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CROWELL OUT AS NORTH PORT CITY MANAGER

NORTH PORT CITY COMMISSIONERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY MONDAY NIGHT TO END THE CONTRACT OF CITY MANAGER STEVE CROWELL IN WHAT WAS TERMED A MUTUALLY AGREED UPON DECISION.  CROWELL’S ATTORNEY AND THE CITY ATTORNEY HASHED OUT THE AGREEMENT BEFORE THE SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT WHICH CALLS FOR CROWELL TO RECEIVE SIX MONTHS SEVERANCE AND BENEFITS.  HIS SALARY […]

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FIRE DESTROYS NORTH PORT HOME

A RAPIDLY MOVING FIRE DESTROYED A HOME ON GARRISON AVENUE IN NORTH PORT ESTATES ON MONDAY, LEAVING A SINGLE MOTHER AND HER THREE CHILDREN HOMELESS.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE FIRE BROKE OUT AROUND 11:20AM AND SPREAD QUICKLY IN THE WOOD STRUCTURED HOUSE.  THEY ARRIVED ON SCENE WITHIN THREE MINUTES OF THE CALL, BUT THE FACT THAT […]

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STAUB’S SEAT IS A HOT ONE

THE NUMBER OF APPLICANTS FOR THE SEAT BEING VACATED BY SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHANNON STAUB HAS INCREASED TO 17, THAT ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE.  STAUB ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH THAT SHE WAS RETIRING AFTER 14 YEARS IN THE DISTRICT THREE SEAT, AND SHE NOW SAYS HER FINAL DAY WILL BE DECEMBER 15TH.  THE REPUBLICAN PARTY […]

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VENICE POLICE CHIEF PUT ON PAID LEAVE

VENICE CITY MANAGER ISSAC TURNER PUT POLICE CHIEF JULIE WILLIAMS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE ON FRIDAY FOR INSUBORDINATION.  CITY OFFICIALS SAID THAT CAPTAIN DAVID DUNAWAY IS THE ACTING CHIEF IN HER ABSENCE.  WILLIAMS, WHO IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY TURNER AND THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, WAS PLACED ON THE INDEFINITE LEAVE AFTER TURNER RECEIVED […]

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TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN VENICE ACCIDENT

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN AN ACCIDENT ON THE INTERSTATE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS 27 YEAR OLD ANDRIANE ONTOG OF NORTH PORT WAS SOUTHBOUND IN THE OUTSIDE LANE OF I-75 AT AROUND 7AM SUNDAY WHEN HER HONDA CIVIC LEFT THE ROADWAY AND HIT SOME SHRUBBERY OFF OF THE SHOULDER […]

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