Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Seeks to Improve Relationship with County

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Venice Seeks to Improve Relationship with County

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STRATEGIC PLANNING

VENICE -- Improving relationships with Sarasota County and other area governments was a major theme of Venice City Council's two-day Strategic Planning workshop, hosted Thursday and Friday at Village on the Isle.

Council Member Rich Cautero noted that many items the council discussed -- such as beach renourishment and maintenance; upgrading the gateway areas to the city; and identifying land for conservation -- depend on coordination with Sarasota County.

But relations between the two governments have become strained.

Talks of consolidating the city and county fire departments broke down partly because of poor communication on the staff level. City officials also complained about being out of the loop when Sarasota County closed the Venice Library. …

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