lower drug costs Congress should let Medicare negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies Sarasota Herald When the federal government added a prescription-drug benefit to Medicare, Congress and then-President George W. Bush agreed to a “non-interference” clause. Preventing interference in programs by the legislative or executive branches is often a good thing. However, this…

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Agent confident in real estate market vitality

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Agent confident in real estate market vitality

  Agent confident in real estate market vitality Inside Real Estate The following market analysis was provided by Michael Saunders agent Michael Moulton: As the Sarasota Real Estate Market nears the end of its peak selling season, it is hard not to be confident in our region’s vitality.  Our area has been buoyed by a…

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Fire burns South Venice home

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Fire burns South Venice home

  Fire burns South Venice home Sarasota Herald SARASOTA COUNTY – Members of the Sarasota County, Venice and Englewood fire departments extinguished a three-alarm fire at a home in South Venice this afternoon. No one was injured by the fire, reported Capt. Keith Peterson of the Sarasota County Fire Department. However, one firefighter was taken…

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2 North Port officers involved in noninjury crashes

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2 North Port officers involved in noninjury crashes

  2 North Port officers involved in non injury crashes  Sarasota Herald. NORTH PORT – Two North Port police officers were involved in traffic accidents Tuesday, bringing to three the number of officers involved in vehicle crashes this month.   But in both crashes Tuesday, there were no serious injuries, and the civilian drivers were…

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Fl Senate calls House’s departure ‘unconstitutional’

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Fl Senate calls House’s departure ‘unconstitutional’

  Fl Senate calls House’s departure ‘unconstitutional’ HT Politics TALLAHASSEE The 2015 Florida Legislature lurched closer to a chaotic end today, with the Senate calling the House’s decision to leave Tallahassee on Tuesday “unconstitutional” and demanding the House return to the session.   “I respectfully request that you reconvene your chamber to finish the important…

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Florida agencies will have to buy flags made in USA

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Florida agencies will have to buy flags made in USA

  Florida agencies will have to buy flags made in USA WFTV TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —  All Florida city, county and state government agencies will have to buy state and American flags that are made in the United States under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday on a 38-1…

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Sex Offender Registration – Robert Walter Gilfillan

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Sex Offender Registration – Robert Walter Gilfillan

. Sex Offender Registration – Robert Walter Gilfillan The Scoop News via SCSO The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public that Robert Walter Gilfillan, DOB 6/05/37, has registered as a Sexual Offender living in Sarasota County. Gilfillan was charged with Possession of Obscene Material by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and convicted…

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Local Restaurants

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Local Restaurants

  This is a list local restaurants throughout Sarasota County.  They will offer you some great customer service and meals, to make your night just perfect. Are you interested in getting listed on this site?  Just click here  

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Local Bondsman

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Local Bondsman

This is a list the preferred bondsman throughout Sarasota County.  They will offer you some great customer service and get you you out of jail. Are you interested in getting listed on this site?  Click Here                                      …

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Bondsman Listing

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  This section will list out specific information on local bondsman and will be placed under the Sheriffs corner of The Scoop News.  Basically go to www.TheScoopNewsShow.com, Click on Sheriffs corner, local Bondsman. If you are interested in having your office listed, just follow these steps. Make a payment of $100 annually   Send all of your contact…

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Local Realtors

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  This section will list out specific information on local realtors and will be placed under the realtor section of The Scoop News.  Basically go to www.TheScoopNewsShow.com, Click on Real Estate, Preferred Realtors. If you are interested in having your office listed, just follow these steps. Make a payment of $50/mth.  The first payment is…

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Preferred Realtors

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Preferred Realtors

  Real Estate Stories    Sarasota County MLS    Market Analysis     Rentals      This is a list the preferred realtors throughout Sarasota County.  They will offer you some great customer service and get you started in your new rental or home purchase.   Be the first realtor to get listed on this page,  Just…

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Career Offender Search

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Career Offender Search

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Find career offenders click here  As of January 1, 2003, under the Florida Career Offender Registration Act, a select group of convicted felons, the “worst-of-the-worst”, are required to register their residences with law enforcement and a state registry maintained by FDLE , the Career Offender Application for Statewide Tracking (COAST)….

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Looking for runaway 14 year old

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Looking for runaway 14 year old

  Looking for runaway 14 year old The Scoop News, via CCSO (Port Charlotte)  Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a girl who ran away from her Port Charlotte home two weeks ago. Lakin Taylor Bontjes, 14, of Chesswood Lane in Port Charlotte, was last seen on Wednesday April 15 at about 10:30 pm at her…

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Sarasota County celebrates Historic Preservation Month in May with ‘Preservation Ink’

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Sarasota County celebrates Historic Preservation Month in May with ‘Preservation Ink’

  Sarasota County celebrates Historic Preservation Month in May with ‘Preservation Ink’  The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino via SCG SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County will kick-off Historic Preservation Month on May 2 at Historic Spanish Point with an art exhibition by Welsh artist Olwen Hughes. The exhibition will feature selected works, including Hughes’ latest commission of…

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Search warrant results in seizure of rock cocaine, synthetic marijuana & powder cocaine

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Search warrant results in seizure of rock cocaine, synthetic marijuana & powder cocaine

  Search warrant results in seizure of rock cocaine, synthetic marijuana & powder cocaine The Scoop News, francesco Abbruzzino via SPD SARASOTA, Fla. – April 29, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, with the assistance of the Street Crimes Unit, executed a search warrant at 2036…

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City of North Port: Annual band of burglars expected

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City of North Port:  Annual band of burglars expected

  City of North Port:  Annual band of burglars expected The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzion via The City of NP North Port, FL. – The North Port Police Department is currently investigating four “traveler”-style burglaries. Regionally, the issue is growing. More are expected as have been reported in previous years. In a proactive approach, the…

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Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue

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Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue

  Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue Sarasota Phoenix No matter how the Sarasota Herald Tribune lead editorial writer, Tom Tryon and SHT columnist, Tom Lyons attempted to spin the awarding of over $20 million to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. to be all about a…

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Fill a backpack feed a child! It’s packpack day

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Fill a backpack feed a child! It’s packpack day

  Fill a backpack feed a child! It’s packpack day The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino All Faiths Food Bank 2 hrs · Fill a backpack feed a child! It’s packpack day at 5 local Publix stores this Sunday, May 3 from 9-3, They’ll have specials on kid-friendly food, and our truck will be waiting outside…

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Sarasota County celebrates new and improved Blackburn Point Park

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Sarasota County celebrates new and improved Blackburn Point Park

  Sarasota County celebrates new and improved Blackburn Point Park WWSB SARASOTA, Fla — Sarasota County will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the new and improved Blackburn Point Park. Several improvements and additions have been made to the park including parking for 56 boat trailers, a new restroom pavilion, rowing dock, rowing ramp…

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Sarasota County prepares to submit appeals to FEMA’s preliminary flood maps

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Sarasota County prepares to submit appeals to FEMA’s preliminary flood maps

  Sarasota County prepares to submit appeals to FEMA’s preliminary flood maps WWSB SARASOTA, Fla — Sarasota County leaders are preparing their appeals to FEMA’s preliminary flood maps. The 90-day appeals period ends on Thursday. Under the new proposed maps, more than 42,000 properties in Sarasota County would be classified at high risk for flooding,…

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