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For the Venice Area

Venice and its surrounding communities comprise a delightful area you’ll enjoy getting to know better. Business, culture and natural beauty all await newcomers to this part of the Gulf Coast.


And of all Florida, the south county area stands out as one of the most desirable spots – not too “citified”, still with much rural charm, yet with the facilities needed for comfortable living and a great place to open businesses and raise families.


We are 5 communities
Venice – South Venice – Nokomis – Laurel – Osprey


Venice is one of the few cities on Florida’s west coast that is not separated from the Gulf by a barrier island. 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 that Venice’s heritage will be preserved


South Venice


Just beyond the Venice city limits lies South Venice. It is conveniently located on US 41, also known as Tamiami Trail and is a center for shopping and light manufacturing. This area is expanding and includes Manatee Community College’s South Campus, the new Venice Health Park, as well as many beautiful housing developments and golfing communities.




Venice’s closest northern neighbor once had more cows than people. Today, businesses, subdivisions, and private homes dot the area. Nokomis stretches east from Casey Key to Interstate 75 and offers elegant residential neighborhoods, shopping, and all the amenities of today’s lifestyles. Breathtaking waterfront homes are tucked amid natural splendor along the miles of shoreline of the Gulf.




Taking its name from the trees that once grew abundantly in the area, Laurel is a small, mostly residential community between Nokomis and Osprey. Today, Laurel is growing rapidly while retaining its country flavor. There are few real boundaries, so it’s difficult for even natives to tell where Nokomis becomes Laurel. Adding to the mixup and the charm is the Nokomis Post Office, located in Laurel on Laurel Road.




Northernmost of the Venice area communities, Osprey is the oldest. Several small businesses serve residents of comfortable, older neighborhoods as well as an elegant golf club community. Osprey is home to two of the area’s best recreational and educational habitats, Oscar Scherer State Park and Historic Spanish Point. These sites are characteristic of Osprey’s ability to develop while maintaining its natural beauty.


Beautiful sunsets, serene beaches, great fishing, and incredible shopping opportunities are just some of the things that make Venice one of the best places in America to vacation. In addition to those fantastic qualities, Venice also offers many quality accommodations offering hospitality at its finest. Stay in one of our member hotels, condos, inns, or bed and breakfasts.






In the Venice Area

Beautiful sunsets, serene beaches, great fishing, and incredible shopping opportunities are just some of the things that make Venice one of the best places in America to vacation. In addition to those fantastic qualities, Venice also offers many quality accommodations offering hospitality at its finest. Stay in one of our member hotels, condos, inns, or bed and breakfasts.


Parks & Beaches

In the Venice Area

For the citizen or visitor wishing to spend leisure hours enjoying the sun, the greater Venice area provides one of the finest systems of public beaches. Whether your preference is a primitive beach in its natural state, or a developed beach with all of the amenities, the choice is yours.

Lifeguards at Venice Beach, North Jetty, and Nokomis Beach, as well as all other County lifeguarded beaches, are certified as either EMT’s or First Responders. All beaches with lifeguards have the ability to perform the most up-to-date emergency medical treatments. Each beach location also has emergency medical treatments available such as oxygen and an Automated External Defribrillator. The lifeguarded beaches in Sarasota County became the first Beach Lifeguard agency on the west coast of Florida to become certified by the United States Lifesaving Association.

Sarasota County began a “dune restoration service” program in 1981 that is designed to work with nature and strengthen the natural balance of the beaches. In addition, a $18.7 million nourishment program was completed and the project has widened the beaches by 150 to 300 feet along a mile stretch of Gulf front from the Venice jetties to the fishing pier.

In order to thrive and grow, both the dunes and the natural vegetation must be protected from the foot traffic of thousands of people who use our beaches every year. Wooden walkovers are found at most of our beaches and provide safe and convenient access to the beaches as well as protect the new dunes from pedestrian traffic.

When you visit our beaches, help us respect and protect the natural environment by using walkovers wherever they are provided. We want many generations of visitors and residents to enjoy the wonders of our greatest natural resource for years to come. Starting at the southernmost point in the greater Venice area, you will find a beach to fit your needs.



