Blackburn Point Park, 800 Blackburn Point Road, has a fishing pier, boat docks, a nature trail and restrooms.

Visiting Blackburn Point Park, a New Slice of Old Florida

Kim Hackett

One of the things I love about South County is that we have more water access than just about any other community on the Gulf Coast. Depending on my mood, I head to the jetties, Venice Beach, Nokomis Beach, or the secluded south Caspersen Beach. My new favorite water spot takes me further north to […]

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Authentic Shrimp and Cabbage Salad

Robin Draper

  I’ve been serving this Florida dish for as long as I remember. It uses fresh Gulf shrimp and it’s simple, healthy and delicious. It’s completely versatile and can be served for a lovely candle lit dinner or as a backyard picnic dish. My theory is that Florida seafood should be left alone as much […]

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It’s Time to Pick Florida Blueberries!

Robin Draper

  One of my most cherished memories as a mother was reading the book “Blueberries for Sal” to my young son. This is an endearing 1948 classic written by Robert McCloskey and still popular today. The charming story takes place in simpler times and is about a mother who takes her child for a day […]

John Nolen signs now mark the areas designed by the legendary planner.

“John Nolen Plan” Signs Pop Up Around Venice

Kim Hackett

The signs are part of the effort to mark the parts of the city designed by Nolen, the planner who brought European-style walkable communities to the U.S.

Venice Theatre Miracle Worker

Theater Review: Venice Theatre’s “The Miracle Worker”

It’s easy enough to see why, more than 50 years after it first debuted, theaters still choose to produce William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker. It’s a true story, it’s an uplifting one, and audiences respond to it with strong emotion. Venice Theatre produced the show more than a decade ago (and the Manatee Players have […]