2012 VACC Visitors Guide

 

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lueanne wood p.a realtor coldwell banker s #1 agent in venice for 14 years #1 agent on the island of venice for 15 years list with lueanne consider it sold lueanne wood p.a is a member of the international president s circle which places her in the top 2.5 of all coldwell banker s nrt sales associates 941 483-1663 neither the board nor its mls service guarantees or is in any way responsible for its accuracy data maintained by the board of its mls may not reflect all real estate activities in the market based on information from the my florida regional multiple listing service inc for the period 1/97 through 12/31/10 this information may or may not include all listed expired withdrawn pending or sold properties of one or more members of the my florida regional multiple listing service owned and operated by nrt llc call today #1 agent in venice for 2004 2005 2007 2008 2009 2010 buying or selling put the #1 agent to work for you downtown office 331 w venice avenue venice florida 34285 phone 941 483-1663 fax 941 488-6345 email lueannewd@cs.com for virtual tours of all my listings go to www.lueanne.com

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www .venicechamber .com 941 488-2236 located on the beautiful island of venice at 597 tamiami trail s the venice area chamber of commerce is comprised of over 1,100 local businesses that support the economic vitality of this community to learn more about our chamber s mission of promoting business growth success or to inquire about how to become a member please contact the chamber at 941 488-2236 the venice area chamber of commerce welcome to the venice area advertising sales donna pirozzi 941 488-2236 contributing photographers coco hibbitts venice archives area historical collection venice area beautification inc ron mayberry tampa bay buccaneers tampa bay rays scvb capt nic arnsby capt scott green crow s nest best western ambassador suites fairfield inn and suites sun weddings suncoast bbq bash stephen schauer and capt jamie bostwick the 2012 visitors guide is designed and produced by the venice area chamber of commerce all information in this guide is believed to be correct at the time of production the publisher assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions all unsolicited manuscripts become the property of the publisher and will not be returned parts of this publication contain reprinted information obtained with permission from the venice area chamber of commerce no part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher ©2012-2013 venice area chamber of commerce all rights reserved address all correspondence to venice area chamber of commerce 597 tamiami trail s venice fl 34285 941 488-2236 celebrate with us 3 history of venice 4 calendar of events 7 area beaches 11 dog beach 12 all about the surf 13 area information 14 boating fishing 16 watercraft rentals 18 kayaking 19 parks recreation 20 free family fun 21 rails to trails 22 venetian waterway park 23 legacy trail 24 tours attractions 28 venezia walking tour 30 baseball 31 golf 32 rookery 34 area map 36 accommodations 38 realtors 44 shopping 46 dining 48 arts culture 59 shark s teeth 63 2 2 · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide

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the venice area has been a destination for sun-seekers for generations from the calusa indians who thrived in the tropical climate enjoying bountiful seafood to the more modern traveler from our northern states seeking temperate winter weather venice and its surrounding areas are a perfectspot to relax refresh and even relocate this year celebrate with us as we honor the city of venice s 85th anniversary of incorporation through the vision and efforts of people such as bertha palmer dr fred albee john nolen and many local historic families such as the roberts knights and blackburns among others the venice area has progressed and prospered to become a true gem along the florida suncoast this year the city of venice in cooperation with the venice area chamber of commerce and many other local organizations has planned a year-long celebration of our area heritage events will take place all year long depicting venice s robust history we welcome you to learn more about our community and celebrate over eight decades of venice history see our calendar of events on page 7 for a complete listing of activities please use this publication as your guide during your stay in venice in it you ll find information on our parks and beaches as well as art and cultural venues bicycle trails walking tours and even a shark s tooth guide of course you are always welcome to contact the venice area chamber of commerce at 941-488-2236 or come by the chamber office at 597 tamiami trail s if you have any questions about area amenities resources or businesses the chamber office houses a visitor information center full of brochures from area businesses and attractions additionally area maps trail maps and discount coupon books are also provided for free to area visitors enjoy your stay in venice venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide · 3

