Some New "Best Bytes:" Fish Tacos, Cheese Steaks, and authentic French Food.
"Best Bytes" is not a restaurant review. I had the chance to write "Power Lunch" reviews for the Trib for a couple of years and to give a place a fair review, you really have to sample several dishes, appetizers, deserts, etc. It is expensive and fattening.
So, instead, Inside Venice, finds a dish, that tastes good, and brings it to your attention. We also welcome recommendations.
In this corner wearing the White Trunks is Joe Mc Kee; in that corner wearing Multi-colors-J. Holic
Dear Mr. McKee,
Your thought process is way ahead of any facts pertaining to this project. If you are able, please listen to the end of yesterday's City Council meeting where I publicly gave an update to Council on the meeting with Mr. Carroll, Mr. Black, Mr. Lavallee and myself. There was one meeting, very brief (approximately a half hour, but I wasn't keeping the clock), where Challenger brought up some problems they were having trying to put in the ball field in the area where the Count
City Council Discusses: Pinebrook Park, Sharky’s Interest in Rent-free Solar Field, Airport Audit
Sometimes the end of City Council Meetings, when the Council members report on intergovernmental or committee meetings they have attended, raise subjects that they want to discuss, etc. are among the most interesting parts of the meeting. Not that other issues discussed earlier aren’t important.
For example, today, the Council considered two significant ordinances, one setting utilities rates and one entitled, “The City of Venice Human Rights Act.” The utilities ordinance was
Circus Aquatica—Its Fun, inexpensive and for a worthy cause
I have reviewed restaurants, jazz concerts, city hall meetings, and have written about sporting events, politics, an around-the-world cruise and more, mostly for fun and for profit, (keep your expectations low.) I have never reviewed a circus and am not sure what qualifications are needed, although some have called me a “clown.” We have seen circuses from New York to Moscow and places in between.
Here is what we saw and enjoyed:
Kit Moran Get Standing O. for Cabaret Concert Benefit at Northport Art Center.
Jazz-notes. Last night, in a benefit for the Northport Art Center, Kit Moran provided an absolutely wonderful special Cabaret Performance, accompanied by Mike Moran and the wonderful bassist, Dominic Mancini. The cabaret setting, a small room, tables for a glass of wine and some very tasty Greek mezes, and absolute quiet, is the perfect setting for Kit. Intimate, full of feeling, and professional. I wish we had a setting here in Venice, for that kind of national quality, Cabaret.
Jazz Corner: Tony Bennett and Bill Evans, "Waltz for Debbie"
Recently PBS presented a fantastic program, showing the recording of "Duets-2" featuring Tony Bennett and a wide array of singers: How about: Willie Nelson, Lady Gaga, and Aretha?
I was prepared to sneer at Lady Gaga, (ignorance is bliss.) Instead she was lively, spontaneous, and good. Bennett called her a great entertainer. Willie and Tony, in their scratch voices, with Willie's nasal twang, were uniquely wonderful. During his duet with Aretha, a tear ran down Bennett's chee
Here is the Lavallee to Black Letter re: Wellfield Park Which has Raised Concerns About Park Future
This letter which emphasizes Challenger Baseball and economic recovery from the "Lime Pits" does not mention protecting the nature trail and wooded areas of the Park, which it seemed would be protected last year. (See Council Member Jim Bennett's letter in next article.)
Mr. Lavallee is new, of course, and it could be that he has not been fully informed about the history--he soon will be. City Hall insiders say that Mayor Holic has given unclear signals, sometimes favoring the Nat
City's Position on Use of Wellfield Park Causes Concerns and Appears to be An About-Face Jim Bennett
Editor's note: This is an email from Venice Council Member Jim Bennett to interested constituents. It is associated with the Park issue and also with a recent memo from City Manager, Ed Lavallee to Marty Black, who is now a consultant in private practice and who is also on contract working for the City. No formal conflict of interest law in Florida appears to bar that practice, although Black's advocacy for outside groups while on the City contract may need a closer look.
Council Member Writes, (Poorly), Ignoring Constitution as well as Facts About the Finance Director
From Daniels to City Manager Ed Lavallee.
< "It's my understanding that our finance director is lobbing (sic) council members for changing what the Venice voters voted on in 2006.
/> I personally don't appreciate his lack of professionalism on the 2006 voter action.
/> Please inform him to discontinue these actions and get back to his job as the city managers (sic) finance director.
< /> Thanks,
/> Bob Daniels
The Good News is Daniels is working thro
Planning Commission Rejects Airport Interests Suggested Key Changes to Comprehensive Plan
Airport administrator, Chris Rozansky, following the lead of Nick Carlucci of the Venice Aviation Society, Inc., "Chuck" Hollowell, an airplane owner and "Chuck" Schmeiler, the head of the Venice Airport Business Association, proposed a variety of changes to the Comprehensive Plan, primarily aimed at cutting back the City's involvement in safety, compatibility of airport properties and their neighbors, leasing rates for airport properties, and most significantly, the City's policy of not-condemn
Airport Interest Groups Recommendations on Changing Comp Plan protections for the City Need Study
This article is in the form of a letter to the Planning Commission. It touches only on a few of the suggested changes, and is intended to encourage the Commission to look critically at the Airport Director's suggested changes. Some appear designed to hinder the City's concern for safety, compatibility, protection of citizens from involuntary condemnations, and more.
