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Chalk Festival nearly set in stone


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR
The idea of moving the inter-
nationally acclaimed Sarasota
Chalk Festival to Venice is
looking more like a reality,
according to festival organizers.
Denise Koval, the festival's
founder and director, was in
Venice this past week apprising
a city advisory board of prog-
ress on the move.
Koval told the Economic
Development Advisory Board


FAST FACTS
"1,000 artists
*5,000 children
S3 Venice locations
*$10 million impact

on Tuesday she's been touring
the area with members of
Venice MainStreet, the Venice
Art Center, and the city plan-
ning department, receiving
assurances the move is being
received well, not only by city


stakeholders but within her
own organization.
'All my key people are on
board with it," said Koval of the
move to Venice.
The festival takes place
Nov. 14-17.
When asked why move to
Venice, Koval focused on artis-
tic direction, and not criticism
that it clogged Sarasota streets.
"It's in our best interest to
create a new venue," Koval said,
FESTIVAL 19


Learning the Guns


PHOTOS BY DEBBIE FLESSNER
Citizen's Police Academy cadets shot AR-15 patrol rifles and, if they chose to, Remington 870 patrol shotguns.


Citizens shoot Venice police guns


By DEBBIE FLESSNER
GONDOLIER SUN CORRESPONDENT
During the fifth week of its new
Citizen's Police Academy, the Venice
Police Department presented fire-
arms instruction to the 23 program
participants.
"Cadets" spent more than an hour
learning about safety measures
and proper firing technique before
heading out to the range and firing
the weapons themselves.
Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty
explained that this particular
program was not intended to train
new officers for the department.
"It's an opportunity for the citizens
to see what we do and break down
that barrier between the community
and the police," he said. "What we
have to do is be a partner with the
community."
During the course of the 11-week
program, participants are given the
opportunity to learn about local
law enforcement practices with a
series of hands-on and interactive
scenarios.
Before the presentation on guns
and gun safety began, cadet Marty
Dover said that the previous week's


session with the VPD K-9 handler
and canine partner had been one of
the most impressive so far.
Program participants had been
shown how building searches and
drug "sniffs" were conducted.
"Everyone was just fascinated with
the K-9 unit and their demonstra-
tion just had everyone's jaw drop-
ping," she said. "This whole program
has been very informative. I've had
so much fun and I've learned a lot."


The VPD's objective with the seg-
ment on firearms was to provide the
group with a basic familiarization of
the firearms that their own officers
use. The course covered a Glock 23
pistol, an AR- 15 patrol rifle and a
Remington 870 patrol shotgun.
In this particular group, every sin-
gle person except for one had fired
a gun at least once before, but not

GUNS18


Program participants started out shooting from the back line at the firing range.


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR
Call it a teachable
moment.
A high school student
is in trouble for sexting
pornography, including
pictures of bestiality and
his own genitals, to his
friends boys and girls
- as a joke.
Authorities say that on
Feb. 28, a male student,
who isn't being named
because he's a minor,
was using his cellphone
in class atVenice High (a
violation of school rules)
to watch pornographic
material (another viola-
tion of rules).
He also allegedly sent


pictures of himself and
an inappropriate link to
another student, which
was, in turn, forwarded
to other students. Sexting
is also a violation of
rules, explicitly banned
in school policy, and can
lead to expulsion.
The student who
originated the material
admitted doing so.
When authorities
appropriated his cell-
phone, they discovered
another inappropriate
picture. The boy said he
was asked to take the
picture by his friend
and Snapchat it to
another female student,
SEXTING 18


Some local kids worry


about their next meal


By GREG LUBERECKI
SPECIAL TO THE
GONDOLIER SUN
Research on child
hunger in Sarasota and
DeSoto counties reveals
that alarming numbers
of children are "food in-
secure" and worry about
the source and quality of
their next meal.
Commissioned by All
Faiths Food Bank and
Gulf Coast Community
Foundation, the new
study is one of the
most comprehensive
child-hunger studies ever
conducted and gathers
information directly
from the perspectives of
children.
"The study gives chil-
dren a voice and they
are worried about not


having enough food," said
Sandra Frank, chief exec-
utive officer of All Faiths
Food Bank, which serves
Sarasota and DeSoto
counties. "Together with
our partners, we can
make sure that children
have the food they need
to survive and thrive."
Broken into two reports
- titled On the Edge I
(Sarasota County) and
On the Edge II (DeSoto
County) the study
found "alarming numbers
of children" in high-pov-
erty, Title I schools in
both counties who fall
into the category of "food
insecure" or one step
away from hunger.
Food insecurity
is defined as having
WORRYI5


True story: Airlines loses man's luggage into Charlotte Harbor


SUN PHOTO BY ADAM KREGER
Wednesday evening, Dave Briggs, 74,
happened across a piece of luggage
floating in the Peace River-- behind
the Charlotte Harbor Event and
Conference Center in Punta Gorda. The
bag belonged to James Breeden, 66,
who had just flown from Fort Myers to
Las Vegas, by way of Charlotte, N.C.


By ADAM KREGER
STAFF WRITER

Now retired, 74-year-old
Dave Briggs likes to walk
around Punta Gorda for exer-
cise. He does so every day.
However, during a
Wednesday evening walk down
by the Peace River, just behind
the Charlotte Harbor Event
and Conference Center, he
saw something he'd never seen
before.
"I spotted a suitcase just
bobbing there in the water by
the rocks," Briggs said. "I had
another gentleman I was with
help grab it."
Briggs thought the bag might
be full of money surely he


"I spotted a suitcase just bobbing there
in the water by the rocks."

Dave Briggs
Punta Gorda Resident


could get a reward for return-
ing it, he said. Or maybe it
would be packed with drugs -
it would be nice to get them off
the streets, he added.
Instead, Briggs had hap-
pened across part of a bizarre
story.
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Two days prior on
St. Patrick's Day- James
Breeden, 66 said goodbye
to his daughter, whom he
had been visiting in Naples.


Breeden boarded US Airways
flight 1783 out of Southwest
Florida International Airport
in Fort Myers (RSW). He was
heading home to Las Vegas by
way of Charlotte, N.C.
Breeden's only luggage was a
carry-on bag, and he was told
there wasn't any room in the
overhead storage area of the
plane. So someone with the
airline took it and said they'd
store it "down below," Breeden
said.


The flight departed just be-
fore 6 p.m. Monday. The Airbus
321, carrying 187 passengers,
turned back shortly after
takeoff Breeden estimates it
was about a half an hour or so
into the trip.
"The landing gear did not re-
tract after takeoff," said Davien
Anderson, a spokesman for the
airline. "It was something to do
with a sensor."
The flight's pilot reported
a landing-gear prob-
lem to Federal Aviation
Administration air-traffic
controllers in the tower at RSW
shortly after departure, accord-
ing to an FAA spokeswoman.

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Area trails now

have a czar
By MONTY ANDREWS
GUEST COLUMNIST
Our area network of trails now has a manager
whose primary responsibility is to see the trails
are properly maintained, and resolve those little
problems that continually occur.
That person is EdWolfenbarger, a longtime
county Parks and Recreation employee known
for his problem-solving and people skills. His
new title is Operations Manager-Trails and
Natural Areas.
So what's the big deal about this appoint-
ment? Give credit to Sarasota County leaders
who realize the importance of our trail system.
For the past few years trail bike/pedestrian
head counts along the VenetianWaterway Park
and the Legacy Trail, our two most popular
trails, have shown numbers exceeding 110,000
people. Look around and you will notice the
number of out-of-town cars sporting bike racks.
Drawing visiting cyclists provides a definite
economic advantage for the area.
Cycling is big and continues to gain populari-
ty as more baby boomers move into retirement.
Retirees are looking to settle in places that offer
a large variety of activities, and a favorable
climate. Sarasota County has what it takes.
Plans are currently being discussed to
increase the number and length of bike/
pedestrian trails. With luck, the next trail to be
developed will be a 19-mile route connecting
the Carlton Reserve to North Port.
It's considered a "low-hanging fruit" kind of
project because much of the trail is already in
place and it has already gained footing with the
city of North Port, which reportedly has com-
mitted $200,000 toward the project.
Plans like this are where I see Wolfenbarger
helping lead the charge. Hopefully, he will be
our go-to guy and provide that extra voice to
promote and improve our trail system.
Don't forget: Tomorrow morning is the Tour
de Parks bike ride.
Build it and they will come.


Children First among nation's

best Head Start programs


SPECIAL TO THE
GONDOLIER SUN
Children First, Sarasota
County's exclusive provider
of Head Start and Early
Head Start programming,
has been named one of
the top eight Head Start
programs in the U.S. by
the National Head Start
Association (NHSA).
The announcement
came last week when the
NHSA released its Program
of Excellence award
winners for 2013-2016.
Of the more than 1,800
Head Start programs
nationwide, Children First
was one of only eight in
the country, and three
from the state of Florida, to
be selected for this award.
This year marked the
third consecutive time
that Children First has
been named a Program of
Excellence by the NHSA.
"We are honored to
once again be named a
Head Start Program of
Excellence," said Philip
Tavill, President and CEO
of Children First. "This is
a testament not only to
the expertise and hard
work of our wonderful
teachers and staff but also
to the exceptional quality
of our facilities and to the


comprehensive program-
ming we offer low-income
children and their families
living in our community."
Founded in 1961,
Children First offers full-
day pre-school, infant and
toddler care, and nutrition
and health care assistance
to children from low-in-
come families ages birth to
five years old at
13 sites located throughout
Sarasota County.
Through Children First,
the children receive two
nutritious meals and a
healthy snack each day
and work with teachers
and staff to gain the social
and cognitive skills needed
to enter kindergarten and
elementary school on track.
In total, Children First
provides more than 50
percent of the nutrition
the children receive each
week. Children First also
helps families with par-
enting skills and literacy
classes, career training,
and referrals for housing,
food, clothing and employ-
ment assistance.
All are critical since the
annual income for the
families Children First
serves is at or below the
federal poverty level of
$19,530 for a family of
three.


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Fun at the Venice Art Classic


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The weather offered a beautiful day at the recent Downtown Venice Art Classic.


Hundreds of people browsed the various artists and vendors at
the Downtown Venice Art Classic.


Sisters vacationing from Michigan, Marilyn Steele, left, and Jan
Denningfield peruse some locally made glass art.


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"limited or uncertain
availability of, or inabil-
ity to acquire, nutrition-
ally adequate, safe, and
acceptable foods due
to financial resource
constraint."
Food insecurity
was demonstrated in
students' responses to
questions about the
quality of food they were
eating because their
families were running
out of money, worrying
that food at home
would run out, and food
actually running out.
In Sarasota County,
third- and fourth-grade
respondents showed the
most worry about food
possibly running out
and were concerned that
their meals included
cheap foods.
"If children are wor-
ried about food at home,
they will not be able to
focus at school," said


Teri A Hansen, president
and CEO of Gulf Coast
Community Foundation.
"The challenges these
children will face and
the assistance they may
need will follow them
long into the future. As
a community, we must
develop and invest in
systemic solutions to
hunger and nutrition."
The recession dra-
matically increased
the severity of food
insecurity in the region
and the demand on All
Faiths Food Bank, which
distributed 7 million
pounds of food last year
through 195 partner
agencies, schools, and
programs.
In Sarasota County, the
percentage of children
living below the federal
poverty level nearly dou-
bled from 12.9 percent in
2000 to 21.5 percent in
2010. In DeSoto County,
well over one-third of
children live below the
poverty line.
According to Frank,
unemployment is


actually now the stronger
predictor of food insecu-
rity, meaning that even
families living above the
poverty line are strug-
gling to put food on their
tables.
She adds that cuts
in federal hunger-pre-
vention assistance like
Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program
(SNAP) benefits exacer-
bate the problem.
Based on the survey
data and the context of
food insecurity trends
and national divestments
in hunger prevention,
the researchers make
several recommenda-
tions focused on nutri-
tion, food access, and
the psychological and
physical effects of worry
and anxiety on children.
The recommendations
include:
Provide more
nutrition education
programming in schools
for students, teachers,
parents, and guardians.
Expand access to
fresh, nutritious food and


retail supermarket outlets.
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food nutrition programs
and develop targeted
approaches to alleviate
food insecurity rather
than one-size-fits-all
models.
Develop regional
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Increase student
resilience and coping
strategies.
The child-hunger
study was conducted by
Edumetrics Resources
Group. The researchers
utilized a rigorously
developed survey
instrument called the
Child Food Security
Survey Module, which
was the basis of a 2009
study to determine levels
of food insecurity among
students in Cook County,
Illinois.
There were 437 respon-
dents in the Cook County
research, while more
than 3,600 students re-
sponded to the Sarasota/
DeSoto County survey,


making it the largest
study to date based on
the CFSSM.
For additional infor-
mation and electronic


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Edge II, visit:
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Silver Foxes have a new coat of polish


By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR

Venice Theatre's senior
touring company, the
Silver Foxes, underwent
a major transformation
this season.
Comprising perform-
ers aged 50 and over, the
troupe that entertains
some 5,000 audience
members annually
gained a new director
this year and a fresh
new look the biggest
change in the company
in its 22-year history.
"We did away with the
formula of a follies," Brad
Wages, the new director
said. "I wrote a two-act
musical using existing
music and wove in some
slapstick bits of musical
mishaps.
"I wanted the three
groups to stop being so
isolated. The actors will
have to dance now and
the dancers and singers
will have to learn lines
and they will have live
music. It will be one
unified performance
group.
"There were perform-
ers who did not know
each other even though
they were in the show.
Now they will play
together."


Wages reworked the set
from the recently closed
"Oklahoma" and created
a story about a traveling
group of actors sailing
up a river on a boat.
When engine problems
develop, they are stuck
on a farm. The farmer
offers the use of his
barn. There is a parody
of Carol Burnett doing
"Gone With the Wind," a
tent revival, "Hard Knock
Life" from 'Annie," and
other disparate songs.
Fans are seeing the
result this weekend on
the main stage at Venice
Theatre, where "It's a
Country Thang, Ya'll" will
play through March 23.
The show seems to
have been inspired by
the city girl and her
wannabe farmer hus-
band of the old "Green
Acres" television show
plus movies starring
Mickey Rooney and Judy
Garland.
The difference is that
those shows lacked
the leadership of Brad
Wages, a directing/
choreographing dynamo
who has performed like
the Energizer Bunny ever
since he joined Venice
Theatre's staff a few
years ago. Prior to that,
Wages performed across


the country and on and
off Broadway where he
understudied Cathy
Rigby in "Peter Pan."
He also traveled as
the lead in "Peter Pan,"
performed at the old
Golden Apple Dinner
Theatre for 10 years and
choreographed shows for
Venice and other theaters.
Wages performed as
Cosmo in the 2006 Venice
production of "Singing
in the Rain." A few
Venice shows bearing his
director and/or choreog-
rapher's stamp include:
"Rocky Horror Show
(2008)," 'Annie GetYour
Gun (2010)," "Ragtime
(2010)," "Oklahoma
(2008)," "Falsettos (2011),"
"Big River (2011),"
"Smokey Joe's Cafe
(2012)," "The Best Little
Whorehouse in Texas
(2012)," "How To Succeed
in Business Without
Really Trying (2012)," and
"Hairspray (2013).
While directing
"Rocky Horror," he also
turned in a memorable
performance as "Frank-n-
Furter." This vast array of


work could be taken as a
sign that this year's Silver
Fox Review is likely to be
a very different show, one
that will further stretch
the troupe's talent base.
There also seems to be
a certain symmetry about
having the same director
for the young people in
Summer stock and for the
theater's senior perfor-
mance troupe. Bobby
Brader is the resident
musical director of the
Foxes.
"Last night I watched
friends who did not know
the Foxes, really following
the show and enjoying it,"
Wages said.
Following the Foxes
big show this weekend
at Venice Theatre, the
performers will return to
their regular schedule of
performances at com-
munity centers, religious
centers and clubs in the
area. Next year, Wages
will do it again another
new show but in London
in the land of Mary
Poppins.
In addition to this show,
Wages also is directing


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April 1 on the main stage.
Performances of "It's a
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of Venice Theatre's Silver Fox
entertainment troupe, has
changed the troupe's format
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flown musical this year.


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Man knocked down with car after ill-advised comment


A South Venice man
got into a tussle with his
friend after the friend
told him his kids need
to go to college or they
would end up like him.
According to a Sarasota
County Sheriff's Office
report:
James MichaelWard,
45, was at his friend's
house eating dinner
on March 16 when the
friend made the com-
ment in front of others.
Ward responded by
pushing a plate of food
into the friend's face. A
struggle ensued.
As Ward left, the friend
opened the passenger
door on Ward's car and
continued to yell at him.
That's when Ward backed
the vehicle up, allegedly
knocking the friend to
the ground.
The friend had a
swollen eye, bloody nose
and laceration to his face
and knee.

I OBITUARIES

James P. Barbour
Jim Barbour, age 71, of
Venice, Fla., formerly of
New York and New Jersey,
died Tuesday, March 18,
2014. He was a graduate
of New York's Hamilton
College in 1964.
Jim is survived by
his wife, Kit, of Venice;
daughters Amanda
Ozburn (Mark), of
Ridgewood, N.J., and
Marisa deBelloy (Alexis),
of Tiburon, Calif.; seven


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Ward, of the 2500 block
of Shamrock Drive,
Venice, was arrested and
charged with battery.
Bond was set at $500.

House fire under
investigation
AVenice house fire
is being investigated as
suspicious, according
to the Sarasota County
Fire Department. The
fire broke out just before
11 a.m. Thursday, March
20, on Granite Woods
Loop in the Stoneybrook
subdivision.
The two-alarm fire
took firefighters more
than an hour to get
under control. One
firefighter suffered from
smoke inhalation while


grandchildren; and many
relatives and friends.
Services: No services
are scheduled at this
time. To send a con-
dolence, visit www.
FarleyFuneralHome.
com.
Contributions:
Memorial donations
may be made to Habitat
for Humanity South
Sarasota County, 280
Alligator Drive, Venice,
FL 34293; or the Smile
Train: SmileTrain.org.


battling the blaze, and
was treated and released
at Venice Regional
Bayfront Health. The
home is a complete loss.

Over 200
citations issued
Sarasota County
Sheriff's Office deputies
wrote 206 citations to
motorists who were not
wearing their seat belts,
during its Click It or
Ticket Campaign, which
ran from March 3-15.
Another 366 motorists
were cited for speeding,
59 for driving with a sus-
pended driver's license,
one for reckless driving
and there were 22 DUI
arrests.
The effort was part of



Ruth L. Winfield
Ruth Louise Winfield,
89, of Venice, Fla., passed
away Monday, March 17,
2014. She was born Jan. 8,
1925, in Covington, Ky.,
to James and Catherine
Enwright.
Ruth attended Venice
Presbyterian Church,
and she loved to play
cards and go on senior's
bus trips. She also loved
animals.
She is survived by


a nationwide push to
save lives by intensifying
efforts to educate the
public about seat belt
laws and enforce them
with all motorists around
the clock.

National Crime
Victims' Rights
week
The Sarasota County
Victim Advisory
Council will host its
annual Victim Tribute on
Monday, April 7, at 6:30
p.m., at The Salvation
Army Center for Worship
and Service, 1701 S.
Tuttle Ave., Sarasota.
This tribute is part of
National Crime Victims'
Rights week, April 6-12,
2014, and is intended to
celebrate accomplish-
ments in the victims'
rights movement, reach
out to survivors of all
types of crime and
honor victims who are


her daughter, Jayne
(William) Camel, of
Dover, N.J.; grandsons,
Christopher (Robin)
Camel of Vernon, N.J., and
Thomas Camel of Dover,
N.J.; granddaughters,
Lauren Camel of Denver,
Colo., Jennifer (Shad)
Blackford of Chandler,
Ariz., and Amanda (Lance
Lorkiewicz) Cullison
of Romeoville, Ill.; and
great-grandchildren,
Aidan Christopher Camel,
Caden Blackford, Trista


no longer with us.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's
Office reported the following
arrests:
SPhyllisJ. Trezza, 47,1700 block
of San Silvestro Drive, Venice. Charge:
petit larceny. Bond: $5,000.
Robert John Tiedemann, Jr., 41,
400 block of Substation Road, Venice.
Charge: petit larceny. Bond: $120.
Kirk Alan Brotz, 47,3100 block
of Virginia Road, Venice. Charge:
Charlotte Co. warrant (violation of
probation or parole). Bond: $1,000.
Casey Joseph Barr, 28,1200
block of Venice Ave., Venice. Charge:
trespass. Bond: $120.
Samantha Marie Hublick, 28,200
block of Rigel Road, Venice. Charge:
sale of synthetic narcotic (Diluadid).
Bond: $10,000.
Michael Stephen Pfalzgraf, 39,
200 block of Rigel Road, Venice.
Charge: sale of synthetic narcotic
(Diluadid). Bond: $75,000.
Anthony Louis Peluso, 50, 200
block of Groveland Ave., Venice.
Charge: probation violation (original
charge: fraud). Bond: $2,000.
Michael Lance Macnamara, 45,


Blackford and Dakota
Blackford.
Services: Ruth's life will
be celebrated Monday,
March 24, at 2 p.m. in the
Sabal Chapel at Farley
Funeral Home, Venice.
She will be laid to rest in
Cincinnati, Ohio. To send
condolences, visit www.
FarleyFuneralHome.com.
Words of Comfort ,
Recall it as often you '
wish, a happy memory
never wears out.
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200 block of Windward Drive, Osprey.
Charge: domestic battery on person
65 or older. Bond: none.
Eric Tyrone Shaw, 62, Bowdoin
Road, Venice. Charge: violation of
probation or parole (original charge:
indecent exposure). Bond: $25,000.
Alexander David Maland, 22,
500 block of Oak Bay Drive, Osprey.
Charge: providing false owner
information to a pawn shop, dealing
in stolen property. Bond: $9,000.

The Florida Highway Patrol
reported the following arrests:
Daniel Henry Slack, 49,
4700 block of Forbes Trail, Venice.
Charges: DUI with bodily injury,
driving with a suspended license-
third offense and resisting arrest.
Bond:none.
Robin Sanford Kerns, 53,
900 block of Jamaica Road, Venice.
Charges: DUI and DUI with property
damage. Bond: $1,000.

Criminal registration:
Ashley Mae Nicole Swadling, 22,
Loyola Road, Venice.

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Eco-cafe pitch puts new spin on eco-tourism


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

Relax. Enjoy a cup of
coffee in an eco-cafe
while you sign up for an
eco-tour in Venice, or
rent a bicycle or kayak,
or just watch artisans ply
their trade.
That's the vision two
women, long associated
withVenice, have come
up with to foster con-
servation in the com-
munity in a stress-free
environment.
To make it work,
Biltmore, the former
chair of the city's
Economic Development
Advisory Board, asked for
and received the board's
support this week for
GCECE to explore using
public land.
The organization is


looking to lease city
property to build a 2,000
square foot building, pref-
erably somewhere close
to existing amenities in
the vicinity of a beach.
A focus group is being
convened to determine
the best locale. Potential
sites include the Jetty,
Venice Beach pavilion,
Venice Municipal Fishing
Pier, and Caspersen
Beach, among others.
Economic
Development Advisory
Board Member Steve
Harner said the request
isn't precedent setting.
"This has been done
before. The hot dog stand
at the (South) Jetty ... (S)
ome industrious person
came to the city and said
I can do this and the city
said okay," Harner said.
In February, Paula


Biltmore and Kathy
Lehner formed a new
nonprofit called the Gulf
Coast Environmental
Conservation and
Exploration. Their mis-
sion: to urge exploration
of the natural wonders
found along the Gulf
Coast."
"It's easy to get envi-
ronmentalists and con-
servationists interested,"
said Biltmore. "It's not as
easy to get people who
just recycle to be inter-
ested in eco-tourism."
"GCECE puts a new
spin on eco-tourism.
How we market that is
extremely unique. We
realize that individuals'
first need to explore
nature to truly appreciate
it and ultimately foster
the desire to protect our
natural treasures.


