DATE: Oct. 2, 2015

SUBJECT: Fire Prevention: Check Smoke Alarms

The National Fire Protection Agency’ fire prevention message for 2015 is “hear the beep where you sleep: every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm.” 


According to the NFPA, three out of every five deaths caused by home fires is the result of inoperable smoke alarms.


Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10.  NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. 


Venice Fire Department reminds residents to make sure smoke alarms are working by hitting the test button on the face of the detector.  If the detector sits high on the ceiling or wall, a broom handle can be used to depress the button.  Those needing assistance checking smoke alarms may call Venice Fire Department at (941) 480-3030.



DATE: Sept. 17, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice police net drug trafficker

Around 1:45 a.m. Sept. 17, a Venice police officer saw a suspicious vehicle and determined the registered owner had no valid driver’s license and was wanted on drug charges in Hardee County. The officer initiated a traffic stop at Laurel and Pinebrook roads. The driver fled, turning northbound onto Interstate 75. The officer and his backup pursued the vehicle, which reached speeds of nearly 100 m.p.h. A sheriff’s deputy reported seeing the escaping driver lose control as he tried to exit at Clark Road in Sarasota. The vehicle spun into a ditch full of water, where it stopped.

Oscar Omar Sambrano (Date of birth:11-23-76) was arrested and charged with fleeing to elude, no valid driver’s license, possession of Methamphetamine residue. Sambrano had numerous warrants for trafficking Methamphetamine, fleeing to elude, and resisting arrest without violence, all without bonds. He was not injured but the 1990s Chevrolet pickup truck he was driving was slightly damaged. An empty holster believed to belong to Sambrano was found nearby.

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015

 SUBJECT: John Nolen and New Urbanism Exhibit at Venice Museum and Archives

Venice Museum and Archives honors the innovative city planner, John Nolen, and his 1926 plan for Venice in its newest exhibit “Design for Living: John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism.”  The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the VMA and Rollins College in Winter Park. Students from Dr. R. Bruce Stephenson’s traditional town planning course visited Venice in February to experience John Nolen’s plan firsthand. Photos taken during the students’ walking tour, historical photos from the VMA’s collection, as well as the students’ research on Nolen and New Urbanism were incorporated into the display panels.


The exhibit explores the inspirations for Nolen’s plan for Venice and how his planning principles connect with the New Urbanism movement today. Original plats and plans from the VMA’s collection, artwork by Rollins College student Jacqueline Thompson, and current examples of New Urbanism projects in Venice and Sarasota County are highlighted. An interactive feature of the display allows visitors to build their own ideal city and share viewpoints about what makes a city beautiful and livable.


“Design for Living” was made possible through generous funding from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Venice Heritage Inc. A speaker series in connection with the exhibit begins in January. Victor Dover presents “Bicycling Through Time” Jan. 12. Clay Henderson speaks about “Economic Value of Historic Preservation” Jan. 26. “Local Food,” is the subject of Ed Chiles Feb. 9.  Dr. R. Bruce Stephenson lectures and signs his new book, “John Nolen: Landscape Architect and City Planner” Feb. 23.


“Design for Living” is on exhibit through Feb. 24.


Admission to Venice Museum and Archives is free, although donations are appreciated. The museum, located at 351 S. Nassau St. is open to the public year around on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional days are offered October through April on the first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


VMA will be open Saturday, Sept. 26  from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., as part of the nationwide “Museum Day Live!” event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine.


For information, call (941) 486-2487.

DATE: Sept. 17, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Museum open Saturday, Sept. 26 for Museum Day Live!


Venice Museum and Archives participates in “Smithsonian” magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! Saturday, Sept 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone. Last year’s event drew more than 400,000 participants, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

“We are always free to the public but being a part of this special nationwide event will hopefully bring new and repeat visitors to our museum. Also, being open on a Saturday makes the museum accessible to visitors who are unable to come during the week. This kicks off the first Saturday of our season. From October through April we offer Saturday hours on the first and third Saturday of each month,” City of Venice Historical Resources Director James Hagler said.

VMA’s current exhibit is “Design for Living: John Nolen and the Renaissance of New Urbanism,” along with its two permanent exhibits, Venice Area Fossils from the Burgess Collection and Dr. Fred H. Albee: A New Beginning for Nokomis and Venice.

The museum is located in the historic Triangle Inn building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and originally built as a rooming house in 1927. It is located at 351 S. Nassau St., within the Venice Cultural Campus that includes the Venice Library, Venice Art Center, Venice Community Center and is across from the Arboretum at West Blalock Park.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket, per household, per email address is permitted.

For more information about Museum Day Live! 2015 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

DATE: Aug. 27, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Utilities Department wins first-place award


The City of Venice Utilities Department and Haskell Company received a first-place award in the category of Public Works Project Less than $10 Million. Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. presented the award at its Excellence in Construction Awards program in August.

The award was given in recognition of the city’s water treatment plant project where the reverse osmosis filters were replaced and the supervisory control and data acquisitions system upgraded. Haskell Company of Jacksonville was the city’s contractor for the project.

The project was also recognized in the top three in the category of Overall Project of the Year.

The annual awards banquet is the result of competition among contractors, subcontractors and suppliers with offices in several counties throughout the state.

DATE: Aug. 26, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice firefighters rescue injured worker


Venice firefighters were called to the scene of a traumatic injury at Abbot’s Backhoe on Knights Trail Road and East Laurel Road, around 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, when a 40-year-old mechanic was hit on the head while standing under a lift when it collapsed. The lift was holding a truck. Station 53 crew members made a quick decision to stabilize the lift and make a rapid patient removal. The decision paid off. The patient was removed and treated for injuries before being transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.


