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Venice businesses turn fossils and sharks’ teeth into lasting memories

Venice businesses turn fossils and sharks’ teeth into lasting memories

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VENICE – When Visit Sarasota County wants to differentiate south Sarasota County beaches from the rest of the state, they quickly point to the Venice area and the pastime of searching sand near the surf for fossilized shark teeth.

 “It’s very important,” Visit Sarasota Vice President Erin Duggan said. Many beach communities have fine restaurants, she said, but, “talking about the shark’s tooth draw and Venice being the shark’s tooth capital of the world, it’s always given us something to differentiate us from other beach locations.”

On its web site, Visit Sarasota County points to the beaches from Casey Key south to Manasota Key as wonderful places to search for shark’s teeth, but south Brohard Beach and Caspersen Beach stand out for the sheer quantity of teeth – though shark tooth and fossil aficionados are quick to point out that prized large fossilized megalodon teeth are most frequently found by divers offshore.

“I personally have met plenty of people on the beach and you can tell when you see somebody on the beach looking for shark’s teeth,” Venice MainStreet CEO Kara Morgan said. “They come to Venice specifically for that, it certainty plays into the town’s identity and is something of

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UK financial services firms turn cautiously optimistic

UK financial services firms turn cautiously optimistic

LONDON (Reuters) – Financial services firms in Britain turned more optimistic for the first time this year as a drop in business bottomed out, but big uncertainties remained about COVID-19 and a post-Brexit trade deal, according to a survey published on Thursday.



a tall building in a city: FILE PHOTO: Skyscrapers in The City of London financial district are seen during sunrise in London


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FILE PHOTO: Skyscrapers in The City of London financial district are seen during sunrise in London

A drop in profits for banks, finance companies and building societies was partly offset by growth in earnings from insurance and investment management, the quarterly survey by the Confederation of British Industry showed.

“While it is reassuring to see business volumes begin to stabilise in a sector so vital for the UK’s recovery, financial services isn’t out of the woods just yet,” Rain Newton-Smith, the CBI’s chief economist, said.

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Staff numbers fell less severely than in the previous three-month period and the decline was expected to slow again.

Investment excluding technology was likely to fall in the year ahead, weighed down by the deepest demand uncertainty in eight years caused by COVID-19 and unresolved trade talks between Britain and the European Union.

Non-performing loans grew but at a slower pace than earlier in 2020.

The survey was conducted between Sept. 1 and Sept. 19 and 133 firms replied.

(Writing by William Schomberg)

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