These are all the Blogs posted in May, 2009.
Venice Area Chamber Selects Businesses of the Year.
The Venice Regional Medical Center, the City's largest employer, was selected as the "Large Business of the Year" at the Chamber's annual luncheon, May 27th.
In a new category, "Young Professionals," reflecting the Chamber's recent emphasis on younger members, Ram Marine Services, Inc., a builder of docks and similar structures was selected.
The Friends of Venice Public Library, the volunteer organization that does so much to support the programs of the Library, inc
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:58 PM in Category:Inside Venice
February 24th Email from FAA to Citizen surfaces--View on Approving Hangars is Spelled Out
An email communication dated February 24, 2009 from Bart Vernace, Assistant Manager of the Orlando Office of the FAA to Venice citizen Peg Tomanio has just surfaced, although the City evidently had a copy which was not circulated to City Council.
The key statement from Mr.Vernace, who has proved to be helpful and professional in his dealings with me and with City Manager Isaac Turner in their recent meeting, was, "The City could submit the plan for the hangers for FAA airspace e
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:25 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Mainstream Media follows Inside Venice "Exclusive" with story on Slow Boat to LA. Larry King Next?
Captain Buzz and his First Mate, Sparky, are cruising by VW boat from Venice FL to Venice CA. It is rumored they have escaped from a Mental Hospital, but along the way they expect to raise some funds for Habitat for Humanity, so its not a total loss.
To read a gripping account, sort of, click on the link. Also check the earlier story on Inside Venice,(click on April Archive on Right--scroll to April 19), for a recent reply from Captain Buzz's agent, a highly suspicious individu
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directly to this article publisheed in the Venice Gondolier
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:05 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Is Saving Lake Venice Golf Course from Development Just About Making Some Old....Golfers Happy?
Recently Venice Resident Pat McDonald addressed City Council concerning the benefits for the City and area residents from the City preserving this facility. Her words follow.
The Lake Venice Golf Course is more than just 27 holes of tee to green. The area of this golf course serves a multitude of purposes for the people in Venice and Sarasota County alike.
1. On the County level this golf course aids the Audubon Society not only in counts of particular species, but i
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:00 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Cararo's--Welcome to Venice--There is Always Room for Pizza
See update on visit 2--at end.
Gondolier Business writer, Roger Button, notes new openings and similar news and I have frequently learned of interesting stores, restaurants and businesses from his efforts.
I read with interest that Cararo's Pizzeria had opened at 124 Indian Ave,(entrance road to the High School), so I dropped by for lunch and to welcome the owners to Venice.
Spotting a sign offering two slices of Cheese Pizza and a drink for $4.95, I placed my order with
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:09 PM in Category:Best Bytes (Food)
There is No Such Thing as Too Much Pizza--(new) or Stromboli
Cararo's Pizza, 124 Indian Avenue is a new spot in town I checked out. For more info see "Cararo's-Welcome to Town" in the Best Bytes section on the right.
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:06 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Taking Steps to Improve the Future--Take Stock in (Local) Children.
I have recently learned about what I believe is a wonderful program for our community and wanted to share it with you.
Here is what the students, all demonstrating need and risk circumstances, receive:
. A full-tuition scholarship to college or vocational/technical school through Florida's Prepaid College Program, (the State matches dollars raised here.)
. A caring, trained volunteer mentor from the community who meets with them once a week for an hour; A men
Posted By Ed Martin at 7:40 PM in Category:Inside Venice
"The process isn't glamorous. But it's worth the time to do it right,..." Eric Ernst, SHT columnist
Similarly, the tortoise won the race, as I recall.
Monday and Tuesday's City Council workshop meetings took time because Council considered, very carefully, every request presented by a land-owner or the representative. Many of the requests resulted in decisions modified in the direction they preferred. Such changes included increases in proposed density, division of properties into various portions with different proposed density, allowing rebuilt buildings to meet current feder
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directly to this article publisheed in the Sarasota Herald Tribune
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:07 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Moving Forward on Limiting Short Term Rentals
The Comprehensive Plan, now nearing final Council approval contains language limiting short-term rentals in single family neighborhoods. Council is putting that prohibition on a fast-track for a new zoning prohibition.
Trying to limit current usage will be studied separately
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directly to this article publisheed in the Venice Gondolier
Posted By Ed Martin at 6:42 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Ted Kosarski Replies to Kim Hackett Article
Ted Kosarski presents a logical view on elections in Venice past and present and the issues involved.