DATE: Aug. 25, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Police play role in federal conviction


The Venice Police Department was among several law enforcement agencies that contributed to the conviction of John Haldeman (Date of Birth: Oct. 25, 1983) of Naples for armed robbery Aug. 24. Haldeman was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison with five additional years of probation for committing armed robberies in Punta Gorda, Naples and of Capital Bank in Venice. Haldeman was ordered to pay restitution of $2,647 to Capital Bank, which he robbed in June 2014.  The FBI also charged Haldeman with several attempted robberies, as well.

Other agencies involved in the investigation include Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office.


DATE: Aug. 24, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Beach restrooms closed for minor renovation


Venice Beach Restrooms are closed through Sept. 14 for minor renovations.  Portalets will be available for use during this time. The City of Venice Public Works Department will be making improvements, including creating two changing rooms. For questions, please call Judy Gamel, (941) 486- 2626, ext. 7398.

DATE: Aug. 21, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Traffic Advisory Task Force seeks input from the public


The City of Venice has established a Traffic Advisory Task Force to study traffic, parking and related issues and make recommendations for improvements. The task force meets on the first Thursday each month at 5 p.m. in Venice City Hall Community Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. The next meeting is Sept. 3. The public is invited to provide input. Those who cannot attend may email their suggestions to Judy Gamel at

Members of the new task force are Chairman Bill Willson, Vice Chairman Ron Fazzalaro, Bill Shauman, Sandy McGowan, Alan Carter, Monty Andrews, John Ryan, Fred Fraize, Venice Police Officer Jason Adams, Mike Pachota, Linda Nelson, Paul Cline and Carol Barbieri.

DATE: Aug. 7, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice firefighters offer monthly lifesaving class



Due to the demand for the Venice Fire Department’s free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program, the class for area residents, businesses and organizations is being offered on the first Tuesday of each month.

Applicants for the Heart Saver CPR/AED classes are required to purchase the CPR book from the American Heart Association before the class.

For applicants in the medical field, the Healthcare Provider CPR/AED classes will continue to be scheduled as needed.

For more information, or to sign up for the class, call (941) 480-3030 Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


DATE: Aug. 6, 2015

SUBJECT: VPD makes grand theft auto arrest


An alert Venice police officer noticed a suspicious driver traveling northbound on U.S. 41 Business near Miami Avenue around 7:15 p.m. After researching the license plate information, the officer learned the vehicle was reported stolen by the North Port Police Department. The officer called for backup and followed the vehicle to Patton and Church streets in Nokomis, where Don Christopher W. Roach (Date of birth: April 23, 1990) was arrested on a warrant and charged with grand theft auto and driving without a valid driver’s license.

DATE: Aug. 6, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Police rescue woman from marina

When a woman took her dog for a walk around 9 p.m. Aug 2, she tripped and fell in the lagoon at 1103 Tarpon Center Drive. Two Venice police officers were able to pull her from the water. When police arrived, the 68-year-old woman was between a large boat and the seawall and in danger of being crushed. The officers boarded the boat and pulled her up to the stern. Another two officers were able to get her off the boat onto the seawall where she was treated by emergency medical services. Although cold and upset, the woman was not harmed and according to police, the dog was also not harmed.

DATE: Aug. 6, 2015

SUBJECT: Race ends in jail



A race on a public street in Venice ended with one vehicle damaged and two men arrested and charged with reckless driving and one of them charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Ryan W. Montalbano (Date of Birth: Nov. 3, 1993) and Jericho Cunningham (Date of Birth: June 18, 1982) began racing in the southbound lanes of U.S. 41 Bypass North near the intersection of U.S. 41 around 8 p.m. Aug. 3.  At Bird Bay Drive one driver reportedly sideswiped the other, but both continued down the road at possibly 70 – 80 mph, according to witnesses.

As they sped through the Venice Avenue intersection, they passed a Venice police officer who had stopped another driver unrelated to the incident. The officer saw Montalbano spin out of control, crash into a curb, and nearly flip over as the cars approached Spur Street.  As the officer responded to the crash scene, the two drivers allegedly fled the scene in Cunningham’s car. Another officer located Montalbano and Cunningham and detained them. Both men were arrested and their cars were towed.

DATE: July 30, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice City Council candidates must qualify in August


The Venice City Council election will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

Council member seats 3 and 4 will be on the ballot. The second term for those current seat holders expires in November. A term is for three years. Each council member my serve three consecutive terms.

City Council candidates must be residents who have been registered to vote in the city for 12 consecutive months prior to August 17, 2015.

The week for candidates to qualify for the upcoming election is from noon on Aug. 17 to noon on Aug. 21. All qualifying activities must be completed by noon Aug. 21. It is best to make an appointment with the city clerk before the qualifying week to go over the packet outlining the requirements.

To make an appointment with City Clerk Lori Stelzer, call (941) 486-2626, ext. 23001. The appointment typically takes one hour.


DATE: July 30, 2015

SUBJECT: Meeting to discuss skydiving activities at Venice airport Tuesday


The City of Venice holds an open house to discuss potential skydiving activities at Venice Municipal Airport (VNC). The meeting takes place in Community Hall at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 4 – 5 p.m. A brief presentation will be made at the beginning, graphics will be available for review, and comments accepted.

The city received a proposal for a low volume skydiving business at VNC. A designated parachute landing area would be  established on the airfield in a location intended to minimize disruption to other air traffic using the facility. The business estimates three parachutes would be in the airspace during one jump during which customers jump in tandem with experienced skydivers.

A safety analysis conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration determined skydiving can be accommodated at VNC. Pilots and the public are invited to learn more and submit questions or comments. For those who cannot attend the meeting, comments may be submitted by email to


Date: July 23, 2015

Venice Fire Department provides free CPR classes




The Venice Fire Department offers free cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to area residents, businesses and organizations. Class sizes require a minimum of 10 people.  Smaller groups can be scheduled together to meet that minimum. 

All applicants must purchase their own CPR book prior to the class through the American Heart Association. Groups can choose healthcare provider CPR/ AED if they are in the medical field or Heart Saver CPR/AED with or without first aid if they are not in the medical field. The department has nine certified CPR instructors who have taught 150 people since the beginning of the year. 

