VENICE - Official approval has not even been signed off on, but Sarasota Memorial Hospital has already broken ground in Venice.

the Venice Planning Commission unanimously recommended approving a zoning map amendment, site and development plan, and special exception Tuesday for The new campus is located at the intersection of Laurel Road and Pinebrook Road.

The building schedule is tight so, in order to keep to the timetable called for in the Certificate of Need from the state, earth is being moved ahead of approval. The hospital could open by the end of 2021, with 110 beds 28 emergency room beds and eight surgical suites.