Archive For May 31, 2015

Tryon: Local groups offer ‘3 into 1’ homeless plan | HeraldTribune.com

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Tryon: Local groups offer ‘3 into 1’ homeless plan | HeraldTribune.com

  Last week, when consultant Robert Marbut stated the obvious — that the problems associated with chronically homeless adults are unsolved throughout Sarasota County — nine social-service organizations offered a potential solution. The leaders of those organizations proposed the CEO Adult Homeless Initiative that features an intriguing “3 into 1 Plan.” Source: Tryon: Local groups…

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Parenting: Help steer your child to task success | HeraldTribune.com

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Parenting: Help steer your child to task success | HeraldTribune.com

  When kids are faced with a task that they are not sure how to accomplish, it can feel overwhelming – like going to the ocean with a teaspoon. They know it has to be done, but they don’t know where to start or what steps to take, and sometimes, they are not even sure…

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17th St. Paw Park will be closed on June 2nd

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17th St. Paw Park will be closed on June 2nd

    17th St. Paw Park will be closed on June 2nd Sarasota County Government We apologize for the inconvenience: 17th St. Paw Park will be closed for the entire day on Tuesday, June 2nd and will reopen Wednesday, June 3rd at 7am. Contractors will be working inside the park to repair concrete. Arlington Paw…

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Barry calls The City of Venice out for inaction on the Publix Island SCAT stop

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Barry calls The City of Venice out for inaction on the Publix Island SCAT stop

  Barry calls The City of Venice out for inaction on the Publix Island SCAT stop The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino One observation, regarding the media.  I have ran a few stories and emails on this issue.  I think he is like some other old timers, that think a twice a week paper, w a…

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Navigating roundabout’s.

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Navigating roundabout’s.

  From Catia Fernandes Please post.. For the public.. Robert Ben – An excellent video special for teachers from school driving in Iceland (and everywhere sure) !Maybe they can teach people how to drive correctly in roundabout Circulation !!!And explain to people :the car has light for left-right for every change of direction !!!And..priority rules !!! https://www.facebook.com/587386051/videos/10153337912356052/?__mref=message_bubble

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SCSO snags a gator hiding under a car

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SCSO snags a gator hiding under a car

  SCSO snags a gator hiding under a car The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff’s Office Just before midnight this alligator was seen hiding under a vehicle in the 4100 block of Central Sarasota Parkway. Deputies Luce and Shaw secured the 4′ gator and safely relocated it to a nearby pond.

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Ed McCrane: Hurricanes part of our lives | HeraldTribune.com

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Ed McCrane: Hurricanes part of our lives | HeraldTribune.com

  It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, but that does not mean we can let our guard down. It is hard to believe that this year we will mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the 11th of Charley and three others that crisscrossed Florida in 2004. Source: Ed McCrane: Hurricanes part of…

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Video Report:  Rally Time for Amendment 1 Attention – WWSB

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Video Report:  Rally Time for Amendment 1 Attention – WWSB

  Hey, protect our springs! Hey, protect our springs! Chris Costello, the senior organizing rep for the Sierra Club in town, started the rally by uniting about 75 voices with energetic chants. Source: Rally Time in Bradenton for Amendment 1 Attention – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News

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Florida’s health care conundrum | May 30, 2015 | Online staff | HT Politics

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Florida’s health care conundrum | May 30, 2015 | Online staff | HT Politics

  Tony Carvalho has been through more than 30 legislative sessions lobbying for hospitals in Florida, and he says this year’s reads more like fiction than real life. So far there has been a jet-setting governor who sued the president and then traveled to Washington to ask the same people he was suing for more…

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Despite storm-free seasons, Florida insurance still pricey – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Staff

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Despite storm-free seasons, Florida insurance still pricey – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Staff

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Living in a (semi)-tropical paradise has a price – and apparently, not even going nine years without a major hurricane strike will change that. Florida‘s property insurance market has improved since eight storms battered the state in 2004 and 2005. Source: Despite storm-free seasons, Florida insurance still pricey – Sarasota…

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» Russian aircraft head off American destroyer in Black Sea – reuters

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» Russian aircraft head off American destroyer in Black Sea – reuters

Russian military aircraft were scrambled to head off a U.S. warship that was acting “aggressively” in the Black Sea, state news agency RIA reported on Saturday, citing an anonymous source in Russia’s armed forces in Crimea. The source was quoted as saying that the U.S. destroyer Ross was moving along the edge of Russia’s territorial…

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» Report: China Places Artillery on Disputed Island – Reuters

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» Report: China Places Artillery on Disputed Island – Reuters