For more information on this life-saving training, call (941) 480-3030.


DATE: July 15, 2015

SUBJECT: City of Venice Election Information


The Venice City Council election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

Council member seats 3 and 4 will be on the ballot. The second terms for those current seat holders expire in November. A term is for three years. Each council member may serve three consecutive terms.

City Council candidates must be residents who have been registered to vote in the city for 12 consecutive months prior to August 17, 2015.

If interested, contact City Clerk Lori Stelzer at (941) 486-2626, ext. 23001 to schedule an appointment to review the election materials. The appointment typically lasts an hour. 


DATE: July 9, 2015

SUBJECT: VPD receives Model Agency Award



Chief Tom McNulty is proud to announce that the City of Venice School Resource Officer Program received the 2015 Model Agency Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO).

This prestigious award is presented to agencies that exemplify the NASRO triad concept in training, policies and standards and that demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to school based policing.

The award was presented on July 7, 2015 at the 25th Annual NASRO School Safety Conference in Orlando. 

While their primary duties as school resource officers are to provide a safe and secure environment, they must be able to communicate effectively with students, teachers, faculty, parents and administrators. The School Resource Program endeavors to prevent juvenile delinquency by promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement. It encompasses the NASRO TRIAD concept of law enforcement officer, teacher and counselor. These three components allow the SRO to take a proactive approach in regard to daily assignments in an educational setting.

One example of this is the Venice Police Department’s Classroom and Cops program,

where SROs interact with elementary school children. By providing awareness

and education about various topics, officers help students learn the value of being part

of a community. The primary focus of this program is to build a bridge between police

officers and the youth of the community through character building, letting every student

know that success in life is a worthy pursuit, but the most important success is self‐esteem.

Topics include using seatbelts, bike safety gear, street awareness using “stop, look and listen,” recognizing strangers, gun and internet safety and the impacts of peer pressure and bullying.

Fifth‐grade students participate in ADVANCE (Avoiding Drugs, Violence and Negative Choices Early). The five‐week program provides children with skills needed to resist pressures they will encounter. Topics include peer pressure, drugs, gangs, bullying and violence, and how to say no by choosing positive alternatives. The goal of Classrooms and Cops is to make every child feel valued. Middle and high school students discuss modern concerns such as social media and related consequences of online choices.

Along with daily activities at VHS, the SROs are involved with programs such as SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco), and Doing the Right Thing.

When school is not in session, SROs assist the patrol division in promoting the Community Outreach Program through community walks, talks, security and business checks, and bike patrol, enhancing the relationship between the Venice Police Department and city residents.

Officers take part annually in events such as Shop with a Cop, Christmas for Needy Families, Kids Bike Rodeo, and Citizens Police Academy. They will participate in the Junior Law Academy held by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office this summer.

June 16, 2015

Venice Police Department undergoing accreditation assessment


A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive Aug. 4 to examine all aspects of the Venice Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Tom McNulty announced today. The Venice Police Department must comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Venice Police Department. Contact Lee Lyons at (941) 486-2444, ext. 3265.

For more information regarding CFA, or to offer written comments about the Venice Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email at:

Accreditation Program Manager for the Venice Police Department, Deborah Moody, said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Special Agent Tim Elder, Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Other team members are Samantha Jones, Neptune Beach Public Safety Department, and Sgt. Frank Ruggiero, Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which then decides if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Venice Police Department accreditation is for three years. 

“Verification by the team that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief McNulty said.



DATE: June 15, 2015

SUBJECT: Venice Fire Department responds to boat explosion


Venice Fire Department responded to a report of a boat explosion around 9:20 p.m. June 14. Firemedics were staged at the Crow’s Nest Marina, 1968 Tarpon Center Drive, while Venice Rescue Boat 51 was launched. The 29-foot Sea Ray, believed to be carrying five people, was still in the Intracoastal Waterway, between the Crow’s Nest and Snake Island.

A  witness standing in the Crow’s Nest parking lot said the boat was making its way back to shore when the incident occurred. He reported seeing a flash of fire, consistent with an explosion, engulf the lower inside portion of the boat. The witness said he believed the vessel came to rest near Snake Island.

Fire Department officials utilized a private vessel nearby to gain access to the island. They found five patients with minor to moderate burns across the lower half of their legs. The patients were transported by boat to personnel staged at the marina.  Medical crews assessed all patients for injuries and transported a 17-year-old boy and a 49-year-old women to Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital for further evaluation. The boat was towed to a nearby dock for investigation.


DATE: April 5, 2013

SUBJECT: Minnesota town models its program after VPD's

The Police Department in Eveleth, Minn.  recently established a SAFE program patterned after the one in Venice.

SAFE, which is Senior Assistance Freedom Enrichment, was rolled out by Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty last year.  The program allows people over 60, who have special needs and live alone to call into the Police Department daily, after registering for the program. If they do not call by a specific time, the department will try to contact the senior. If dispatchers are not able to contact the seniors, a police officer will go to the person’s home to check on them.

Last year, when an elderly man failed to call in, police officers found him on the floor of his home and were able to call an ambulance and get him to the hospital.

The program is also available to handicapped people over the age of 18 if they live alone.

When Eveleth Police Officer Mark Chad came to Venice on vacation, he learned about the SAFE program and was so impressed he took the news back to his chief.

“I give him (Chad) a lot of credit. It’s a great idea. It’s something that can be done at really no cost, just a little maintenance on our part. But I think it will be of great benefit to the community,” Eveleth Police Chief Tim Koivunen reportedly told the Mesabi Daily News. “It is our way to provide another service and give back to the community,” he said.

To receive the Venice service, seniors or handicapped people living alone must first register at the police station, 1350 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Venice. For more information about the program call (941) 486-2444.

