Venice Regional saga continues


SARASOTA – The Sarasota County commission has postponed a hearing for Venice Regional’s new campus.

The decision to continue a public hearing on the proposal early Tuesday evening came after more than five hours of a public hearing.

Venice Regional wants to build a 210–bed replacement hospital in Venice on land along East Venice Avenue, east of the Jacaranda Boulevard Roundabout.

But, according to the Herald-Tribune, Sarasota County has to first send an amendment to its long range growth plan to the state, seeking to change the future land use map.

Then it has to vote to actually rezone the property, and grant a special exception allowing Venice Regional to build an 85 foot tall hospital building which would override the 35 foot height restriction.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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