|Venice, South Venice, Nokomis, Laurel, and Osprey are five communities that are
nestled along Florida's southwestern coast. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico moderate the
temperatures of summer and winter for a perfect year-round climate. The scenic stretch of
Sarasota County coast line basks in the sun most of the year and temperatures seldom drop
below 70 degrees.
From Osprey, which is the northernmost community to Manasota Key, below South
Venice, fourteen miles of white sand beaches lure sun worshippers and searchers for sea
shells and the prehistoric shark teeth which have earned Venice the title of
Sharks Tooth Capital of the world. Every April, Venice draws
thousands of visitors to its superb waterfront with the community-wide Sharks Tooth and
Seafood Festival. Venice, a water wonderland, enjoys the Gulf , bays, and other waterways
that offer opportunities for swimming, surfing, fishing, and boating - a constant source
of recreation for residents and visitors alike.
In 1994, the population of the City of Venice, was estimated at about
19,000; that of greater Venice are at 87000. The five communities cover a total of 80.3
square miles. Thirty-five miles of beaches line Sarasota County's coast. At the heart of
Venice is the Downtown Historic District combining the best of past and present while
enjoying a modern outlook.
Venice is one of the few cities on Florida's west coast that is not separated from
the Gulf by a barrier island. Construction of the Intracoastal Waterway in 1963 made an
island of the Venice municipal and commercial district and helped maintain the pattern of
growth that continues today. Preserving the original character of Venice, the city created
the Historic Venice District and an Architectural Review Board to ensure that new
construction or modification of existing buildings conform to the northern Italian
Renaissance style of the city's original architecture. Designation as a Florida Main
Street City by the State further assures the city's heritage will be preserved.