Another service offered at the police station is the drop box for pharmaceuticals. The box is available in the lobby. Users of the service should bring their expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in their original containers, dump the pills in the box and take the containers home with them to dispose of in the garbage.

DATE: March 21, 2013

SUBJECT: City of Venice supports Military Family and Community Covenant Day

Venice Mayor John Holic will proclaim April 17 Military Family and Community Covenant Day at the regular city council meeting April 9. The meeting takes place at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave.
The proclamation represents the city's continuing commitment to supporting and honoring all military service members, veterans and their families. Venice is one of Florida's 410 municipalities partnering with Florida Military Family and Community Covenant, Florida League of Cities, and Florida Regional Planning Councils Association to show support for those who make sacrifices daily for the nation.
Several military and former military families will be on hand to receive the proclamation.
For more information about FMFCC and its supporting initiatives such as Operation Strong Families and the Civilian Battle Advocacy Buddy Battalion, visit

DATE: March 22, 2013

SUBJECT: Venice Book Fair and Writers Conference offers opportunity for aspiring writers


As part of the Venice Book Fair and Writers Conference April 6, editor and literary agent Camille Cline will provide feedback to 12 lucky authors whose names will be drawn at 9:30 a.m.

Interested writers should place their names in the drawing between 9 – 9:30 a.m. in the Venice Theatre lobby, 140 W. Tampa Ave., for an opportunity to meet with Cline for 5 minutes either between 10-11 a.m. or 2-3 p.m., as assigned.

Authors should bring a one-page, double-spaced synopsis of a project described in 25 words or less with room left at the bottom of the page for comments and names of publishing companies and agents to be provided by Cline.

The critique is part of a day full of interesting activities including a workshop for aspiring writers of children’s books led by author Nancy Buscher, a workshop about writing historical novels led by Clarissa Thomasson, and a panel discussion about how to get published led by Kim Cool. Other programs include talks by authors such as Tim Dorsey, David Hagberg, Jim Swain, Ward Larsen, Daniel Rubin, state Sen. Nancy Detert and Lisa Daily. The cost for the entire day is $10.

The adjacent book fair activities in Centennial Park include more than 30 booths with authors selling and signing their books, ranging in subjects from fiction to baseball to sharks’ teeth. This part of the event takes place from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is free.

For more information, call (941) 486-2626, ext. 7398.

DATE: March 20, 2013

SUBJECT:  Closing exhibit promises fun for the whole family


Venice Museum and Archives and VABI hold a free event Saturday, March 30, at the Triangle Inn, 351 S. Nassau St. in Venice’s Cultural Campus, to mark the closing of the Venice Area Beautification Inc. exhibit, "VABI Knits a Community."


Venice Area Garden Club members will have gardening activities for children, tips on how to divide plants for repotting, and other gardening information. Pomello Park Nursery will have orchids for sale and tips on orchid care. Free refreshments will be provided by VABI.  

"VABI Knits a Community," which ends April 3, celebrates the history of this local nonprofit organization and its mission of “Making the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play."

  The exhibit includes highlights from VABI's archives, photographs of beautification projects, and information about the history of the organization and upcoming projects. Visitors may share their ideas for future beautification projects in a journal at the exhibit.

  Venice Area Beautification Inc.’s positive impact on Venice’s environs began in 1990 with the “Gateway to Venice” and downtown landscape project. More than two decades later, VABI’s projects, such as the Venetian Waterway Park, Venice Arboretum at West Blalock Park, and numerous public art projects have enriched the natural environment through improved parks, recreational opportunities and expanding venues for public art.

  The Venice Museum and Archives is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, March 30, it will be open from noon - 4 p.m. There is no admission fee.


DATE: Feb. 7, 2013

SUBJECT: Holiday schedule - Venice

Venice City Hall will be closed in observance of Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected as usual.

DATE: Jan. 31, 2013

SUBJECT: Trees to be trimmed over Venice streets

Trees in the right of ways along roads in the City of Venice will be trimmed in the near future to facilitate the passage of large vehicles, such as fire engines, garbage trucks and RVs. 

Work is expected to begin in the next few days. Canopies throughout the city will be trimmed to allow for the height of the trucks as well as for the aesthetics and the health of the trees. 
The trimming will help the trees withstand windstorms and reduce debris after a storm and damage to nearby property. 
The project is a collaborative effort of the City of Venice and Sarasota County

DATE: Jan. 9, 2013

SUBJECT: REV 3 Triathlon to air on Jan. 12

WTSP-TV10 (CBS) will air the 2012 REV 3 Florida Triathlon Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. The national sporting event took place in Venice in October. Athletes came from across the nation to participate. The event was estimated to have a $600,000 impact on the local economy. Plans are in the making for the event to return in November 2013.


DATE: Nov. 30, 2012

SUBJECT: Venice utilities begins improvement project

Several residents on the island of Venice will see improvements in their water pressure and the convenience of the location of their water main and meter.
The city will abandon water mains now situated in the rear easements of homes. Some of these are 50-year-old unlined, cast iron pipes with layers of mineral deposits, which greatly reduces water flow.
New pipes, most of which will be larger than the existing pipes, will be installed in front of the homes along the street. This will eliminate the need for city employees to gain access to the backyards of these homes and, when necessary, allow them to work on pipes in the city easement near the street, causing minimal disruption to homeowners.

In the meantime, there may be some inconvenience as some of the old pipes are filled with concrete and buried, and while new ones are placed in the new location.

All homeowners who are in the project area will be notified by mail and may also be visited on-site by a Utilities Department representative.

The first homes to benefit from this project will be those inside the boundaries of Armada Street, Villas Drive, Harbor Drive and Park Boulevard. This phase also includes a portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Construction is expected to begin in early spring 2013. Each phase will take six to nine months to complete.

For information, contact Arlena Dominick, the city's right-of-way coordinator, at (941) 929-3277 or e-mail at She will be available to meet with homeowners by appointment on site or at Venice City Hall.