"With this in mind,
we have collaborated
with private and public
organizations to educate
visitors about the many
opportunities there are
to explore these environ-
mental treasurers with the
intention to spark conser-
vation," Biltmore said.
Much like a Starbucks,
the eco-cafe's relaxing
atmosphere would be
a place to gather and
learn. One idea is to staff
the cafes with graduates
of USF's environmental
and tourism studies
programs.
"Each cafe offers a re-
laxed, social atmosphere
where visitors can sip a
cup of tea, learn about
one of the hundreds of
places to explore, rent
a bike or kayak to go
exploring, participate in


one of our many tours, or
simply enjoy the serenity
of an eco-cafe location,"
Biltmore said.
Each cafe will adhere
to green building practic-
es and sell environmen-
tally friendly products
from artisans around the
Gulf Coast in a setting
with the latest technol-
ogy "to bring visitors
closer to nature."
With an anonymous
donor willing to match
up to $500,000 toward
the effort, Biltmore said
the organization hopes
to build 20 eco-cafes
from the Caloosahatchee
River at Fort Myers all
the way to St. Petersburg.
Venice, where both
have lived or worked for
decades, would be the
first location.
"We have a really good


understanding of this
community, the goal of
businesses, as well as en-
vironmental (attributes).
This community bridges
those two very nicely,"
Biltmore said.
Candace Roberts,
chairing her last board
meeting before going
off the board, called
the eco-cafe concept
"fabulous."
Lehner and Biltmore
will present their idea
before city council next
week at the March 25
meeting at city hall. Mayor
John Holic has already
endorsed the idea.
"Our hearts are
wrapped around envi-
ronmentalism," Biltmore
said. "The plan we have
is pretty aggressive, but I
believe it's doable."
Email: ggiles@venicegondolier.com


SEXTING
FROM PAGE 1

according to Venice
Police Department
records.
The girl who received
the picture screen-saved
it and sent it back a few
days later at the origina-
tor's request, according
to records.
Authorities say con-
tact was made with the
suspect's mother and the
parents of at least two
other students.


The student who sent
the original sext message
was charged with sexting
and referred to teen
court.
Another incident last
year involved an under-
classman football player
who allegedly placed a
nude photo of his private
parts on Snapchat and
sent it to other students
at Venice High.
Authorities have no
way to track how often
it's happening on cam-
pus, but sexting is a hot
topic among educators,
specifically as it pertains


to bullying.
"Every student has a
cellphone and a plan,"
said Steve Cantees,
executive director of
high schools for Sarasota
County Schools. "We
do some education on
this. We have 30-minute
advisory sessions on this
very topic.
"We try to communi-
cate to students this is a
bigger issue. They don't
understand the ramifica-
tions of sending a nude
picture. It's one of our
most serious offenses, and
can result in suspension,"


Cantees said.
Snapchat is a photo
messaging application
developed by Stanford
University students a
few years ago where
users can take photos
and send it to a list of
recipients they control.
The pictures, or "snaps,"
last from 1 to 10 seconds,
depending on the time
limit set by the person
sending the snap, after
which it's deleted from
Snapchat's servers.
Instagram is a similar
program.
But as students have


learned over time,
Instagram and Snapchat
pictures are not neces-
sarily deleted forever.
The user must main-
tain contact with the
phone touchscreen
to view the material,
hindering the ability to
take a "screenshot" of the
material, but that feature
can be disabled.
Other apps specifically
enable a screenshot at
the press of a button.
And there's always
the low tech method of
taking a picture of the
Snapchat photo with


another phone.
Cantees said he's sur-
prised there aren't more in-
stances of sexting reported,
given youths accessibility
to modern technology and
the Internet.
"It's a small group of
individuals" that partake
in this type of activity, he
said.
"If (their phone) gets
confiscated and police
go through them, it puts
the student in a position
where they can face
serious consequences,"
Cantees said.
Email: ggiles@venkicegondolier.com


GUNS

FROM PAGE 1
everyone was necessarily a
fan of guns.
Joe Traficante said that
though he was going to try
to fire one of the guns, he
really didn't care for them
at all. His friend Cleighton
Moore had a much
different opinion.
"I come from a military
background and I love
guns," he said. "I just hope
I hit the target."
After Detective Keith
Quick and Training
Sergeant Gene Frangione
went over safety issues
and proper firing stances
and procedures, it was
time to hit the firing
range.



LUGGAGE
FROM PAGE 1

The Sun has filed a re-
quest for the FAA report,
but has not yet received
it for review.
Back at the Fort Myers
airport, Breeden couldn't
find his bag.
"They told me it was
probably put on another
plane going to Charlotte,
which was my connect-
ing flight route," Breeden
said.
He boarded a different
flight and made it home


Loretta Norelli, the one
person in the group who
had never even picked
up a gun before, said that
her favorite part of the
Citizen's Police Academy
so far had been the CSI
segment, when they
learned about fingerprint-
ing and forensics. But she
wasn't so sure about trying
out the firearms.
"I'm sight-impaired, so I
don't know if I'm going to
be able to focus," she said.
"I would like for them to
just teach me how to hold
it and aim it."
Though the Citizen's
Academy program is
very much interactive
so that the participants
can better understand
what law enforcement
does, participation in
any part of the course is

Tuesday. He still couldn't
find his bag.
Briggs would find it the
next night floating in the
Peace River, more than
2,000 miles across the
country.
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When Breeden later
learned where his lug-
gage had been found, he
couldn't help but won-
der if its disappearance
had something to do
with the plane's landing
gear not retracting.
"It crossed my mind,"
he said. "I just don't know
how it could have ended
up in the water there."


PHOTOS BY DEBBIE
FLESSNER
Venice Police Chief Tom
McNulty reviews the agenda
for the night with the Citizen's
Police Academy participants.

completely optional.
So, if Norelli didn't want
to actually shoot a gun,
that would have been
okay. Once she got out on
the firing range, however,
curiosity took over and
she tried firing the AR-15.
As it turned out, she shot
like a ringer.

After Briggs found
the luggage, he called
the Punta Gorda Police
Department. The agency
contacted Breeden and
let him know what they
had found. The bag
contained clothes, san-
dals, some paperwork, a
cellphone, Breeden's keys
and some prescription
medication. Briggs said
nothing was missing.
"This is definitely a
unique incident," Punta
Gorda Police Chief Albert
"Butch" Arenal said. "And
trying to figure it out was
just as unique."
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the fatty tissue of the
arm, one in the stomach
area and one in the right
(nether region)," she said.
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it didn't have that much of
a kick, and the instructor
was very good. The whole
experience was really
interesting."
This is the firstVenice

property over to the Lee
County Port Authority,
which shipped it back
to Breeden in Las Vegas
on Thursday. Airport
authorities maintain the
luggage did not fall out
of the airplane into the
river.
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Citizen's Police Academy,
but it probably won't be
the last. McNulty said he
is very pleased with the
free program so far, as are
the participants, so at the
conclusion of this one, a
panel will evaluate and
decide about new courses
going forward.
Lt. Eric Hill said that
the outlook for a repeat of

taken perhaps by
accident in the bag-
gage-claim area and
dumped up in Punta
Gorda," said authority
spokeswoman Victoria
Moreland. "(The luggage)
had absolutely noth-
ing to do with the US
Airways flight returning


Linda Wilson familiarizes
herself with the AR-15 patrol
rifle she will be firing out on
the range.

this particular program is
good.
"They come in here
once a week and get to
see what we do," he said.
"We're not here to teach
them to be cops we
want to make it fun."

to RSW the other day."
Regardless, everyone
involved now has quite
the story to tell.
"I've never heard of
anything like this before,"
Breeden said. "It's just so
bizarre."

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WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 22, 2014


Ballot on charter a mix of housekeeping, power plays


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

On its face, the nine city
charter-related questions
that will appear on Venice
ballots this Tuesday,
March 25, in addition to
the countywide 1 mill
school tax, don't seem to
amount to much.
Some of the city
charter-related questions
are literally housekeeping
changes that ordinarily
wouldn't require the
consent of the citizenry,
but for existing charter
language that requires
such a vote.
Some items, however,
have substance, like the
question that would make
it easier for voter initia-
tives and referendums to
make it onto the ballot, or
the proposal that limits in-
creases to the city budget
without city council's early
consent.
Here's a closer look at
the city charter changes
Venetians will be asked to
weigh in on:

QUESTION 1
Partial terms of office
and term limits.
Appointed or partial
terms of office are
currently counted toward
term limits. Should the
City Charter be amended
so that appointment or
elected partial terms to
fill city council vacancies
do not count for comput-
ing term limits?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

Early discussions on
the issue revealed those
appointed to fill a council
seat explicitly did not
have their time in elected
office count toward the
three-year term limit,
while those elected to fill


a position to fill a vacan-
cy, in some cases, did. To
address the inconsistency,
both would be treated the
same under aYES vote.
Partial terms in office,
whether by appointment
or special election, would
not count toward the
three-term limit. Each
term is for three years.

QUESTION 2
Increase in council
compensation by
initiative.
An increase or decrease
of the mayor's or coun-
cilmembers' compensa-
tion is currently not al-
lowed to be considered by
petition signed and voted
upon by registered voters
of the city. Should the
City Charter be amended
to allow an increase or
decrease of compensation
to be by petition and vote
of registered voters?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

Currently, only the
city council can propose
a referendum on the
topic of granting council
members a raise. Even
if it's desirable, council
members are loathe to go
before voters to increase
their salary, and so it
rarely happens.
For some, who believe
council should volunteer
their services, that may
be considered a good
thing. For those who be-
lieve it takes an adequate
compensation package
to attract the best and
brightest to office, the
current practice discour-
ages qualified candidates
to apply.
Voting YES on this
amendment would
allow voters to submit
a referendum to in-
crease or decrease the


compensation for the
mayor or council.

QUESTION 3
Meeting schedule.
The Venice City Council
is required to meet at
least once a month.
Should the City Charter
be amended to allow
for more flexibility in
scheduling meetings?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

If this passes, coun-
cil plans to adopt an
ordinance stating that it
shall meet "regularly at
such times and places as
necessary to effectuate
the city's business." The
ballot question is consid-
ered housekeeping.

QUESTION 4
City attorney duties.
The city charter does
not specify the city attor-
ney's duties. Should the
City Charter be amended
to specify the city attor-
ney's duties to include
serving as the chief legal
adviser and supervising
and/or representing the
city in all legal matters?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

Again, merely house-
keeping. Members of
the Charter Review
Committee who brought
forth this recommenda-
tion said it's a best prac-
tice to at least include
the primary duties. If this
passes, council plans to
adopt an ordinance that
further states the city at-
torney shall perform "any
other duties as directed
by city council."

QUESTION 5
City manager
provisions.


The charter conflicts
with state law on sev-
erance provisions for
the city manager, has
no provision to exercise
due diligence to appoint
a new manager and
requires city council's
advice and consent when
removing or suspending
key personnel.
Should the City Charter
be amended to remove
severance provisions for
the manager, require due
diligence in appointing a
manager and authorize
the manager to suspend
or remove the finance
director, police and fire
chief?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

The purpose of this
ballot question is two-
fold. One, it eliminates
language guaranteeing
the city manager a
severance package, other
than those perks already
incorporated in his or
her individual employ-
ment contract.
It further places the
firing of the finance
director, police chief or
fire chief entirely in the
city manager's hands, al-
though council's consent
is still required for their
hiring.
The Charter Review
Committee felt council
should have a say in their
hiring to make sure all
are on the same page.
But they also intended
to discourage council
micromanagement by
giving the city manager
authority to reorga-
nize key personnel if
necessary.

QUESTION 6
Budget Proposal
Limitations
The current charter


does not limit the
amount of budgetary
increase that may be
requested by the city
manager without prior
consent of city council.
Should the City Charter
be amended so that
portions of the city man-
ager's proposed budget
shall not be increased by
greater than three percent
of the approved budget
for the prior year or the
percentage change in the
Consumer Price Index
without prior council
approval?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

This recommendation
was proposed by the
current mayor and
supported by city council
as a form of budget cap
amendment. It ensures
the city manager won't
present a bloated budget
without city council's
approval.
If this passes, coun-
cil plans to adopt an
ordinance that guar-
antees the local dollars
that comprise the city's
general fund to pay for
services could go up no
more than 3 percent,
or the equivalent of
inflation, without first
consulting elected
officials.
Council already has
the authority to raise or
lower the budget.

QUESTION 7
Changing terms used
- qualified electors and
general law.
The charter currently
uses the reference "quali-
fied electors" and "general
law." Should the City
Charter be amended to
change "qualified elec-
tors" to "registered voters"
and change "general law"


to "Florida state law?"
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

This is purely house-
keeping, with no sub-
stantive change.

QUESTION 8
Initiative and
referendums.
The current initiative
and citizen referendum
process is very complex.
This amendment is
intended to streamline
the process and make
it easier for the public
to initiate such types of
proceedings. Should the
City Charter be amended
to revise the initiative
and citizen referendum
process to improve the
process for filing initia-
tives and referendums?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No

If this passes, council
plans to adopt an ordi-
nance that, among other
things, gives petitioners
up to six months to
collect signatures seeking
to repeal an ordinance.
That's far longer than the
90 day limit currently in
place.

QUESTION 9
Subpart B Related
laws.
Subpart B Related
Laws no longer needs to
be included in the charter
due to the provisions
being obsolete. Should the
City Charter be amended
to delete Subpart B -
Related laws?
Yes, for the amend-
ment, or No
This is purely house-
keeping, deleting obso-
lete language.
Email: ggiles@venicegondolier.com


FESTIVAL I
FROM PAGE 1
and keep it interesting for I
the artists.
Koval called Venice "a
place my artists would
enjoy."
"I have been completely
floored by how much
Venice has grown. How
exciting it is. We're making
it more of a reality at this
point. After having spent
several days walking the
area, we have 98 percent
approval of merchants and
(others) in the area," Koval
said.
To avoid traffic jams, or-
ganizers say they'll disperse
the festival throughout
the city, focusing on three
areas the top artists will
likely show their artistry
on West Venice Avenue
between Nokomis and
Harbor Avenue, others will
show at the Venice Arts
Center and Farmers Market
area, while the kids section
and student works will be
displayed at the Venice
Municipal Airport Festival
Grounds, according to
tentative plans.
Koval expects the event
to attract 1,000 artists. Local
artists are welcome, too.
Last year's large children's
area was decorated by
some 5,000 children and
their parents.
With an estimated
economic impact of $10
million on Sarasota in 2013,
Venice's economic board
was impressed with the
potential revenue boost for
the city.
Koval said she has 300
volunteers. A former
property owner onVenice
Avenue, Koval estimated
the event could bring from
2,000 to 5,000 people into
the city each day during
the four-day event. Parking
will be driven toward the
airport, she said.
Despite the potential
large draw, she expects
the event to be quite
manageable.
"This is a walking
event," Koval said. "They
move on. Its a constantly
moving crowd. An ongoing
performance."
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FAX: 941-484-8460
10A
WEEKEND EDITION
MARCH 22, 2014


OPINION


GONDOLIER SUN EDITOR
RONALD DUPONT JR.
PHONE: 941-207-1218
rdupont@venicegondolier.com


SUN NEWSPAPERS


OUR VIEW


Chalk Fest can be a great boost for South County


If you've been to the Sarasota
Chalk Festival once, chances are
excellent you've been twice.
Once lured, forever hooked. It's that
much fun. It's that interesting.
And that's why we'd recommend
that Venice city officials, local
nonprofits and, frankly, any govern-
ment and business organization in
South County pitch in to induce the
Sarasota Chalk Festival to move south
this year to downtown Venice.
It would be a coup.
Last week, Festival Director Denise
Kowal told Venice Gondolier Sun
staff writer Kim Cool, "I have always
looked at moving this festival around
the county." Venice, in particular. She
has discussed the possibility with a
handful of local groups, including
Venice MainStreet, the Venice Farmers
Market and the Venice Art Center.


It's a big deal.
First established in 2007, festival
organizers rope off streets to traffic
and line off sections of pavement that
chalk artists use as their "canvas."
Over a long weekend, the artists draw
intricate art works from Wonder
Woman to the Madonna according
to a central theme.
Last year's theme was "Legacy of
Valor," and included artwork that
paid tribute to military veterans and
civil rights leaders.
(Google "Sarasota Chalk Festival"
to see the incredible images some
in 3-D.)
More than 500 artists participate
in what Kowal said has become the
largest chalk festival in the world. She
estimates the economic impact on
downtown Sarasota runs as high as
$10 million.


Some 160,000 people came to see
the street images, and the streets in
Sarasota's Pinapple Street area are
packed during peak hours.
Kowal also told Cool that $1 million
is raised to run the event, and only
two staffers are paid. Some interna-
tionally known artists are also paid
to attend. Funding for the festival
comes from grants, donations, spon-
sorships and sales of T-shirts.
Beer and wine is also available to
festival patrons as they stroll the art-
filled streets. Shops and restaurants
stay open to take advantage of the
heavy foot traffic.
According to reports, organizers are
thinking about using three locations
in Venice. The main event would be
held on the closed-off Miami Avenue,
which runs parallel to Main Street.
Other street-works would be drawn


near the Art Center-Community
Center-Venice Library complex on
Nokomis Avenue.
A portion of tarmac at the Venice
Airport also might be used for
artwork. Visitors might park at the
airport and take a shuttle trolley
downtown to see the main portion of
the festival.
We hope it can happen. This would
be a huge draw, not only for the city
of Venice but for all of South County.
It would put a premier arts event
in our backyard and, no doubt, lift
South County's profile as a viable arts
venue.
Kowal also said: "The more partic-
ipation the better. It is driven by the
community."
We hope the community responds.
It's too much of an opportunity to
take lightly.


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tales we retirees tell each
other about life here in our
humble condo paradise.
We wish we weren't so achy.
We certainly don't miss the
cold!
We're happy not to be
laboring any more, after 40 or
50 years of working life. And
we're amazed by how many
hours our kids do have to
work nowadays.
We wish we knew what
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natural environment we're
leaving.
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undisputed blessings of our
sub-tropical retirement and
our desire to keep connected
to our families up North,
especially our grandchildren,
who grow up so fast!
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important at the very core
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stretch to reconnect during
holidays and other family
celebrations. We Skype and
G-chat and search for cheap
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expensive for one or two to
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tundra.
I did it recently, while the
weather was still frightful
up North, and I was appre-
hensive enough about the
two-week weather forecast


for Washington D.C., where
I was headed, that I scurried
out and got myself a used
but clean (purple!) suitcase
big enough to hold my bulky
winter coat and heavy shoes
and snow boots.
Apprehension turned to real
doubt when the plane's depar-
ture from Tampa was delayed
for three hours because the
aircraft we were supposed to
be boarding was at that very
moment still in the process of
being de-iced in D.C.
De-iced in D.C.!! What had I
gotten myself into?
February 25th to March 11th
used to herald the beginning
of spring in D.C., but the night
I arrived, I stepped out into
15 degree weather, and five
inches of snow fell the next
day. Climate change and the
extreme weather patterns it
creates are not just a political
debate it was c-o-o-ld.
My gig in D.C. involves child
care for the kids of my son and
one of my daughters, and I
usually love walking the mile or
so from one family residence
to the other. But after shoveling
my son's walkway and starting
across town, I wasn't sure if I'd
wind up losing my Florida mojo
and slipping on black ice slid-
ing into that unpredictable skid
that starts healthy elders down
into older old age, one painful
breakdown after another.
Why this trek from paradise
to the dreaded northern
tundra, after all?
Actually, the answer came
time after time during my
trip, from all my wonderful
kids and grandkids, but most
vividly one afternoon while
I was taking pictures of the
youngest of my six grandchil-
dren, 6-month-old Manny.
I'm on the floor "oohing"
and "ahhing" and grinning
with the little guy and notice
a mirror on a closet door near-
by. I turn and happen to see
myself in the mirror.
I can't believe the smile I see
on my own face.
The dark puffiness around
my eyes and the downward
bending crows' feet are trans-
formed as my eyes shine with
a profoundly happy, innocent,
childlike joy. My whole face
glows with a radiance that
outshines the mask of my age.
The intimate joy of grandpa
sprawled on the floor with his
youngest grandkid that's
what it's all about.


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Truth about the Moustache.
About the moustache on the
Obama photo and all the
responses that were in this
week's column. I saw the group
a week or two ago by the post
office in Osprey and I went
over to try to find out what
was behind it. I saw informa-
tion about a group founded
by Lyndon LaRouche and I
researched it on the Internet.
What I found out about
him is quite surprising. First
of all, he's a member of the
Democratic Party and he's run
for president as a Democrat
for nomination at least eight
times. He's quite controversial
and his posters are available
on his website to download.
He, or his followers, advocate
impeaching Obama and are
very much into a conspiracy
theory that somehow President
Obama is participating in a
banking conspiracy to control
world events.
So, everyone needs to calm
down. It's not the Republican
Party behind this. This man is
quite elderly now, but appar-
ently his followers are still
quite active. All you have to do
is do a search with his name
and it will verify everything
I'm telling you. I'm calling so
the truth will be printed in the
Let'em Have It column. Thanks
for setting the record straight.
Shame. About a mustache
on Obama: My comment
would be "Are you kidding?"
That is one of the most
un-American things that
could be done to the president
of the United States. How
could anyone ever compare
the president of the U.S. to a
known murderer? I think we
should start reading back on
history and just what Hitler


Let 'em


Have It
stood for and then let's see if
you want to put a mustache on
our president. Shame, shame,
shame.
Wrong. Putting a mustache
on an Obama photo went way
too far. He is the president of
the United States and to even
compare him to Hitler is an
outrage.
No Knocking on Doors. The
county trying to figure out
about panhandling laws: They
were considering doing what
North Port is allowing, which
is door-to-door solicitation but
no solicitation that obstructs
traffic. For all of us people,
especially seniors, having
people coming to your door,
not knowing who they are...
they could say they're anybody,
the police, the minister. But
approving panhandlers to
knock on people's doors is
potentially very intrusive and
could be very frightening. We
don't know if they're alcoholics
or drug addicts. So, I don't


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want people banging at my
door. The obstructing of traffic
is bad enough, but this might
be even more dangerous.
Go To Church. It's outra-
geous if they hold activities
on Venice Avenue on Sunday
mornings when people are
trying to get to church. I left
my house at 10:30 a.m., which
is normally an 8-minute ride
to get to Epiphany, and it took
me 22 minutes to get there
last Sunday because of all the
traffic and crazies walking
straight in front of people and
you can't make the turn.
Why don't they hold these
functions at Blalock Park or
that stupid arena that just
sits there and leave Venice
Avenue clear for those who are
going to church. These people
should be in church in the
morning instead of buying arts
and crafts. It just annoys me to
no end.
Save History. It's too bad our
leaders here in Venice couldn't
have saved our Horse & Chaise.
They're going to put a museum
in the historic Dairy Farm House
in Miami built in 1926. Can't
help but wonder if we hadn't had
these miserable, backboneless
leaders fromVenice in Miami,
would that house have been torn
down? Save history; that's what
your community is built on.
Horse & Chaise should not be
torn down when they try to build
a museum.
No Statesmen. Webster's
Dictionary defines a statesman
as a man of outstanding ability
and directing the offices and
affairs of a government. By
no stretch of the imagination
can Donald Trump or Hannity
or Ted Cruz be considered
statesmen. The Republican
party has chosen to honor
three right-wing nuts instead
of people who have actually
done something to enhance
our government's ability to
function.
No Way. I'm calling to give
as strong as possible objection
to the idea of putting a Hitler
moustache on the face of the
president of the United States.
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LET'EM
FROM PAGE 10

Apologize to
Moustache. I think they
should apologize to the
moustache for putting
Obama's face on it. Please
read your history books,
real history books. Listen
to people who grew up
in Germany, not the
common core books they
read nowadays. Obama
is following very closely
to what Hitler did in the
1930s, and if you remem-
ber, no one complained.
Then it was too late.
No. My response to the
Hitler moustache on poor
President Obama. I think
it's entirely out of line.
Duplication. There
seems to be a lot of
duplication between
the Venice Police and
Fire Departments and
the county Sheriff and
fire-rescue departments.
Maybe it's time to ex-
plore combining these


departments to save some
money to pay for pensions
or some other alternatives.
No to Chalk Festival.
Bravo to artist Neseman
for his cartoon on March
12 on overdevelopment.
Next, turn to page 1,
the front page, Chalk
Festival in Venice ...
right underneath it. "No
parking in Venice." Who's
running this city? Come
on, we have no parking
now. It's difficult to get
on the island, to get off
the island and there's no
place to park. Now they
want a Chalk Festival
with closing off major
streets? I don't think so.
Shame on Them.
Shame on people for
putting the moustache
on President Obama.
He is our president and
it is very disrespectful
and people should
respect the office of the
president.
Poor Taste. The Obama
moustache was in poor
taste. It revealed a lack of
intelligence on the part


of the person doing that
campaign. I respect their
right to do it; it's protect-
ed by the Constitution.
It was in poor taste and I
think it was a mistake for
the newspaper to show
the image.
Not Like Venice.
Putting a Hitler mous-
tache on an Obama
photo? As a resident of
Venice for about one
year, even soliciting such
comments makes me ill.
I would hope this is not
reflective of the citizens
of Venice. Most of whom
I have met are very nice,
friendly and would abhor
something like this.
OK with Moustache.
Absolutely I'm OK with
putting a moustache on
Obama. Where has our
sense of humor gone?
We are becoming a
hypersensitive society
which causes somebody
to bellyache and gripe
and complain and write
letters to the editor
about everything that
takes place. If people


are that sensitive, then
they should subscribe to
Reader's Digest.
No. The moustache on
Obama is going too far. It
borders on slander and
it's disrespectful to the
office.
OK with Anybody. I
want to cast my vote on
putting a moustache on
anyone's face, and I think it
is OK. Many worse things
are done in this country.
Too Many Details.
I want to thank the
Venice Gondolier Sun
for printing on the front
page the child molester.
It's good to know who in
our community are per-
verts. I do not agree with
printing what the pervert
did to the child. That just
fuels other perverts to
think they might do that
with a child. Just to say
that he abused the child
is enough. We don't need
to hear the sick parts or
details of his bad actions.
New Slogan. I got the
slogan for Venice. I think
it should be Venice, the


City of Sirens.
Tax is Good. I was very
happy to read today on
the editorial pages the
two articles supporting
the reinstatement of
the 1-mill school tax for
property taxes. There's
something I wanted to
add as both columnists
wrote the benefits of our
school system. The one
thing they did not focus
on was how our excellent
school system, one of
the best in the state of
Florida, attracts both
families and businesses
to this area, which causes
our area's production to
be that much better, as
well as the increase in
spending.
More people here share
these property taxes. I
know this is unpopular
with many of our retirees
who think that they no
longer have an obliga-
tion to fund primary
schooling. The last thing
I would like to mention
is that we have a school
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MARCH 22, 2014 WEEKEND EDITION


Comp plan blues: What would Nolen do?