Area Beaches

Caspersen Beach
Located south of the Venice Airport on Harbor Drive. As you visit this beach, you will find that the southern two thirds of beachfront has been left in its natural state. Many people describe it as uncultivated, windswept and secluded. You will also find a nature trail and see freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove areas and tidal flats. It is the favorite spot for finding sharks teeth.

Brohard Beach and Service Club Park
Just north of Caspersen, you will find Brohard, a city owned park that has a 740 foot fishing pier on the property for public use. Up the road, Service Club Park offers playground equipment and boardwalks with covered picnic areas. You will also find the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla Training Center, wetlands and several areas that are great for bird watching.

Venice Beach
At the west end of Venice Avenue, you will find Venice Beach. If you enjoy diving in your leisure time, a reef containing fossilized material is located quarter mile offshore, making it a favorite spot for divers. Its close proximity to downtown makes this a popular “walk to the beach” for residents and employees. This beach has recently been renourished.

North Jetty Beach
Located on the tip of Casey Key, the jetties make this one of the most exciting surfing beaches on the west coast of Florida. It is a very popular picnicking spot for families and large groups and the fishing is said to be spectacular. If you enjoy watching boats, this is a good place to do so as they can be seen daily passing through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Nokomis Beach
Heading west on Albee Road, you will find Sarasota’s oldest public beach. This family oriented beach is also popular for fishing and includes a boat launch ramp.


Area Parks

Venice Area Beautification, Inc., under the auspices of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, is an ongoing program responsible for enhancing eco-tourism as well as beautifying the greater Venice area.

The newest project of this group calls for a linear park along the Intracoastal Waterways offering riding and walking trails from the old Nokomis school site to the Shamrock Park Nature Center. Restoration of the historic Train Depot is yet another project involving many volunteers and Federal, State, County and City funding.

Printable Map of the Venetian Waterway Park (PDF 302KB)

The greater Venice area offers many meticulously maintained parks with tropical flowers, foliage, palms and pines; where people can stroll or rest on benches or watch children play. Please visit one or all of our parks and enjoy the many recreational features Venice offers:

By-Pass Park
1101 Gulf Coast Boulevard

Four softball fields, tennis courts, trails, playground area

Chuck Reiter Park
250 Fort Street

Baseball fields, playground area

Higel Marine Park
1330 Tarpon Center Dr.

Boat ramp with landing area, picnic benches

Knight Trail Park
344S Rustic Rd., Nokomis

Camping, archery course, pistol and rifle range, trap and skeet

Mundy Park, Groveland St.
Basketball court, ball field, playground area

Myakka River State Park
13207 State Road 72, Sarasota

28,875 acres of woodland trails, nature tours, fishing spots, camping, rustic log cabins

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey

Swimming, fresh and saltwater fishing, canoeing, camping, boating, bicycling and hiking

Shamrock Park and Nature Center
3900 Shamrock Drive

Nature center, trails, rental space tennis, basketball, playground area

South Jetty Park
Tarpon Center Drive

Benches, picnic tables, jetty

Wellfield Park
1300 Ridgewood Avenue

Baseball, softball, soccer, and football fields, playground area

West Blalock Park
Nassau Street

Brick sidewalk, park benches, Venice Community Center

Woodmere Park
Jacaranda Boulevard

Recreational building, gymnasium, rental space, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.





Historic Spanish Point
Address: 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Phone: (941) 966-5214
Website: http://www.historicspanishpoint.org


Mote Marine
Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, SRQ
Phone: (941) 388-4441
Website: http://www.mote.org


The Venice Community Center
Address: 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice
Phone: (941) 861-1380


The Venice Symphony
Phone: (941) 488-1010
Website: http://www.thevenicesymphony.org


Venetian Waterway Park
Phone: (941) 488-2821
Website: http://www.vabi.org


Venice Area Audubon Rookery
Address: End of Annex Road, off of US 41
Website: http://www.veniceaudubon.org


Venice Area Historical Society – 1927 Historic Venice Train Depot Tours
Address: 303 E. Venice Ave
Phone: 941-412-0151
Website: http://www.veniceareahistoricalsociety.org