DATE: Oct. 12, 2012

SUBJECT: Venice earns Silver Bicycle Friendly designation

The City of Venice is the recipient of the Silver Bicycle Friendly Community designation. The award comes from the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C.

To earn the designation, volunteers Monty Andrews and Steve Christian worked with Community Development Director Chad Minor for about three years, to make biking safer and more comfortable in Venice. Others greatly involved in the process include Russ Johnson, Mike Gippert and Huss Malik.

Venice already has remarkable assets for those interested in biking. Venetian Waterway Park and Legacy Trail offer about 18 miles of uninterrupted biking and hiking on concrete trails where motor vehicles are not allowed. There are many bike lanes in the city. Even the Venice Police Department has developed a bike patrol of six officers who patrol on bicycles. The city developed a bike trail map, which was printed by Venice Area Beautification Inc., and is available online at the city and VABI websites.

The League offers awards in bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond. The designation is good for four years. Already, plans are in the works to increase the level for the next designation for Venice.

A community celebration of the award takes place Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Avenue, where Legacy Trail meets Venetian Waterway Park. Everyone is welcome to attend.

To learn more about League of American Bicyclists, see To learn more about biking in Venice, see and




DATE: Oct. 12, 2012

SUBJECT:New fireboat offers better service

With nearly 30 miles of shore along the Gulf of Mexico, Roberts Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, and year around sunny weather, Venice is a perfect playground for those who enjoy boating, kayaking, parasailing, swimming and diving. But sometimes things can go wrong in the beautiful water that surrounds the area. That is why having the ability to respond to emergencies by boat is key to the safety of Venice residents and visitors.

                West Coast Inland Navigation District recently provided the Venice Fire Department with a grant for $226,100 to purchase and outfit a 32-foot Boston Whaler Justice for search and rescue, fire suppression and emergency medical responses. The boat has twin 300 Mercury Verado engines, the quiet operation of which allows for better radio communications with dispatch and other emergency responders. The fire pump produces 500 gallons of water per minute. Raymire GPS chart plotter with radar, a Humming Bird GPS with sonar, and a night vision FLIR system help responders locate people in distress, even in the dark or under water. A gunwale door, which is an opening on the port side, makes moving a patient from water to the boat an easier, faster and more stable operation.

The department has 15 fully certified boat operators whose training was paid for by the grant. All Venice fire personnel are certified emergency medical technicians. During a multi-agency response, the Venice fire boat may be required to travel as far as 30 miles.

                The boat replaces the department’s 2001 24-foot Hydra Sport Vector, which is no longer reliable, is costly to maintain and doesn’t have the most modern technology. The WCIND grant covered the entire cost of the new boat.

Above: The Venice Fire Department is currently training its personnel on the new 32-foot Boston Whaler Justice, completely paid for with a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District.



DATE: Oct. 8, 2012

SUBJECT: VPD receives accreditation

Venice Police Department received re-accreditation Sept. 27 as a result of three years of committed and professional work toward that goal. The ceremony took place in Sarasota, where Venice was one of 16 agencies from across the state to receive the recognition.
Accreditation is a process that validates an agency through review of outside peers and determines that the agency works in the most ethical, professional and safest manner possible. It serves to define clear policies set by the department and understood by all its employees.
"The accreditation process is the vehicle that guides our agencies in the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement services," Venice Chief Tom McNulty said. "In reality, the accreditation process is really much larger. It strengthens our foothold on our Constitutional foundation, demonstrating our commitment to be the best we can be while building confidence and trust with the various components of our communities and citizens."
"If you look up 'community policing' in the dictionary, the definition would be the Venice Police Department," said Pete Marcus, Edgewood, Fla., police chief and accreditation review commissioner.
Among those in the audience lending support to the department were Mayor John Holic, Vice Mayor Kit McKeon and Council Members Jim Bennett, Emilio Carlesimo and Dave Sherman.
Above: Attending the Venice Police Department accreditation ceremony are, from left, Vice Mayor Kit McKeon; Mayor John Holic; Capt. Tom Mattmuller; Chief Tom McNulty; Lee Lyons, who led the department through the accreditation process; Commissioner Butch Arenal, chairman of the Florida Accreditation Commission and Punta Gorda police chief; Lori Mizell, executive director of the commission; Lt. Mike Rose; and Council Members Emilio Carlesimo and Jim Bennett.






DATE: Oct. 8, 2012

SUBJECT: City App to launch Oct. 19

The City of Venice and Your Custom Apps will launch the first community app in the region on Friday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., in the community room.
The app will work on Android and I-phones to provide direct contact with city government information and emergency alerts, while serving the public with information about the daily services provided by area businesses.
To learn more about this unique app concept, please attend the launching. All are welcome. It is free of charge. Don't forget to bring your Smart Phone.
For more information, call Jim Foubister, (941) 315-8277.


DATE: Aug. 29, 2012

SUBJECT: Venice holds meeting about downtown parking

The City of Venice will hold an important meeting regarding seasonal parking issues in downtown Venice on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. in Council Chambers at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. Anyone who has an interest in this issue should attend. Several decisions will be made based upon input at this meeting. For more information, call (941) 486-2626.





DATE: Aug. 28, 2012

SUBJECT: Venice selects new fire chief



Venice City Council appointed James A. Warman to serve as Venice fire s meeting.

Warman, a 28-year veteran of fire service, currently serves as the Largo Fire Department deputy chief. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg and an associate degree in fire science from St. Petersburg College.

Warman began his fire service career as a firefighter/emergency medical technician and quickly rose through the various levels of responsibility, obtaining many certifications along the way. He was selected from among 84 applicants for the Venice position.

Warman replaces Venice Chief John Reed, who retired in February. Battalion Chief Shawn Carvey will continue to serve as acting chief until Warman takes his office as Venice chief in October.