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

Rewriting the city's
state-mandated compre-
hensive plan, a plan for
future growth in the city,
is proving to be no easy
task.
After a meeting of
minds with the Venice
City Council last month,
the city Planning
Commission met this
week to map out a plan
of attack.
Community
Development Director
Jeff Schrum said he
expects the effort to take
the rest of the year, with
an eye on having a draft
ready for submission to
the state by October.


An updated plan is due
every seven years. The
city scraped a draft plan
back in 2006, then took
another three years to
revise it to limit growth
in many areas of the city.
Now, city leaders
are having a hard time
understanding the plan
and interpreting the
calculation of concepts
like density (number of
units per acre), intensity
(one story versus 10),
and open space require-
ments, among others,
that are confusing in
the plan or don't add up
mathematically.
The commission,
which voted to retain
Barry Snyder as chair-
man and Shaun Graser


as vice chair on Tuesday,
agreed to review the
existing comp plan as a
body, and not by sub-
committee. The board
will shoot for fewer than
10 meetings, Snyder
said. The last comp plan
update took 59 commis-
sion meetings before it
was finalized.
The commission
wants to streamline the
document, eliminate
expensive and time-con-
suming studies that are
called for, and remedy
what they called incon-
sistencies among some
policies.
Barry said there are
headier philosophical
topics to address, too,
like whether the much


heralded 1926 John
Nolen plan on which the
city is based even applies
outside the island.
"It's interesting, whether
the Nolen concept of in-
terconnecting communi-
ties ... and (today's) mar-
ketplace-driven isolated,
gated communities (being
built) are compatible?
I don't know if we have
room to interpret those
fundamental conflicts in
terms of what we're seeing
as projects unfold in the
city. That's troubling to
me," Snyder said.
"We may want to rec-
ognize there are different
planning philosophies
in different parts of the
city."
For years, city leaders


and planners have
talked about improving
interconnections among
parts of the city, making
areas more walkable, and
encouraged mixed use
developments.
That has resulted
in a flux of planned
development projects,
but many of them are far
from downtown in more
rural areas, and devel-
opers have fought hard
to protect the concept
of gated communities,
citing consumer pref-
erence a far cry from
the interconnectedness
Nolen envisioned.
The commission and
staff have resurrected a
2007 draft of the comp
plan that discussed and


identified the location
of "activity centers" as a
starting point for those
discussions.
"How many do we
have? How many do
we want? How do you
want to interconnect
with the downtown, the
beach, the Seaboard, if
you decide to do that?"
Snyder asked.
Snyder said he plans
on bringing in other
city advisory boards to
give their feedback on
the plan, too, includ-
ing the Architectural
Review Board, Historic
Preservation Board and
Economic Development
and Environmental
boards.
Email: ggiles@venicegondolier.com


Firefighters take on task of grant writing


By GREG GILES
NEWS EDITOR

Facing cuts to the
Venice Fire Department
budget, the department
has formed a committee
to pursue grants, and it's
causing other departments
to take note.
In December, mem-
bers from the Venice
Fire Departments grant
committee applied for and
received a grant to replace
aging firefighting helmets.
"The committee works
tirelessly to obtain grants
to ease the burden to
taxpayers and to keep
firefighters safe," said Lt.
Steve Worobel.
All told, the VFD has
received more than
$540,000 in grants due to


the committee's effort, he
said, including the recent
purchase of new state-
of-the-art Lion firefighter
helmets as a result of a
$12,200 grant from the Fire
House Subs Public Safety
Foundation.
The eight-member team
donates countless hours,
said Pam Johnson, city
marketing and commu-
nications officer. Most
of that is done while off
duty preparing all that is
required in grant propos-
als, she said.
The largest grant, by far,
resulted in a new marine
rescue boat. The 32-foot
Justice from Brunswick
replaced an aging 24-foot
Hydra Sport that was
taxing the budget due to
costly repairs, Worobel


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Surrounded by fellow employees and Venice Fire Department
members, Jim Wiewel, owner of the Venice Fire House Subs
Restaurant, hands Lt. Stephen Worobel a new helmet. The Fire
House Subs Foundation provided 39 helmets for every member
in the department. The grant was for $12,200.


said. The new boat and
marine equipment provide
rescuers with the very
latest in safety gear.
The boat was paid
for entirely by a grant
fromWest Coast Inland
Navigation District's
Waterway Development
Program. At $220,100, the
grant award was the largest
of its kind in Southwest
Florida.
The department even
managed to cover the
$20,000 cost of modifying
the dock and replacing the
lift.
The grant committee
also tapped federal
dollars in the amount
of $279,968 from the
Assistance to Firefighters
Grant managed by Federal
Emergency Management
Agency. This grant provid-
ed funding for brand new
thermal imaging cameras,
mobile data computers
for responding apparatus,
and updated radio and run
data equipment, according
to Lt. Worobel.
Members have even
won approval from
local grant organizations,
including $7,931 for a
new extinguisher prop
used to train citizens. This
grant was awarded by the
Gulf Coast Community
Foundation of Sarasota
County and the Kathleen
K. Catlin Foundation.
"These grants are bring-
ing real savings to the city
of Venice and its taxpay-
ers," Worobel said. "They
help lessen the burden of


replacing equipment not
only for this budget year


but for many to come."
Portions of this article


are from a city press
release.


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Sarasota County Clerk of Court
accepting registrations for
Domestic Partnership Registry
Sarasota County's Domestic
Partnership Registry began
accepting registrations March 13.
Applicants wishing to register in
Sarasota County can download
forms from the Sarasota County
Clerk of the Circuit Court and
County Comptroller website at
www.SarasotaClerk.com, or visit
either of the clerk's two business
locations: Main Office, 2000
Main Street, Sarasota, or Venice
Branch Office, 4000 S. Tamiami
Trail, Venice. Offices are open
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Both applicants must be present,
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Affidavit of Domestic Partnership,
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2013 CA 005767 NC
DAVID TRUCKS and
CINDRA TRUCKS,
Plaintiffs,
V.
ALLAN R. ANDERSON, JR. and
CATHERINE E. ANDERSON,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF
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to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
March 10, 2014 entered in Civil Case
No.: 2013 CA 005767 NC of the Twelfth
Judicial Circuit in and for Sarasota Coun-
ty, Florida, Karen E. Rushing, the Clerk of
the Court, will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash online at
www.sarasota.realfore close.corn at
9:00 a.m. EST on the 9th day of June,
2014, the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 12, BLOCK 1164,
25th ADDITION TO PORT
CHARLOTTE SUBDIVISION,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 15, PAGE
2, OF THE PUBLIC
RECORDS OF SARASOTA,
FLORIDA.
Any person or entity claiming an
interest in the surplus, if any. result-
ing from the foreclosure sale, other
than the property owner as of the
date of the Lis Pendens must file a
claim with the Clerk of Court within
60 days after the foreclosure sale.
IF YOU ARE A PERSON WITH A DIS-
ABILITY WHO NEEDS ANY ACCOM-
MODATION IN ORDER TO PARTICI-
PATE IN THIS PROCEEDING, YOU ARE
ENTITLED, AT NO COST TO YOU, TO
THE PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN ASSIS-
TANCE. PLEASE CONTACT SARASO-
TA COUNTY JURY OFFICE, P.O. BOX
3079, SARASOTA, FLORIDA 34230-
3079, AND WHOSE TELEPHONE
NUMBER IS (941) 861-7400. IF, YOU
ARE HEARING OR VOICE IMPAIRED,
PLEASE CALL 711. FOR ALL OTHER
INQUIRES PLEASE CONTACT THE
12th CIRCUIT COURT ADA COORDI-
NATOR; BILL PRICE AT (941) 861-
7811.
Dated this 11th day of March, 2014.


NOTICE OF ACTION


NOTICE OF PUBLIC
AUCTION
Notice is hereby given that the contents
of the rental units listed herein will be
offered for sale at public auction per the
Florida Self Storage Act. (Statues/Sec-
tions 83.801-83,809).
Auction: Saturday, April 5, 2014,
10:00AM at The Storage Bins, 2359 S.
Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 493-2214
Miscellaneous Household Items:
Mary DeBiase
PUBLISH: March 15, 22, 2014
229612 3014257
NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PER-
SONAL PROPERTY
Notice is hereby given that the under-
signed will sell, to satisfy lien of the
owner, at public sale by competitive bid-
ding on 04.09.2014 at 3:30PM or
thereafter at the Extra Space Storage
facility located at:
1266 US Hwy 41 Byp s
Venice, Florida 34285
941-488-7534
The personal goods stored therein by the
following may include, but are not limited
to general household, furniture, boxes,
clothing, and appliances.
1. Unit #4139 Audrey M Alvarado
2. Unit #3104 Jessica Patej
3. Unit #3138 Larry Williams
4. Unit #2061 Guy E Gage Jr


S NOTICE
OF AUCTION


By: //s//GLENN N. SIEGEL 5.Unit #2056 LoneBastedo
Glenn N. Siegel, Esquire #06 LieBt
Florida Bar No.: 436852 6. Unit #1063 Alan Tiedeman


GLENN N. SIEGEL, P.A.
17825 Murdock Circle, Suite A
Port Charlotte, Florida 33948
(941) 255-1235
Fax: (941) 255-1223
Service E-mail: kim@glennsiegellaw.com
PUBLISH: March 15, 22, 2014
340821 3014299


Purchases must be made with cash only
and paid at the time of sale. All contents
are sold as is and must be removed at
the time of purchase. Extra Space Stor-
age reserves the right to bid. Sale is sub-
ject to adjournment.
PUBLISH: March 22, 29, 2014
329159 3014284


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CHARLES A. WALKER
Deceased.
File No. 2014-CP-000906-SC
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
CHARLES A. WALKER, deceased,
whose date of death was February 12,
2014; is pending in the Circuit court for
Sarasota County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, File Number 2014-CP-000906-
SC the address of which is P.O. BOX
3079, Sarasota, Florida 34230. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice is
served must file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
(3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
including unmatured, contingent or unliq-
uidated claims, and, must file their claims


S NOTICE TO
I CREDITORS I



with this Court WITHIN THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is March 22, 2014.
Personal Representative:
Judith A. Nicholson
215 Hills Street
Chittenango, NY 13037
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Adam R. Miller, Attorney
Florida Bar No: 0903841
218 Harbor Drive South
Venice, Florida 34285
Telephone: (941) 488-9641
E-mail: adam@adammillerelder
law.corn
PUBLISH: March 22, 29, 2014
293781 3016841


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
SARASOTA COUNTY,
FLORIDA
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DANIEL A. BECHTOLD
Deceased.
File No.
2014CP000991SC
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Daniel A. Bechtold, deceased, whose
date of death was February 24th.
2014, is pending in the Circuit Court for
SARASOTA County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is 4000 S.
Tamiami Trail. Venice. FL 34293.
The names and addresses of the per-
sonal representatives and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this


NOTICE TO NOTICE OF SALE
I CREDITORS I 30


court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF
3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is March 22, 2014.
Personal Representative:
Lisa A. Bechtold
c/o 240 Nokomis Avenue
South, Suite 200
Venice, FL 34285
Attorneys for Personal
Representative:
R.O. ISPHORDING, ESQ.
ISPHORDING BECHTOLD ET AL,
ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT
LAW, P.A.
240 Nokomis Avenue South
Suite 200
Venice, FL 34285
Florida Bar No. 0038740
PUBLISH: March 22, 29, 2014
223931 3017394



| NOTICE OF SALE



NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE
OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
Notice is hereby given that the under-
signed will sell, to satisfy lien of the
owner, at public sale by competitive bid-


ding on 04/09/2014 at 4:30 PM at the
Extra Space Storage facility located at:
225 N Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
The personal goods stored therein by the
following may include, but are not limited
to general household, furniture, boxes,
clothes, and appliances.
Chester Mornrison
#511 Tools, HHG
Purchases must be made with cash only
and paid at the time of sale. All goods are
sold as is and must be removed at the
time of purchase. Extra Space Storage
reserves the right to bid. Sale is subject
to adjournment.
PUBLISH: March 22, 29, 2014
332051 3016809


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: WEEKEND EDITION* MARCH 22, 2014


Sarasota Film Festival opens its doors to Venice


By AUDREY BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER
There was an air of
excitement at Venice Art
Center (VAC) Wednesday
March 19, as a few hundred
people filed in to hear from
Sarasota Film Festival (SFF)
organizers about this year's
movie and event lineup.
Tom Hall, SFF director,
made the presentation.
This was largely due to the
efforts of Mary Morris, VAC
executive director, who
co-sponsored the recep-
tion with Tim Smolarick,
publisher of the Venice
Gondolier Sun, which
again is a media sponsor of
the festival.
Smolarick said that
the newspaper taking an
active role in the Sarasota
Film Festival as a media
sponsor is the newspaper's
way of saying it recognizes
the benefit of bringing the
hard work of screenwriters,


filmmakers and directors
to its readers.
The festival runs
April 4-13, with most films
showing at Regal Cinemas
Hollywood 20, located at
1993 Main St. in Sarasota.
Festival film guides were
available, from which
interested moviegoers could
select which of the 252
films they want to see. A
ticket sales table was set up
for people to buy tickets to
screenings of their choice.
Hall mentioned some of
the bigger films that will
be shown to help people
with the decision-making
process. Emily Harris, SFF
education director, talked
about how SFF reaches out
to students.
Rory Kennedy, director
of the April 4 opening
night film, titled "Last
Days In Vietnam," will be
available at the screening
to talk about the film and
answer questions from the


audience. The film runs at
7 p.m., following the Red
Carpet at 6 p.m. at the Van
Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
SFF is presenting this
film in partnership with
Legacy Of Valor as well as
several other war-related
movies.

Special categories
In the something for
everyone category of life,
the UN Women will hold a
"ThroughWomen's Eyes"
15th anniversary film-
maker reception Saturday,
April 5, at 5:30-8 p.m.
Screenplays written by
students from Cyesis will
be performed during the
festival. Sensory friendly
screenings will be held for
youth, as will shorts pro-
duced by various ages of
youth during "youthFEST"
and "Hollywood Nights."
Centerpiece films, such
as "God's Pocket" will light


up the screen at Sarasota
Opera House, as will the
closing night film, "The
One I Love," which follows
filmmaker awards.

Tickets
There are three ways to
buy tickets for films:
SBox office in the
lobby of Regal Cinemas
Hollywood 20, 11 a.mn-
6 p.m. March 22-30,
Monday-Friday, and
noon-5 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
April 1-4; and 10 a.m.-
10p.m., April 5-13.
Online: tickets and
passes are available via
SarasotaFilmFestival.com;
Phone: 941-366-6200.

Film guides
Information and SFF
2014 Film Guides are
available at the Welcome
Tent at Regal Cinemas


SUN PHOTO BY AUDREY BLACKWELL


Tom Hall, Sarasota Film Festival director, and Mary Morris,
Venice Art Center executive director, welcome Venetians to
the SFF reception March 19. Venice Art Center and the Venice
Gondolier Sun co-sponsor the event in Venice.


Hollywood 20 in Sarasota,
and some are available
at the Venice Gondolier
Sun during the hours of
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday
through Friday.
Watch the Venice


Gondolier Sun for more
stories about the Sarasota
Film Festival.
For more information,
visit SarasotaFilmFestival.
com.
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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL


Lady Indians take 2-0 win over Lemon Bay


By SCOTT LOCKWOOD
SPORTS EDITOR

Pitching, timely hits
and solid fundamentals
all played key roles for
the Venice Lady Indians
in their 2-0 win over
Lemon Bay Friday night
atVenice High School.
Venice looked to make
a statement early as
Katelin Davis led off the
game with a triple to the
wall in right-center. She
would score two pitches
later when Taylor Baker
connected for a single to
right.
The Lady Indians got
on the board again in the
bottom of the second.
Elsie Rivera led off with
a single to right and
would eventually score
when Lemon Bay center
fielder Baleigh Clemens
dropped a line drive
to center from Haley
Hendricks. Rivera beat
the tag of Lady Manta
Rays catcher Brooke
Clemens, who dropped
the ball when Rivera slid
into the plate. Later that
inning, Hendricks was
thrown out at the plate
when Gabby Dugan hit a
soft grounder to third.
From that point, the
game became a pitcher's
duel between Venice's
Nikki Kovalsky and
Lemon Bay's Ashton
Werden. Kovalsky forced
Lemon Bay into hitting
several shallow foul balls
while also striking out
several hitters, while
Werden was doing
her best to duplicate
Kovalsky's effort.
Venice's Carley Rosa hit
a double to left-center
in the bottom of the
third, but would be left


SUN PHOTOS BYJUSTIN FENNELL
Venice's Elsie Rivera slides into home while the ball slips out of Lemon Bay catcher Brooke
Clemens' glove in the bottom of the second inning of Friday night's game. The run was the Lady
Indians' last score of the night in their 2-0 win over the Lady Manta Rays.


stranded on third. Baker
would getVenice's only
other hit as she singled
to center in the bottom
of the fifth. Kovalsky did
the rest, retiring the final
15 consecutive Lemon
Bay hitters she faced.
"Lemon Bay's got a
pretty good team, and
they didn't make many
mistakes," Venice head
coach Larry Sandburg
said. "In order to score a
lot of runs in this game
of softball, the other
team has to make a lot
of mistakes and they
didn't make many. We
didn't make any mis-
takes and that's how you
end up with a 2-0 game."
Kovalsky only allowed
two Lemon Bay hitters to
reach base on the night,
finishing with a one-hit-
ter while striking out
nine and walking one.
"She had a super


Venice catcher Taylor Baker snags a pop-up for an out in the
second inning.


game, but our fielders
were playing well too,"
Sandburg said. "I think
we had two ground
balls and seven or eight
pop-ups. We just played
a great game.
Werden allowed the
two runs on six hits
while striking out two
and walking none.
Lemon Bay head coach
Kim Pinkham said she
and her coaching staff
have been wonder-
ing where the team's
aggressive hitting has
gone since earlier in the
season.
"Ashton and Brooke
did a great job pitching
and catching tonight,"
Pinkham said. We're
wondering where our
ability to attack the ball
has gone, so it's definitely
frustrating on our part.
In a two-run ballgame


you think you'd be able
to scrap something out
and get a run across,
but it's back to practice
and we'll work out some
more things."
Email: slockwood@sun-herald.com


Katelin Davis rounds second base after hitting a triple in the
first inning.


Haley Hendricks makes contact in the second inning.


Taylor Baker pops a base hit in the first inning.


Venice pitcher Nikki Kovalsky winds up in the first inning of .'.-... -..... I
Friday night's home game against Lemon Bay. She finished Venice's Gabby Dugan makes contact with a pitch in the bottom
with a one-hitter while striking out nine and walking one of the second inning of the Lady Indians' 2-0 win over Lemon
all while retiring the final 15 consecutive batters she faced. Bay Friday night.


Riverview 'knuckles' under the pressure, 10-0


By SCOTT LOCKWOOD
SPORTS EDITOR

Venice pitcher Kade
Hunkapiller's knuckleball
proved to be too much for
the Riverview Rams and
the Indians' offense did the
rest in Venice's 10-0 win
over RiverviewWednesday
night in Sarasota.
The Indians wasted no
time adjusting to Riverview
starter Alex Moore, with
Dalton Guthrie, Scott
Dubrule and Mike Rivera
leading off the game with
hits. Rivera's hit was a
single to right that scored
Guthrie.
Another run would
score later in the inning on
Ryan Miller's sacrifice fly
to right.
Hunkapiller struck out


the first hitter he faced
before allowing a pair of
hits to the Rams in the
bottom of the first. He
would get himself out of
that jam and would get
stronger as the game went
on, fanning five Riverview
hitters over the second and
third innings and needing
just three pitches to retire
the side in the fourth.
The Indians played a
little small-ball with the
Rams in the fourth as a
pair of bunts would lead to
another run coming across
the plate. Josh Evans'
double off the left field wall
scored Rhett Dinka for the
game's fourth run.
Dinka came through
again forVenice in the
bottom of the next inning,
with his double down the


left-field line sending two
runs across the plate. The
Indians added four more
in the top of the sixth,
keyed by Rivera's double
to deep right center that
scored two.
Ryan Dinka's RBI single
added the 10th run that
would send the game to
an early end thanks to the
10-run mercy rule.
"We hit the ball well
all night and we got our
bunts down when we
needed to have them,"
Venice head coach Craig
Faulkner said. "We did
the little things well. We
got our bunts down, we
moved runners over and
we got the big hits when
we needed them. It's nice
to beat these guys because
we hadn't beat them over


the last couple of years."
Rhett Dinka went 3-for-4
with a double, two singles
and three RBIs. Rivera
finished 2-for-4 with three
RBIs.
Hunkapiller threw five
shutout innings, allowing

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Ryan Ahern tossed three
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Girls tennis defeats St. Stephens


The Venice girls tennis
team (9-2) defeated
St. Stephens Episcopal
School earlier this week
in non-district action.
Next Tuesday at 3:30
p.m., the boys and girls
Venice teams will be
playing at Plantation Golf
PHOTOS BYJUSTIN FENNELL
Left: No. 3 ranked player
and VHS junior Sophia Gasca
answers a serve with a strong
forehand.


Right: Venice senior and No.
2 ranked player Ansley Rice
hustles to return a hit from
Liyin Xu of St. Stephens.


Left: Venice
senior
and No.
1 ranked
player
Michaela
Mignemi
battles
against
Denning
Feng of St.
Stephens.


Right: VHS
junior Sophia
Gasca follows
through on a
backhand.


Left: Venice's
Michaela Mignemi
returns a shot
against Denning
Feng of St.
Stephens.


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#3 Sophia Gasca (V)
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Boys tennis defeats St. Stephens, Sarasota


The Venice High School
boys tennis team defeated
St. Stephens, 5-2, and
Sarasota, 4-3, in action
earlier this week.
Venice now jumps to
a record of 9-1 while St.
Stephens drops to 7-4 and
Sarasota drops to 7-2.
The boys and girls
Venice teams will be
playing at Plantation
Golf & Country Club


across multiple courts
on Tuesday, beginning
at 3:30 p.m. This is a rare
event that has not hap-
pened in nearly 20 years.
"It's a great opportunity
for people to come out,"
boys tennis head coach
Wayne Robertson said.
"It's going to be a unique
thing."
The opponent for both
teams will be Bishop Verot.


Here are the box scores
from the boy tennis
matches:
Score: Venice 5, St.
Stephens 2
Singles
#1 Zach Bessette (SS)
defAlex Fong 6-2, 6-2
#2 Shiv Krishnaswamy
(V) def Russell Berdusco
6-2, 6-3
#3 Thomas Whittaker


(V) def Graham Conron
7-5, 6-0
#4 Charlie Bond (V)
defJ.P Descheneaux 6-2,
6-3
#5 Danny Manieri (V)
def Patrick Buck 6-0, 6-1
Doubles
#1 Bessette/
Conron (SS) def Fong/
Krishnaswamy 8-2
#2 Whittaker/Bond
(V) def Berdusco/


Descheneaux 8-1
Score: Venice 4,
Sarasota- 3
Singles
#1 Andre Johnson (S)
def Alex Fong 6-1, 6-4
#2 Shiv Krishnaswamy
(V) def Eric Scarlett 6-4,
6-2
#3 Thomas Whittaker
(V) def Michael Adler 6-3,
6-3


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def Charlie Bond 6-7
(6-8), 6-3, 10-5
#5 Sam Maxwell (S) def
Danny Manieri 6-3, 6-3
Doubles
#1 Fong/
Krishnaswamy (V) def
Johnson/Scarlett 6-4, 7-6
(8-6)
#2 Whittaker/Bond (V)
defAdler/Hester 6-0, 0-6,
10-7


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Above: One of the larger fossils in the current show at the Venice Museum and Archives is this femur bone from a
horse. Other bone fragments and fossil shark teeth are in the same case, part of the collection of Chuck Ferrara, one
of the contributors to the show.