Below is my response to Kim Hackett re her piece, "An early start on war chests"
It’s always nice to be mentioned in dispatches. However, we might have a “truth in labeling” issue here. The new comers voted to increase the size of the entire city by 10% in just one move when they approved the Gulf Coast Fo
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:35 PM in Category:Inside Venice
City Manager Isaac Turner Names Nancy Woodley Interim Assistant City Manager
City Manager Isaac Turner has named City Engineer, Nancy Woodley to be interim Assistant City Manager. Woodley served as Interim City Manager prior to Turner's hiring and is recognized for her management skills.
Mr. Turner has become familiar with Woodley since his appointment and has said he felt her skills and experience in Venice would make her a good complement to the City Manager's office.
I have worked with both and find them people who focus on getting the job do
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:00 PM in Category:Inside Venice
I Don't Believe "The Sky is Falling" on the Jet Center Deliberations.
Nadel Receiver Burton Wiand has received approval from District Judge Richard A. Lazzara to file what is known as a Part 16 complaint with the Federal Aviation "Authority" ,(sic), (Administration), concerning proposed hangers at the Jet Center at Venice Airport.
To follow the issue with full perspective the reader may want to focus on the quotation from Mr. Wiand in the press account, "Wiand said he does not have a timetable for filing the FAA complaint.
Posted By Ed Martin at 3:38 PM in Category:Inside Venice
"On the Job"--Best Bytes
At seven a.m.in the Police Department, (no I was not charged with resisting arrest--that's the other guys), I rediscovered that it is not only fire fighters who can cook.
I had the good fortune to join with Chief Julie Williams and City Manager Isaac Turner to be part of an award ceremony honoring officers and civilians for their service and contributions to Policing.
Captains Dave Dunaway and Tom McNulty dished up some scrambled eggs and sliced "London Broil" steak, an
Posted By Ed Martin at 3:48 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Airport Workshop, Council Meeting, Yield Productive Results.
Council met May 12 in the morning for an airport workshop with the public and DY the city's airport consultants. In the afternoon Council meeting discussions of short term rentals and possible purchase of the Jet Center lease moved these issues forward. Public comment about their involvement in these processes was positive.
Airport Planning Workshop Goes Smoothly
The City’s airport consultants, DY Associates met with about 100 interested citizens and the Ci
Posted By Ed Martin at 8:09 PM in Category:Inside Venice
More Fun--Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Pot Luck and $300 for Loveland Center.
More than 80 Golden Beach neighbors,(the Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2008), gathered at the Beach for the Annual Picnic and what I call the "Don't Take It Too Seriously Raffle," that collected $300 for the Loveland Center.
Emory Harrison and Ed Hicks grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and everyone brought along side-dishes and desert to share.
Venice Housing Authority board member and Golden Beach Association president, Bruce Lebedun, was, as alwa
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:25 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Good News and Fun Department with Elementary School Water Conservation Poster Winners
One of the best parts of being Mayor, perhaps the uncontested best part, is having the chance to meet and interact with elementary age children at Venice Elementary and Epiphany School.
I have been invited to be a judge for the tremendously impressive Science Fair at VES, really awed by the students, teachers and parents who are part of an instruction process that really does follow the method of science.
I met Ephiphany students when their school was recognized for
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:06 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Venice Lions--An Impressive Range of Volunteer Service Activities, Helping the Venice We Love
Many people recognize the connection between the Lions Club and blindness and visual disorders, not only in Venice but around the world.
I found in a visit with the Venice Lions this week, to share an update on City doings, that the Club, now with more than 50 years service to Venice is involved in many projects itself and supports other organizations as well.
There are monthly Sight and Hearing Clinics offering diagnosis, treatment and arranging medical procedures
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:23 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Anthony Pinzone, Immediate Past President of Bay Indies H.A. Offers Tax Advice to Mobile Home Owners
Mobile Home Tax Information
By: Anthony V. Pinzone
The purpose of this article is to inform mobile/manufactured homeowners and potential buyers of mobile/manufactured homes about the taxes that specifically apply to mobile/manufactured homes.
Mobile/manufactured homeowners may be subject to one or more of the following taxes:
• Sales taxes
• Vehicle registration taxes
• Real Property taxes
• Tangible property
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:59 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Council Reports Progress on Priorities and Goals During 2008
Progress was made on all areas identified by Council one year ago as critical to "Saving the Venice We Love."
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directly to this article publisheed in the Venice Gondolier Sun
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:38 AM in Category:Inside Venice
Koszarski and Carlesimo Show Interest in Council Seats: Pick Up Application and Information Packets
Ted Koszarski, a lecturer on World War II and related Veteran's interests and Emilio Carlesimo, who finished third in last year's council race won by current Council Member Kit McKeon, have picked up "packets" from the City Clerk, a first step in filing to run during the September filing period.
Picking up the application packets does not commit a candidate to apply or run, but both men are believed to have that intent.
More detailed information about Koszarski and Car
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:18 PM in Category:Inside Venice