DATE: Aug. 24, 2012

SUBJECT: Wood carved dolphin greets jetty visitors

Humprhis Park at the South Jetty has a new work of art on display. Where a rotting tree stump stood in the entrance to the parking lot, a friendly dolphin carved by Tony Minio now greets visitors. The area, popular with fishermen, is known for its dolphin and manatee sightings. The project was initiated by Charles Alfano, a nearby resident and member of the Venice Parks and Recreation Board. Venice City Council approved the project at the request of the board. The Crow's Nest restaurant and its owner, Steve Harner, contributed toward the expense of the project. The dolphin, leaping from its Australian pine tree roots, is stained and protected with linseed oil. The artist will continue the maintenance for two years. It is surrounded by a landscaped bed of indigenous plants surrounded by boulders.




DATE: Aug. 16, 2012

SUBJECT: Chris Rozansky wins state award

Venice Municipal Airport Administrator Chris Rozansky is the 2012 recipient of the Aviation Professional of the Year Award, presented by the Florida Department of Transportation Florida Airports Council.

Rozansky was recognized for his leadership in rehabilitating the airfield to include many safety and noise mitigation efforts. Since coming to Florida in 2010, a contentious time in the community regarding airport concerns, Rozansky has engaged the community in a better understanding of the airport’s role and future, created an updated rental fee schedule for t-hangars and added two new fees to increase the airport’s financial self-sufficiency.

“His focus, determination and professionalism have helped him resolve some long-standing issues for the Venice general aviation facility,”  City Manager Ed Lavallee said.




DATE: July 24, 2012

SUBJECT: VPD earns award


Venice Police Department received a third-place award in the Florida Transportation Department’s Florida Law Enforcement Liaison program DUI Challenge July 13 in Orlando.


Venice was one of more than 40 law enforcement agencies from around the state competing in various categories.


The award is based on an evaluation point system. Ultimately, an agencies points may be exchanged for education and law enforcement equipment.


“We were able to receive this award because of our efforts in education and law enforcement regarding drinking and driving,” Traffic Officer Andy Levesque said.


Some of those efforts included communication with the public through media, banners and other programs about the hazards of drinking and driving. DUI stops and arrests reflect the enforcement side of the equation.


As a result of the points the department earned, it was able to purchase several tools that it did not have the budget to acquire otherwise.


Among the tools earned by competing in the DUI Challenge are an in-car video system that will record traffic stops worth about $5,000; an updated laser mapping system for scaled diagrams of traffic accidents and crime scenes, valued at about $5,000; and a traffic data collecting device that measures speed, vehicular counts and other data, worth around $2,200.

Venice Police Traffic Officer Andy Levesque displays the Florida Transportation Department’s Florida Law Enforcement Liaison program DUI Challenge third-place award on behalf of the Venice Police Department, July 13.







DATE: July 17, 2012

SUBJECT: Missing Alzheimer's patient found with help from community


When an 89-year-old man  wandered from his home, the Venice Police Department put out “A Child Is Missing” bulletin, which is a reverse 911 call that goes to residences in a particular neighborhood.

In Venice, some people who got the call around 2 p.m. Monday set out on their bicycles or on foot to search for the missing Alzheimer’s patient. Because the man had once lived in the Capri Isles neighborhood, police focused their search in that area. A mail delivery person advised an officer that he’d seen an elderly man being picked up and taken to the golf club. The officer found the missing man safe at the club.

“This is great example of the Venice Community helping the Police Dept. achieve a positive outcome for a vulnerable citizen,” Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty said.

Police say the program, “A Child is Missing” is a valuable tool to use looking for both missing youngsters and oldsters. If the missing adult is driving a car, the Silver Alert can be issued. But if the adult is walking, the Silver Alert is useless due to its focus on notifying drivers to be on the lookout.

If you should receive a reverse call regarding a missing person, be mindful of anyone you see who might match the description and call the police immediately if you think you see that person. You just might save a life.




DATE: July 16, 2012

SUBJECT: Accidental shooting in Venice

A 14-year-old juvenile was showing a gun to a 12-year-old juvenile when the gun went off leaving a .22 caliber bullet in the 12-year-old's leg. Venice police and firefighters responded to the scene of the accident in the 1000 block of Myrtle Avenue around 11 a.m. today (July 16). The juvenile was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. His injury is not considered life threatening. The accident continues to be under investigation.




DATE: July 12, 2012

SUBJECT: Police arrest convicted felon for possession of firearm, assault

Venice Police arrested Michael Morris (date of birth: 5/17/1981) and charged him with aggravated assault with a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police received a disturbance complaint from the 1400 block of The Rialto July 12 around 1:45 a.m. Morris was found inside the apartment of a woman he knows. Morris allegedly brandished a weapon in the room where the woman and her two guests were and pointed the gun at the forehead of the woman and threatened her. A loaded 357 Magnum was found inside the apartment.




DATE: July 9, 2012

SUBJECT: small sewage spill

About 30 gallons of sewage spilled on the ground when a lateral sewage pipe in the Calle de Toro alley became blocked July 8 shortly after noon.  Most of it went on the ground next to the service cleanout. A small portion made its way into the stormwater box, but was contained. Consequently, no sewage entered any body of water. The blockage was cleared and the area disinfected. There is no danger to humans or the environment. All appropriate agencies were notified.




DATE: June 29, 2012

SUBJECT: Small spill in Venice

About 200 gallons of sewage spilled this morning around 11 a.m., when a concrete coating on a manhole in the 100 block of East Tampa Ave. became dislodged and blocked a gravity pipe. The blocked pipe caused the manhole to overflow to the ground. Some sewage may have seeped into the Intracoastal Waterway. The pipe was repaired and the area disinfected. All appropriate agencies were notified




DATE: June 29, 2012

SUBJECT: Fourth of July

Venice City Hall will be closed in observance of Independence Day, July 4. There will be no collection of garbage, yard waste or recycling. It will be collected on the next regularly scheduled day, Saturday.
Venice fireworks display will take place at sunset. The display will be shot from the jetties and will be visible from area beaches and other places in town. The South Jetty will be closed July 4 and Tarpon Center Drive will be closed to all but local traffic during the afternoon and evening.




