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Updated: 09/13/2017 09:56:02AM

Against advice, city opens shelter

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JOHN HOLIC

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

Venice Avenue was covered in branches during the start of the storm on Sunday.

PHOTO BY ADAM HUTCHINSON

Lights swings in the heavy wind at the corner of Venice Avenue and U.S. 41.

By GREG GILES

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“System failure.”

That’s how Venice Mayor John Holic characterized Sarasota County’s decision not to open any hurricane shelters in the Venice area. He sent a satirical email blast to county commissioners on Sunday afternoon, just as Hurricane Irma was approaching.

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