Venice Art Center
Address: 390 South Nokomis Ave., Venice
Phone: (941) 485-7136
Website: http://www.veniceartcenter.com


Venice Museum & Archives
Address: 351 S. Nassau St., Venice
Phone: (941) 486-2487
Website: http://www.venicemuseum.org


Venice Theatre
Address: 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice
Phone: (941) 488-1115
Website: http://www.venicestage.com


Attractions Near the Venice Area
Syndicate Print
South Florida Museum
Location: Bradenton
From Venice: 1 hour
Website: http://www.SouthFloridaMuseum.org


The Florida Aquarium
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.flaquarium.org


Lowry Park Zoo
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.LowryParkZoo.com


Busch Gardens
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.BuschGardens.com


MOSI Tampa
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.MOSI.org


Florida State Fair
Location: Tampa
From Venice: 1.5 hours
Website: http://www.FloridaStateFair.com


Fantasy of Flight
Location: Polk City
From Venice: 2 hours
Website: http://www.FantasyOfFlight.com


Salvador Dali Museum
Location: St. Petersburg
From Venice: 2 hours
Website: http://www.SalvarodDaliMuseum.org



Bok Tower Gardens
Location: Lake Wales
From Venice: 2 hours
Website: http://www.BokTower.org



Walt Disney World
Location: Orlando
From Venice: 3 hours
Website: http://www.Disney.com



Location: Orlando
From Venice: 3 hours
Website: http://www.SeaWorld.com



Universal Studios
Location: Orlando
From Venice: 3 hours
Website: http://www.UniversalStudios.com



Location: Orlando
From Venice: 3 hours
Website: http://www.Gatorland.com



Kennedy Space Center
Location: Cape Canaveral
From Venice: 3.5 hours
Website: http://www.KennedySpaceCenter.com



Selby Botanical Gardens
Location: Sarasota
From Venice: 45 minutes
Website: http://www.Selby.org


Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Location: Sarasota
From Venice: 45 minutes
Website: http://www.SarasotaJungleGardens.com



Ringling Museum of Art
Location: Sarasota
From Venice: 45 minutes
Website: http://www.Ringling.org




Employment Resources


If you are a Job Seeker, the following sites can provide you with job search assistance and job vacancies in the Venice area.


A comprehensive website for job opening websites throughout Sarasota County. Additional information is available on-site concerning training, educational institutions, wage and labor market information, job search assistance, etc.


This is a regional website for job seekers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The site is maintained by the Sarasota and Manatee County Economic Development Committees. Instructions for application are provided and a resume builder and on line application is available through the site. Job search and application is free.


Job’s Etc has offices in Sarasota and Venice. The offices provide a wide range of free services including, job search strategies, resume writing and assistance with job search. All jobs are posted on-line and services are free. Job’s Etc is also partnered with The Employ Florida Marketplace at www.employflorida.com


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The Venice Herald Tribune has partnered with Monster.com. Job seekers can access position openings both on-line and in print in the local newspaper. The website offers career advice, resume posting and job search. Use of the website is free.


Get Noticed Post your resume and let Sarasota employers find you before their inbox is flooded. Gain Exposure Join now and well notify employers who have recently searched for people like you in the Sarasota area. Be Informed Set a job alert and we’ll email you when matching jobs are posted. Apply Instantly Be the first in line for your dream job


Free access and on-line application for jobs in the Sarasota County School system including instructional, non-instructional and administrative, elementary and secondary school vacancies at schools throughout the county.


USF Sarasota-Manatee campus provides career advising and job search assistance for USF students and alumni. Students and alumni can search for part-time and full-time employment and internships on College Central. Students and alumni can also post their resume for employers to view. There is no fee for using on-line services. To search for employment or post your resume, log on to www.sarasota.usf.edu/CareerCenter, choose either “College Central” and “Student” or “Alumni”. First time users must register.


The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County helps women seeking employment by providing job search skills and employability training. Offices are in Venice and Sarasota and clients access job openings through the career advisor. A small donation is requested for services. Contactncarey@thewomensresourcecenter.orgcreate new email.