Vietnam’s deputy defense minister said on Saturday that reports China had placed mobile artillery weapons on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea were, if true, a very worrying development. “If it has actually happened it is a very bad sign for what is already a very complicated situation in the South China…

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Special session has local school districts on edge | HeraldTribune.com

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Special session has local school districts on edge | HeraldTribune.com

  As the state Legislature prepares to convene for a special session in hopes of hashing out a health care compromise — and passing a balanced budget — school districts across the state are in a budget limbo. Districts rely on local taxes and state allocations to function. But without a finalized state budget, school…

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Closing a chapter in the quirky Sarasota political scene | May 30, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace | HT Politics

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Closing a chapter in the quirky Sarasota political scene | May 30, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace | HT Politics

  Every community in America has its brand of oddball politics. But when I arrived at the Herald-Tribune more than a decade ago, I had no idea covering politics would include stories about pole dancing, Argentine extradition laws and what you can get for a $2,800 dinner bill. Source: Closing a chapter in the quirky…

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Lyons: Sarasota police repeat same action, with same results | HeraldTribune.com

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Lyons: Sarasota police repeat same action, with same results | HeraldTribune.com

  Retired defense lawyer Paul Cherry sent a letter to Sarasota’s police chief this month that makes what seems like a reasonable suggestion well worth considering. It’s about Bruce Jerome Edwards, a homeless and mentally ill man in his mid-40s. Source: Lyons: Sarasota police repeat same action, with same results | HeraldTribune.com

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Fla. cities rank among best towns in America | www.palmbeachpost.com

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Fla. cities rank among best towns in America | www.palmbeachpost.com

  Want to know the best town to live in? Three Florida cities made the top 100 best towns in America, according to the 2015 Niche rankings. Sarasota made the cut at No. 53, Boca Raton at No. 72 and Deerfield Beach at No. 98. Niche ranked their towns based on overall quality of living,…

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee updates name of hospitality school | Education | Bradenton Herald

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University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee updates name of hospitality school | Education | Bradenton Herald

  SARASOTA — The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is changing the name of its hospitality school to more accurately reflect the programs it offers. The College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership will now be known as the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership, according to information sent out by officials Friday. Read more here:…

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Letter To The Scoop: I SLIPPED AND FELL IN VOMIT AT EPCOT!!!

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Letter To The Scoop:  I SLIPPED AND FELL IN VOMIT AT EPCOT!!!

  Letter To The Scoop:  I SLIPPED AND FELL IN VOMIT AT EPCOT!!! The Scoop News, Francesco Abbruzzino Debbie Natiss To fabbruzzino@yahoo.com Today at 9:34 AM On 10/20/07, my husband, my 7 year old son, my brother and I set out to go to Epcot. Epcot was my favorite place to go and I would…

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Lawmakers return to deep divide | May 29, 2015 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT Politics

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Lawmakers return to deep divide | May 29, 2015 | Lloyd Dunkelberger | HT Politics

  TALLAHASSEE As lawmakers return for their June special session next week, the standoff between the House and Senate over Medicaid expansion has not really changed. The Senate has moved as far as way as it can from a traditional Medicaid expansion plan, with the latest proposal to provide health care coverage to some 800,000…

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Say no to bear hunting

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Say no to bear hunting

In less than a month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote on a proposal to open a trophy hunt on Florida’s unique subspecies of black bears. They were removed from the list of threatened species just three years ago. The trouble is, the Commission does not have enough information to make this…

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Fighting mosquitoes with fish – FOX 13 News

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Fighting mosquitoes with fish – FOX 13 News

SARASOTA (FOX 13) –Just beyond a few bushes, at Sarasota County Mosquito Management, sits an innovative, but simplistic process. Fish are being bred to help tackle one of summer’s most annoying pests: mosquitos. For decades, mosquito management centers across the nation fought the buzzing blood suckers with chemicals and fish that eat mosquito larva. The…

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Enjoy the Suncoast water, but not if you have cuts! – Tallahassee News | ABC 27 WTXL: Sports

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Enjoy the Suncoast water, but not if you have cuts! – Tallahassee News | ABC 27 WTXL: Sports

  Suncoast beaches are rated number one many times over, but you may want to take precautions before you jump into the water Unseasonably warm weather increases the population of a variety of bacteria calling gulf waters home, and unsuspecting people with wounds, cuts, sores and abrasions may be vulnerable to infections caused by the…

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Business briefs: Sarasota Chamber gives small business awards | Business | Bradenton Herald

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Business briefs: Sarasota Chamber gives small business awards | Business | Bradenton Herald

