Venice

History

The first recorded settler to the area was Robert Rickford Roberts, who established a 120-acre homestead. A citrus operation was founded in 1882 on some of the land Roberts sold to Frank Higel. The city was officially named Venice, after the famous Italian canal city, in 1888 with the establishment of its first post office. The growth of a Venice as a tourist destination was largely due to lobbying by Ms. Bertha Palmer. Palmer had a lavish winter residence called The Oaks built in the area and launched a successful campaign which results in Venice being accessible by an extension of railroad line completed in 1911. Venice caught the imagination of Dr. Fred Albee who turned the city into Florida’s first planned community. During the 1920s, Real Estate in Venice FL boomed and Italian-style buildings were erected throughout the town. Much like the rest of the country, Venice suffered from the economic hardships following the Great Depression until the US government began work on the Venice Army Air Base in 1942. The 1960s saw an increase in recreational water sports as the Intracoastal Waterway was dredged by The Corp of Army Engineers. One of the most notable events for Venice was the arrival of the Ringling Brothers. The famous circus established the Clown College in 1968 in Venice, which operated until 1994. For additional information regarding the history of the area, contact the Venice Area Historical Society.

Parks and Recreation

The city has over 30 parks easily accessible from Homes in Venice FL. One of the most popular is Venice Beach (venicegov.com). The award winning white sand beach offers a panoramic ocean view with slow lapping waves and a backdrop of gorgeous palm trees. Like many area beaches, the park has sand volleyball courts, a picnic area, and concession stand. Centennial Park (venicegov.com/centennial) boasts an interactive splash pad and lovely gazebo. Several parks such as Sawgrass Park (venicegov.com/sawgrass) have boat ramps. The Venice Fishing Pier is a popular locale for fishing.

Attractions and Activities

The Main Street District has a myriad of distinctive gift shops and boutiques where guests can browse through a variety of wares. The area also is home to some of the world best golfing. The Venice Area Audubon Society has set up a bird sanctuary showcasing many unique species like the Great Blue Heron, Anhinga, and Great Egrets. The sanctuary provides educational programs for children and adults alike. For more information on the Venice Audubon, visit their website (veniceaudubon.org). The Venice Area Historical Society operates the restored 1927 Venice Train Depot is at 303 East Venice Avenue. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a great example of Mediterranean Revival architecture. For information about tours and hours, contact a volunteer Docent at 941-412-0151 or deport@veniceareahistoricalsociety.org.

Events

Venice has an array of events throughout the year from food tastings to concerts to craft shows. The City of Venice has an online special events calendar (venicegov.com/Calendar/Events) to help residents stay informed.