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city of venice at 85 years in 2012 the city of venice is celebrating the 85th year of its designation as a city by the florida legislature and the establishment of a municipal government to guide its development in 1926 prominent city planner john nolen prepared a general plan for the development of venice for the brotherhood of locomotive engineers by 1927 six subdivisions had been platted according to the general plan the plan featured curvilinear streets broad streets with landscaped medians distinctive public parks recreational areas reserved for public use and zoning for residential commercial and governmental land use including schools that remains in effect today with minor alterations the streets lot arrangements and zoning defined by john nolen s general plan are intact nolen s general plan for venice guided the city s development even after the collapse of the real estate boom of the 1920s brought growth of the community almost to an end until after world war ii the venice general plan is significant for its incorporation of the emerging city planning and zoning concepts of the early 20th century the plan was influenced by and incorporated many of the ideas from the city beautiful progressive and garden city movements the city s historic architecture dates from the 1920s and from the post-world war ii period with styles that reflect those eras you know when you are in venice due primarily to the faithful adherence by the city government to the principles of the plan provided by john nolen in his venice plan nolen sought to achieve a balance between two transcendental ideals the promotion of civic virtue through the harmonizing effect of effective urban planning and the humanizing influence of the beauty of nature the nolen s venice plan creates a distinctive sense of place for the community the plan is much more than the typical functional city plan with a street layout and areas divided into commercial residential and industrial subdivisions and an allotment of spaces for governmental buildings and parks other communities in florida have landscaped boulevards curvilinear streets and a series of parks and public spaces most of these however grew up organically without a comprehensive planning scheme meant to encompass the entire municipality it is the integration of the above components that gives venice the sense that things are where they should be and that gives venice its sense of place it is also very significant that while many of the elements of the nolen plan remained incomplete as late as 1948 the plan was never abandoned and subsequent development followed the aims of the original 1926 general plan thus in 2012 the community will celebrate its growth from a small settlement of pioneer homesteads to a planned city established in the 1920s to the vibrant city of today the 85th anniversary celebration will recognize the contributions of the early pioneers city planner john nolen dr albee the brotherhood of locomotive engineers the kentucky military institute the venice army air base the circus and cultural institutions that were established after world war ii to the development of the community plan to attend as many of the special events in 2012 as possible to celebrate this milestone in venice s history join the party 4 · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide

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january · · venice symphony pops concert jan 12th-13th at 8pm jan 14th at 4pm 8pm church of the nazarene 941 412-4725 pioneer days at the lord-higel house jan 14 10am 1pm lord higel house 409 granada ave 941 486-2626 downtown craft festival jan 14th 15th 10am-5pm miami ave 941 484-6722 venice-nokomis rotary arts crafts festival jan 21-22 venice municipal airport 941 468-1254 pioneer needlework exhibit january 2012 mon-wed 10am-4pm triangle inn 351 s nassau st venice symphony classical concert feb 3rd at 8pm feb 4th at 4 8pm church of the nazarene 941 412-4725 beach bash deja vu feb 18th 11am-5pm venice public beach music and demonstrations fossils and shark s teeth volleyball drum circle food and beverages · italian american club s annual italian feast carnival feb 23-26 venice municipal airport food entertainment rides and games thurs fri gates open at 4pm sat gates open at noon 941 486-1492 venice symphony classical concert march 2th at 8pm march 3th at 4 8pm church of the nazarene 941 412-4725 downtown art classic mar 3rd ­ 4th venice avenue 941 484-6722 venice symphony free outdoor concert march 17 at 4pm maxine barrett park 941 412-4725 venice symphony classical concert march 23 at 8pm march 24th at 4 8pm church of the nazarene 941 412-4725 venice train depot 85th anniversary celebration march 2425 10am-4pm historic venice train depot 303 e venice ave free talks on venice railroad history station agents bertha palmer venice army air field tours of depot exhibits red caboose rollins coakley campus childrens activities food available · march · · · · · · february · · · 8 · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide

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· tour de parks march 25 7am historic venice train depot 303 e venice ave legacy trail bicycle fun ride 35 begins at 7am or tour the venetian waterway trail by foot or bicycle quilting by the gulf xiv march 31 april 1 10am-5pm venice community center $7 per person www.vaqg.org smoothie king s inaugural 5k fool s run benefitting the venice area chamber venice area young professionals april 1 7:30am 941 488-2236 this event allows vacc vayp members community members family and friends to come together for a morning filled with fun and fitness eggstravaganza-easter egg hunt april 7th 9-11am centennial park 941 484-6722 sharks tooth festival april 13-15 airport festival grounds 941 412-0402 fri 4-9pm sat 10am ­ 9pm sun 10am ­ 5pm family festival featuring arts crafts fossil vendors children s games live entertainment and delicious food sorry no pets $3 per person · sharks tooth 10k run april 14 7:30am airport festival grounds contact info@sharkstooth10k.com for more information venice symphony spring pops concert april 20th at 8pm april 21st at 4 8pm church of the nazarene 941 412-4725 suncoast bbq bash april 21 airport festival grounds world class barbecue chili cookoff bluegrass and live music kids area demonstrations and displays www.suncoastbbqbash.com wwii at venice army air base may 19 10am-4pm venice municipal airport static air show and forties dance with the bill millner trio at 3pm craft fair june 16-17 miami ave 941 484-6722 fourth of july fireworks festivities july 4 venice beaches miami avenue craft fair sept 1st 2nd 10am-5pm miami ave 941 484-6722 · · · april · may · · june · · july · august september · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide · 9

