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Updated: 12/01/2013 08:00:02AM

No historic status for Circus Arena

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY CHARLES SHOUP

The old Venice Circus Arena during partial demolition. The building was the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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In this photo taken months ago, construction crews work inside the shell of the Venice Circus Arena after the outside covering of the arena had been torn off.

By GREG GILES

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VENICE — It was more bad news for Circus Arena supporters last week when they learned a key state agency doesn’t support the arena’s designation on the National Historic Registry.

“I regret to say that I feel that neither of the two remaining buildings retain sufficient physical integrity to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places,” wrote Carl Shiver, with the Florida Department of State, in an email to the city of Venice Archives Director James Hagler, dated Nov. 25.

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