Left: Shell and fossil collector Terry Raymond with several shells on display at the Venice Archives and Museum
through June 4.


Can you dig it?


By KIM COOL
FEATURES EDITOR

If you live in Venice, the site
of your home or condo has
been and/or will be waterfront
property.
"There have been four ice
ages in the last 1.5 million
years," Venice shell and fossil
collector Terry Raymond said.
"We are in an interglacial
period right now and might
be helping it along. When the
ice melts, the high water mark
in Florida could be 100- to
150-feet above the land. I think
100 feet is a safer number."
That would put every house
and most condominiums in
Venice under water.
Raymond, a member of the
Manasota Fossil Club and
the Southwest Florida Fossil
Society, is one of the major
contributors to "Digging it


up, Discoveries," the current
exhibition of Southwest Florida
fossils at the Venice Archives &
Museum.
Like many visitors and resi-
dents before him, Raymond's
fascination with shells and
fossils grew after his arrival in
Venice from Poughkeepsie.
He soon found his way to the
Apak quarry on the east side of
Interstate 75 from what is today
known as Benderson Park in
Sarasota.
Many of his specimen shells
are from that and similar sites.
That and other such places are
now off-limits to collectors,
with the exception of periodic
trips for limited representatives
of area fossil clubs.
The Benderson site, near the
Fruitville exit of 1-75 is under-
water again as a man-made
pond created by the county for
competitive rowing events.


Collectors still find many
items of interest in the Gulf
of Mexico, along its shore, in
places like the Peace River and
- in one case on a road in
North Port.
Raymond was driving along
a road in North Port when he
spotted what turned out to be a
large piece of coral in the road.
"I could only see the top of
it," he said.
He stopped the car and got
out his "geological hammer"
and began digging.
"It took me 45 minutes, and I
was exhausted," he said.
To see his find, check out
the vertical display case in the
center of the archive's fossil
display in the Triangle's main
room. Raymond's coral is about
the size of a large bowling ball.
Above it is an equally large find
on loan from fellow collector
Norma Pennington who found


Tools of the trade plus resource books are part of the current fossil show at
the Venice Museum and Archives.


her large piece of coral in
Collier County, the one piece in
the show from another county,
Raymond said.
The shells in the case are
from the Pinecrest beds
(named for Pinecrest, Fla.).
According to information on
thefossilforum.com, the 11
Pinecrest beds, first described
by Alex Olsson in 1964, "have
a tendency to be dominated
by one or two species and


together have the highest diver-
sity of any shell deposit in the
United States with an estimat-
ed total of 1000-1200 different
molluscan species."
Raymond took inspiration
from the late Charlie Hertweck
of Venice. Hertweck had several
shells named for him, accord-
ing to Raymond.
"I got to meet him and his
DIG 15


Furniture renovations bridge the past to the future


Got an old rocking chair
hand-crafted by your
great-grandfather? Is it worn
and you'd just love it to look
like new again? Or perhaps
you have an antique desk once
owned by a famous historical
figure or an ancestor that has
scratches on its otherwise lus-
trous finish and it just needs
a touch-up to be a classical
showpiece.
Larry Manoly, owner with
his wife Debbe of Manoly
Furniture Service Inc., has
an answer for those kinds
of problems. He has been
repairing and restoring fine
and antique furniture for more
than 40 years.
"When I graduated high
school in the 1970s, people
didn't need to get a college de-
gree to get a job," Manoly said.
"I went to work for my father
in this business, started by my
grandfather. I learned from
them and have been doing this
kind of work since 1971. It's all
I ever did."
Now living in Venice, Manoly
brought the business down
from the Washington, D.C.


area. He and Debbe have three
children one in Florida
and two up north, and six
grandchildren.
"My wife is my partner and
does all the administrative
work," he said. "We are an
authorized restoration center."
His repair shop at 1836
South Tamiami Trail in Venice
is not real easy to find on its
own. But it gets easier if you
look for Addington's Florist
(you can use that driveway). In
fact, if you want to see some
of Manoly's handiwork, take
a look at some of the wood
furniture at Addington's that
he refinished.
While traveling the South
Trail, I did finally find his
workshop behind the florist.
There were some pieces of
furniture there that he was
working on. But, with no set
hours, the best way for people
to get in touch with him for
repair work is by phone
(941-716-0012) or email
manolyfurniture@gmail.com.
He sets up a convenient time
to meet with customers, either
at their home or in his shop.
And he has drivers who can
pick up furniture for repair or
restoration. You can also check
out his website: www.Manoly.
com.
Manoly's favorite work is
refinishing old wood furniture
because, he said, that is when
people see the biggest change.
"That's especially true when
someone has painted over an
old wood item and we strip
the paint down to the original


wood, and they can see the
beauty in that old wood," he
said.

Tools of the trade
The most common hand
tool Manoly uses in his work
is a bar clamp. "If you need to
re-glue a piece of furniture, it
has to be clamped (to hold it
in place)."
A furniture refinisher's
touch-up kit that includes
lacquers and shading stains is
the most common supply he
uses.

More than residential
Besides working on people's
favorite fine artifacts, Manoly
works with stores.
"If someone from a local
store ordered furniture for
a customer and it arrives
damaged, the store owner can
call on us to repair it," Manoly
said. "The same is true for
residents. Interior designers
have called on us, and if items
are delivered damaged to a
customer, we can work on it."
He also does a lot of work
for insurance companies,
such as valuing and restoring
water-damaged furniture in
homes.
"We represent the insurance
company and deal with the
people," he said. "When a
moving company gets claims
for broken/damaged furniture
said to have been done during
a move, they call on us. People
give us a figure they think the


SUN PHOTO BY AUDREY BLACKWELL
Larry Manoly, owner of Manoly Furniture Service Inc., repairs and restores
furniture. He stands near a wooden hutch he refinished at Addington's


Florist.
damaged item is worth and we
assess its value."

Works of art
There is a certain art to
refinishing fine furniture.
"This type of work is not
like being a plumber or house
painter or construction worker,
you have to learn the art of
furniture restoration," Manoly
said.
He compared this type of
work on older, fine furniture
to much of today's furniture,
which he said is often made
overseas and not so fine.
"Old brands, like
Thomasville, used to be made
in the United States, but now


most furniture is made in
China and third world coun-
tries," he said. "So the quality
today is not what it used to be,
and that kind of furniture is
difficult to work on. We have
had to broaden our knowledge
to keep up with it."
I've been taking stock of
some my furniture and just
may consider getting some
nicked pieces smoothed out.

Audrey Blackwell writes
about the people, places and
businesses along the South Trail
in Venice. Your suggestions are
welcome. Call 941-207-1000 or
send an e-mail.

Email: ablackwell@venicegondolier.com


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Sea turtles, dolphins heading for auction block


ByLARRYEVANS
SPECIAL TO
THE GONDOLIER SUN
Statues of sea turtles
and dolphins have
captivated visitors to
downtown Venice over
the past 18 months.
The Venice Art Center
will put 44 of the
45 statues on the auction
block April 5, leaving
a hole in the collective
heart of downtown.
The auction will be held
at 6 p.m. at the Venice


People turning right off of U.S.
41 Business onto West Venice
Avenue see this dolphin as
they enter downtown.


Yacht Club.
"Oh, man, I hate to
see them go," gift shop
clerk Dorothy Van Etten
said as she looked out
a plate glass window at
"Jac Tracy," a life-sized
dolphin painted light
blue, bright yellow and
other colors by artist
Frances Smith. "People
love them."
"I wish I had a dollar for
every picture taken with
that one," said Van Etten,
who works at The Green
Parrott Gift Shop at 235 W.
Venice Ave.
The attention-grabbing
statues are part of The
SeaVenice Dolphins &


w 1
A sea turtle in formal attire
stands outside Venice Wine &
Coffee on Nokomis Avenue.


Sea Turtles fundraising
project of Venice Art
Center, Inc., a nonprofit
organization.
Local businesses and
organizations paid from
$2,500 to $10,000 to
sponsor the unpainted
creatures. Local artists
were then paid from the
sponsor fees to turn each
one of the statues into a
unique work of art.
Coordinating SeaVenice
hats, T-shirts and coffee
cups are on sale at the art
center, at 390 Nokomis
Ave.
Venice Art Center
Director Mary Morris
said, "People have
absolutely loved them.
We have had a great
response from downtown
businesses" because
of how popular the sea
turtles and dolphins are
with visitors. "I think this
has been wonderful for
Venice."
Ken McGrath, a sea-
sonal visitor from Ontario
the past four years, was
disappointed to learn last
week that the sea turtles
and dolphins will soon be
gone.
"Jeeez, that's too bad,"
he said. "I think they're
great."


The colorful, smile-pro-
voking statues "have
brought a lot of people to
Venice," Morris said. 'And
they have definitely made
people more aware of the
Venice Art Center."
Morris said planning
for the SeaVenice project
began almost three years
ago. The statues were
bolted in place on side-
walks in the fall of 2012.
"This has been such
a great project for me
personally," she said. "I've
enjoyed this so much. I'm
going to miss them, too."
Where the dolphins
and sea turtles go is up to
each individual buyer at
the auction.
"We would like to see
some of them stay around
town for people to
enjoy, but that's up to the
buyers," Morris said.
"A lot of people ask,
'What's next?'"Morris
said. The sea turtles and
dolphins followed on the
heels of pigs a few years
ago.
"We don't know yet. We
have to get through the
auction" on April 5, "and
then we will sit down and
start talking about what
to do next."
(Editor's note: The pigs


SCF Foundation holds Evening Under the Stars


By AUDREY BLACKWELL
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
Starlight, moon-
light, fireworks and
the Venice Symphony
Pops Orchestra will
enrapture audience
members at the annual
Evening Under the Stars
Saturday, April 5.
The public is invited.
This year's event
theme is "Some
Enchanted Evening."
State College of Florida
(SCF) Foundation Inc.
sponsors the event,
which will be held at
SCF Venice, 8000 South
Tamiami Trail. Gates
will open at 6 p.m.
Award-winning SCF
music students will
provide pre-show
entertainment. A


concert featuring the
Venice Symphony Pops
Orchestra will begin at
8 p.m., and fireworks
will start at 9:45 p.m.
Reserved seating
admission is $25; gen-
eral admission is $15.
Visit SCFfoundation.
net to purchase tickets.
The foundation will
earmark proceeds from
the annual fundraiser to
support SCF programs
for students.
The public is welcome
to bring a chair and
cooler and sit on the
lawn to enjoy the con-
cert and fireworks. In
case of rain, the event
will be rescheduled to
Sunday, April 6.
For more information,
call the SCF Foundation
at 941-408-1418.


PHOTO COURTESY OF STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA
Evening Under the Stars committee members Susan Schaefer,
Cathy Kuhlman, Nancy Klingbeil, Carol Snodgrass, Steve LaFoun-
tain, Linda Bradway with Baby the pooch, Jeannie Lynch and
Mary Lou Bale, SCF Foundation Inc. director of development.


PHOTOS BY LARRY EVANS
Downtown worker Dorothy Van Etten has seen thousands of
people get their pictures taken with "Jac Tracy," a dolphin.


sold for as high as $7,800,
with many going for ap-
proximately $5,000. The
top-priced Elvis Piggsley
was moved to Ohio.)
The April 5 auction will
be preceded by online
bidding. Morris said more
information about that
aspect of the auction pro-
cess will be forthcoming
from the art center.
Tickets for the live auc-
tion on Saturday, April 5
are on sale for $125. That
includes dinner.


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For reservations, call
941-485-7136.
Seating is limited,
Morris said.
Meanwhile, interest
in the sea turtles and
dolphins has not waned.
In recent days, people
continued to stop and
take pictures, including
families getting group
portraits made stand-
ing around a turtle or
dolphin.
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* SUNDAY
Worship Service, 10am
Worship, Our Savior Lutheran,
2705 Tamiami Tr. N, Nokomis,
941-966-4442
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10:30am-noon, Angel Ministries,
2269 South Tamiami Trail, Venice.
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Sunday Pm Worship,
6:30-8pm, Angel Ministries,
2269 South Tamiami Trail, Venice,
941-492-4995

* TUESDAY
Reel Fun Movie, Dr. S.
Vromen facilitator"Hannah Arendt",
tonight at 7pm, $3, refreshments &
door prize, JCV, 600 N. Auburn Rd.,
941-484-2022

*GOVERNMENT

* TUESDAY
SILL Lecture, Dr. Robert
Barylski on Boston Marathon Bombing
Revisited. Venice Community Center.
Tickets $8

* EVENTS

* TODAY
Pancakes and More,
7:30-11:30am, egg & sausage, biscuits
& gravy, or quiche & fruit; $5/$3
kids. EUM Church, 700 E. Dearborn,
941-474-5588


Craft show, 9am-2pm, Venice
Isle Estates, 600 Cortina Blvd., Venice.
Lunch, bake sale. Faith 941-483-3308
EUMC Farmer's Market,
9am-1pm, Farmers'Market. EUMC,
700 E. Dearborn, 941-474-5588.
Organic produce, natural foods, art,
crafts, more!
Gentle Yoga, Gentle Yoga
w/Sandee & Nancy, 9am on Sat. &
5pm on Tues. Classes held daily. 417
S. Tamiami Tr., Venice. Contact Mary
Lynn 941-685-8445
Kings Gate Club Fair,
9am-3pm, Laurel Rd., Nokomis.
300-family flea market, hot food,
crafts, 941-484-6119, www.kgc.cc.
Service dogs only
Train Depot Tour, free tours
of 1927 Train Depot. 303 E.Venice
Ave., Venice. M-W-F 10am-3pm, Sat.
10am-1 pm. More info 941-412-0151
Bay Indies Jazz Band,
Dixie, Big Band, Bay Indies Blvd
& Vincent Ave E., today, 1-3pm,
952-212-3630, donation
Twin Terrariums, Twins ages
8-12 can make and take home terrar-
iums. Jacaranda Library.1-2:30pm.
Must Register. 941-861-1278
SFAR Cat's Meow Gala,
6-10 Opm. Plantation Country Club.
Casual. Auctions, buffet, music. $45
-941-492-6200

*MONDAY
Zumba w/Christine,
8:45am, Zumba w/Christine on Mon.,
Tues., &Thurs. Classes held daily. 417
S. Tamiami Tr. Contact Mary Lynn
941-685-8445
Zumba with Lynn, Mon.
and Thur. 9am, Venice Community
Center, 326 Nokomis in Venice, For
info: 941-493-8630


AARP Free Tax Help, low
& mid income-any age. Jacaranda
Library, 4143 Woodmere Pk. Blvd.
10am-2pm. Need 2012 return & 2013
income & deductions. 888-227-7669
Fossil Exhibit, explore local
prehistoric creatures; mammoths
to megalodons, Venice Museum
and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S,
941-486-2487
Zumba w/MaryLynn,
lOam, Mon.-Fri. Relax Stretch -
11:30am & 5:30pm. 417 S. Tamiami
Tr. Contact MaryLynn 941-685-8445 or
mlszerbin@aol.com
AARP Free Tax Help, low
& mid income-any age. Woodmere
Pk, 3951 Woodmere Pk. Blvd., 1-5pm
Need 2012 return & 2013 income &
deductions, 888-227-7669
Amer. Sewing Guild,
Monthly meeting every fourth
Monday. 1:30pm at Jacaranda Public
Library, Venice. Guest welcome.
941-445-7386
SILL Music Monday, Circus
Sarasota with Pedro Reis and Dolly
Jacobs at the Unitarian Universalist
Congregation. Tickets $8
Book Signing, Lovers, Liars,
and Lawyers Book Signing, Mary Anne
Snell, 5:30-8pm; Allegro Bistro, 1740
E. Venice Ave., 941-484-1888
Drug Abuse Help, Family
support/education every, 6pm, Christ
United Methodist Church, 1475 Center
Rd., Venice, 941-493-7504
Amer. Sewing Guild,
Monthly meeting of The American
Sewing Guild, 1:30pm at Jacaranda
Library, Venice. guests welcome.
941-445-7386
Body Sculpt w/Anne
Marie, classes held daily. 417
S. Tamiami Tr. Contact Mary Lynn
941-685-8445 or mlszerbin@aol.com


PAID ADVERTISEMENTS


Champagne & Ivories, Two renowned,
award-winning pianists/vocalists-Brian Gurl &
Katherine Alexandra perform a dazzling, inter-
active, intimate concert of classic & contemporary
Amer. Pop & Broadway. In exclusive private Venice
home, 251 Ponce de Leon Ave. Gourmet beverages &
desserts. Sun., Mar. 23, 3pm. (828) 284-2715
38th Annual Pineapple Antiques
Show, Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise presents
38th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show, Mar. 21-23.
Preview Party on Fri., 5-8pm with music and


* TUESDAY
Toastmasters, Venice
Toastmasters, 7:30-8:45 am, 597 S.
Tamiami TrI., Venice, 941-966-7500
AARP Free Tax Help,
low & mid income-any age. Venice
Comm Ctr. 326 S Nokomis Ave
9am-1pm. Need 2012 return, 2013
income & deductions. 888-227-7669
Baby Rhyme and Sign,
Baby Rhyme and Sign, 10-10:45am;
babies to 2
Fossil Exhibit, explore local


PAID ADVERTISEMENTS


hors d'oeuvres. $15 ticket is good for all 3 days.
Sat., Mar. 22,10am-5:30pm; Sun., Mar. 23,
lOam-4:30pm. $6 at door; $5 with coupon on
website. 941-928-5917
Florida's Women During the Civil
War, free Civil War lecture by Tracy Revels Ph.D.
Wofford College. Village On The Isle (Mark Manor
Bldg.), 930 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Tue., Mar. 25,
7pm. No reservation needed. Limited seating. Info:
941-412-0151 or Venice Historical Society website
www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org


prehistoric creatures; mammoths
to megalodons, Venice Museum
and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S,
941-486-2487
Psychic Fair, lOam-3pm,
Angel Ministries 2269 South
Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293, 941
492-4995
Architectural Walk, Starts
10:30am, at Gazebo, Centennial
Park, Venice. Author S. Liseo
discusses area mansions & villas.
$10; 941-484-5002


In order to provide "one-stop shopping" for area
event listings, the Venice Gondolier Sun is consol-
idating calendar items into a single location. The
Venue calendar includes library, senior, Well-Being
and religion events as well as community events.
We have moved to a reader-submission model for
all of these items.
To get your events printed in the newspaper, they
must be submitted via our website, www.venice-
gondoliersun.com. On the left, click on "Community
Calendar,"then click on "Submit Event"and fill in
the appropriate fields. You must enter the location,
address and phone number in the "Print Edition Text"
box for it to print.


Zumba w/MaryLynn,
Zumba Lite- 11:30am. Classes
held daily. 417 S. Tamiami Tr.,
Venice. Contact MaryLynn 941-685-
8445 or mlszerbin@aol.com
Bill Anderson Happy
Time Band, Dixie, Big Band,
Banjos, Gazebo in Centennial Park,
3-5pm, 952-212-3630, donation
Country Time Singers,
free, 5-7pm, Tues. at the Venice
Beach Pavilion, 101 The Esplanade.
Bring a chair 941-412-3333


Deadlines: For events to run in Wednesday's paper,
the deadline is 1 p.m. Monday. For events to run in
Saturday's paper, the deadline is 1 p.m. Thursday.
In order to print as many events as possible, we will
print a maximum of four lines per event at no cost. You
may purchase additional space for $10 per day, per
event, per edition. Simply choose"Paid Listing"on the
"Submit Event" page on the website. All paid listings
will run in the location designated for the event type.
We will only allow one submission per event, per
day. If your event runs for more than one day, you will
need to submit a separate form for each day. Multiple
submissions of the same event for the same date may
result in all the related events being removed.


College to help


students apply


for financial aid


STAFF REPORT

Filling out financial
aid request forms can
be a bit daunting.
That's why State
College of Florida,
Manatee-Sarasota
(SCF), Financial Aid
Services is hosting
workshops to help new
and returning students
complete their Free
Application for Federal
Student Aid (a.k.a.
FAFSA) for the 2014-15
academic year.
FAFSA Frenzy work-
shops will be held as
follows:
Bradenton: 11 a.m.-
1 p.m. Tuesday,
March 25; Wednesday,
April 2; Tuesday,
April 8 and Wednesday,
April 16, in the Club
Hub at SCF Bradenton,
5840 26th St. W.,
Student Union, building
14; and


*Venice: noon-
1:30 p.m., Wednesday,
April 9, and Thursday,
April 17, at SCF Venice,
building 100, room 174.
SCF financial aid
counselors will answer
students' questions and
help them complete
their FAFSA form to
meet the priority dead-
line of May 1. Earlier
applications are strong-
ly suggested to allow
sufficient review and
ensure that all required
information has been
included.
The FAFSA appli-
cation is online at
www.fafsa.ed.gov. SCF
students can check
their financial aid status
by going to scf.edu/
SCFconnect.
For more informa-
tion, visit scf.edu/
FinancialAid. Maps and
directions are online at
scf.edu/maps.


I COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS


Painting for
Loveland
Loveland Center will
hold "Painting for a
Purpose" at PaintingWith
A Twist, 5543 Palmer
Crossing Circle, Sarasota,
Sunday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Appetizers will be served
from 2-3 p.m. Cost is
$35 each. Proceeds go
to Loveland Center.
Friends are welcome.
RSVP at 941-922-0357 or
PaintingWithATwist.com.

Creative writer
speaks
State College of
Florida will host author
Isaac Marion at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26, at
SCF Venice, 8000 South
Tamiami Trail, build-
ing 800, Selby Room.
Sponsored by Swamp
Scribes, the creative
writing club at SCF
Venice, the event is free
and open to the public.
Marion will read excerpts
from his book "Warm
Bodies" and lead a ques-
tion-and-answer session.
Contact Dr. Doug Ford,
club adviser, at 941- 408-
1501 or fordd@scf.edu.
Maps and directions are
online at scf.edu/maps.


King's Gate fair
The annual King's Gate
Club Fair, 290 Avenue
of Kings, Nokomis, is
Saturday, March 22,
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free
admission and parking.
There will be a 300-fam-
ily flea market, bake
sale, arts and crafts sale,
50/50, raffle and super
raffle, food vendors. Free
taxi service to and from
the castle. Ten percent
of proceeds goes to
local charities. Rain date:
Sunday, March 23. For
directions, visit Kgc.cc or
call 941-484-6119.


and classical music with
an operatic twist. Tickets
are $35 and $25. Call
941-861-1380.

Venice Circus
Band
On Saturday, April 5,
11:30 a.m., the Venice
Symphony presents
its new Circus Band at
Senior Friendship Center,
2350 Scenic Drive,
Venice. This professional
group is made up of


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tenor, takes people
on a musical journey
Saturday, March 29,
7:30 p.m., with songs
from around the globe in
"Passport to the World"
at Venice Community
Center, 326 S. Nokomis
Ave., Venice. He sere-
nades in five languages
and recreates the music
of Bocelli, Pavarotti,
Groban, Phantom of
the Opera and Les
Miserables. He sings pop


wind, brass and percus-
sion players from the
VSO. Some of these mu-
sicians have traveled with
the circus, and Barnum
and Bailey. Joe Miller will
present a concert lecture
that includes famous
marches and traditional
music familiar to most
Americans. The concerts
are free and open to the
public, and made possi-
ble by a grant from The
Community Foundation.
CallVSO, 941-488-1010.


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Featured Events


CORRECTION
In an article appearing in the Venice GondolierSun about a
March 29 concert featuring Brian Gurl and the Fabulous Five, the
phone number for the Englewood Elks Club was incorrect. For tickets
($10 for dinner and $20 for the show), call 941-474-1404. The event
will include dinner at 6 p.m. and a show at 7:30 p.m. The Venice
GondolierSun regrets the error.


MsAT In m Rmm MEND





MARCH 22, 2014 WEEKEND EDITION


Lunchtime with Edith Wright


f"' t






STEPHEN BAUMANN
Edith Wright and I sat
down for 30 minutes
yesterday to discuss life
- hers, not mine and
Englewood, her adopted
town.
The long and short?
She likes it very much.
Both life in general and
life in Englewood. She's a
big Englewood booster,
which is not unusual for
people who have lived
in Englewood for a long
time.


But even by normal
standards, Edith is a really
big booster.
"I just love Englewood.
I came here in the 1980s
and I wouldn't go any-
where else," she says at
her home during lunch
- hers, not mine.
Edith has lived 90 1/2
years so far, roughly
one-third here. She grew
up in the horse country of
Aiken, S.C., and found her
first passion there.
"I've ridden horses
since my dad could pick
me up and put me on a
horse."
Edith rode in faux fox
hunts (chasing a trail
created by fox scent, not
furry creatures running
for their poor dear lives)
and even jumped show
horses in Madison Square
Garden.