DATE: June 26, 2012

SUBJECT: Police apprehend burglary suspects

Venice Police arrested Michael Meachem (birth date: 12-6-89) and a 16-year-old  juvenile and charged them with burglary and theft June 26 around 1:30 a.m.
After tracking the subjects with the K-9, police found them in the 300 block of East Venice Avenue, along with burglary tools and items that were apparently stolen, including synthetic marijuana used to make incense. The juvenile was treated by paramedics for a dog bite he received while trying to evade the K-9.




DATE: June 21, 2012

SUBJECT: National Triathlon

Attached (here) is a news release from the Local Volunteer Coordinator Candice Roberts regarding the national triathlon taking place in Venice Oct. 28. This is a very exciting event for our community. We hope you will share this information with your readers and viewers. Thanks for your support. Pam




DATE: June 18, 2012

SUBJECT: VPD to aggressively enforce vessel anchoring laws

Venice police will be aggressively enforcing state boating laws, especially involving boats anchored in the Higel Basin, just east of the Venice Yacht Club.
The marine patrol will check each vessel to be sure it is in compliance with laws governing the anchoring and operation of boats, including but not limited to current registration, a working mast light at night, and checking for worn anchor lines and even excessive growth on the hulls that would make the vessel difficult if not impossible to safely navigate.
If violations are found, a tag that lists the violations will be left on the vessel. Already two boat owners receiving tags have called to police department to tell them when they will have the violations rectified.
In the event that the violations are not fixed in a timely manner, the police will make an effort to contact the owners by mail or phone. If that fails, or if the violations are not addressed by the owner, the vessel could be declared derelict and in accordance with state law, hauled away and destroyed.
Anyone who has a boat moored in the Higel Basin and has questions about the active enforcement should call Marine Officer Paul Joyce at (941) 486-2444.




DATE: June 18, 2012

SUBJECT: VPD in process of receiving accreditation

The Venice Police Department is in the final stages of earning its accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. There are 260 standards with which the department must comply in order to receive accreditation. Earlier last week, law enforcement professionals came to Venice to run a drill for the real assessment process coming up in August. From left are Accreditation Manager Beverly Minnix, Palmetto Police Department; Lt. Barry Sullivan, retired Sarasota County Sheriff's Office; Lt. Josh Stone, Gulfport Police Department; and Accreditation Manager Linda Blanning, Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.




DATE: June 13, 2012

SUBJECT: New fire inspection fees implemented

The Venice Fire Department is charging a fee for fire inspections in order to cover its costs in providing plans review, life safety inspections, and the annual/periodic inspections of all commercial and multi-family dwellings. The inspections are mandated by state law. The new fees are based on the square footage of the building that is inspected.
This fee allows users of the service to pay its costs rather than all taxpayers paying for it through property tax revenues. The fee is lower than that charged by neighboring agencies.
A brochure describing the fee structure in detail and the nature of the inspections is available at:, click on "Fire Fees."
The enabling resolution, No. 2012-02, was approved by Venice City Council on May 2. For more information, contact the Venice Fire Department at (941) 480-3030.




DATE: June 13, 2012

SUBJECT: Water outage for some during improvement project

The city of Venice will be upgrading its water distribution system beginning Monday, June 18, with a project to replace about 12 water main valves on the island. The work will take about three weeks to complete and will require some residents in the work area to experience a water outage. Each building should experience no more than 8 hours of water outage.
Those who lose water service should be prepared to use bottled water or boiled water for drinking and cooking for 72 hours after the water service is resumed. The area where the work will take place is north of Fiesole Street, south of Milan Avenue, west of U.S. 41 Business and The Rialto, and east of Ravenna Street.  Residences affected by the work will receive a boil-water notice at their front doors. Those who have questions should call (941) 270-1476.




DATE: June 12, 2012
SUBJECT: Road construction in Venice

Beginning Monday, June 18, the city of Venice will be working on the intersection of Harbor Drive and West Venice Avenue. The contractor will be repairing crosswalks. There will be lane closures throughout the construction period, however one lane will be open in each direction at all times. The work is expected to be completed around July 3.




DATE: June 12, 2012
SUBJECT: Venice Police looking for carjacker

Venice Police were called to the 200 block of U.S. 41 Business in regard to a carjacking. The victim told police that he was loading newspapers into his 2011 silver Kia Soul June 8 around 2 a.m. at the Herald-Tribune building on U.S. 41 Business when a white man wearing a black tank top and black hat told him to get away from the car, suggested he might have a weapon, jumped into the vehicle and drove north on U.S. 41 Business. The vehicle was later found in Nokomis. Anyone having information about this incident should call the Detective Division at (941) 486-2444.




DATE: June 12, 2012
SUBJECT:  Venice Police nab robber

Venice police chased a man suspected of stealing a cab driver's gold shark's tooth, retrieved the stolen item and placed John Samuel Gay (Date of Birth: 2-1-55) under arrest. The cab driver told police Gay was a customer in his cab when they began talking about collecting sharks' teeth. He said he let Gay hold a gold shark's tooth when Gay allegedly got out of the cab with it. The driver confronted Gay and told him to return the item when Gay allegedly pushed the cab driver to the ground. The driver told police the suspect's stated destination was Motel 6. An officer went to the area and saw the suspect walking in front of the nearby carwash. A K-9 was used to track the path the suspect took and the police officer found the gold shark's tooth in the carwash. The suspect confessed to committing the crime. Gay was charged with robbery. The incident took place June 7 around midnight.