  Sarasota Chamber awards businesses SARASOTA — The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce announced eight category winners Friday at the 25th annual Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards. Anna Maria Oyster Bar was named the Small Business of the Year for 2015 in the category with 51-100 employees. Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing was…

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2015 Towns with the Best Public Schools in Florida – Niche

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2015 Towns with the Best Public Schools in Florida – Niche

Venice, Sarasota and North Port, tied for the the number 2 spot. Explore towns with the best public schools in America. Niche ranks US towns based on the Niche School Grades received by local schools. A high ranking indicates the town has great local schools with invested teachers, positive student outcomes, and high ratings from…

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Media Release: Reading, feeding and fun at county libraries this summer

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Media Release: Reading, feeding and fun at county libraries this summer

    SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Libraries’ summer plans including reading, feeding and lots of fun for all ages. Registration for the annual Summer Reading Program starts June 1, either in person at your local library or online at www.scgov.net/library. Participating children, teens and adults can then log their reading time in order to earn incentives and win…

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Deadly incident serves as reminder not to leave dogs in hot cars – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News

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Deadly incident serves as reminder not to leave dogs in hot cars – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: Local News

  SARASOTA, Fla. — Questions remain as to why two police dogs were left inside of a hot vehicle in Hialeah, Florida. Jimmy and Hector, were discovered deceased inside of Officer Nelson Enriquez’s SUV after being in the vehicle for a number of hours. The officer left them in the vehicle outside of his home….

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Where Is Your Money Parked? – SRQ Daily May 30, 2015

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Where Is Your Money Parked? – SRQ Daily May 30, 2015

  When contentious issues crop up between the City of Sarasota and the County, it is often the dual-taxed City taxpayer who winds up with the short end of the stick.  County threats to leave the City of Sarasota in 2003 wound up costing City residents 14 years worth of Community Redevelopment dollars.  City parks…

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Embracing Our Differences holds bullying workshop for Suncoast educators – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: News

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Embracing Our Differences holds bullying workshop for Suncoast educators – Sarasota News | Mysuncoast.com and ABC 7: News

  SARASOTA, Fla. — Embracing Our Differences has partnered with the Sarasota County school district and educators from the Anti-Defamation League and Facing History and Ourselves to create a three-day workshop called “Embrace Courage: Bully Prevention in Schools” which is designed to give educators the skills they need to stand up to bullying both on and off…

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Sarasota Nonprofit CEOs Reveal New Plan for Homeless – SRQ Magazine

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Sarasota Nonprofit CEOs Reveal New Plan for Homeless – SRQ Magazine

On Wednesday, nearly one year after the Sarasota City Commission quashed a come-as-you-are homeless shelter, a Who’s Who group of Sarasota nonprofit CEOs unveiled a new shelter plan to deal with the city’s nagging adult chronic homelessness problem. Brought together by the Patterson Foundation, the CEO group has spent more than six months behind closed…

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Compassion & Choices starts a Sarasota chapter – HT Health

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Compassion & Choices starts a Sarasota chapter – HT Health

  Did you know that the nation’s first “right-to-die” legislation was introduced in 1967, right here in Florida? Its sponsor was Rep. Walter W. Sackett, a Miami medical doctor and colorful character who reportedly also advocated feeding bacon and eggs to infants and giving coffee to 6-month-olds. According tohis 1985 obituary in the Orlando Sentinel,…

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Tampa, Sarasota estuaries enjoy tremendous rebound in seagrass | Bradenton Herald Editorials | Bradenton Herald

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Tampa, Sarasota estuaries enjoy tremendous rebound in seagrass | Bradenton Herald Editorials | Bradenton Herald

  Today, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program boasts seagrass levels not seen since the 1950s, joining the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program in an invaluable recovery from decades of degradation from pollution and other causes. This month’s report on Tampa Bay’s estuary, which covers 400 square miles from the spring-fed headwaters of the Hillsborough River to…

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Court passes on red-light camera issue | HeraldTribune.com

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Court passes on red-light camera issue | HeraldTribune.com

  An appeals court Friday refused to fully wade into a dispute about the authentication of photos and videos in traffic cases involving red-light cameras. The dispute stemmed from arguments by motorists William Clark, Nicole Rivera and Jose Torres Ortiz that evidence obtained from red-light cameras needed to be authenticated before it could be admitted…

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Search for fugitive spans Sarasota and Manatee counties | HeraldTribune.com

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Search for fugitive spans Sarasota and Manatee counties | HeraldTribune.com

Authorities released little information about a search for a fugitive today that started near Fruitville Road in Sarasota and continued to Manatee County, near the site of The Concession golf club, where the 2015 NCAA Men’s Championships are being played. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement coordinated the search. Sheriff’s offices in Manatee and Sarasota…