Relocation Info


To the Venice Area
As a new resident of the greater Venice area, there are a few things you need to know.The following information will help make your transition to Gulf Coast living easier and more interesting.


Area Real Estate


Visit the Venice Area Board of Realtors’ MLS site listing all available properties in the area. Searchable database allows you to find exactly the home you’re looking for at the price you want!




Healthcare & Education


Healthcare and educational facilities are two of the most important things a community offers to new or potential residents. The Venice area is fortunate to host a variety of excellent healthcare providers & centers, as well as numerous public and private schools.







Looking for employment in the Venice area is only a click away!  Search for jobs, post your resume, and find assistance with your job search through many of the links listed on our Employment page for job seekers..


Business Climate


The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) works to


  • assist expansion of existing companies
  • attract and retain quality jobs
  • solicit new businesses compatible with the assets and values of Sarasota County
  • promote Sarasota County’s business image
  • enhance Sarasota County’s overall quality of life



Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center

Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center
4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Establishing Residency
The easiest way to become a Florida resident is to file a declaration of domicile with the County Clerk of the Court. The document is notarized by the clerk’s office and states you reside at a given address. The cost is $8 and may be filed at the Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center.




Register to Vote


Registering to vote also establishes residency. You can register to vote with the Supervisor of Elections or complete the registration while obtaining your driver’s license from the Tax Collector. The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections and the Sarasota County Tax Collector have offices in the R.L. Anderson Administration Center.



Address Information:
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-3760


Sarasota County Tax Collector 
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-8300





Public Transportation

SCAT Schedule
Monday through Saturday

7:00a.m. until 7:00p.m


Public transportation by  opens in a new windowSarasota County Area Transit  runs from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport to Venice, Englewood and Northport.SCAT currently has 21 bus routes and two trolley routes.


(Regular bus fare is 50 cents per ride with discounts to seniors over age 65 as well as those persons with disabilities.)





Vehicle Registration


Tax Collector’s Office
(941) 362-9898

Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center
4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Newcomers must register their vehicles in Florida within 10 days of gaining employment or enrolling children in school. Proof of ownership, proof of Florida auto insurance, prior registration certificate, and a current driver’s license are needed.


In addition, Florida is a title law state, so newcomers must also apply for a Florida Title Certificate. For more information, contact the Tax Collector’s Office.



Drivers License & Vehicle Registration


Drivers License Exam Office
(941) 361-6217

Florida requires that you obtain or update the address on your driver’s license within 30 days of moving. Also, your vehicle must be registered within 10 days of becoming employed, establishing residency, or placing a child in public schools. 
To obtain a driver’s license or register a vehicle, visit the Sarasota County Tax Collector for items required to complete these transactions.



Florida requires that you update your address information on your driver’s license within 30 days of moving. To obtain a Florida driver’s license or ID card, review Florida’s extensive document requirements. In addition to the documents, you will need a valid out-of-state driver’s license and a vision test is required. Visit the Sarasota County Tax Collector for more information.


Address Information:
Sarasota County Tax Collector
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-8300



Vehicle Title & Registration


Florida law requires a vehicle to be registered within 10 days if the owner becomes employed, places children in school or establishes residency (applying for homestead property tax exemption or registering to vote). If you have relocated from out of state, you will need the current title to register and title your vehicle. If your title is being held by a lienholder, you must provide your registration. You must present proof of Florida insurance. The vehicle ID number must also be verified; therefore, you will need to bring the vehicle to your local Tax Collector’s office or contact the Sarasota County Tax Collector regarding other arrangements. If your vehicle is already registered in Florida, you are required to change the address. Visit the Sarasota County Tax Collector for more information.


Address Information:
Sarasota County Tax Collector
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-8300



Homestead Exemption


As a Florida resident, you are eligible to declare the first $25,000 of your home’s value as exempt for tax purposes, thereby reducing your ad valorem tax bill. opens in a new windowTo file for a homestead exemption, you must establish residency by December 31 prior to the year you will claim the exemption. Taxpayers must file between January 2 and March 1, with the  opens in a new windowCounty Property Appraiser at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, Venice.