After high school, she
moved to Virginia, went
to college and then, she
tells me, "I got married,
like everybody else. I got
married to a man that
was a lawyer. Divorced
him after awhile."
(I promised not to
go into it. Edith is now
married to Jerry, a very
nice man who is hus-
band number four. The
marriage is approaching
20 years, so it seems
solid.)
Edith no longer rides
horses and no longer sails
boats, which was another
of her big passions. She
also no longer shows
dogs. (Dachshunds. She
has been to Madison
Square Garden for a dog
show, too).
Instead, Edith's
attention is turned to


gardening.
Edith and Jerry live in
an older, modest house
with a decent-sized lot.
After a walk though the
place it has beautiful
dark wooden ceilings -
we go outside to tour the
gardens. There are flower
beds and small trees
throughout the property.
There's a small potting
shed and an orchid shed
out back. Everything is
done with great care.
Throughout our time,
the conversation drifts
back to her affection for
Englewood.
Edith reflects back to
when she moved here
from Miami.
"There's a lot to be said
for how it's improved.
Remember how it used to
be in the 1980s?"
I don't.


Edith illuminates:
"Downtown Englewood
wasn't anything."
Which is one reason
she keeps up with
the business of the
Englewood Community
Redevelopment Area,
among other local groups.
She's a regular at CRA
advisory board meetings,
and she is never reluctant
to offer opinions.
"I'm an ornery old
lady," she says, without
sounding very ornery.
"I just want to be able
to speak my mind."
Not that she finds
much to criticize.
"Everybody has always
been so pleasant in
Englewood and you can
do anything you want.
There's theater and art,
sports. I can't complain
about anything that


they've done or built
around here."
In the best sense, a
hometown booster.
"It's just the nicest
town.
"You know, if you just
think about it, we never
seem to have serious
problems about anything.
Everything's easy to live
with."
One more thing:
"I just love the area and
love being able to be alive.
I thank the dear Lord."
Which, I tell her, sounds
like a quote to me.
"Well, everybody should
say it," she says.

Stephen Baumann is
a member of the Sun's
editorial board. If you
know of someone with a
story to tell, contact him at
sbaumann@sun-herald.
corn, or call 941-681-3003.


le Scout project benefits Habitat


FROM
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Peter Cornetet, 16,
son of Kim and James
Cornetet, recently
completed his Eagle
Scout project, which will
help the local Habitat for
Humanity program.
He raised the funds,
enlisted other Scouts
and with the direction
of Habitat volunteers
completed four Habitat
Can Cottages. Peter is a
member of Troop 23, St.
John's Methodist Church
in Sarasota.
Habitat for Humanity
South Sarasota County
has more than 25 can
cottages throughout
South County. They are


collection sites for alumi-
num cans, which are sold
to an aluminum recycling
company.
This program has been
in existence for more than
10 years and is managed
by volunteers.
"Habitat for Humanity
South Sarasota County
was pleased, proud and
grateful to be chosen as
the recipient of Peter's
Eagle Scout Project," said
Judith H. Wilcox, Habitat
executive director.
"This type of mission
will have an ongoing
impact on the communi-
ty both from a recycling
perspective and on a
personal level for Peter."
Habitat for Humanity
South Sarasota County


Inc. is a 501(c) (3)
nonprofit corporation
that builds or renovates
and sells houses to quali-
fied low-income families
who want to become
homeowners. Habitat for
Humanity South Sarasota
County Inc. serves the
communities of Venice,
Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis,
Englewood and North
Port.

PHOTO COURTESY OF
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Peter Cornetet, 16, recently
completed an Eagle Scout
project that benefited Habitat
for Humanity South Sarasota
County. He raised funds,
enlisted other Scouts and
completed four Habitat Can
Cottages.


Concert season wraps with shows


FROM VENICE THEA

Venice Theatre wrap
popular Concert and S
Events Series in April v
shows.
First, audiences are i
to relive the Woodstocl
with "Monday Monday
tribute to the Mamas a
Papas. The band will a]
April 6 and 7 for three ]
mances at 8 p.m. on Su
and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. c
Monday. Tickets are $2
Next, the Baby Boon
Comedy Show returns
two nights of stand-up
April 13 and 14 at 8 p.n
seats are $20.
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tribute to one of the m
harmony-rich groups (
'60s The Mamas and


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t Rader hit all the
topics baby boomers
ing with: family, kids,
>-it-yourself projects,
aging and more, and
it with clean humor
en a hit at thousands
es around the country.
s for all Venice Theatre
through June 2014 are
e at the box office at
-1115 or online at
nicestage.com. 2014-
bscriptions are also on
N.
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. Tampa Ave. on the
SVenice. Box office
re from 10 a.m. to
monday through Friday
hour before show


I COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS


Taste of Hungary
Hungarian Christian
Society holds Taste
of Hungary, Saturday,
March 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.,
165 North Jackson Road.
Live entertainment, free
admission, authentic
Hungarian food, including
gulyas (goulash) soup,
chicken paprikas and dump-
lings, sausage and pastries.
Call 941-483-4830.

SPARCCLE
on the links
The 11th annual Sparccle
on the Links Golf Tournament
will be Thursday, May 1, at
Plantation Golf & Country
Club, 500 Rockley Blvd.,
Venice. Proceeds go to support
Safe Place and Rape Crisis
Center's (Sparcc) programs for
victims of domestic violence
and sexual assault. Call
941-492-9857.


Habitat Can Cottage
manager sought
Habitat for Humanity needs
an experienced volunteer
to manage the Habitat Can
Cottage program, which
manages area aluminum can
pickups. The right person
will implement the program,
recruit and manage volunteers
and manage organizational
duties. This is a long-term
commitment. Call Michael
Sollitto at 941-493-6606,
ext. 231 for more information.

Dinner dance
Venice Gardens Civic
Association holds "A Touch of
Italian" dinner dance Saturday,
April 5, 6 p.m., at its club-
house, 406 Shamrock Blvd.,
Venice. BYOB. Adults only.
Dancing and music by the Wa-
Na-Bes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $15, available at the
office and from members. Call
Nancy at 941-492-5475.


Smart


puppy seeks forever home

PHOTO
COURTESY OF
BOBBI AUSTIN
Barb is a
6-month-old
". puppyreadyto
S. play. She is a
1~ spayed female,
very smart
-and probably a
:.&* A v Shepherd mix.
Barb has lots of
puppy energy,
loves attention
and gets along
"". '.well with other
--.dogs. Visit Barb
and other pets
at Englewood
Animal Rescue
Sanctuary, 145
W. Dearborn St.,
Englewood. Call
941-681-3877
A ito see if this
"* animal is still
available for
-. ,adoption or visit
EARS41ife.com or
Petfinder.com.


S.


PHOTO COURTESY OF BOBBI AUSTIN

Jazz up your life with Jasmine

Jasmine is a 5-month-old Chihuahua mix spayed female puppy who loves everyone and
all dogs. She will be a small dog when full grown, probably 15 pounds or so. She has soft
fur and wonderful soulful brown eyes. Visit Jasmine and other pets at Englewood Animal
Rescue Sanctuary, 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. Call 941-681-3877 to see if this animal
is still available for adoption or visit EARS4life.com or Petfinder.com.


4B SUN NEWSPAPERS





WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 22, 2014


This is not your typical spring break


By IAN ROSS
STAFF WRITER

To most, spring break
is a bacchanalian festival
in which college students
migrate to beach towns
to party for a week or so
after midterm exams.
But Southwest Florida
areas like Manasota Key
in Englewood attract a
different type of spring
breaker. Students like
Morgan Kline, a sopho-
more at Mount Vernon
Nazarene University, are
coming down this year for
a quiet spring break with
the family.
She said this trip is her
third or fourth visit to the
area.
"It's so nice," Morgan
said. "Last week was
rough because of mid-
terms it was crazy
stressful. So being here
is perfect after midterms
plus the crazy cold the
polar vortex."
Morgan was visiting her
grandmother, Barbara,
who lives in Venice, along
with her mother, Cheryl,
and her sister, Erin
Jeunnette, who grad-
uated from Kent State
University last year.
"Right now it's


25 degrees in Ohio,"
where the family is from,
Cheryl said, "so we will
take the upper 70s and
windy in Florida."
The Kline family fits
what Realtors describe as
the typical spring break
scenario on Manasota
Key.
College students on
spring break "generally
gravitate to the area in
connection with parents
or grandparents" who
already live here, said
Dave Lipstein, CEO of
Manasota Key Realty and
Conch Out Vacations.
There's not a lot of
what he calls "straight-up
spring breakers" "kids
driving down from
Atlanta or something
like that and looking to
spend a week vacation-
ing in the area." Those
types, Lipstein said, tend
to go to Panama City,
Daytona Beach, Cocoa
Beach, or the Miami-Fort
Lauderdale area.
"A lot of times the
younger crowd is looking
for ... more activity," he
said.
Another factor is the
key's lack of hotels and
record-breaking season
this year that has left less


available space for the
droves of college students
who arrive at more fa-
mous spring break spots.
"We certainly hope the
younger generation will
be able to enjoy them-
selves somewhere, but
I'm not sure if there's any
room in the Englewood
area," Lipstein said.
He also noted spring
break tends to fall
between the peak of
tourist season and the
Easter rush two waves
of activity that bring a lot
of people to the beach.
"We would love to
arrange spring break for
the first two weeks of
May" when vacancies
begin to open up, he said,
laughing.
If spring breakers in
Englewood are common,
they may be hard to no-
tice. White Elephant bar-
tender Nicole Lima said
she hasn't really observed
any extra college-age
kids. For her, the most
noticeable tourist trend is
"this whole season is way,
way, way busier."
Charlotte County
director of tourism Lorah
Steiner said she sees a
wave of spring break
tourism in the county.


SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Spring breaker Morgan Kline enjoyed Manasota Beach on Tuesday with grandmother Barbara
Kline, mother Cheryl Kline, and sister Erin Jeunnette.


"I don't think we're
a classic spring break
destination," Steiner said,
"but that doesn't mean
that people don't choose
us for spring break."
The appeal of Charlotte
County, she said, is that
it's "a quieter, more
eco-friendly destination
for people who don't


necessarily want to
come party.... Very often
people who choose this
area tend to be families or
couples."
Not all areas see the
same spring trends
however.
At the Wyvern Hotel in
Punta Gorda, for exam-
ple, it's spring training


rather than spring break
that draws people in.
"(It's) people coming
in to see the Tampa Bay
Rays, the Boston Red Sox
and Manasota Twins (for
spring training)," said
General Manager John
Perez.

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'Give 'Em Hell, Harry' on


FROM STATE COLLEGE
OF FLORIDA
Researcher and actor
Jack Rabito will perform
excerpts from "Give 'Em
Hell, Harry," a one-man
drama production about
President Harry S. Truman,
at noon Monday, March 31,
at State College of Florida,
Manatee-Sarasota (SCF)
Venice, 8000 South
Tamiami Trail, building 800,
Selby Room.
Rabito, a Venice resident,


has performed more
than 50 stage shows from
Chicago to Florida. He
has appeared locally in
"The Diary of Anne Frank"
at Venice Theater and in
"Catch Me if You Can" at
the Glenridge Performing
Arts Center.
He has been invited
to perform "Give 'Em
Hell, Harry" at the Harry
S. Truman Library in
Independence, Mo., this
year.


stage at SCF

Sponsored by the
History/Political Science
Club at SCF, the perfor-
mance is free and open to
the public. Reservations
are not required. Seating is
first-come, first-served.
For more information,
call Michael Rogers,
History/Political Science
Club adviser, at 941-408-
1485 or email rogersm@
scf.edu. Maps and direc-
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Parkinson's walk abounce house and


Parkinson Research
Foundation holds a
Parkinson's Awareness
Walk and Family
Fun Day for those in
Sarasota, Charlotte
and Manatee counties
April 12, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. at Oscar Scherer
State Park, 1843 South
Tamiami Trail, Osprey.
Free admission. There
will be food vendors,
music, door prizes,


games.
For more details,
contact Toni Goin at
941-893-4188, ext. 106,
or TGoin@Parkinson
ResearchFoundation.
org.

New Play
Festival
The Players will
accept new plays for
its 13th annual Players
New Play Festival from


now until May 2. A
committee of judges
will select five plays
to be presented in a
"Reader's Theater"
style during the week
of July 21-26 at The
Players, 838 North
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
One of the winning
plays will be selected
as "Best of Series" and
will be produced at The
Players Theatre in 2015.
For more details, visit
ThePlayers.org.


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wife Violet 25 years ago,"
Raymond said.
Years later, Raymond
found two new species
of fossil shell himself. By
publishing a paper on his
find, he earned naming
rights for the discovery.
"Morum Meganae
Raymond" or Megan's
blackberry" is named
for his daughter Megan
Raymond, a Pineview
graduate now working as
a lawyer in Washington.
D.C. He has since do-
nated those shells to
the Florida Museum
of Natural History
collection.
"This is such a rich
area," Raymond said
about the abundance
of fossils to be found in
Venice.
Possibly even more
plentiful than fossilized
shells in this area are
fossilized shark teeth that
contributed to Venice'
nickname as the "Shark
Tooth Capital of the
World."
"The typical shark can
grow 20,000-20,500 teeth
in a lifetime," Raymond
said. "They have 56 teeth
in a row and seven rows
of teeth."
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Raymond has a framed
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several nearly as large
as a human hand. The
larger ones are from the
megladon species which
is said to have been
nearly 60 feet in length.
Smaller teeth, averaging
12 to 1-inch in height, are
found daily on Venice
beaches.
The larger teeth are
most often found off-
shore on the bottom and
mostly by divers.
Other fossils found
in the area include
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and mammoth teeth,
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now extinct, whale and
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both fossil and shell clubs
involved with the archives
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for postage stamps that
feature shells and fossils.
Part of his collection
of shell-themed stamps
can be seen in the main
post office in downtown
Venice.
Membership in the
two clubs represented at
the Triangle Inn is open
to anyone interested
in learning more about
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structure and regular
meetings.
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WEEKEND EDITION R 610
MARCH 22, 2014


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Where is the Kingdom

of Heaven?


MIKE YOUNG

It has always struck me
as curious that the creeds
make no mention of the
teachings of Jesus. And,
in his teaching, there is
little mention of the stuff
in the creeds.
I am a fan of the
parables of Jesus. When I
was in theological school
there was a whole genre
of biblical scholarship
under the general label
of "The Hard Sayings of
Jesus" hard, because
the general practice was
to try to find a moral
point to his parables and
aphorisms. Some man-
aged this with allegory,
but they always struck me
as a bit of a stretch.
One of my favorites
was the saying that the
Kingdom of Heaven is
like a mustard seed. Now,
I know mustard plants.
I've even made mustard
from the flowers. No birds
are going to nest in their
branches, as in the cedars
of Lebanon.
Something else was
going on here. Mustard
plants are weeds, as they
were in Israel of that day,
too. If they get into your
fields and get harvested
with the grain, they'll
make your livestock sick.
As biblical scholars
lately have been taking
more seriously the
historical and cultural
context of first century
Israel, this saying as well
as several others begin to
make more sense.
To say the least, Jesus
was not a supporter of
the moral and ethical sta-
tus quo of his time. And
the Kingdom of Heaven
was not "pie in the sky
by-and-by." It was a direct
challenge to the kingdom
of Caesar, the kingdom
of Herod and the cozy
accommodation of the
Temple authorities.
But his style was not
an attempt to directly
challenge them. It was to
undermine their legiti-
macy. It was also a call to


a different way of being
in the world.
Asked when the
Kingdom of Heaven
would come, he said,
"The kingdom is spread
out upon the earth and
men do not see it." OK
that's the Gospel of
Thomas. The received
text is, "The Kingdom is
in your midst." (The per-
sonalistic mistranslation
of the Greek is "within
you." No, it's right there
in front of you.)
We're not used to the
idea that Jesus could use
humor and satire, but he
did.
My second favorite
saying has to do with the
sneaky question about
paying taxes to Rome. If
he said yes, his hearers
would object. If he said
no, the Romans would
come after him.
He asked for a coin.
"Whose likeness is this?"
he asked. Caesar's, they
said. "Render unto
Caesar the things that are
Caesar's, and unto God
the things that are God's."
And what is Caesar's?
I imagine Jesus holding
up a hand with thumb
and first finger touching.
Zero! It's all stolen at the
point of a sword.
No. The Kingdom of
Heaven is a) right now;
and b) how you treat
"the least of these." Jesus
pointed to the most
everyday acts. The Good
Samaritan who helped
the Jew fallen among
thieves was the hated
enemy. The father of the
Prodigal Son went against
everything first century
patriarchs were expected
to do.
Jesus seems to stand
in opposition to all the
moralistic, popular
cultural expectations
of his day. But in the
margins, in the little
places where we actually
encounter each other,
friend or "enemy," he
practiced the most open
and welcoming attitude
toward the outcasts of
his day. And, in the early
church, according to St.
Paul, there was neither
Jew nor Greek, slave nor
free, rich nor poor, male
nor female.
They got it. Why do we
have such difficulty with
it today?

The Rev. Mike Young is
the interim minister of
Unitarian Universalist
Congregation of Venice.


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Catholic Women's fashion show



benefits scholarship program


By CHRIS COVIELLO
GUEST WRITER

The Epiphany
Cathedral's Council of
Catholic Women's (CCW)
annual fashion show
serves a noble purpose.
It's a fundraiser whose
entire proceeds go to
benefit students of
Epiphany Cathedral
Catholic School, which is
a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse
School of Excellence.
One hundred percent
of the proceeds benefit
the school in the way of
student scholarships.
Becoming a Blue
Ribbon School requires
fulfillment of nine major
categories of critical
performance, assessed
by representatives of
Blue Ribbon Schools
of Excellence Inc. The
categories are: student
focus and support; school
organization and culture;
challenging standards
and curriculum; active
teaching and learning;
technology integration;
professional community;
leadership and educa-
tional vitality; school,
family and community
partnerships; and


indicators of success.
The fashion show
will be held Wednesday,
March 26, at Plantation
Golf & Country Club, 500
Rockley Blvd., Venice. In
addition to a luncheon,
this year's event, "Hats
off to Venice Fashions,"
will feature fashions
provided by several Venice
boutiques, including
Fifi's, Sandy's Designer
Clothing, Sun Bug, Eyes
onYou, Krystyna's, Seaside
Chic and Patchington.
"For over 15 years, the
proceeds from the fashion
show have benefited our
scholarship program
at Epiphany Cathedral
Catholic School," said
Barbara Koehler, presi-
dent of the CCW. "All of
the ladies have a great
time socializing and
seeing the latest fashions,
but in our hearts we know
our day of fun has a very
important purpose and
that is to provide children
with the gift of Catholic
education."
In just the past 15 years,
more than 30 students
and families have ben-
efited from the schol-
arships provided by the
CCW. Students receiving


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Emily Sarnecki, left, Edna Rohan, Alberta Viola, Anita
Justice, Win Adams and Fran Frederick comprise the plan-
ning committee for this year's Epiphany Council of Catholic
Women's annual fashion show. The luncheon/fashion show,
"Hats Off to Venice Fashions," will be held at Plantation Golf
& Country Club Wednesday, March 26, with all proceeds going
toward scholarships for pupils at Epiphany's Blue Ribbon
Lighthouse of Excellence School.


these scholarships must
uphold the three crowns
of Epiphany and be
committed to academics,
prayer and service to the
community.
"We are eternally
grateful to these ladies
for their commitment
to Catholic education,"
said Father Jack Costello,
Rector of Epiphany
Cathedral. "They dedicate
their time, talents and
treasures to benefit our
children."
The fashion show will


begin with a social hour
at 11 a.m.; the luncheon
is at 12:15 p.m. The lunch
menu includes salmon
with dill sauce or chicken
Provencal; dessert is
a Chambord mousse
bombe.
The fashion show is the
social event of the season
for CCW, but the benefits
of this one day are felt all
year long. Registration is
open to the public. Tickets
are just $35, available by
calling Fran Frederick at
941-493-5904.


Church to present two shows


STAFF REPORT

'Cole Slaw'
Venice Presbyterian
Church will host a
concert by Eric Watters
to benefit the CROP Walk
at 7 p.m. on Monday,
March 24, in the church
sanctuary at 825 The
Rialto.
The concert entitled
"Cole Slaw" will be an
evening featuring the
music from Cole Porter
and Nat King Cole. Bobby


Brader will accompany
Watters on piano. Watters
is a talented local singer
and actor.
The concert will be
one of music and fun.
Admission is $10 at the
door.
The CROP Walk orga-
nization fights hunger on
the Suncoast as well as
worldwide.

'Exodus'
Off-Broadway actor
Brad Sherrill will present


the timeless story of
God's deliverance enti-
tled "Exodus" with new
videography from Egypt,
Sinai, Jordan and Israel
at 7 p.m. on Saturday,
March 29, at Venice
Presbyterian Church,
825 The Rialto.
Tickets are $10 and
may be obtained by
calling 941-488-2258.
Tickets may be available
at the door, but ordering
ahead of time will help to
ensure a seat.
This presentation


has been applauded by
The Washington Post,
The Atlanta Journal and
The NewYork Times
noting that: "The Good
Book gets even better";
"Sherrill entertains,
cajoles, moves and mes-
merizes," and Mr. Sherrill
is a poised performer
with a subtle physical
grace."
The community is
invited to share the
Exodus story in this
inspirational and emo-
tional performance.


Harvest Chapel brings the Duffields to perform


FROM HARVEST CHAPEL

Sue and Jeff Duffield
will perform at Harvest
Chapel of Venice at 6 p.m.
on Sunday, March 23.
If you know little about
the Duffields, aside from
the fact that they have
new life doing contempo-
rary hymns and even the
Oldies, you've missed out
on the exceptional and
creative artists they have
always been.
Since the early '70s,
while Jeff and Sue had
major media venues of
opportunity and expo-
sure (PTL Club, 700 Club,
100 Hundred Huntley
Street Canada), they
never strived for com-
mercial success. They
turned down many offers
for record deals.
Sue not only has an
incredible vocal ability,
she also writes much of
the material they per-
form. Jeff is a sought-after


keyboardist, playing,
producing and arranging
for such artists/ministries
as Jimmy Fortune (Statler
Brothers), Doug Oldham,
the Original Couriers, Ben
"Cooter" Jones (Dukes
of Hazzard), Sammy
Hall, Dave Boyer, Canton
Junction and John Hagee
Ministries.
The choice to perform
a more jazz, soul-
ful-influenced repertoire
while mainstream gospel
went a more conservative
direction, proved to be
their signature strength.
The Duffields were
performing this worship
flavor a decade or more
before it became popular.
Their music is rich
with many layers. They
are truly musicians'
musicians. But most will
say Jeff and Sue's hearts
are even bigger than
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Harvest Chapel
is behind Lakeside
Lutheran, 2370 Seaboard
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inVenice. Come early
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directions and informa-
tion, call Pastor Enloe at
941-493-5200.

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WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 22, 2014


Tour Guide


ACROSS

1 Growl
5 State of NE India
10 Famed fabulist
15 Early morning vapor
19 "Last Days of Pompeii"
heroine
20 Dogie catcher
21 Calyx part
22 Beehive State
23 WY national park
25 OR national park
27 Hiatuses
28 Diagonal spar
30 Pioneer journalist Bly
31 Trials and tribulations
32 Antoinette
33 Actor Cronyn
34 Church instruments
37 St. John's bread
38 Fair and fare, e.g.
42 Scottish sconelike cake
43 Word with maid or made
44 Scrooge, for short
46 Moray
47 Watchdog agcy.
48 Ancient Persian
49 "__ pro nobis"
50 Orbiting Ride
52 One, in Ulm
53 CA national park
57 Spanish jar
58 Good !
60 __ flowing with milk
and honey
61 Port of Lebanon
62 A la__
63 In __: furious
64 Goat antelope
65 Yugoslavian coins
66 Fragrance
67 Emphasizes
70 What's __ for me?
71 KY national park
73 Prefix with corn or cycle
74 'Mad' Anthony
75 ". . I saw Elba"
76 Swiss stream
77 Fort__, CA
78 Year in the Yucatan
79 Lay at anchor
81 Twining stem
82 Truck type
84 Offering
88 Chemist's gear: pl.
90 Withdraw formally
91 Part of TVA
92 Grant and DeGaulle:
abbr.
93 Staff officer, e.g.
94 Springstccn's
instrument
97 Showed concern
98 Innovative
102 MI national park
104 FL national park
106 Check
107 Mosquito genus


108 Bristly plant parts: L.
109 Legal wrong
110 Word with up or off
111 Does not dare: colloq.
112 Adolescents
113 River at Dresden

DOWN

1 Caron role
2 Germanic Fate: myth.
3 Med. school course
4 Urban_
5 Bandleader Shaw, et al.
6 Appears
7 Fri. followers
8 From __ Z
9 Roof style
10 Attribute
11 Weird
12 Small confrontation
13 Grain
14 Full assembly
15 USN retiree Mike
16 Med. native
17 H.H. Munro


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18 Quaker's second person
24 No queen bee
26 San __, Italy
29 Con's opposite
32 Equine locks
33 E. China province
34 Propose
35 Straight lines
36 AZ national park
37 Scrounge
38 Rom. king of Judea
39 WY national park
40 Black: prefix
41 Crafty
43 Therefore
45 Drogheda's river
48 After-dinner treats
50 Social event
51 Ray namesakes
53 Martial art
54 Ricochet
55 Crockett's last stand
56 Pick on
59 Singer Bobby
61 Federer's strength
63 Prepared
64 Gawk
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MARCH 22,2014


PHOTO ALBUM


CONTACT US
941-207-1102
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SUN NEWSPAPERS


Famous players from Venice at the Punta Gorda Banjo Bash in
February are Jack Canine, left, and Tim Allan. Canine founded
the Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City; Allan is a member of its
Hall of Fame. He is from Toronto, has owned homes in Venice
since 1999 and does shows on stringed instruments in U.S.,
Canadian and European cities.


