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Venice, FL

Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call "Venice Island," a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially created Intracoastal Waterway. The city is located south of Sarasota and north of Englewood. As of 2017, the city had a population of 23,020. It is noted for its large snowbird population, and was voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living. It’s also been listed in many publications as being the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World." 

Things To Do In Venice

People flock to Venice for it’s beautiful weather, but also because of the amazing outdoor activites that are avaialbe: boating, beach time, fishing dominate Venice’s recreation. The Venice Pier is great for fishing, and the Venice Jetty is ideal for fishing, lounging, rock climbing, surfing, and watching the sunset. Take the Venice Ferry to visit South Venice Beach or enjoy a River Boat tour along the Myakka River for some animal spotting. Caspersen Beach is the place to go to search for the shark’s teeth that Venice is famous for, and Venice is also home to Sarasota County’s only dog-friendly beach, Brohard Paw Park. Venice also boasts some great “on land” activities, such as the Venice Museum and Archives or downtown Venice with its quaint shops, botiques, and great restuarants. In addition, the Venice Theatre is the largest per-capita community theater in the United States, with an operating budget of almost three million dollars, so culture abounds here as well.  

Venice’s Climate

The climate of Venice is humid subtropical, bordering very closely on a tropical savanna climate and features a pronounced wet and dry season. Summers in Venice are very warm and humid with high temperatures typically reaching the lower 90s and fallings to the upper 70s overnight, although temperatures on many summer nights fall to drop below 80. Summers in Venice are very warm and humid with high temperatures typically reaching the lower 90s and falling.

The History of Venice

According to visitvenicefl.org, today’s Venice is shaped by a rich heritage. The area of Venice was originally the home of the Calusas, Native Americans who lived more than 12,000 years ago. Although Florida was occupied by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, much of its southwestern coast remained a wilderness.Venice was originally called “Horse and Chaise,” because of a carriage-like tree formation that marked the spot for fisherman. The area acquired its present name in 1888 from settler Frank Higel, the "Father Of Venice."He spent his childhood in Venice, Italy and when he came to this area of Florida, he thought the two places looked quite similar. The actual city incorporated in 1927, and saw a big population boom in the 1930’s. 

Business Opportunity In Venice

Venice is seeing tremendous growth. Lots of new restaurants, retail stores, and even new supermarkets are under construction and more is planned. Hotel development is also in desperate need in the area, because the existing lodging can’t keep up with the demand visitors are putting on them. More and more people are discovering this “Old Florida” gem, and it is only getting busier. Venice is a very supportive community for small businesses, and they have an extremely strong and active Chamber of Commerce. Many Sarasota County buisnesses are flocking to “South County” because there is space to grow. Venice has seen the job market increase by 2.6% over the last year. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 42.2%, which is much higher than the US average of 33.5%.