Family Promise of South Sarasota County Helps Homeless Families

In the winter, it is especially difficult for Venice families to find affordable housing because of the seasonal nature of our community. It is equally difficult for them to find affordable hotel rooms. The Venice population grows so much in the winter that many families in need end up in tents in the woods or sleeping in their cars. This is dangerous not…

Venice Library Opens to Great Fanfare

Two years ago, an outbreak of mold forced the closure of the beloved Venice Library. The closure came as a shock, and many community-wide hearings were held as to how to replace it. More than 70 percent of county residents have library cards. This was a pressing issue for this community, perhaps the most important issue Venice has faced. The library was…

Three Local Retailers Highlight Gifts

Life by the beach is one to envy and enjoy. But what about our friends and families who only get to visit Venice as tourists? Three local shops offer some exquisite ideas on how to buy locally to give gifts to those we love who don't get to reside by the sea. From the lovely jewelry on offer at Beach Life…

Curating Creativity 

February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in Venice. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local artisans who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the local arts scene or handmade … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Phyllis Nolan’s Wire-Wrapped Seaglass Phyllis Nolan lived on St. Maarten, where she organized an international jewelry making club. What began as a social activity soon evolved into a passion for making beaded jewelry and wire-wrapped sea glass. Phyllis teaches wire-wrapping sea glass classes in the Suncoast Technical School Adult Enrichment Programs, at home parties as well as to communities throughout our region. Her classes are … Continued

Local Designer Draws on Coastal Life for Inspiration

Pam Duke came to Venice from Great Falls, Virginia, in 1990. She quickly fell in love with boating and all things nautical. In 2006, she married her husband, Evan Duke, and in 2010, she gave up her career in the workers compensation insurance industry to join her husband’s family’s jewelry business, Classic Creations in Diamonds & Gold, which the Dukes started…

Village on the Isle Nears Completion of $100 Million Build and Renovation

At Village on the Isle, work continues on a $100 million campus expansion and renovation. Founded in 1979, Village on the Isle is a not-for-profit, faith-based continuing care retirement community. The current 16-acre, 325-resident campus began a complete repositioning in January 2016. Financed by a successful municipal bond offering, the expansion broke ground in January 2018, including new construction of…

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of SEA Early Education Center

Pat Ryan, president and CEO of the Sky Family YMCA; Kathy Lehner, president and CEO of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce; Board Members Judy Braham, Debbie LaPinska and many other community business owners and leaders celebrate the grand opening of the Sky Family YMCA SEA Early Education Center.

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

Simply Satisfying Chicken Allegro

In the busy kitchen at Allegro Bistro, ever-friendly owner Nella Valenti tells tales of how it used to be as she adds generous splashes of white wine to the chicken cooking in her well-loved pan.