Virtuoso 17-year-old violinist Jonathan Russell, from New
York City, has been brought by clarinetist Bud Leeds for Venice
concerts since age II. He plays here with trombonist Herb Bruce,
of North Port, at a Bay Indies concert in January with Leeds' all
star band.


PHOTO COURTESY OF JEAN MARIE BURTON
Chaplain Linda Braswell, left, and Audrey Shaw, federal retiree,
at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees table at
the March 5 LifeStyles Expo held at Venice Community Center.


Jeanne Richgels and John Bowman have voluntarily conducted a Tuesday morning dance class at Country Club Estates for about six years, asking
only for a food donation to go for the needy. Dances include waltz, foxtrot, swing and cha cha. Dancers include: Jerry and Marilyn Zacharyasz, left;
John and Jean Burton; John Nelson; Jeanne Richgels; Jo and Frank Gallagher; Kathy Kinney; Bob Sauve; Diane Bowman; James Tripp; Betty Watson;
Mike Harris; and Polly and Marvin Gates. Not pictured are Jim and Judy Young.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DAR
Below: Local women attend the Silver Tea for Sarasota County Chapters of Daughters of the American Revolution, Myakka and Allapattah, hosted
by the SaraDeSoto DAR Chapter. Local women are Cathy Hollar, Betty Intagliata, Margaret Clayton, Sheila Parkinson and Bernadette Pollick. Leigh
Anne Brown, Alafia River Chapter, Brandon, presented "Portrait of a Bride;' replete with 30 wedding gowns. Also present is Cynthia Soulandros,
DAR regent from the SaraDeSoto Chapter.


COURTESY PHOTO
Barbara Koehler, left,
president of Epiphany
Council of Catholic
Women (CCW),
and Anita Justice,
chairman of a "gently
used"jewelry sale
at the CCW February
meeting, present
Brother Peter Nault
with a check for $500
for his Outreach
Program at Epiphany
Cathedral.


HHOTO COURITESY OF BOB ByYL-
German saxophonist Klaus Bader leads a
quintet for the South County Jazz Club concert
at Venice Art Center Feb. 14. He has played and
recorded often in Suncoast venues. At left is
bassist Don Mopsick, who has relocated to the
Venice area from San Antonio. He was in the
Jim Cullum band that will play an SCJC concert
in May.


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Deirdre Christman, Gloria
Casey and Elaine Gustafson,
members of the 4-year-old
Venice Chapter of Dining
for Women (DFW), in Hanoi
at the Temple of Litera-
ture. They joined women
from other chapters of
the national DFW to visit
charities the organization
supports in Cambodia and
Vietnam. DFW chooses
programs that empower
women and children in
needy areas of the devel-
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Janet Molen, left, Sunfish;
Miriam Stavely, IOD; presenter
Eve Hill and Judy Collins, Pram
division, flank a photo of the
contest's namesake and show
the trophies they won in the
Annual Dennis Hill Memorial
Regatta March 5.


COURTESY PHOTO
Beach Manor Villas South celebrated its fourth annual Ladies Tea Party Feb. 8. The ladies enjoy
tea, goodies and games with prizes at the clubhouse.
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at a Venice Isle
Mobile Home
Park concert in
January were in
the late Boots
Randolph's
concerts at
Venice Theatre.
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bassist Tim
Smith, drummer
Ray Von Rotz
and guitarist
Roddy Smith.


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senior living under the Health Care Category! Over the past years,
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Overall, as well as Best Adult Day Care, and Best Assisted
Living Under 50 Beds. That's because residents at America's
award-winning senior-living community enjoy an all-inclusive,
affordable country club lifestyle with the best care available in the
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Award winners know how to party


Y you're probably used
Sto the owners of your
favorite businesses
behaving in a businesslike
manner when you're in
their office or store. They're
polite, courteous, friendly;
they're outgoing, but usu-
ally somewhat restrained,
even if you know them.
You wouldn't know them
if you saw them at our Best
of Venice event.
The Gondolier Sun
has long worked with its
readers to recognize the top
businesses in the area. In
2012, we decided that the
honor of being one of the
best businesses deserved
more recognition than a
plaque and a mention in
the paper, so we created a
red-carpet event at which
business owners could
network, celebrate each
other's success ... OK, it's
an excuse to throw a big
party.
And party they do. We
had 400 people turn out for
the first event, in January
2013, and a great time was
had by all. How great? The
best answer to that is to tell
you more than 500 people
came this year, filling the
Plantation Golf & Country
Club to capacity.
It's a hit with our sub-
scribers, too, though they
don't get to attend. Twice
as many ballots were cast
this year, and I'd bet that's
due in large part to the
coverage we gave the event
that made it look like so
much fun. Everybody loves
a good party, even if they
only get to experience it
secondhand.
All those extra votes
had a noticeable impact
on the results. In some
of the categories the top
two vote getters had just a
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handful of votes separating
them, while in others some
regular winners didn't win.
That's good, though local
businesses know they have
to keep improving if they
want to be the best.
It takes a ton of work
to put this event on, from
sending out the invitations
to organizing the award
presentation so that it runs
like clockwork. Our ad reps
do a fabulous job on our
end, while our business
partners in the community
provide invaluable support:
The Plantation Golf &
Country Club has hosted
the event both years and


the staff there could not
have done a better job. The
arrangements, the setting,
the food everything
there is first class.
From invitations and
programs to specialty
boards, the Venice Print
Center does an incredible
job efficient, on time
and awesome.
Sights and Sounds AV
Inc. takes care of our elec-
tronic needs, making sure
everyone, no matter where
they're seated, can see and
hear all the festivities.
Suncoast Engraving
makes our plaques quickly
and correctly. Once we turn
things over to them, we
don't have to worry about
it. That's a huge relief.
Plantation and Venice
Day Spa provide gifts for
the Business of the Year,
helping make our winner
feel special.
Ciao Bella Salon, a spir-
ited group, is the sponsor
of our newest honor, the


Spirit Award, presented to
the person or persons who
display the most enthu-
siasm on the way to the
award stand.
Our DJ, Brian Pentecost,
owner and operator of
Pentecost Entertainment,
never misses a beat even
though we ask him to play
excerpts of hundreds of
songs relating to the award
winners for example,
West Coast Mattress'
owners stepped to the
podium to the beat of "The
Lion Sleeps Tonight." Brian
keeps things moving, and
always has the crowd on
the dance floor at the end
of the ceremony.
Who will the winners be
for 2014? Our subscribers
will tell us later in the year.
What we can tell you is that
they're going to enjoy a
heckuva party.
Congratulations to all the
2013 winners, and good
luck in 2014's Best of Venice
program.


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1220 Ogden Road, Venice FL 34285
941-497-7777
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As we are entering our 25th year in business, we have
never lost sight of our customers' expectations. We con-
tinue to strive each day to provide excellent service, and
everyone in our organization is committed to that. As we've
expanded our product line to provide more value to our
customers, we continue to set ourselves apart from the
competition.

Absolute Windows
Dale Des Jardins Jr.
171 Center Road, Venice FL 34285
941-497-7777
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Absolute Windows is a full-service window company that
handles residential, condo and commercial window and
door needs. Our team is second to none when it comes
to experience and expertise. Our customers feel good in
knowing we can handle all of the details, from engineering
and permitting to installation and service.

Aston Gardens at Pelican Pointe
Discovery Senior Living
1000 Aston Gardens Drive, Venice FL 34292
941-240-1000
AstonGardens.com
Exceptional accommodations, a professional staff avail-
able 24/7 and gourmet meals are just a few of the reasons
residents love us. Add in our exclusive, comprehensive
wellness program and you too will see why we've been
No. 1 in Venice for so many years. Come discover why we
are America's award-winning senior-living community in
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Beechwood Builders Inc.
Jeffery 0. Gates
779 Commerce Drive, Venice FL 34292
941-484-9053
BeechwoodBuilders.com
Since 1990, Beechwood Builders Inc. has been a respect-
ed builder for an extensive list of clients in all areas of
construction: residential, commercial, new and remodeling
in Southwest Florida. Beechwood is proud of its longstand-
ing commitment to its clients and community.
Bicycles International
Heinz Manig
1744 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-497-1519
BicyclesInternationalFl.com
Bicycles International has been serving Venice since
1986. With more than 25,000 bikes sold, we know what
it takes to serve your needs. We have a factory-trained
tech and five employees who have been in the cycling
business for more than a century combined. Come see
why we have consistently been voted Best Bike Shop
year after year.
Bob's Twist-N-Shake
420 North U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice FL 34285
941-485-5152
Facebook.com/bobstwistnshake
Thank you for choosing us No. 1 Best of Venice
again this year. We strive to make each visit a tasteful,
enjoyable experience.


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720 North TamiamiTrail, Nokomis FL 34275
941-485-1555
BrandtVetClinic.com
Your dogs, cats, hamsters and guinea pigs are
unique, beloved family members. You want them to have the
best quality of life possible. Our services include wellness care,
advanced dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, digital radi-
ography, acupuncture and a pet resort, all wrapped up with
individualized attention and a warm, caring bedside manner
- the best care for your best friend. We are one of the 14 per-
cent of clinics in the U.S. accredited by the American Animal
Hospital Association, and have received Gold status from the
American Association of Feline Practitioners for our special
cat programs. Come in for a tour. Tell your friends. And thank
you for choosing us the No. 1 Best Veterinarian inVenice.


BrewBurger's
The Bacons and the Saccos
370 Commercial Court, Venice FL 34292
941-484-2337
BrewBurgers.com
We know a few truths, namely: Everything is better with
burgers, and beer is best served about frozen. Celebrate
these facts at BrewBurger's and enjoyVenice's best burgers,
icy cold beer, sandwiches, icy cold beer, salads and, of
course, icy cold beer. Thanks for voting us Best Burger
- again.

Britton's Carpet One
Jonny and Joni Britton
1190 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-485-3336
BrittonsCarpetOneVenice.com
Britton's Carpet One has been successfully serving
Venice's flooring and home decorating needs since 1947.
Britton's has recently introduced a kitchen and bath
department offering an exquisite selection of cabinets,
countertops and backsplashes. Our onsite kitchen designer
will help you select the right products and plan the space
correctly to fit your lifestyle and dreams.


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Burgundy Square Caf6
Chuck Cyr
227 W. Miami Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-451-8261
BurgundySquare.com
Voted No. 1 Breakfast and Lunch, and also Best Caf6,
Homestyle Country Cooking and Overall Restaurant.
Fresh, fresh, fresh and delicious that's how we serve
it up. One bite and you will be in love with our fare.
Reasonably priced and cooked the way you want it,
served up by our friendly staff, it doesn't get better than
this. Come in for a fabulous meal and say hello to us.


Caf6 Bagel
Jennifer DiPiazza
1811 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-493-2095
CafeBagelOnline.com
We are a family-owned and -operated business, serving
breakfast and lunch to Venice for the past eight years. We have
20 bagel flavors, various sandwiches, salads, burritos, wraps,
breakfast plates, muffins and lots more. Step in and taste why
we are the best.


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KayAnn Kropac
116W.VeniceAve., Venice FL 34285
941-484-1855
CafeVeniceOnTheIsland.com
Cafe Venice is a small, intimate, bistro-style restaurant featur-
ing an exquisite menu and fine wine selection. We offer dinner
reservations; indoor and outdoor dining; light entertainment
on weekends; full-service catering; and summer monthly wine
tasting. Beer and wine. Lunch and dinner.
Center for Sight
1360 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-2020
CenterForSight.net
Under the clinical direction of David W Shoemaker, M.D.,
Center For Sight is the nation's leading multi-disciplinary
physician group providing patients with advanced ophthal-
mology optometry, dermatology cosmetic facial surgery and
hearing services. With locations serving Manatee, Sarasota and
Charlotte counties, top doctors, surgeons and staff ensure you
receive exceptional results.
China 1 NewYork-Style Chinese Restaurant
Roy Lin
1192 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice FL 34293
941-408-8899
VeniceChinaOne.com
China 1 NewYork-Style Chinese Restaurant has been in
Venice for 12 years. It is family-owned and -operated. Roy Lin
said the family specifically chose Venice as their home base to
serve the local customers they have grown to love and respect.
The key to their success is their desire to give customers exactly
what they want, even special orders.

Ciao Gelato
Dar la and RJ Nafziger
317-AW.Venice Ave.,Venice FL 34285
941-445-5840
Artisan Italian gelato and sorbet, coffee and pastries. We took
ownership Dec. 2, 2011, and RJ has been creating 30 flavors
daily, serving 16 flavors in our display case. RJ says that, "Ever
since I had the opportunity of making ice cream growing up on
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Chuck and Sylvia Duke
2389 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-497-6331
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Classic Creations is a full-service jewelry store owned by the
Duke family since 1981. Our reputation is built on customer
service and satisfaction, quality and fair pricing. We have a large
selection of men's, ladies' and children's jewelry. We specialize
in unique custom designs and offer expert jewelry and watch
repair. All work is done on our premises. We also pay top dollar
for all your gold, silver and coins.

Cook's Sportland Inc.
Eric and Malcolm Cook
4419 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-493-0025
CooksSportlandVenice.com
Cook's Sportland opened in 1954 with 1,400 square feet
of retail space. We have the area's largest selection of fish-
ing gear and apparel. Voted Best Bait and Tackle. We also
do rod and reel repairs. A full line of archery equipment,
guns, ammo, camping gear, kayaks, outdoor clothing,
moccasins, western wear, boots and lots more.

Crow's Nest Marina, Restaurant &Tavem
1968 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice FL 34285
941-484-9551
CrowsNest-Venice.com
Venice's waterfront landmark since 1976, The Crow's Nest is
a real local tradition and the ideal place to watch the waterfront
activity at theVenice jetties. Whether it's lunch, dinner or late night
in the Tavern, you'll find we are true to our mission statement:
Great people committed to hospitality and striving to please every
guest every day.


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Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
Owner. Russell Matthes
General Manager. Jay Martin
300W.VeniceAve., Venice FL 34285
941-488-0649
DaiquiriDeckcom
The Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar was established on Siesta Key in
1993. Our newest location on the island of Venice opened Jan.
,s 1, 2013. We offer a huge variety of menu items from burgers and
seafood to appetizers and dinners. We have a full bar and, of
course, our famous daiquiris. We have a daily happy hour from 3
to 7 p.m. that includes 2-for-I daiquiris.
Davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals
Charles Davis, D.D.S., and Brent Beyer, D.D.S.
Cr 1218 E.VeniceAve.,Venice FL 34285
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Dick's Shoes
Kathy Crisman
219 W.Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-4999
DicksShoes.com
"I love my shoes that I found at Dick's Shoes," says Jeannie M.,
a customer. "I also like the Shoe Club that allows me to receive
free shoes." Dick's Shoes has comfort shoes by Naot and LaPlume
and up-to-the-minute styles from Onex and Eric Michael. There
is always a sale rack full of bargains, and you can shop every day
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Eager Beaver CarWash
1791 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-497-6665
CleanCarFeeling.com
From our menu of full and exterior service wash packages
to an array of professional detailing service, at Eager Beaver
CarWash we aim to be your clean-car destination. Unlike
exterior-only express car washes, we offer solutions for all your
clean-car needs (inside and out) to keep you and your car feeling
good.

Ear-Resistible Hearing Center
Chad Fonder
1287 South U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice FL 34285
941-257-0530
EarResistibleHearing.com
At Ear-Resistible Hearing Center, we believe that care, service
and cutting-edge technology make the difference in hearing
healthcare. As a family-owned and -operated hearing center,
we have a combined 50 years of experience helping those with
hearing loss get back into the conversation of life. Our goal is to
help you hear your best.


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Stephanie Elliott
595 South TamiamiTrail,Venice FL 34285
941-483-3056
HospitalVolunteers.net
The Elephant's Trunk Thrift Store, operated by Hospital
Volunteers of Venice, is a nonprofit organization. Since 1951, it
has given more than $8 million back to the Venice community.
Its volunteers take great pride in their many hours of service
to make The Elephant's Trunk warm and cozy with a friendly
atmosphere.

Eric's Painting & Decorating Inc.
Eric and Christel Geistert and sons Eric Jr. and Mike
236 South Tamiami Trail,Venice FL 34285
941-488-0558
EricsPainting.net
Family-owned and -operated for more than 40 years. Serving
Sarasota County, we are your one-stop painting contractor for
all your painting needs. We offer free estimates, quality painting
and integrity with every job we do.

Eyes On You
Joyce McCaffrey
140 W. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-244-9054
EyesOnYouEyewear.com
A unique collection of designer eyewear, frames and sun-
glasses along with personalized and professional service are
what keeps our happy customers coming back. In addition
to the fabulous eyewear, you can also find intimate apparel
here for all shapes and sizes, and complimentary bra fittings
by a fit specialist. A proud supporter of many worthwhile
local organizations, Eyes On You thanks you and welcomes
you to stop in to see why we were voted No. 1.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


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Fidelity National Title of Florida Inc.
Terri Reese
189 Center Road, Venice FL 34285
941-493-4600
FNTG.com
We handle real estate closings for both commercial
and residential properties. We have been in business
for more than 30 years. Fidelity Title (formerly Chelsea
Title) has developed many longtime relationships
with all our clients. Customer service is of the utmost
importance to us. We truly appreciate the support, and
look forward to working with all our customers in the
years to come.

Flerlage Team, RE/MAX Alliance Group
Nick and Beth Flerlage
1314 E.Venice Ave., Suite B, Venice FL 34285
941-232-6809
ExperienceVenice.com
Beth and I grew up in Maryland and have been in
Venice since 2001 and love the sense of community. We
customize our approach and focus on meeting the indi-
vidual needs of our customers. Good communication is
instrumental to our success, whether it's via email, text,
phone, online or in person.

Fox Furniture
Tom and Jean Fox
2112 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-493-3903
After 53 years, we are still family-owned and -oper-
ated. Fortunate to grow with Venice, in 1973 we built
our existing store at 2112 South Tamiami Trail in South
Venice. We offer a full line of Florida-style furnishings
and mattresses. And we pride ourselves on fair pricing
and friendly, no-pressure service.


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Freedom Boat Club
John Giglio
1100 South Tamiami Trail, Suite B, Venice FL 34285
941-451-8756
FreedomBoatClub.com
At Freedom Boat Club, our goal is to provide an exceptional
membership experience. Our members enjoy a hassle-free boat-
ing experience while building memories that last a lifetime. With
25 years of boat club experience on the West Coast of Florida, we
know how to spoil our members.

Fugate's of Venice
Owner: Jennifer Allen
Manager: Grace Schwender
137 W.Venice Ave.,Venice FL 34285
941-484-1000
Arriving on Venice MainStreet in September 2012, Fugate's of
Venice has quickly made a name for itself when it comes to fash-
ions. This award is a true testament to its dedication in providing
its shoppers with the finest selection of quality and brand names
for both women and men: Frank Lyman, Joseph Ribkoff, Life is
Good, Fresh Produce, Brighton, Stehmann, Tommy Bahama and
Southern Tide. Brighten your day and your wardrobe with a visit
to Fugate's. We look forward to seeing you.

Goodwill Manasota
676 South Tamniami Trail, Venice FL 34285.941-441-0241

Goodwill Manasota Bookstore
1752 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-441-2906
ExperienceGoodwill.org
Make Goodwill your favorite shopping venue. We've got
everything from designer clothing and household items to
artwork. And we also have a bookstore that carries thousands of
titles, categorized and alphabetized, with a wonderful children's
section and knowledgeable staff. With every purchase, you are
helping Goodwill provide hundreds of jobs to people right here
at in your community.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice






Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning
& Disaster Service
Jim Scott
162 Progress Circle, Venice FL 34285
941-488-0000
GCClean.com
Since 1977, Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning & Disaster
Service has built its business on quality service by having
dedicated, long-term employees who are trained and
knowledgeable in their field to provide their customers
with the best service. We do kitchen and bath remodeling;
we build cabinets at our facility in Venice; and we do
cleaning of anything within the home, as well as 24-hour
water removal, fire and mold restoration. We are a licensed
general contractor as well as a licensed mold remediator.

Gulf Coast Medical Group
Urgent Care &Walk-In
1700 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34292
941-483-9760
GulfCoastMedicalGroup.net
At Gulf Coast Medical Group Urgent Care & Walk-In,
you're never far from getting expert care for the common
cold or minor emergencies, such as sprains, fractures,
allergic reactions and cuts. And you'll pay much less than
at an emergency room or most other urgent care clinics.
We are open 365 days a year and accept most insurance.
For fast, reliable, affordable relief, count on us.

Gulfside Mortgage Services
Tony and Michelle Moore
1062 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-485-4222
GulfsideMortgage.com
Gulfside Mortgage Services specializes in residential mort-
gages, including conventional, FHA, VA, reverse mortgages,
HomePath and renovation loans. Tony and Michelle got into the
business in 2001 and have been with Gulfside since it opened its
doors in April 2003. Tony and Michelle took over the business in
December 2010. Our experience, knowledge and compassion for
people make all of us here at Gulfside a winner.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice








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941-485-8807

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941-493-3903

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota
County Inc.
Judith H. Wilcox
280 Alligator Drive, Venice FL 34293
941-493-6606
HabitatSouthSarasota.org
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County Inc.
works in partnership with God's people in need to
provide affordable, safe, decent housing. In our 22
years, we have built houses for almost 100 families. Our
homes are built with volunteer labor, thereby reducing
the costs, which enables us to provide interest-free
mortgages.
HarborChase of Venice Assisted Living
and Skilled Nursing
Tammy Tolley- Hunt
950 Pinebrook Road, Venice FL 34285
941-484-8801
HarborChase.com
At HarborChase of Venice Assisted Living and Skilled
Nursing, we take pride in providing exceptional service
to our residents. Our core values are at the heart of
everything we do. Respect, integrity, attentiveness,
compassion and service to those who allow us to care
for them are truly what set us apart.
The Heights Aluminum Inc.
Cory Lynch
1853 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-492-6064
HeightsAluminum.com
The Heights Aluminum Inc. would like to extend a
sincere thanks to our past, present and future customers
for making our business your choice for the past 17
years. We look forward to meeting all your aluminum
needs for years to come, including screen enclosures,
pool cages, lanais, pavers, concrete, soffit/fascia and
seamless gutters. Please do not hesitate to call or come
by anytime.


Best Of Venice





Herman's Meats


Ron Herman
701 Shamrock Blvd., Venice FL 34293
941-497-4188
We feature the best quality meats and a full-service
meat counter. We make our own homemade sausage,
bologna, hot dogs, pies and breads. We are in our 33rd
year of serving Venice.

Hill & Hill Plumbing Co.
Seth Hill
249 S. Grove St., Venice FL 34285
941-488-2665
HillAndHillPlumbing.com
Proudly serving the Venice area for more than 60 years,
our specialty is being a plumbing contractor and build-
ing contractor and having a 3000-square-foot kitchen
and bath showroom. Being able to perform all types of
plumbing and remodeling, all under one roof, is very
rare and sets us apart from the competition.

Honest Air Conditioning of Venice
Nick and Brooke Masher
795 Commerce Drive, Suite 5, Venice FL 34285
941-496-7566
HonestACOfVenice.com
Honest Air Conditioning was started in January 2000
by Nick Masher with no money and no customers. We
are a locally owned family business small enough to pro-
vide personalized service but large enough to respond to
your needs quickly.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice







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Best Of Venice


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Horse & Chaise Rental and Property
Management Inc.
Helene MacDonald
150 N. Nokomis Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-483-3331
HorseAndChaise.com
Our company opened its doors in May 1995. We
specialize in residential rentals, both annual and sea-
sonal. Our business motto is service to both owner and
tenants, making us the best choice.

Imperial Blind & Shutter
Scott Campbell and Mike Duffey
1846 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-488-6022
ImperialBlind.com
Imperial Blind & Shutter was established in 2003.
We offer custom window coverings to fit any budget.
Imperial Blind & Shutter's main goal is customer
satisfaction. Stop in and see why we were voted Best of
Venice.

Jacaranda Animal Hospital
Michael Reinhart, D.V.M.
725 Shamrock Blvd., Venice FL 34293
941-497-1676
JacarandaAnimalHospital.com
Dr. Michael Reinhart and staff have been providing
veterinary care for the pets of Venice since 1986. As
a full-service animal hospital, services include vac-
cinations, preventive medicine, surgical procedures,
ultrasonic dental scaling, radiology and ultrasound,
in-office lab services and pharmacy, boarding, bathing,
nutritional counseling and laser therapy.


