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Venice Pier - Julie Busch
Venice Pier - Julie Busch
Like Naples to the south, Venice enforces strict architectural requirements for all new construction and renovations. The island community's downtown is a designated Historic District true to the northern Italian Renaissance style of original Venice. As a result, downtown Venice today appears much as it did in the 1920s. For arts lovers, the Venice Little Theater is tops. The Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice is among the state's largest foundations. Venice Beach, where sharks' teeth famously wash ashore, is a short drive from downtown. It also sports one of the best dog beaches anywhere.

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Florida's Peach Industry Grows Sweet And Sassy

In Florida agriculture, citrus has long been king. But take a closer look at the Sunshine State's newest emerging cash crop: the princely peach. Experts say it soon could become a $100 million industry and provide a tasty boon for the state's economy.

Creative Genius Blossoms At The Hermitage Artist Retreat

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the latest visiting artist to stay at The Hermitage Artist Retreat near Englewood, in southern Sarasota County. The Hermitage attracts artists from around the globe to compete for the coveted Greenfield Prize.

Florida Citrus: Taming Wild Stock And Breeding A Legacy

Central Florida Is Ground Zero in the war against citrus greening, where the battle extends from historic groves to university laboratories, hi-tech strategies and the newest innovatons in crop research.

Florida Citrus: Scientists Confront Unprecedented Challenge In Greening

The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.

Graduate Tampa Bay: Single Mom Conquers Fear, Disability To Return To School

Jodi Bell not only fulfills her dreams, but learns valuable life skills while pursuing a college degree.
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