Circus Arena: Fix it or Tear it Down in 60-days

Venice’s top building official has given the city 60-days to bring the Circus Arena into compliance with building codes or rip it down. The Herald-Tribune reports Code Enforcement Chief Vince LaPorta says the roof’s very bad shape. The Vencie Circus Arts Foundation’s been trying to save the former home of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum […]

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Charlotte Cty Bringing Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against Firefighters Union

The Charlotte County Commission today gave the go ahead start filing an unfair labor practice charge against the firefighters union. The Commission voted 4-1 to start proceedings against the Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 2546 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO for “failure to bargain in good faith” as required by Florida […]

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Office manager arrested for defrauding $234K

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Diana Urban, DOB 4/16/71, 2903 Brewster Rd., North Port, for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer over the past year. The owner of Precision Fabrication in Nokomis fired Urban in December for claiming vacation time she was not entitled to. At that time a review […]

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Teens arrested for trafficking ecstacy

Charlotte County Sheriff’s undercover Narcotics detectives arrested two teens for Trafficking in MDMA/Ecstacy in Port Charlotte Monday. Arrested were Dylan Austin Roy, 17, 5400 Riverside Drive, Punta Gorda; and Timothy Michael Warnock, 19, 2291 Tamarind Street, Port Charlotte. On Feb. 4, detectives first met with Roy at an undisclosed location and purchased 7 grams of […]

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PCHS .National Merit Finalists

Port Charlotte High School has announced that two students have earned the distinction of National Merit Scholar finalists. They are Jesse Hevia and Richard Pham. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that […]

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