While Florida titles and registers most vessels, some states do not. If you are bringing your vessel to Florida from a state that issued you a title, it must be presented. If your vessel comes from a state that issued you a registration only, it must be presented. If your vessel is already registered in Florida, you are required to change the address. Vessels with an out-of-state registration need not register in Florida if they are here for 90 days or less. Visit the Sarasota County Tax Collector for more information.


Address Information:
Sarasota County Tax Collector
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-8300





To hunt or fish, you may be required to obtain a license. If you already have a hunting or fishing license, your address will be changed when you update your driver’s license or ID card information. Visit the Sarasota County Tax Collector for more information.


Address Information:
Sarasota County Tax Collector
R.L. Anderson Administration Center
4000 S Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293
Ph: (941) 861-8300




Community Studies


SCOPE is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Sarasota County. Through its annual study of two important community issues and extensive research on quality of life indicators, SCOPE captures our past, addresses our present, and envisions our future.


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Education Facilities

The Sarasota County public school system ( opens in a new windowwww.sarasota.k12.fl.us) is committed to preparing young people for lives and careers that will keep pace with today’s rapidly changing world. Each of our area schools have unique qualities that make them special places for children to learn and grow.

Each school continually strives to meet the stringent state requirements to become a Five Star School. This award recognizes schools with exemplary programs which fully integrate the involvement of the community to produce student improvement. Six private schools are also available to meet your needs.


Garden Elementary

(941) 486-2110

Received national distinction as a “Families Welcome” school.

Venice Elementary

(941) 486-2111

Recognized as a Blue Ribbon School by the Florida Department of Businesses and Alliances

Taylor Ranch Elementary

(941) 486-2000

One of the leaders in the use of educational technology including multi-media, e-mail, productivity software, and the Internet.

Laurel Nokomis School

(941) 486-2171

Selected to represent the State of Florida as a model intensive site for technology integration (joint campus).

Venice Area Middle School

(941) 486-2100

Comprehensive career explorations and preparation programs and over 80 business programs with area communities.

Venice High School

(941) 488-6726

Includes a science/technology lab fully equipped with state-of-the-art computers and materials.

Pine View School

(941) 486-2001

Only full-service school for gifted children in the State of Florida.

Epiphany Cathedral School

(941) 488-2215

Private School. Please contact school for additional information.

European Academy of 
Early Education

(941) 412-0088

Private School. Please contact school for additional information.

Venice Christian School

(941) 496-4411

Private School. Please contact school for additional information.


Enrollment Requirements

In order to enter school or transfer from out-of-state, you will need to provide the following registration requirements: previous school records, birth certificate, proof of residence,health certificate, proof of immunization against: rubella, rubeola, mumps, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

For forms, call the County Health Department at 492-3800.

The Sarasota County School Board is here to guide you and is comprised of a superintendent and five members elected countywide to staggered terms.

Contact them at 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34231 or call 927-9000.

The best way to encourage your child to do well in school is by example. Get involved in every aspect of your child’s education and volunteer to help.

Rich with educational opportunities for children, Venice also offers quality higher education for adults of all ages. Our libraries are second-to-none and offer many extra features not found in other areas.


Historic Heritage

Settlers began arriving in this region in the 1860s after the US Congress passed the Homestead act, offering 160 acres of federal land free to each homesteading family. In 1867, John and Eliza Webb, and five children, were the first to avail themselves of this offer, settling in the Osprey area. The next year, Jesse and Rebecca Knight selected land on the south side of Dona Bay for themselves and some of their fifteen offspring. In 1871, Robert Roberts settled on the south side of the bay now bearing his name. Frank Higel came in 1881, and three years later bought some property from Roberts. The John S. Blackburns settled in the Osprey area in 1881.

At that time, the locale south of Roberts Bay was known as “Horse and Chaise” because of a growth of pines and palms on the shore which resembled a horse and buggy to those passing along the coast on boats. During the process of selecting a name for the proposed post office for the current Nokomis area, “Venice” was submitted by Frank Higel since he was reminded of the same-named town in Italy. This post office was established on July 3, 1888 south of Shackett Creek and west of current Albee Farm Road. Darwin O’Curry served as the first Postmaster.

