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LATEST PHOTOS FROM FRAN VALENCIC

See the latest photos from Fran Valencic, the social columnist for the Venice Gondolier Sun.

https://www.facebook.com/VeniceGondolierSun/posts/1389084091190678
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SARASOTA COUNTY RANKS HIGH FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

Sarasota County ranks near the top in the state for sentinel chickens infected with West Nile Virus and other diseases this year, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control. Since January, 17 sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus, WNV, and three for Saint Louis encephalitis, SLE, in Sarasota County. That’s double from all of 2016 when eight chickens were infected with WNV and one case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus was reported.

http://yoursun.com/sunnews/venice/13538586-699/story.html.csp
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HOMECOMING ROYALTY
In case you missed it, this is this year's Venice High School Homecoming Court. The girls (l-r) are Madison Culligan, Aubrey Cleckner, Mackenzie West, Thylan Le, Sandra Elsadek, Paige Hernandez, Kaley Houston, Kelly Hubbard, Jacqui Fleming and Erickelle Martin. The boys are (l-r) Justin Hanley, Joey Kinker, Marco Selva, Shawn Cettei, Mitch Donofrio, Jake Meyers, Jack Williams, Bryce Carpenter, Drue Streich and Ricky Tedesco.
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PLAN BOARD TO CONSIDER POT DISPENSARY BAN TODAY

A draft ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries in Venice makes its debut today at a public hearing before the Planning Commission. The city had put a moratorium on dispensaries in place nearly a year before the City Council voted 6-0 last month to direct staff to prepare the ban.
(What do you think they should do? Allow them? Or ban them?)

http://yoursun.com/sunnews/venice/13517246-699/story.html.csp
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FLORIDA GAS PRICES PLUNGE FOR THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE WEEK

Florida gas prices averaged $2.47 on Sunday after declining 7 cents during the past week. The biggest weekly discounts were seen in the Tampa market (-10 cents), Orlando (-10 cents), and Punta Gorda (9 cents).

The state average has declined for the last 31 consecutive days, falling a total of 25 cents. Although Florida gas prices are 25 cents less than a month ago, the state average remains 22 cents higher than this time last year.

"Motorists have enjoyed a month-long plunge at the pump, after prices skyrocketed because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Oil and wholesale gasoline prices inched higher last week, but not high enough to stop the downward trend at the pump just yet. Retail prices are still inflated by a little more than 10 cents, thanks to the hurricanes. So motorists should expect another round of discounts this week."

**The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Miami ($2.62), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.61), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.56)
**The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.34), Orlando ($2.37), and Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.40)
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THIS IS DIFFERENT -- A FRONT YARD POOL

The city gave approval for a front yard pool. But there is a catch. This is a corner lot. The photos below were provided by the applicant, showing how their property looks now and how it will look after. Kinda different. Welcome to Venice.

http://yoursun.com/sunnews/venice/venicenews/13456878-696/story.html.csp
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GAS PRICES SET FOR ANOTHER WEEK OF DECLINES
(Pump prices should drop another 5-10 cents this week)

Florida gas prices averaged $2.62 on Sunday. The state average dropped 5 cents during the past week. Since peaking at $2.73 on September 14, the state average has declined 17 consecutive days for a total of 11 cents. Despite the recent downturn, Florida gas prices are averaging 47 cents more than this time last year.

**The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.72), Miami ($2.70), and Fort Lauderdale ($2.66).
**The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Pensacola ($2.54), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.55), and Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.57)

"No need to rush to the pump, gas prices should get even cheaper as the week progresses," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA-The Auto Club Group. "Prices are still inflated after hurricanes Irma and Harvey, but will keep falling as refinery operations, supplies, imports and exports return to normal. Pump prices have another 20 cents to fall before reaching equilibrium. Expect another 5-10 cent drop this week."
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VENICE COMMUNITY CENTER TO OPEN TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AS "DISASTER RECOVER CENTER'

The Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, will be open as a Disaster Recovery Center tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 27. A DRC is a facility for those needing assistance in getting information on questions they may have pertaining to their case following Hurricane Irma.
Representatives from FEMA, U.S Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies will be at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance in relation to your case.
FROM: City of Venice
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See the latest photos from Fran Valencic, the social columnist for the Venice Gondolier Sun.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/VeniceGondolierSun/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1367390953359992
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YOU CAN'T JUST THROW OUT SANDBAGS
Some people are taking contaminated sand to the dump. Others are dumping good stand down sewer grates. Here is what you can and cannot do with all those sandbags wee got in anticipation of a far more ferocious Hurricane Irma.

http://yoursun.com/sunnews/venice/13412646-699/story.html.csp
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