Oil Spill in Australia teaches Lesson, while Florida considers allowing drilling 10 Miles Off Shore
Venice City Council voted unanimously to notify the Governor and Legislature of its opposition to legislation allowing the Governor and Cabinet to allow drilling just 10 miles off shore.
Local state legislator Doug Holder is reported to favor this easing of current protections. Other local municipalities are expressing their opposition, including the County.
To read another example of how dangerous this idea is, click on the link to the New York Times, below.
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Posted By Ed Martin at 12:48 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Mancini and Wellen Highlights of Saturday's Venice Jazz Festival in Centennial Park
Bassist Dominic Mancini and Tenor Saxophonist Jim Wellen highlighted a highly satisfying Saturday session of the Venice Jazz Festival in a free concert at Centennial Park.
The concert included three combos led by Patricia Dean , Wellen and pianist Johnny Varro. Each did a fine job and drew audience praise. Dean’s group played a program of light, swinging standards, familiar and pleasing listening. Varro specializes in swing era, classic jazz, a popular era with Venice fans, startin
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:41 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Airport Workshop Provides Council Direction to Consultants--Progress is Encouraging.
City Council provided direction, this morning, to the DY company, airport consultants on what possible elements of an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) they would like the consultants to pursue.
Different Council Members suggested several items for consideration, but the primary emphasis of the Council was on two items: 1) protecting about 24 houses in the Gulf Shores Neighborhood from being in a “safety zone” which extends about 1000 feet from the end of the runways and 2) preserving the
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:59 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Growth the Wrong Measure? Human Welfare Important say Nobel Winners
From the New York Times. For the complete article click below.
"In a provocative new study, a pair of Nobel prize-winning economists, Joseph E. Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, urge the adoption of new assessment tools that incorporate a broader concern for human welfare than just economic growth. By their reckoning, much of the contemporary economic disaster owes to the misbegotten assumption that policy makers simply had to focus on nurturing growth, trusting that this would maximize pr
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Posted By Ed Martin at 5:26 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Airport Answers Gathered By Citizen-Better than some "pros"
Hugh Laubis has been asking common sense questions and decided to pull together some answers. Good for the Gondo for printing his guest columns (one more to come.)
I had no part in his work and read it for the first time in the paper.
It is interesting that some covering the story since April, 2008 still do not seem to understand it as well as he does.
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Posted By Ed Martin at 10:15 PM in Category:Inside Venice
A Remembrance of September 11, 2001
I expect that most Americans who were old enough, remember where they were at 8:46 a.m. September 11 and for the hours afterward, just as most of us who were adults remember where we were on November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated.
This remembrance is an appreciation for the thousands of people who died that day and for the tens of thousands who have died since trying to preserve us from terrorism--whatever our views are on the geo-political issues.
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:54 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Marshall Happer Demonstrates Effective Legislative Advocacy
Marshall Happer, a resident of Venetian Golf and River Club, has demonstrated excellent skills at citizen advocacy--at present helping the County Commissioners think about a different approach to courthouse and jail needs.
Marshall, congratulations, once again, on your effective efforts to influence public policy, in this case getting the attention of the County Commissioners and offering positive suggestions. It seems similar to me to y
Posted By Ed Martin at 11:09 AM in Category:Inside Venice
Outside Venice, I learned Labor Day Began in Canada!
Preparing to spend Labor Day in Venice, while Peggy spends the Day in Magog, we began discussing the holiday, which is celebrated in both countries on the first Monday in September.
Here is a bit of what we learned. Happy Labor Day
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Posted By Ed Martin at 12:55 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Mayor's Message in Venice Newsletter
Teddy Roosevelt: Lessons for Venice
I was reading a review of a new book about Teddy Roosevelt. His values seem relevant to today’s Venice, and more importantly, tomorrow’s Venice.
When I was growing up, Teddy Roosevelt was a household name. Sagamore, his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island, was several miles away. The image of Roosevelt as a “Rough Rider” - charging up San Juan Hill, complete with glasses and in some cartoons, a cigar, -
was the image in
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:12 PM in Category:Inside Venice
New Policy on Names of Commenters
As a result of a recent court ruling requiring the disclosure of names of commenters to blogs, in a case where the comment defamed another person, I am requiring that individual commenters post their names and a current email address. (The email address will not be published). I hope this will not have a chilling effect on comments. I believe a local newspaper has adopted a similar policy on a reporter's blog. I will be exploring just using initials but keeping the writer's name on file should
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:11 PM in Category:Inside Venice