DATE: June 4, 2012
SUBJECT: Venice Police arrests

Venice Police arrested Juan Ernesto Ramos (date of birth: 1-27-1987) and Brock Daniels-Lee Tommas (4-9-1987) and charged them with carrying a concealed weapon. Ramos has an additional charge of carrying a concealed firearm by a convicted felon. The incident took place June 3 around 3 a.m. in the 100 block of Milan Avenue.
The two men were stopped for speeding 16 miles over the speed limit. The arresting officer noticed one of them moving his legs in a strange manner and saw a portion of a firearm on the floor. He ordered the occupants from the vehicle at gunpoint and discovered a collapsible baton between the cushions in the front seat and a gun in a holster under the seat, readily accessible.






DATE: June 4, 2012
SUBJECT: Small sewage spill in Venice


Grease caused a gravity sewer main to become blocked and discharge about 20 gallons of raw sewage June 3 around 1:45 p.m. at the corner of Calle de Toro and North Warfield Avenue in Venice. Venice Utilities crews responded and contained the spillage in the adjacent manhole and cleared the blockage. The area was cleaned and disinfected. No sewage entered any body of water and there is no danger to humans or the environment. All applicable agencies were notified. Grease should never be disposed of down a sink or in any other fashion that would cause it to enter the sewage system. Restaurants should use grease traps that are regularly maintained, and residents should dispose of grease in the garbage collection.






DATE: May 31, 2012
SUBJECT: Venice Police Department seeks accreditation



Venice Police Department

Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 31 to examine all aspects of the Venice Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. In order to receive the accreditation, the department must comply with approximately 260 standards.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available at

For more information regarding CFA or to submit written comments about the agency’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:  CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies, Venice Police Department Accreditation Program Manager Deborah Moody said. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA assessment team leader is Lt. Scott A. Grant, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Capitol Police. Other team members are Master Police Officer Tammy Farnham, Stuart Police Department;p and Officer Jeff Watson, Titusville Police Department.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full commission, which decides if the agency is to receive accredited status.  Venice Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years. 

"Verification by the team that the Venice Police Department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," Chief McNulty said.




DATE: May 23, 2012
SUBJECT: Victory procession planned for state champion Venice baseball team

The Venice High School Baseball Team became the 2012 Class 7A state champion with its victory Sunday. The community will celebrate the team's achievement May 29, beginning at 7 p.m. when the team will leave the high school, 1 Indian Ave., travel north on U.S. 41 Business, and west on West Venice Avenue to the downtown Gazebo, where a ceremony will take place. The Venice Fire and Police departments will escort the team. Everyone is encourage to line the processional route and come to the Gazebo to show support for the team that ended its season with 24 wins.




DATE: May 22, 2012
SUBJECT: Holiday Schedule

Venice City Hall will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage, recycling and yard waste will be collected as usual.




DATE: May 15, 2012
SUBJECT: 85th Anniversary Celebration Saturday at Venice Municipal Airport

An event on Armed Forces Day takes place Saturday, May 19 takes place at Venice Municipal Airport as part of the City of Venice 85th Anniversary celebration. The airport was built in 1942 and served as the Venice Army Air Base, where many young airmen were trained to fly fighter aircraft and support the air missions. At 10:30 a.m., a ceremony takes place honoring World War II veterans, and recognizing three of those who served at VAAB. Vintage aircraft and vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., Bill and Rob Millner will play music from the 1940s for dancing in the former Student Pilots Officers Club. The event is free and open to the public. The entrance is located at Elite Flight Academy, 220 E. Airport Ave.




DATE: May 15, 2012
SUBJECT: Police apprehend armed felon


Around 11 p.m. Monday night a Venice police officer was patrolling in the area of Laurel Road and Interstate-75 when he heard a report that a blue or green Ford Crown Victoria with three people in it might be headed north to Tampa after one of the car’s occupants allegedly committed a robbery in Port Charlotte.

About that time, a vehicle matching the description came off I-75 to Laurel Road and immediately went on the northbound ramp back onto I-75.

The police officer radioed for backup and a felony stop was initiated with Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies. A Charlotte County detective arrived with an affidavit. I-75 was shut down to traffic for a short time. A loaded revolver was found under the driver’s seat and blood was discovered inside the car.

Shervin M. Franklin (Date of Birth: July 7, 1989) of the 4000 block of Perch Street in Tampa was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, and possession of a firearm by a felon. The other two occupants of the car were determined to be witnesses only and were released.




DATE: May 3, 2012
SUBJECT: City of Venice holds annual Hurricane Preparation Seminar

June 1 - Nov. 30 is hurricane season in Southwest Florida. Now is the time to prepare. The City of Venice holds its annual Hurricane Preparation Seminar Friday, May 11, 8 a.m. - noon, in Council Chambers at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Avenue. ABC Channel 7 Meteorologist Bob Harrigan will be the key note speaker, giving you ideas about how to keep your family and possessions safe during a big storm. You'll hear how the city prepares and services offered by the county and Red Cross. Other speakers include Venice Interim Fire Chief Shawn Carvey, Police Chief Tom McNulty, City Engineer Kathleen Weeden, American Red Cross representative Cindy Desmond and Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane. Bella Vita is providing refreshments. The event is free and open to the public.





DATE: May 2, 2012
SUBJECT: Venice police arrest two for shoplifting

On Sunday, April 29, Venice police responded to a shop lifting in progress at Beall's Outlet on S. U.S. 41 Business. Around 2:30 p.m., a store employee observed two women matching an in-store "be on the lookout for" notice enter the store. The women were captured on video surveillance placing numerous items of clothing into several bags and large purses. They walked past the cashier and ran out of the store, according to the police report. Police intercepted them in the parking lot.
Tametris Lashawn Wilson (birth date: Oct. 4, 1979) and Alecia Marie Hughes (birth date: Dec. 21, 1973) were arrested and charged with retail grand theft and possession of an anti-shoplifting control device. The clothing was valued at $629.44. Wire stripper/cutters were found in one of the bags. Police also discovered many bags of new clothing still on hangers and several packages of linens in the suspects' vehicle.