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Ready for life after high school – Exra

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Ready for life after high school – Exra

  More than 2,500 students from Sarasota County and 2,800 from Manatee County will graduate from high school this weekend. Some will go off to four-year universities. Others will stay local, at State College of Florida. Some will move straight into the workforce. Still others will enlist in the military. The Herald-Tribune talked with local…

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Jacaranda library newsletter lauded | HeraldTribune.com

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Jacaranda library newsletter lauded | HeraldTribune.com

The Friends of the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library’s newsletter won the award for the “Best Friends Newsletter” in the state earlier this month at the Florida Library Association annual conference in Orlando. Source: Jacaranda library newsletter lauded | HeraldTribune.com

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Cougars introduce new football coach – HT Preps

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Cougars introduce new football coach – HT Preps

  Visiting his parents in Lakewood Ranch, Drew Lascari drove past Cardinal Mooney High School and said, “This could be it.” Two days later, the Cougars head football position opened, when Josh Smithers stepped do Source: Cougars introduce new football coach – HT Preps

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Video:  Sarasota county makes progress with homeless family population – WWSB

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Video:  Sarasota county makes progress with homeless family population – WWSB

  SARASOTA FL–  A 2013 survey showed there were 350 homeless families with more than 1000 children in Sarasotacounty. “Sarasota was shocked, to know how many homeless families are right here in our backyard,” said Harvest House official Erin Minor referring to the study. Source: Sarasota county makes progress with homeless family population – Sarasota News…

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Kids’ Summer Beach Runs registration begins soon for Venice, Sarasota

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Kids’ Summer Beach Runs registration begins soon for Venice, Sarasota

  SARASOTA COUNTY – Parents who are looking for healthy activities for their kids this summer can find a great one at the Kids’ Summer Beach Runs presented by Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and New Balance Sarasota. Free early registration will be offered to the first 100 kids who register for the beach runs at…

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Media Release: Regnier selected as new fire chief for Sarasota County

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Media Release: Regnier selected as new fire chief for Sarasota County

SARASOTA COUNTY – The Sarasota County Fire Department has a new leader, as Michael Regnier has received a conditional offer to become its new fire chief following a nationwide search. Regnier has served as the interim chief since May 2014. A third-generation firefighter, he first joined the department in 1988 as a firefighter/EMT/paramedic, rising through the…

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Media Release: Boil water advisory issued for Siesta Key

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Media Release: Boil water advisory issued for Siesta Key

  SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County Public Utilities issued a precautionary boil water advisory for residences and businesses on Siesta Key on Friday afternoon. The advisory affects approximately 1,500 customers on South Siesta Key, who have been notified by the county’s CodeRED automated phone system. While the advisory is in effect, customers are advised to…

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Father Charged in Shooting Investigation

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Father Charged in Shooting Investigation

  The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Venice man in connection with the shooting of his one-year-old daughter by his three-year-old son. On May 15, Rachel Franzen picked her children up from daycare on Orange Road in Venice, buckled in her one-year-old and told the three-year-old to get into his seat. Another parent…

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Sarasota and Bradenton attorneys removed from practices by Florida Supreme Court | HeraldTribune.com

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Sarasota and Bradenton attorneys removed from practices by Florida Supreme Court | HeraldTribune.com

              A Sarasota and Bradenton attorney have been removed from practice by the Florida Supreme Court for unrelated issues involving trust accounts and funds. Kallan Christopher Eslich — a Sarasota attorney who lists his practice at 5119 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1 — was granted a permanent disciplinary revocation…

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Nathan Benderson Park named state’s ‘Venue of the Year’ | HeraldTribune.com

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Nathan Benderson Park named state’s ‘Venue of the Year’ | HeraldTribune.com

  SARASOTA COUNTY – The Florida Sports Commission has picked Nathan Benderson Park as its “Venue of the Year.” The 600-acre park in Sarasota County — parallel to Interstate 75 with a huge lake that will be the site of the 2017 World Rowing Championships — hosted more than 50 events last year.   Source:…

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Scott Walker may be next GOP star to swing through Sarasota | May 29, 2015 | Zac Anderson | HT Politics

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Scott Walker may be next GOP star to swing through Sarasota | May 29, 2015 | Zac Anderson | HT Politics

  Sarasota’s reputation for giving top Republicans a warm reception could lure another one of the party’s biggest stars to the region. Republican Party of Sarasota County Chairman Joe Gruters has a private meeting next week with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a leading contender for the GOP presidential nomination. Source: Scott Walker may be next…

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