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Venice, Florida was named after the famous city of Venice, Italy. In the year 1925 the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers hired a city planner by the name of John Nolen and also a landscape architect by the name of Prentiss French to design the town. Their goal at that time was to be a bit reminiscent of the adored city across the ocean. It was at that same time that the town was incorporated. Venice is about 20 miles to the south of Sarasota and the greater Venice area is made up of several different communities including Venice, South Venice, Osprey, Nokomis and Laurel. If one just looks at Venice proper the population is about 19,000 while the greater Venice area is closer to 87,000 in total. Venice is a lovely city on the southwest coast that benefits from the moderate temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoys a pretty perfect climate year round rarely dropping below 70 degrees.
There are gorgeous stretches of beach and the town has earned the title of “Shark Tooth Capital” of the world due to the enormous number of shark teeth that can be found on its beautiful beaches. As you might expect, this draws people from all over the world to come and enjoy the waterways and to spend time searching for these teeth and other interesting sea shells. In fact, in April of each year thousands come in for the “Sharks Tooth and Seafood Festival”, always a fabulous event. At the very heart of Venice is the lovely Downtown Historic District which is a testimony to the past and present of the city. Further, it is one of few cities on the west coast that isn’t separated from the Gulf of Mexico by a barrier island. An Architectural Review Board is in place to help ensure that any new construction taking place of any renovation to current buildings is in keeping with the style of the city’s original look, that of the northern Italian Renaissance architecture. Venice has a wonderful hospital and its own small, but busy private airport.
It also has good schools with very competitive sports programs. If golf is your game you’ll be pleased with the variety of public and semi-private courses in the area as well as some great golfing communities in which to live. If you are a dog lover then the Brohard Paw Park will be an important find for you as it is the only beach in the county when dogs can roam free and where a variety of dog amenities are in place. This park and beach have earned the distinction of the most dog-friendly park in all of Florida. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the choices be it fishing from the beach or the numerous piers or by chartering a local boat and captain. Venice Municipal Fishing Pier which is adjacent to the famous Sharky’s Restaurant is a favorite spot as it has a bait shop and some of the best views in town to watch a beautiful Venice sunset.