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Creating Beautiful Rooms Since 1969









Bagels
First Place: Cafe Bagel
Winner: Panera Bread

Bar
First Place: Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar
Winner: The Crow's Nest

BBQ
First Place: Gold Rush
Winner: Sonny's Real Pit BBQ

Breakfast
First Place: Burgundy Square Cafe
Winner: Althea's

Burger
First Place: BrewBurger's
Winner: Norma Jean's Sports Bar & Grill

Cafe
First Place: Cafe Venice
Winner: Burgundy Square Cafe

Chinese Food
First Place: China 1
Winner: China Taste

Coldest Beer
First Place: Bogey's Restaurant & Sports Pub
Winner: BrewBurger's

Cup of Coffee
First Place: Starbucks Coffee Company
Winner: Dunkin'Donuts

Deli
First Place: Publix
Winner: Obee's

Dessert
First Place: YoFresh Yogurt Cafe of Venice
Winner: Ciao Gelato


Contractor
First Place: Beechwood Builders Inc.
Winner: Elite Contracting

Golf and Country Club
First Place: Pelican Pointe Golf& Country Club
Winner: Venice Golf & Country Club

Home Builder
First Place: Beechwood Builders Inc.
Winner: Neal Communities

Home Inspection Company
First Place: SWF Home Inspection
Winner: Hodges & Associates L.L.C.


Early-Bird Special
First Place: Althea's
Winner: Rosebud's

Happy Hour
First Place: Chili's Grill & Bar
Winner: Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar


Homestyle Country Cooking
First Place: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Winner: Burgundy Square Cafe

Hot Dog
First Place: Mad Dog Hot Dogs
Winner: Anita's SandCastle

Ice Cream/Yogurt
First Place: YoFresh Yogurt Cafe of Venice
Winner: Bob's Twist & Shake

Key Lime Pie
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: Publix

Liquor Store
First Place: Island Time Spirits & Gourmet Market
Winner: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits

Lunch
First Place: Burgundy Square Cafe
Winner: Cafe Venice

Margarita
First Place: Mi Pueblo
Winner: Sharky's on the Pier

Meat Market
First Place: Herman's Meats
Winner: Publix

Mexican Food
First Place: Mi Pueblo
Winner: Chicano's


Manufactured-Home Park
First Place: Bay Indies
Winner: Florida Pines

Mortgage Company
First Place: Gulfside Mortgage Services
Winner: Wells Fargo

Real Estate Agent
First Place: Nick Flerlage
Winner: Samuel Hague


New Restaurant
First Place: Darrell's Southern-Style Restaurant
Winner: Made in Italy

Outdoor Dining
First Place: Sharky's on the Pier
Winner: Pop's Sunset Grill

Pasta/Italian Food
First Place: Made in Italy
Winner: Cassariano Italian Eatery

Pizza
First Place: Made in Italy
Winner: Benny Bada Bing Pizzeria

Pub
First Place: British Open Pub
Winner: Old Venice Pub

Restaurant
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: Burgundy Square Cafe

Ribs
First Place: Gold Rush
Winner: Rib City

Romantic Restaurant
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: Cafe Venice

Seafood Market
First Place: Captain Eddie's Seafood Market
Winner: Publix

Seafood Restaurant
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: Bonefish

Sports Bar
First Place: Bogey's Restaurant & Sports Pub
Winner: Norma Jean's Sports Bar & Grill


Real Estate Franchise
First Place: Premier Sotheby's International
Realty
Winner: RE/MAX Alliance Group

Real Estate Independent Office
First Place: Venice Shores Realty
Winner: Paradise Realty of Venice Inc.

Real Estate Team
First Place: Jo-Anne Sckowska/Nell Taylor
Winner: The Flerlage Team


Steak
First Place: Outback Steak House
Winner: The Crow's Nest

Sub Shop
First Place: Obee's
Winner: Bird Bay Subway


Sushi
First Place: Bushido Sushi Bar
Winner: Kumo Japanese Steak House & Sushi

Thai
First Place: The Sandtrap Bar & Grill
Winner: Thai Bistro

Tiki Bar
First Place: Sharky's on the Pier
Winner: Casey KeyTiki Bar

Venue with Live Music
First Place: Sharky's on the Pier
Winner: Pineapples Island Grill

Waterfront Dining
First Place: Sharky's on the Pier
Winner: The Crow's Nest

Wine List
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: Cafe Venice

Wine Store
First Place: Island Time Spirits
& Gourmet Market
Winner: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits

Wings
First Place: Bogey's
Restaurant & Sports Pub
Winner: Norma Jean's Sports Bar & Grill


Rental Apartments/Condos
First Place: Horse and Chaise Property
Management Inc.
Winner: Woodmere Apartments of Venice


Rental Property Management
First Place: Horse and Chaise Property
Management Inc.
Winner: Home & Condo Rentals & Property
Management Inc.

Title Company
First Place: Fidelity National Title of Florida Inc.
Winner: First International Title Inc.


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice


EAT & DRINK


REAL ESTATE










Air Conditioning and Heating Service
First Place: Honest Air Conditioning of Venice
Winner: Tri County Air Conditioning &
Heating
Winner: Superior Heating & Cooling

Aluminum Contractor
First Place: Absolute Aluminum
Winner: The Heights Aluminum Inc.

Appliances
First Place: Lowe's
Winner: Jessup's Major Appliance Centers

Bed and Mattress Store
First Place: West Coast Mattress of Venice
Winner: Land of Sleep

Cabinet Shop
First Place: Cabinetree
Winner: Kitchen and Bath on the Isle

Carpet/Tile/Flooring
First Place: Montgomery's CarpetsPlus
Colortile
Winner: Britton's Flooring & Design Center


Carpet Cleaning
First Place: Gulf Coast Carpet Cleaning &
Disaster Service
Winner: Montgomery's CarpetsPlus Colortile

Electrician
First Place: Bob's Electric Inc.
Winner: Palm Island Electric

Furniture
First Place: Nice Diggs Furniture
Winner: Fox Furniture

Furniture Patio
First Place: Rattan Wicker & Cane
Winner: Lowe's

Garage Door Company
First Place: D&D Garage Doors
Winner: Builders Specialties
Winner: Door Depot ofSW FL Inc.

Handyman Service
First Place: Siller Home Repair & Remodeling

Home Remodeling Contractor
First Place: Northern Precision Inc.
Winner: Gregg Hassler Builder Inc.
Winner: Beechwood Builders Inc.


Winner: M.H.P. Renovations Inc.
Hurricane Shutters
First Place: Jansen Shutters & Windows
Winner: Reliable Shutters Co. Inc.

Interior Designer
First Place: Ralph's Interiors
Winner: Decorating Den Interiors

Irrigation Company
First Place: Clark Connections Inc.
First Place: American Irrigation

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling
First Place: Kitchen and Bath on the Isle
Winner: Britton's Flooring & Design Center

Landscaper
First Place: Urban Turf
Winner: Hazeltine Nurseries Inc.

Nursery/Garden Center
First Place: MRT Lawn and Garden Center
Winner: Edgewood Nursery

Painting Contractor
First Place: Eric's Painting & Decorating Inc.
Winner: Frank Broz, Bayshore Painting
Contractors Inc.


Paver Installation
First Place: Legacy Pavers
Winner: Olympic Pools
Winner: Southwest Pools

Plumbing Company
First Place: Hill & Hill Plumbing Co.
Winner: Babe's Plumbing Inc.

Pool Contractor
First Place: Aquatech Pools GC Inc.
Winner: Olympic Pools

Roofing Company
First Place: Tom Joyce Roofing
Winner: Watertite Roofing

Water Filtration
First Place: Kinetico Water Systems
Winner: Water Pro

Window Installation
First Place: Absolute Window & Shutters Inc.
First Place: Lowe's

Window Treatment
First Place: Imperial Blind & Shutter
Winner: Lowe's


TRNSORAIO AN *EC*EAIO


Auto Dealer Service
First Place: CramerToyota of Venice
Winner: Matthews-Currie Ford

Auto Detailing
First Place: Venice Car Wash
Winner: Osprey Car Wash

Auto Repair
First Place: Pit Stop Auto Repair Shops
Winner: AAMCO Transmissions of Venice

Bait-and-Tackle Shop
First Place: Cook's Sportsland Inc.
Winner: Mahi Mac's
Band
First Place: Bandana
Winner: The BoneShakers

Bike Shop
First Place: Bicycles International
Winner: Real Bikes

Boat Club
First Place: Freedom Boat Club
Winner: Venice Yacht Club


Boat Dealer
First Place: MarineMax Venice
Winner: Big Toy Storage & Sales Center

Body Shop
First Place: Venice Auto Body
Winner: Crest Cadillac
Winner: Matthews-Currie Ford

CarWash
First Place: Eager Beaver Car Wash
Winner: Venice Car Wash

Classical Entertainment
First Place:The Venice Symphony
Winner: Venice Theatre

Cigar Store/Lounge
First Place: The Cigar Room
Winner: Island Time Spirits & Gourmet
Market
Fishing Boat Charter
First Place: Hot Pursuit Charters
Winner: Capt. Eddie's Fishin'Business
Golf Cart Sales
First Place: Affordable Golf Cars of Venice
Winner: Don's Battery Outlet & Custom Carts


Golf Course Public
First Place: Lake Venice Golf Club
Winner: Venice East Golf Course
Winner: Capri Isles

Golf Supplies/Equipment
First Place: Venice Golf Center
Winner: Pro Golf of Venice

Hobby Shop
First Place: JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store
Winner: Cook's Sportland Inc.

Hunting Gear
First Place: Cook's Sportland Inc.
Winner: J&J One-Stop Gun Shop

Live Entertainment
First Place: Sharky's on the Pier
Winner: Venice Theatre
Marina
First Place: The Crow's Nest
Winner: MarineMax Venice

Motorcycle/ATV store
First Place: South County Motorcycles Inc.
Winner: Action Powersports


New-Car Dealer
First Place: CramerToyota of Venice
Winner: Darby Buick-GMC

Oil Change
First Place: Pit Stop Auto Repair Shops
Winner: 1 Stop Car &Truck Repair

Pawn Shop
First Place: The King's Pawn
Winner: Coins, Pawn & Collectables by
Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold

Pre-Owned-Car Dealer
First Place: CramerToyota of Venice
Winner: Ed Howard Venice Nissan

Scuba Shop
First Place: Florida West Scuba & Charter

Tennis Club
First Place: Jacaranda West Country Club
Winner: Courtside Tennis Club

Tire Store
First Place: Firestone Complete Auto Care
Winner: Pit Stop Auto Repair Shops


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice







SHO UN I IOUDR'


Antiques
First Place: Elder's Antiques
Winner: Lucia's Antiques

Art Gallery
First Place: Venice Art Center
Winner: Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery & Studio

Bookstore
First Place: Books-a-Million Venice
Winner: Goodwill Industries Manasota Inc.

Buy and Sell Gold
First Place: Reflections in Gold
Winner: Classic Creations in Diamonds &
Gold

Clothing Consignment Shop
First Place: Fifi's of Venice
Winner: Venice-Nokomis United Methodist
Church Bargain Center



Architect
First Place: Beebe Design Studio Architects
Winner: Jeffrey Matthews, Venice Design
Group

Bank/Financial Institution
First Place: Bank of America
Winner: Wells Fargo


Auction
First Place: The Venice Auction Company Inc.
Winner: Neal VanDeRee Auctioneer

Caterer
First Place: A Catered Affair
Winner: Buffalo Bill's Catering

Charter School
First Place: SKY Academy
Winner: The Student Leadership Academy
ofVenice

Computer Services
First Place: Leaderchip
Winner: Comp Logic

Dance Studio
First Place: Starz Choice Dance Academy
Winner: Attitudes in Dance

Day Care
First Place: St. Mark's Preschool
Winner: Grace United Methodist Preschool


Florist
First Place: Always An Occasion Florist
Winner: Garden of Eden Florist

Frame Shop
First Place: Creative Framing
Winner: Collectors Gallery & Framery

Furniture Consignment Shop
First Place: Fifi's of Venice
Winner: St. Mark's Divine Consign

Gift Shop
First Place: Venice Stationers
Winner: Jealous Orchard

Home Decor
First Place: Jealous Orchard
Winner: Sunshine Boyz Island Home Store




CPA/Accounting
First Place: Bryan J. Archer, C.P.A. P.A.
First Place: Stephen D. Spangler, C.P.A.,
Cavanaugh & Co. L.L.P.

Estate Planning
First Place: Morgan Stanley
Winner: Wayne Hall


Dry Cleaner
First Place: Venetian Cleaners
Winner: Hi Tech Cleaners
Winner: Carlson Cleaners

Dryer Vent Cleaners
First Place: Paradise Dryer Vent Cleaning
Winner: American Air Inc.

Funeral Home
First Place: Farley Funeral Homes & Crematory
Winner: Ewing Funeral Home

Hotel
First Place: Ramada Venice Resort
Winner: Inn at the Beach

Ink Refill
First Place: Island Ink
Winner: Office Depot

Lawn Service
First Place: Turf Clippers
Winner: ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance &
Design


Jewelry
First Place: Classic Creations in Diamonds
& Gold
Winner: Reflections in Gold

Men's Clothing
First Place: Captain's Landing
Winner: Bealls Department Store

Most Unique Store
First Place: Jealous Orchard
Winner: Nifty Nic Nacs

Office Supplies
First Place: Office Depot
Winner: Staples

Pet Supplies
First Place: Pet Supermarket
Winner: Pawprint Essentials




Financial Planner
First Place: Don Hay, Wells Fargo Advisors L.L.C.
Winner: Adam Carter, Infinity Legacy
Winner: Penzell Financial Services

Insurance Agency
First Place: Roberts Insurance Group L.L.C.
Winner: Moody Agency Inc.


Moving Company
First Place: Kearney Moving & Storage Inc.
Winner: Two Men and a Truck

Nonprofit Organization
First Place: Habitat for Humanity South
Sarasota County Inc.
Winner: Sertoma Club ofVenice

Pest Control
First Place: Venice Pest Control
Winner: Good News Pest Solutions

Pet Grooming
First Place: Pawprint Essentials
Winner: Mutt Hutt Grooming by Bobie

Pet Kennel
First Place: Driftwood Kennels
Winner: Brandt Veterinary Clinic

Pet Sitters
First Place: Professional Pet Sitting
Winner: Critter Cottage


Produce Market
First Place: Venice Farmers Market
Winner: Detwiler's Farm Market

Shoe Store
First Place: Dick's Shoes
Winner: B&B Bootery

Stationery
First Place: Venice Stationers
Winner: Office Depot

Thrift Shop
First Place: The Elephant's TruckThrift Store
Winner: Goodwill Industries Manasota Inc.

Women's Boutique
First Place: Fugate's of Venice
Winner: Zak's Clothing & Gifts





Investment Firm
First Place: Edward Jones Investments
Winner: Wells Fargo Advisors L.L.C.

Law Firm
First Place: Jodat Law Group
Winner: Boone, Boone, Boone, Koda & Frook
P.A.


Photography Studio
First Place: Turner Photography
Winner: Prion Photography

Pool Services
First Place: Aquatech Pools GC Inc.
Winner: Economy Pool Supplies & Services
Inc.

Private School
First Place: Venice Christian School
Winner: Epiphany Cathedral Catholic School

Storage Facility
First Place: Extra Space Storage
Winner: Value Self Storage

Travel Agency
First Place: AAA Travel Agency
Winner: GM World Travel

Veterinary Services
First Place: Jacaranda Animal Hospital
Winner: Brandt Veterinary Clinic


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice


SERVICES









Acupuncture
First Place: Hans Chinese Medicine
Winner: Diane M. Robarts D.O.M.

Adult Day Care
First Place: Senior Friendship Centers
Winner:The Inn, Aston Gardens at Pelican
Pointe

Cardiologist
First Place: Edmund A. Bermudez, M.D.,
M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I.
Winner: Michael A. Basnight, M.D.

Cardiac Center
First Place: Florida Cardiac Consultants Inc.
Winner: The Heart Institute of Venice

Chiropractic Office
First Place: Twin Palms Chiropractic Health
Center
Winner: Theriault Chiropractic

Chiropractor
First Place: Dr. Neil Heim, ADIO Chiropractic
Winner: Dr. Dennis Rhodes, Venice Health
Institute

Dental Implants
First Place: Steven J. Feldman, D.D.S. P.A.
Winner: Drs. Davis & Beyer, Dental Health
Professionals

Dental Office
First Place: Drs. Davis & Beyer, Dental Health
Professionals
Winner: Venetian Dental

Dental Office Pediatric
First Place: Janoff& Khatri Pediatric
Dentistry
Winner:Tarpon Shores Dental LLC




Barbershop
First Place: Great Clips
Winner: Razor's Edge Barber Shop

Beauty Consultant
First Place: Merle Norman Cosmetics of Venice
Winner: Rachael Cameron, Puttin'on the Ritz
Island-Style Salon and Spa

Beauty Supply Store
First Place: Sally Beauty Supply
Winner: Thomassen Beauty Supply


Dermatologist
First Place: Coast Dermatology & Skin Cancer
Center
Winner: Hobart K. Richey, M.D. P.A.

Health/Fitness Club
First Place: Venice YMCA
Winner: Youfit Health Clubs of Venice

Health Food Store
First Place: Richard's Foodporium L.L.C.
Winner: Choices Natural Market

Hearing Aids
First Place: Ear-Resistible Hearing Center
Winner: Contemporary Hearing

Home Health Service
First Place: Take Care Private Duty
Home Health Care
Winner: Infinity Home Care

Large Assisted-Living Facility
First Place: HarborChase
Winner: Village On The Isle

Medical Facility
First Place: Venice Regional Medical Center
Winner: Venice HealthPark

Medical/Healthcare Supplies
First Place: Medical Department Store
Winner: Village Pharmacy of Nokomis

Memory Care
First Place: The Windsor of Venice
Winner: Clare Bridge

Nursing Rehab Center
First Place: HarborChase
Winner: Genesis Healthcare Pinebrook Center




Day Spa
First Place: Venice Day Spa
Winner: Puttin'on the Ritz Island-Style Salon
and Spa
Hair Salon
First Place: Puttin'on the Ritz Island-Style
Salon and Spa
Winner: James Griffith Salon
Medi-Spa
First Place: Bellissima Medi Spa
Winner: The Salon of Venice


Oncologist
First Place: Stephen V. Orman, M.D.
Winner: Paul W. Gonter, M.D.

Ophthalmologist
First Place: Stephenson Eye Associates
Winner: Center for Sight

Optical and Eyewear Center
First Place: Eyes On You
Winner: Center for Sight

Optometrist
First Place: Center for Sight
Winner: Provision Laser Eye Center

Orthodontist
First Place: Ehrlich & Sallapudi Orthodontics
Winner: Venetian Dental

Orthopedic
First Place: Joseph Noah, M.D., Suncoast
Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
Winner: Derek Cuff, M.D., Suncoast Ortho-
paedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Outpatient Surgical Facility
First Place: Venice HealthPark
Winner: Venice Regional Medical Center

Overall Assisted-Living Facility
First Place: HarborChase
Winner:The Inn, Aston Gardens at Pelican
Pointe

Pediatrics
First Place: Sunshine Pediatrics
Winner: Milagros M. Seguerra-Doctora, M.D.

Pharmacy
First Place: Walgreens
Winner: Barclay Pharmacy




Nail Salon
First Place: Puttin'on the Ritz Island-Style
Salon and Spa
Winner: Tip Top Nails & Spa
Winner: Nice Nails

Permanent Makeup
First Place: Simone Dixon, New York Hair
and Beauty
Winner: Permanent Makeup by Cheryl A.
Doss, R.N.


Physical Therapy Facility
First Place: Greene Rehab Services
Winner: Florida West Coast Physical Therapy

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
First Place: Charles L. Rodriguez, M.D.
Winner:John Fezza, M.D.

Psychiatrist
First Place: Vinod K. Bhatnager, M.D.
Winner: Edward Killeen, M.D., Comprehen-
sive Medpsych Systems

Psychologist
First Place: Dr. Christopher M. Cortman
Winner: Sharon J. Peachey Marshall, Psy.D.

Retirement Community
First Place: Inn at Jacaranda Trace
Winner: Village On The Isle

Small Assisted-Living Facility
First Place: Inn at Jacaranda Trace
Winner:The Inn, Aston Gardens at Pelican
Pointe

Sports Medicine
First Place: Suncoast Orthopaedic Surgery &
Sports Medicine
Winner: Venice Orthopaedics
Therapeutic Massage
First Place: Puttin'on the Ritz Island-Style
Salon and Spa
Winner: Island Touch Massage Inc.

Walk-in Clinic
First Place: Gulf Coast Medical Group

Weight-Loss Clinic
First Place: Weight Watchers
Winner: Venice YMCA




Tanning Salon
First Place: Zoom Tan
Winner: A Creative Touch Hair, Nails &
Tanning Salon

Tattoo Professional
First Place: Blue Water Tattoo Studio
Winner: August Moon Tattoos


20 Best Of Venice


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Jacaranda Trace


Joanne Geesey
3600 William Penn Way, Venice FL 34293
941-408-2061
JacarandaTrace.com
Jacaranda Trace wants to thank the readers
of the Venice Gondolier Sun for voting us a first place 2013 Best
of Venice Award for Senior Retirement Communities, and the
Inn at Jacaranda Trace the 2013 first place Best Assisted Living
facility under 50 residents. Jacaranda Trace offers a rich, active L
lifestyle for the independent senior that includes extensive
dining, social activities and entertainment and personal care ...
amenities and onsite healthcare. Call to find out more about
Jacaranda Trace and to experience the lifestyle by taking a tour of -
our new models.
Jacaranda West Country Club
Tennis Center
Adam Zastempowski
1901 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice FL 34293
941-493-5010
JacWestCC.com
Our goals are to have the best tennis facility in the area
and to provide a great tennis experience to our members
through our various leagues, as well as through recreation-
al and competitive play. Group clinics, private lessons and
youth tennis camps are available. Jacaranda West is the
friendliest club in town for tennis, golf and social activities.





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eye and refine outcomes during the procedure, rather than having
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S-Dee Stephenson, MD, FACS, ABES, FSEE
200 Palermo Place Venice, FL 34285
t- 941-485-1121 www.stephensoneye.com


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Saturday, March 22, 2014









Physical Therapy in Venice
and North Port FL

Thanks for Voting Us

The Best Physical Therapy

Three Years in a Row.


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Jo-Anne Sckowska/Nell Taylor,
Michael Saunders & Company
110 N. Nokomis Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-321-8975; 941-376-9623
MichaelSaunders.com
Jo-Anne Sckowska and Nell Taylor have sold real
estate in the greater Venice area for 30-plus years and
know the market. Whether looking for your piece of
paradise or selling your home or condo, we get the
job done. Call the Best Real Estate Team for 2013 for
assured personalized service as experience counts.

Jodat Law Group P.A.
Gary R. Jodat
1694 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-492-6000
JodatLawGroup.com
Jodat Law Group, in business for more than 20 years,
aggressively represents clients with auto and motor-
cycle accidents; bankruptcy and creditor harassment;
criminal defense; divorce and family law; employment
law; and personal injury. Happy clients made Jodat
the winner. Jodat helps people get back on their feet
with free consultations and easy payment plans. No fee
unless we win your accident case.

Kearney Moving & Storage
John R. Kearney
641 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis FL 34275
941-485-33383
Florida-Mover.com
We are pleased to have served our customers and
community for 35 years. Customers rave about our
experienced, courteous crewmen and hands-on owner-
ship. We are ProMover Certified and approved by AHCA
for retirement-community moves. Proud to be named
2013 Business of the year by the Venice Area Chamber
of Commerce.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014






Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL
Dan Roosa and Gary Spiert R ich ar
1882 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-488-1188
KineticosSWFl.com
Kinetico Water Systems of SWFL is the local autho-
rized Kinetico dealer throughout Venice and Southwest
Florida. For nearly 20 years, Kinetico Water Systems of
SWFL has provided residents and businesses with eco-
nomical solutions to the many different water problems
found throughout Florida. Founded in 1970, Kinetico
Inc. is the recognized world leader in water treatment
systems. Kinetico's patented nonelectric water treat-
ment systems are distributed and installed nationwide
and in more than 100 countries worldwide. u co src

Kitchen & Bath on the Isle
Allen Duyn AZALX.
113 E. Milan Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-2284
KBOnTheIsle.com
As a licensed contractor, we have been building C
custom projects in Venice for more than 36 years. We
specialize in kitchens and baths, and our showroom
makes our customer's projects a one-stop experi-
ence. Our dust-free practices, quality products and
outstanding craftsmanship are what make us winners.
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Luxury Living is available right here in Venice
Starting in the $800's
Woodmere Apartments offers seven different floor plans including one
bedroom, one bedroom with den, and two bedrooms
Venice Gondolier/Sun Excellent location-
Reader's Choice Award less than 5 miles to beaches
-I- .. Resort style Swimming Pool Business center
24 hour fitness center wireless intemet at Clubhouse


Thank You Venice
for Voting Woodmere Apartments of
Venice a Best of Venice Winner.






