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

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

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