In 1910, Bertha Honore Palmer of Chicago acquired 140,000 acres in the southern part of what was then Manatee County. She used her influence to have the railroad extended from Fruitville Junction to her property south of Roberts Bay. The rail terminus was called Venice. She then had the Venice post office transferred to this rail terminus. Citizens of the original Venice then chose Nokomis as a new name for their post office.

Dr. Fred Albee, a New York bone specialist, and his wife Luella, arrived in 1916. He purchased vast acreage from the Palmer family-owned Sarasota-Venice Company and commissioned famous planner John Nolen to formulate designs for the development of Nokomis, and later for Venice.

A four-story lumber mill was erected in 1918 by Herman Kluge in the area of Manasota. The surrounding grounds held 1,500 homes, a church, a commissary, machine shops, and a railroad yard. It was renamed Woodmere in 1921. Fire destroyed the sawmill and the property was abandoned in 1930.

In 1925, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE) purchased more than 50,000 acres south of Roberts Bay from Dr. Albee and began building their city, implementing a revised Nolen Plan for its development. Venice was incorporated as a city by the Florida Legislature in 1927, and Ned Worthington was appointed the first mayor.

By then there were numerous businesses, paved streets, and residences. The Tamiami Trail was completed in 1928, passing through Venice on its way from Tampa to Miami.

The Florida boom ended, and the BLE ceased development in 1929; Venice “became a ghost town.” Venice-Nokomis High School, located on Nippino Trail, where Nokomis Community Park is now, graduated its first class, eight students, in 1930.

A revitalization began in 1932 when the Kentucky Military Institute of Lyndon, Kentucky, selected Venice as its winter headquarters. They purchased the Venice and San Marco Hotels to use for classrooms and housing for the more than 300 students and their faculty. All were transported between their primary campus and Venice by train, arriving in early January and departing the beginning of April. KMI discontinued use of the Venice campus in 1970. Final Seaboard Coast Line passenger train service occurred in 1971.

In 1933, Dr. Albee purchased the Park View Hotel to convert into the Florida Medical Center, a private general hospital. Due to its rapid growth, it was converted into a volunteer hospital with a charter permitting it to be a post-graduate medical teaching institution.

The Venice Jetties were constructed and a channel dredged between them in 1937. The Intracoastal Waterway was dug much later, in the 1960s, with final dedication held in 1967.

A U.S. Army Air Base was created as a training center in 1942 by the federal government, with the entrance located on San Marco Drive. Service groups, units responsible for airplane maintenance and supply, were the primary occupants of the facility. Fighter Squadrons were tranferred to the base for training of combat pilots and ground crew. An Army Band was organized on location. The Florida Medical Center was taken over by the Army Medical Corps and renovated for use as a military hospital. The base ceased all operations in November 1945.

A medical facility, originally chartered as South Sarasota County Memorial Hospital, was established in the Worrell Apartments on The Rialto. It opened in December 1951 with fourteen beds. After its dedication in February 1952, the name was changed to Venice Memorial Hospital. In 1962, when the name was shortened to Venice Hospital, its capacity had grown to 70 beds. By 1979, several additions to the building had created space for a total of 285 beds.

Development of South Venice began in 1952 with the marketing of 19,000 platted lots. There was a minimum two-lot purchase, with each 40’ x 100’ lot priced at $200. The New York City development firm of W & A Construction Company began building in July 1953, and the first residents moved into their homes in October. By mid-1954, the majority of the lots had been sold.

All of these events, as well as the Nolen Plan, have shaped the Venice of today. Contributing to the charm of the community is the preservation and continuation of the Northern Italian style of architecture in the city’s historic center. As Venice moves toward the future, it will continue to evolve and preserve its heritage.


Area Map


We are currently revising our new publications.  Flip books will be available online upon completion.  In the interim, you may visit the chamber for our current Visitor’s Guide and  Community Guide & Membership Directory books.

For information on how to advertise in our pubilcations.

Andrea Arnold, Membership & Sales Director

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