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Montgomery's CarpetPlus Colortile
Vern Montgomery
825 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-1810
MCPColorTile.com
Our motto is "All You Need to Know About Floors."
Family-operated for 30 years in Venice, selling, install-
ing and maintaining all flooring products makes us the
only full-service floor company in Venice. Carpet, tile,
wood, laminate, vinyl, plus Venice's largest area-rug
department under one roof.
MRT Lawn and Garden Center
David and Elizabeth Taylor
5175 State Road 776, Venice FL 34293
941-493-1293
MRTLawnAndGarden.com
MRT Lawn and Garden Center is one of Southwest
Florida's largest and most complete tropical garden
centers. We are very proud to be a multiple award-win-
ning garden center, nursery and landscaping company
that has been serving Southwest Florida for 10 years.
As one of the largest nurseries in the region, MRT Lawn
and Garden Center truly has everything for your gar-
dening, landscaping and decorating needs.


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941-485-8152


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Thank you to our customers and readers
of the Venice Gondolier Sun
for voting us once again
the very BEST in Ice Cream and Yogurt
for 2013!


Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice





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Simone Quin-Dixon Thank You fo Votin Us A Winner!
2069 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293 ii,. ..J eRee Auction Company was found, I ...I..
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New York Hair & Beauty has been operating in Venice the company with a office in the old KMI.
for more than 30 years. Completely remodeled and up- Neal is the past Auctioneer Bid Calling
d d in 3, ts m n ad b t sn nw ors Champion for the State of Florida as well as
dated in 2013, this modern and bright salon now offers past President of the Florida Auctioneers
a comprehensive range of premium hair and beauty Association & past Chairman of the FAR
treatments, including permanent make-up. Now owned Auction Marketing Council. He is
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Bobby Brown and Cheryl James -NC, I
1846 South Tamiami Trail, No. 4, Venice FL 34293
941-445-5421
NiceDiggsFurnishings.com
Nice Diggs is grateful to the patrons of our home-
town-owned and -operated furniture store. We provide a va- A NE
riety of furniture and home d6cor, from tropical to traditional V1E
styles. Our fifth year has taught us that our policy of customer
service and true concern for their needs are the winner. Thank
you for voting us Best Furniture Store three years in a row.
www.vanderee.com email: info@vanderee.com
941.488.1500



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Nice Nails
Tammy Nguyen
101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 15, Venice FL 34285
941-488-5909
At Nice Nails we cater to both ladies and gentlemen,
providing full-service nail care, taking problem nails, short
nails and bitten nails to beautiful-looking nails. Our recipe
for success is our well-trained staff that makes sanitation,
ventilation and cleanliness a top priority.

Nick Flerlage, Realtor, RE/MAX Alliance
Group
1314 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-232-6810
ExperienceVenice.com
My specialty is helping nice people in the Venice area.
The real estate business allows me the great opportunity
of working with many interesting people while providing
real estate solutions. My focus on basic business principles
and really listening to customers to understand their needs
separates me from other nominees.

Northern Precision Inc.
Tom Morovich
231 S. Nokomis Ave., Unit M, Venice FL 34285
941-882-3523
NorthernPrecisionInc.com
Northern Precision started five years ago in Florida.
The company has more than 38 years of experience in
construction in Indiana and Florida. We take pride in our
high quality of craftsmanship in custom and residential
remodeling, new home building and commercial contract-
ing. Our company strives to establish successful working
relationships with developers, subcontractors, vendors and
owners on any size job.
Obee's Soup Salad Subs
Tim McGivern
261 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285
941-486-0988
The Obee's staff and I would like to thank all of our loyal
customers for your continued support over the past 14
years. We appreciate each and every one of you. It is our
please to serve you and the Venice community. Thank you
again.

Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club
Tom Weaver
499 Derbyshire Drive, Venice FL 34285
941-496-4653
PelicanPointeClub.com
Pelican Pointe Golf & Country Club is more when a great
golf course and club. It is a first-class residential communi-
ty. Our commitment to creating a lasting impression is why
our club has earned the distinction of being known for its
Southern hospitality and for being recognized as one of the
finest in the area.


Best Of Venice


Saturday, March 22, 2014





Penzell Financial Services
Andrew Penzell
981 Ridgewood Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-486-9400
PenzellFinancial.com
Penzell Financial Services is a comprehensive wealth-man-
agement firm committed to helping its clients improve their
long-term financial success. Andrew Penzell is the owner of
Penzell Financial Services and has been located inVenice, Fla.,
for the past 20 years. Andy is a licensed financial professional
and C.P.A.

Pit Stop Auto Repair Shop Inc.
Ron Perry
913 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34285
941-485-5823
PitStopAuto.com
It seems like just yesterday that Pit Stop was a dream and a
prayer. It quickly moved from that prayer into a reality. That re-
ality has turned into three retail locations and a mobile service
that provides for more than 40 families. We have just finished
17 years in business. Thank you and may God bless you.

Premier Sotheby's International Realty
Linda Bradway
400 Barcelona Ave., Venice FL 34285
215W. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-412-3323
PremierSothebysRealty.com
Premier Sotheby's is the leading real estate company of
distinctive properties in all price ranges. Whether beachfront
on the key or a gated community or any homes in between,
Premier Sotheby's offers unparalleled marketing for all listings,
and the highest caliber of professionals for every buyer's needs

Pro Golf of Venice
Daniel Swag
1956 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-882-4013
ProGolfVenice.com
We are the same guys from the old place, just in a new spot
with a new owner. We proudly fit with Flight Scope and Mizuno
Performance Fitting System. We carry most major brands
and offer complete club repair and a great selection of shoes,
apparel and accessories.

Professional Pet Sitting
Monica Leighton
941-223-9916
ProPetSitting.net
Professional Pet Sitting has been providing care to the
pets of Venice, Osprey, Nokomis and North Port since
2002. The staff of six provides services including pet sit-
ting, dog walking, mid-day visits, overnight sitting, pet
taxi and medication administration. They are licensed,
bonded, insured, NAPPS certified and veterinarian
recommended.


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Puttin' on the Ritz Island-Style
Salon and Spa
J. Robin Perkins and Rachael Cameron
205 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-6650
PuttinOnTheRitzSalon.com
A full-service salon and spa, we have chosen to keep
our creative, highly educated team small in order to en-
sure our valuable clients a more positive and personal
experience. We have been in business 20 years and are
happy to receive yet another form of positive recogni-
tion for our outstanding team. Thanks again, Venice.
Ralph's Interiors
Gayle Rector
528 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-488-3991
Ralphslnteriors.com
With a creative eye and artistic flair, Ralph's
Interiors can help you achieve a home rich in beauty,
comfort and function. We know the importance of
listening to your ideas and understanding your needs
before any project is started. Starting with a thorough
discussion and analysis of your lifestyle and desires,
together we'll explore the function of each room, from size
and design to the multitude of details. Our objective is to
provide a firm foundation from the beginning and avoid
costly and time-consuming changes later in the process.



Thank You

Venice!


S1 BEST OF VENICE

Estate
Planning Lawyer


Wayne C. Hall
Attorney At Law
Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer
AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
1314 East Venice Ave.
Suite E
Venice, Florida 34285
I 941-480-0999


Rattan, Wicker & Cane
Janice O'Brien
751 South U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice FL 34285
941-484-3313
Facebook.com.RattanWickerAndCane
Thank you for voting Rattan, Wicker & Cane best
in Venice. Take a stroll around our beautifully de-
signed showroom for fine home and patio furniture.
Specializing in rattan and wicker, we also offer uphol-
stery and unique pieces. Our design consultants are here
to assist you with your next project.
Razor's Edge Salon & Barber Shop
Dan and Darrlyss Stearns
806 Pinebrook Road, Venice FL 34285
941-485-2165 (salon)
941-486-8482 (barber)
Razor's Edge has been servicing Venice area since
1992, when the Stearnses opened their shop on Venice
island. Our present location is in the Pinebrook Plaza,
at East Venice Avenue and Pinebrook Road. Our staff of
12 barbers and stylists offers hair cutting, colors, perms,
foils, high/low lights and massage.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014






RE/MAX Alliance Group
Ron Travis, Peter Crowley and Dave Coupland
1314 E. Venice Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-486-8686
AllianceGroupFl.com
RE/MAX Alliance Group is a family-owned business
that is home to some of the most productive agents in the
Venice area. We have proudly serviced the Venice area for
more than 20 years. Our commitment to professionalism
and customer service contributes to our position as the
No. 1 RE/MAX in Florida.

Richard's Foodporium
John Rorer
17 locations in Florida
941-355-6838
RichardsFoodporium.com
"In the early '80s I ran a not-for-profit natural foods co-
op. I quickly realized how much I enjoyed the industry,
the clientele and knowing that we were helping people
live healthier and make positive lifestyle changes. At
Richard's, we call this 'right livelihood,' since we have a
career that we can feel good about, knowing we are doing
good for others, and it becomes our livelihood. Aside
from our unique business model, it's all about employees
who live our core values, build real relationships with
customers and create a memorable experience for every
customer."


Roberts Insurance Group L.L.C.
Wayne A. Roberts
211 S.Nokomis Ave., Venice FL 34285
941-485-5686
RobertsInsuraceGroup.com
Wayne and Karen Roberts opened the agency in 1982. It has
flourished under the philosophy of our slogan, "Committed
to Our Community". We have served our community with
presidents of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis,
Rotary, Sertoma and V.A.B.I., and a city council member. We
have served on numerous charitable organization boards. This
is our way of trying to say thank you to our community for
supporting us.

Sand Trap Sports Bar & Grill
Sue and Peter Flynn
4145 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-455-2300
SandtrapBarAndGrill.com
Our specialty is authentic Thai cuisine, but we pride our-
selves on serving American as well as Thai courses. I began
the Sand Trap with the idea of creating a wonderful neigh-
borhood bar and grill with good, quality food. We opened in
February 2010 and have quickly developed a loyal contingent
of regular customers. I believe our success comes from an
excellent kitchen staffed with experienced Thai and American
chefs. We also take pride in our excellent servers and extreme
cleanliness.


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Dermatology and Dermatology Surgery
Treating all Skin Conditions





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Venice, FL 34285

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Sharky's on the Pier
Mike and Justin Pachota
1600 South Harbor Drive, Venice FL 34285
941-488-1456
SharkysOnThePier.com
Sharky's on the Pier is a Venice landmark. It not only
sits smack dab on the Gulf in the Shark's Tooth Capital of
the World, it also boasts amazing sunsets, gorgeous views
and the best seafood around. You don't want to miss the
delicious frozen tropical drinks, the grouper sandwiches,
the Tiki Bar or the live music while sitting or dancing right
on the Gulf of Mexico. Lunch and dinner served seven days
a week. Sharky's, voted Best of Venice, is now the owner
of Fins at Sharky's, located next to Sharky's, and Snook Haven
Smokehouse Restaurant on the Myakka River at the end of
East Venice Avenue.

Stephenson Eye Associates
Dee Stephenson, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.E.S., F.S.E.E.
200 Palermo Place, Venice FL 34285
941-485-1121
StephensonEye.com
Dee Stephenson has practiced ophthalmology in Venice
for 25 years. Her unique office, in a restored 1926 Italian
Renaissance home, opens to a beautiful boutique practice
where her patients are treated with state-of-the-art technol-
ogy and her personal art of healing. She enjoys her work and
believes that improving people's vision improves lives.

Sunshine Boyz Island Home Store
Daniel Charney and Brian Corson
1950 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34292
941-525-6111
SunshineBoyz.net
Sunshine Boyz Island Home Store specializes in a mix of
quality, contemporary, coastal furnishings and home d6cor.
We search globally for the unusual, the special and the
unique to make our customers' homes something tropical
and current. We got into this particular business because
when we relocated to Florida eight years ago we had diffi-
culty finding the types of things we wanted to give our home
a more current, island feel. We felt we could do something
very cool with this idea, and the residence of Venice seem to
like what we have done. Sunshine Boyz was incorporated in
August 2011. We opened our first store in November 2010.

SWF Home Inspections
Bob Massanova
264 South Tamiami Trail South, Venice FL 34285
941-493-4334
SWFHI.com
SWF Home Inspections has been in business for 11 years.
We are a multi-inspector firm offering great customer
service, on-time inspections, recall check on appliances,
a 90-day home warranty, 90-day sewer guard and a 200
percent inspection guarantee. The SWF difference is why we
are No. 1.


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Take Care Private Duty Home Health Care
Susanne S.Wise, R.N., M.B.A.
600 The Rialto, Venice FL 34285
941-484-8844
TakeCareHomeHealth.com
Take Care Home Health Care's focus and specialty is compas-
sionate care. As owner and entrepreneur of Take Care, Susanne
pays special attention to crucial elements: customer service and
quality of personnel. Susanne meets with virtually every pro-
spective client. We select qualified, expert caregivers who provide
meaningful care in any setting. Take Care is local nurse-owned
and family-operated since 1995.

Tip Top Nails
1740 E.Venice Ave, Unit 9, Venice FL 34292
941-485-6168
Professional nail care and design, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-
6:30 p.m.

Turner Photography
Donna and Darrell Williams
224W. Milan Ave.,Venice FL 34285
941-488-7300
TurnerFlorida.com
Founded in 1985, Turner Photography is a premier provider of
portrait photography. Photography specialties include maternity,
newborn, baby and children, high school senior, family, pets
and business portraits along with engagements and weddings.
Photographers Donna and DarrellWillams will capture your life,
one image at a time.

Twin Palms Chiropractic Health Center
Dr. Dan Busch
808 E.VeniceAve.,Venice FL 34285
941-412-3800
TwinPahnlmsWellness.com
We have had the pleasure to serve the Venice area for 13 years,
and we continue to grow and improve our business in an effort to
better serve the needs of this wonderful community. It is the staff
at Twin Palms that people enjoy and want to do business with and
make referrals to.

Urban Turf Landscape
Lisa Fazzone
941-400-9257
A family-owned and -operated business, we specialize in
residential, commercial and association lawn maintenance and
landscaping .Whether it be your primary or secondary home or
place of business, our dependable and superior service will always
remain the same. We understand that you take pride in your
property and our mission is to visually demonstrate that pride
through our work.


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VanDeRee Auction Company Inc.
Paula VanDeRee
214W.TampaAve.,Venice FL 34285
941-488-1500
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We are a real estate company with a specialty in selling by auc-
tion. George VanDeRee started the company in 1934 and turned
the gavel over ton Neal in 1987. In addition to real estate, we also
have experts in other fields, such as art, jewelry, coins, antiques,
etc. We are in business to help people turn stale assets into cash
quickly, easily and efficiently to improve the quality of their lives
and businesses.
Venice Christian School
Jerry Frimmel
1200 Center Road, Venice FL 34292
941-496-4411
VeniceChristianSchool.org
Venice Christian School is an award-winning, accredited,
independent, not-for-profit school with a curriculum designed
to develop the whole child intellectually, spiritually, socially and
physically. Celebrating its 26th year in existence, VCS offers a
high-quality college preparatory Christian education for grades
Pre-K through 12 in a friendly but challenging atmosphere.
Venice Day Spa
HeidiAeppli
509 South TamiamiTrail,Venice FL 34285
941-488-3674
Venice-DaySpa.com
"One of life's greatest pleasures is to be pampered and in-
dulged." Be daring, be first, be different. AtVenice Day Spa, we
strive to give our clients an experience when they walk through
our doors. Continually adding new and unique services to our
spa menu, such as our popular signature champagne pedicure,
combined with our outstanding customer service, setsVenice Day
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Venice Pest Control


Steven Lacher
125-G CorporationWay, Venice FL 34285
941-493-3030
VenicePestControl.com
Venice Pest Control, a family-owned and -operated business
for 40 years, offers a wide variety of residential and commercial
pest control services in Venice, Sarasota, Nokomis, North Port,
Englewood, Port Charlotte, RotondaWest and surrounding com-
munities. We value our customers and make every effort to insure
total customer satisfaction. When honesty, quality and depend-
ability count, we are here to serve all your pest control needs.

Venice Regional Bayfront Health
540 The Rialto, Venice FL 34285
941-483-7711
VeniceRegional.com
Venice Regional Bayfront Health is a 312-bed hospital offering
a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. Venice Regional
is the home of two state-of-the-art daVinci Si Surgical Systems
for urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery, as
well as the MAKOplasty RIO Robotic system for partial knee and
hip replacement.

Venice Shores Realty
Wayne Welsh
211 South TamiamiTrail, Venice FL 34285
941-488-6644
VeniceShoresRealty.com
Venice Shores Realty is your local real estate company with in-
ternational reach. Our new website is a powerful real estate tool
for searching homes and attracting buyers. It is packed full of
local information, events, properties, thousands of local photos
and videos. Call 941-488-6644 for your personal consultation.
Venice Stationers
Baker and Rosanne Brown
211 W.Venice Ave.,Venice FL 34285
941-488-6113
VeniceStationersFl.com
Great selection, good value and a welcoming, knowledgeable
staff have madeVenice Stationers a favorite since 1954. It's the
store with "a bit of everything" a destination for great gifts
and merchandise that fits theVenice lifestyle. So whether it's our
selection of greeting cards, paper napkins, jewelry, jigsaw puzzles,
decorative flags or that special gift, Venice Stationers is your one-
stop gift shop.

VeniceYMCA
Ken Modzelewski
701 Center Road, Venice FL 34285
941-492-9622
VeniceYMCA.org
Being healthy means more than simply being physically active.
It's about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is
a place where you can work toward that balance. Come discover
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Saturday, March 22, 2014


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Village On The Isle
Tom Kelly
920 South TamiamiTrail,Venice FL 34285
941-484-9753
VillageOnTheIsle.com
Village On The Isle is a faith-based, not-for-profit, continu-
ing-care retirement center. We provide high-quality senior
housing services including independent living, assisted living and
skilled nursing care at one physical location. VOTI opened in 1984.
In addition to providing services, we serve as a Meals onWheels
provider. This has been a partnership (without tax dollars) for 31
years.
Water-Pro
Kevin Underwood
126 CorporationWay, Suite D,Venice FL 34285
941-497-0818
WaterProFLcom
In business since 1981, Water-Pro offers water testing along
with a full line of water treatment products, rentals, service and
salt delivery for both residential and commercial customers. From
well pumps, aerators, pressure tanks, water softeners and chlori-
nators to reverse-osmosis systems, our team of knowledgeable,
consumer-friendly technicians will evaluate your specific needs,
perform the installation and provide any subsequent service
needed to make sure your water quality is the best.

Wayne C. Hall, Attorney at Law
Wayne C. Hal
1314 E.VeniceAve.,Venice FL 34285
941-480-0999
Lawyers.comi/ha-law
I specialize in customized estate planning and administration
for families and individuals. I have a friendly and professional
style that makes my clients feel comfortable and gives them peace
of mind. I am board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in
wills, trusts and probate. I amAV rated by Martindale-Hubbell,
which is the highest rating for skills and ethics.

West Coast Mattress of Venice
Owner Keith Sawhney
Manager: Alex Quiles
500 South U.S. 41 Bypass, Venice FL 34285
941-445-5558
WestCoastMattressVenice.com
Our goal is to find the perfect mattress for every one of our
customers. We take pride in our service, from the initial sale to the
delivery. Our staff is passionate about the business and provides a
stress-free environment to help you get the sleep you deserve.


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The Windsor of Venice Assisted Living &
Memory Care
Schelley Cunningham
1600 Center Road, Venice FL 34292
941-408-2600
LegendSeniorLiving.com
The Windsor ofVenice opened its doors Jan. 4,2010, and
brought a resort style of living with specialty services to our area
seniors. The community has an LNS license to provide a higher
level of care. We are proud of our entire team as they all are
experts in Alzheimer's, dementia and other areas of care. We have
24/7 nurses and are a very active community offering an activity
calendar like no other community with restaurant-style dining.

Woodmere Apartments
The Gallina Companies
Properties Supervisor. James Biller
3900 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice FL 34293
941-496-4161
WoodmereApartmentsOfVenice.com
Nestled within a serene and natural setting and considered
the best community in Venice, Woodmere Apartments combine
a tranquil lakefront lifestyle with a very convenient location.
Everything you need is within walking distance. Woodmere is your
address for the very best Florida has to offer. Come home and
relax.

YoFresh Yogurt Cafe of Venice
David and Jessica De Fede
4197 South Tamiami Trail, Venice FL 34293
941-244-0394
YoFreshVenice.com
Frozen Yogurt Cafe has hundreds of flavor possibilities. Make
your own frozen yogurt sundae and feel good that you made a
healthful dessert choice. Choosing yogurt above the rest is a smart
choice it tastes great, has no butter fat, is low in calories and has
beneficial probiotics.

Zak's Clothing & Gifts
Karen Evanicki
101 W.Venice Ave., No. 2,Venice FL 34285
941-485-6900
ZaksClothingVenice.com
Welcoming and pleasing shoppers since 2002, Karen Evanicki
and staff use their keen eye for design, color and contrast to
personalize your fashion experience. The beautiful and excep-
tional designs, combined with their engaging personality and
love for people, make Zaks a winner and a must-see for fashions,
accessories and gifts. Come in and discover the Zaks Clothing &
Gifts experience for yourself.


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Saturday, March 22, 2014


Best Of Venice







'Best of Venice' celebration was a madcap night


By AUDREY BLACKWELL
STAFF WRITER

Editor's Note: This col-
umn was written by Venice
Gondolier Sun Assistant
Features EditorAudrey
Blackwell about the newspa-
per's Best of Venice celebration,
at which the area's best
businesses, as voted by the
newspaper's subscribers, were
honored.

Maybe the moonlight
inspired the madcap liveliness
of the second annual Best Of
Venice Awards Ceremony put
on by the Venice Gondolier Sun
at Plantation Golf & Country
Club.
The moon was a waning
crescent, but it was visible, and
could have led to the antics
of not only the newspaper's
publisher and advertising staff,
but attendees as well.
It was a great evening of
lighthearted entertainment
featuring business owners
shimmying along a red carpet
to receive their awards to
the beat of their very own
hand-selected music, played
by a DJ from Pentecost
Entertainment.
Advertising representative
Kim Phillips loudly encour-
aged award recipients to
show their spirit so they'd be
considered for a special award
to be presented later in the
evening.
"We came up with the idea
to energize the event more,"
Phillips said later.
The Spirit Award, the music
and the capers of publisher
Tim Smolarick- who pitted
the left and right sides of
the room of more than 500
attendees against each other
- generated lots of fun.
"When I tell a joke, everyone
is supposed to laugh," he
explained.
If the laughter wasn't loud


SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL
Tony Moore of Gulfside Mortgage runs and cheers at the Best of Venice awards ceremony before eventually
sliding into the podium area as if sliding into home plate. He would go on to win the Spirit Award on a night
when many people danced and cheered when they won.


enough from the right side of
the room, he pressured that
side by getting an even greater
response from the left side
of the room. You know the
routine.
People would have been
amazed at the energy a lot
of the award winners put
forth. When you go into a
business and are treated with
the respect you deserve as a
customer, you don't realize
that the business owner really
does have a lighter side. A
human side, I call it. That side
showed up at the party.
Proof? When business
owners went up the red carpet
to receive their awards, the DJ
played music they had selected
related to their business.
When Shark/ys won for Best
Outdoor Dining, Mike and
Donna Pachota danced to the
tune of "Under the Boardwalk"


The Heights won for alumi-
num contractor. The music?
"Brick House."
West Coast Mattress' owners
boogied to the beat of "The
Lion Sleeps Tonight."
Olympic Pools' owner
stepped to the podium to the
Christian song "I'm Diving In."
For Pawprint Essentials'
owner, what else but"Who Let
the Dogs Out"?
One of my favorites was
when Eddie Toomer of Capt.
Eddie's Fishin' Business went
up with the "Jaws" theme song
playing.
And the whole room got
up to dance twice to the
song "YMCA' when the Venice
Y took awards.
Hands down, the Spirit
Award had to go to Tony
Moore, of Gulfside Mortgage,
who won with his wife,
Michelle. Ignoring Smolarick's


instructions to "stay on the red
carpet, walk up it and turn left
if coming from the right side
of the room... and turn right
if coming from the left," he not
only RAN the red carpet, but
proceeded to run through the
entire left side of the room and
slide into the podium area as if
sliding into home plate.
Moore's slide couldn't be
topped, not even by psycholo-
gist Chris Cortman's 20 push-
ups. ("Too bad we don't have
an award for the most push-
ups," Smolarick quipped.)
After the announcement of
Village On The Isle as this year's
Business of the Year, revelers
stayed on to dance until they
dropped I guess. I was too
tired from recording all the
mayhem and just went home
to sleep.

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