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october · · · collector s car show chapter aaca car show tba centennial park 941 484-6722 annual vacc consumer expo oct tba venice community center 941 488-2236 sun fiesta sponsored by women s sertoma of venice oct 19-22 downtown venice and centennial park parade bed races crafts and food ghost tours with kim cool oct 28-30 discover venice s spooktacular past 15 for reservations call 486-2626 ext 24005 halloween parade oct 31st 4:30-6pm downtown 941 484-6722 circus family fun day nov 3rd 10am-3pm venice arena presented by the venice circus arts foundation art fest 2012 nov 3rd 4th venice avenue 941 484-6722 circus art s wine and cheese nov 10th 10am-3pm historic venice train depot presented by the venice circus arts foundation venice concert band nov 17 3pm venice arena presented by the venice circus arts foundation 941 485-7675 holiday parade nov 24th 7-9pm downtown venice 941 484-6722 heritage holidays-living history date tba historic spanish point 941 966-5214 ext 250 suncoast humane society s paws in the park tba englewood suncoast center 941 474-7884 holiday boat parade dec 1st 6pm north of albee road bridge follows along intercoastal waterway 941 484-6722 · december · · · · · november · · · · 10 · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide

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the reef diver s delight venice beach reef divers love venice beach because of the reef lying only a quarter mile offshore venice beach is another good place to find shark s teeth and it s a pleasant walk from downtown located at the west end of venice avenue a concession stand is available and there are covered pavilions and volleyball nets the nature lovers and shark s tooth hunters favorite caspersen beach pristine and secluded caspersen beach is the nature lovers paradise the southern two-thirds of the beach has been left in its natural state with freshwater and saltwater marshes mangroves and tidal flats located south of the venice airport on harbor drive caspersen beach is one of the best places to find fossilized shark s teeth caspersen s also features a kayak launch into red lake a large playground area pavilions and access to the waterway trail have a picnic let the kids play service club park adjacent to brohard beach service club park offers playground equipment and boardwalks with covered picnic areas with less traffic than venice nokomis beach brohard beach allows for quiet family time in the surf venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide · 11

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a beach for your four legged friends there are now two convenient paw park locations in venice one is at woodemere park off jacaranda and the other is located at brohard beach park on south harbor drive both of the paw parks are open 7 days a week from 7am until dusk park facilities include doggie drinking fountains showers on wooden decks for the pooches fire hydrants and leash posts note the designated dog beach at brohard beach park is the only beach in venice where your dog is allowed a family favorite nokomis beach family-oriented and popular for fishing nokomis beach is sarasota county s oldest public beach located at the western end of albee road nokomis beach includes a boat ramp kayak launch and picnic areas surfers families and fisherman seek north jetty beach located on the top of casey key the jetties make north jetty beach one of the most exciting beaches on the west coast it s a popular picnicking spot for families and large groups with multiple pavilions and shaded picnic areas the north jetty is also an excellent spot to launch a kayak into the intra-coastal and the fishing is reputed to be spectacular 12 · venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide

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area temperatures average average month high low january 71.8 53 february 71.0 52.1 march 79.5 58.7 april 84.4 64.8 may 88.1 68.1 june 88.7 72.4 july 88.8 74.2 august 89.6 73.8 september 89.3 75.0 october 81.1 69.6 november 80.3 60.9 december 81.1 60.9 source national weather service ruskin florida for sarasota-bradenton area temperature in fahrenheit gulf information water temp sea level january 62.0 .66 february 65.3 .59 march 70.4 .85 april 77.4 1.02 may 83.0 1.11 june 85.0 1.07 july 86.8 1.15 august 86.6 1.23 september 85.6 1.57 october 80.6 1.37 november 74.0 1.07 december 66.7 .98 source mote marine laboratory sarasota florida for sarasota-bradenton area temperature in fahrenheit red tide information red tide is the result of a massive bloom information on area tides can be found of tiny single-celled algae called gymno at the venice gondolier sun s special edidinium breve usually found in warm salt tion waterline website at www.boatinwater in high concentrations it creates a gandfishing.com or at the venice heraldbrownish-red sheen on the surface of the tribune s website at www.heraldtribune water red tide is difficult to predict how com these websites supply daily updatever blooms are tracked by the florida ed news regarding venice s boating and marine research institute and can be fishing opportunities and conditions monitored online at www.redtideonline com information about red tide may also be obtained by calling fmri directly at 727 869-8626 venice area chamber of commerce · visitors guide · 13 tide charts

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