Private Lives

Young and Homeless in the Land of Affluence

Jason Whittenburg and his mother were among nearly 2,000 homeless people in Sarasota. Then a Venice family offered him a temporary home.

01/09/2019 By David Hackett

Dreamer

Maria Alejandra, a DACA Student, Dreams of Remaining in the Only Country She Knows

“I was 16 months old when my parents brought me and my brother here from Colombia. My father did not see a future for us because the drug cartels had made life so dangerous."

10/29/2018 By David Hackett

"John Was Venice"

Venice Loses a Leader in John Ryan

Friends remember John Ryan, who guided the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years.

08/16/2017 By David Hackett

The Preservationist

Christine Johnson Fights to Preserve Wild Florida

Johnson is leader of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast.

02/01/2017 By David Hackett

Profiles From Our Past

Looking Back at Venice's Famous Faces

5 people that helped define Venice.

01/06/2017 By Staff

With a Song in Her Heart

Nella Valenti Creates a Haven for Live Music

"The Cookie Lady of Venice," a lifelong music lover, turns her restaurant into a hotspot for jazz.

12/02/2016 By David Hackett

Newcomers' Guide 2016

Finding Your Place in Paradise

As South Sarasota County grows, its diverse neighborhoods make it a great place to live, work and play.

10/01/2016 By Ilene Denton

Newcomers' Guide 2016

How to Live La Dolce Vita in Venice

The Italian influence on this Florida town shows in its design, its restaurants, and its social fabric.

10/01/2016 By David Hackett

Everybody Ready?

Get On Your Mark, Get Set, Go Beach Run

A chance for kids to have fun and get fit.

07/13/2016 By Kim Hackett

Dining

Word on the Street: Sarasota's Original Word of Mouth Coming to Venice

The Gulf Gate restaurant will open second store on East Venice Avenue.

06/23/2016 By Kim Hackett

A Critical Choice

New Competition for Venice Regional?

After years of embracing its hometown hospital, Venice considers new options and opportunities.

04/04/2016 By Kim Hackett

Drive Time

Inside Michael Lombardo's Ideal Classic Cars

For Ideal Classic Cars' Michael Lombardo, automobiles are a driving passion.

02/11/2016 By Kim Hackett