The letter follows,
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your revie
INVITATION TO A GREAT LECTURE ON MARCH 27 ORGANIZED BY VENICE AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Venice Area Historical Society is sponsoring a truly interesting lecture being funded by Village on the Isle and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. We would like to invite you and all your readers to attend this free and open to the public lecture.
The lecture is part of a two-year series on The Great Depression of the U.S. of the 1930's with a focus on Florida and Venice, FL.
Kirstin Downey is a former Washington Post journalisit...with Post
Emilio Carlesimo's Personal Attack on Bob Anderson Rejected by Council 6-1.
Emilio Carlesimo is best liked by those who see him least, the average person who does not follow his antics closely in Council. He is an indefatigable campaigner showing up everywhere and making a pleasant appearance for the most part. Legislating is something else.
During the last Council he began to attack City Attorney Bob Anderson because Anderson did not agree with his approach to cutting off Council retirement benefits--dictated by State law and so not open to City manipul
Small Plane Runs Through Airport Fence, Seemed to Have Minor Damage.
At the east end of the airport, near the Circus Arena and the Intercoastal a small plane went through the fence and tipped on its nose wheel in a small gulley. The time was about Noon.
Fire and police were on scene with the airport dirt road blocked, so I could not learn more. In a few minutes the plane was tipped back onto its wheels in level position. (By the time I turned around to snap a cell-phone picture, it was already righted.)
HT Columnist Eric Ernst Writes on "Slam Ad" signed by Fake Group of "Concerned Citizens"
Congratulations to Eric Ernst for following up on the story posted here last Sunday. He also agrees that the Florida Election Commission missed an opportunity to deter such acts by giving a "wrist slap" $200 settlement opportunity to former Suncoast Aviation (Jet) Center manager, Donald "Marty" Kretchman.
Ernst's column will appear in tomorrow's print edition.
Venice Symphony to Perform Saturday, 4 p.m. at Maxine Barritt Park
The story of Maxine Barritt Park is a lengthy one, but here is a short background.
The park is on the site of the City's former wastewater treatment plant. The City decided to move the plant to the eastern end of the City, leaving behind three waste treatment facilities and the pond which has treated but not potable water today.
Discussion in the City, including by Council Members, centered on commercial development of the area. Maxine, already in her 70's, led a
The South County Jazz Club is sponsoring a not-to-be-missed event featuring Ira Sullivan. The 2 hour concert showcases Ira on a variety of instruments, with Dick Reynolds on piano, Mark Neuenschwander on bass, and Patricia Dean on drums. It will be held at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Palmer Ranch, 7333 Scotland Way OFC, Sarasota, FL 34238. Admission is $15.00 for jazz club members and $20.00 for non-members. For more info
Martin Kretchman and Citizens For Quality Government Found to Violate Law in 2010 Venice Election
In separate cases the Florida Election Commission found events that violated the Florida Election Law involving Martin Kretchman, at the time manager of the Suncoast Aviation Center at Venice Airport, and the long-standing Citizens for Quality Government, a PAC known for close ties with developers, managed for years by E.G. Boone of the Boone Law Firm. Boone also represented the Jet Center and its owner, Arthur Nadel in various matters.
Consumate Musicians Shine at Sarasota Jazz Festival: Venice's Dick Hyman and Derek Smith- "Smash!"
Dick Hyman and Derek Smith gave a two-piano, improvised jazz concert based on themes or songs from movies, a nice structure, at the Sarasota Jazz Festival. They showed a clip from the movie and then performed their own versions, all four hands.
Among those chosen, "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca, "Singing in the Rain," "Laura," and a delightful clip of Edward Norton singing, "Just You, Just Me," from Woody Allen's film, Everyone Says I Love You, Dick Hyman, Music Director.
Venice City Council to Consider Civil Rights Ordinance at next Meeting, March 13,2012
Venice has civil rights protection for minority racial groups, religions, women, persons with disabilities, etc. under local, State or Federal law. Persons who are Gay, Lesbian, etc. do not have protection by statute preventing discrimination in employment, housing, etc.
This issue was raised more than a year ago, and the ordinance needed additional work. However, it appeared that a majority of Council members at that time viewed it favorably. I support the ordinance and hope you
Update on Resort Dwelling Discussions at Planning Commission
The direction the Planning Commission is heading toward seems a ueful one, essentially taking all of the defined terms in the Comprehensive Plan and including them in a new section of the Land Development Code which is being revised.
That puts the emphasis in the correct place in terms of legal direction of the City's growth plan. Existing defined terms in the current Code, can then be compared with them and modified if necessary to come into compliance.
Language on Resort Dwellings in Definition Causes Confusion: Seems to Differ from Comprehensive Plan
In a multitudinous, complicated attempt to reconcile definitions in the current Land Definition Regulations and bring them into conformity with the Comprehensive Plan, one definition dealing with "Resort Dwellings" needs to be considered by the Planning Commission in tomorrow's meeting.
The definition, according to Planning Director, Chad Minor appears in the current City standards, but it appears to provide opposite guidance to the same topic in the Comprehensive Plan.