These are all the Blogs posted in January, 2010.
City Council Prioritizes Circus Arena Demolition and Water and Sewer Infrastructure Renewal.
At the Council’s annual workshop session to review progress on established priorities and establish or re-prioritize priority initiatives, demolition of the Circus Arena along with developing a plan for the future of that area of the airport drew Council consensus. Formal votes are not taken at the meeting, but council creates work objectives for staff to be put into place beginning in the upcoming year.
Council, in the Comprehensive Plan now nearing submission to
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:13 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Comments on Airport Votes at Thursday Meeting
A number of people have questioned my vote on the airport recommendation by DY. Here is a brief answer to one such constituent comment.
Ed and Kit,
Does representing your constituents fail to meet the "reasonable man test"?
Logic and the will of the people have nearly been sacrificed by your votes against a B-II airport designation. Thanks to a principled Council majority, FAA will hear the people's voice.
I don't understand why you
Posted By Ed Martin at 3:37 PM in Category:Inside Venice
There are times when "no" is a great answer. At the end of the City Council Workshop on the Comp Plan was such a time.
During the meeting Council agreed on staff recommendations with some minor changes for the City's response to the Florida DCA which is reviewing our Comprehensive Plan.
There are a few points now being researched and rewritten, but progress has been rapid enough to allow cancellation of a scheduled meeting. Next week staff and our cons
Posted By Ed Martin at 6:47 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Lawsuit is Simply All About the Money
Doug Fernandes of the Trib points out the Empress has no clothes. Better late than never. Or maybe a sports writer knows a game when he sees one.
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directly to this article publisheed in the Sarasota Herald Tribune
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:28 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Council Will Face Significant Decisions This Week
There is no average week for a Council Member or Mayor. Any day new information may need to be processed and action considered or taken. Some recent examples, arising from public concern and not really on a previously determined agenda include:
. A number of houses made with “Chinese drywall” are found in Venice. One example provided by a citizen involved a house purchased for over $600,000--unfit to live in, sold recently for about $80,000. What can we do to help?
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:51 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Replying to a comment about a recent request for emails from Michael Barfied.
Several comments were posted on John Patten's website http://www.veniceflorida.com, about a request to the City by Michael Barfield of Lorenzo fame for business emails since Jan. 1.
One commenter assumed I must have done something, having bought in on the misinformation widely disseminated in the press over the last year.
My comment follows:
I understand your comments and they are reasonable. Here are somethings to think about if you wish to.
Posted By Ed Martin at 7:13 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Venice Supports Disability Rights in Education,Workplaces and Community
On behalf of the Department of Labor and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, we would like to thank you and the City of Venice for your support.
By declaring Disability.gov Day in October, you have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the inclusion and full participation of people with disabilities in our workforce, our classrooms and our communities.
As part of our thank you and recognition, we invite you to view your proclamati
Posted By Ed Martin at 2:22 PM in Category:Inside Venice
News and Notes on Venice Government: Want to be "council-member-for-a-day? What would you do?
Tough decisions are facing Council on a several fronts. Here are two: Replying to FAA rejection of City letter requesting consideration of a “B” designation for VNC and getting the Utilities Funds out of deficit and building some reserves.
These decisions involve lots of facts, values and consequences, so I am just going to share some of the highlights of the issues.
There are two basic courses facing Council. One, is to develop an A
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:18 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Check out true scoop in Tom Brenner's Comment on JP.s website Message Board
An accurate look at Sunshine/Airport Matters. Brenner does not name the Airport Advisory Board members in this web of deceit nor the Council Member but it is easy to "connect the dots" in the phrase of the day.
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directly to this article publisheed in the veniceflorida.com
Posted By Ed Martin at 3:27 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Letter to Senators and Congressman About Airport
December 15, 2009
The Honorable Bill Nelson
United States Senate
Dear Senator Nelson,
I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a matter relating to the Federal Aviation Administration, (FAA), which is of significant importance to the City of Venice, Florida.
Since the beginning of this year City officials have been working closely with FAA representatives of the Orlando Airpor
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:19 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Venice attracts tourists: Why change
its attractive features?
Note: What follows are excerpts from Venice City E-News, link below.
In the fall of 2009 the Sarasota County
Tourism Development Council reported that
tourism was up in Venice. In fact, the increase
was greater than elsewhere in Sarasota County.
I often speak with people downtown, in cafes and on the sidewalk or while shopping.
They often say they were first attracted by the area along Venice Avenue, from U.S. 41 Business to Venice Beach. They pa
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directly to this article publisheed in the Venice City E-News
Posted By Ed Martin at 6:08 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Venice City Council Approves Jet Center Lease Transfer.
The most visible news is that the City Council approved the transfer of the Venice Jet Center lease, previously held by alleged swindler Arthur Nadel, to a newly formed LLC, Tristate Aviation Group of Florida.
Less visible, but hopefully significant in the future, is the dialogue the Council had with Martin Kretchman, a principal of Tristate, about continuing discussions about the approval and placement of hangars that Tristate wants the option to build.
A majority of
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:23 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Tommy McIntrye, ex-Gondo, writer, comments on Vedder Chronicles.
Tommy's letter is posted as a comment on Strike Three, posting.
Posted By Tommy McIntyre at 3:12 PM in Category:Inside Venice