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Venice State Rep Speaks Out Against Liquor Bill

The Florida House has voted to make the purchase of liquor in grocery stores easier. The bill, authored by a Hialeah Republican, would repeal a nearly 100-year old law requiring stand-alone liquor stores. Lobbyists for Walmart and Target lobbyists have argued that repealing the law is needed to meet customers’ demands and convenience. But State […]

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US-17 Named One of America’s Deadliest Roads

A new study shows 4 of the 5 deadliest highways in the nation are in Florida, including one in our backyard. US-1 tops the national list with more than a thousand fatal crashes over the past decade. US-41 in Tampa ranks second, US-27 third, and US-441 fifth. Locally, US-17 between Punta Gorda and Jacksonville comes […]

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North Port Police Arrest Dance Instructor…Again

A local dance instructor has been arrested on three lewd and lascivious molestation charges. The charges stem from an inappropriate relationship with one of her juvenile students. 38-year-old Lauren Debenedetta, who taught at Haven Dance Studio, was previously arrested in Charlotte County for acts in that jurisdiction. North Port detectives have been looking into what […]

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Manatee County Imposes Burn Ban

Manatee County is the latest to impose an outdoor burn ban. The County Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday morning banning all burning including flares, explosives and sparklers. Public Safety Director Bob Smith said the ban will continue “until such time as the drought conditions have subsided.” Both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties imposed their respective bans […]

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