Venice is a city with a deep-rooted history, named in
1888 by an early settler's memories of Venice, Italy.
Harmonizing with it's name, early architecture of the
city reflected the Italian Renaissance style. Preserving
its original character, Venice's Architectural Review
Board ensures that the traditional Italian architecture
is readily seen throughout the city today. At the heart
of Venice is the Downtown Historic District, with restored
buildings of 1920s vintage now on the National Register
of Historic Buildings, combining the best of past and
present with a modern outlook.
This scenic stretch of Sarasota County coastline basks
in the sun most of the year where temperatures rarely
drop below 70 degrees. Along the waters of the coast,
dolphins, manatees and sea turtles are frequently sighted.
Land wildlife is very diverse. You can find armadillos, gopher
turtles, the occasional Florida alligator, as well as many varieties of
exotic birds. Venice actively participates in its wildlife
preservation. A "dune restoration service"
program was adopted to allow the beaches to thrive and
grow. Along the Venice jetties to the fishing pier,
the beach was widened from 150 to 300 feet. Wooden walkways
provide safe and convenient access to the beaches as
well as protect the new dunes from foot traffic.