||Venice is located on Gulf of Mexico on the west coast
of Florida about 75 miles south of Tampa and 20 miles south of Sarasota.
The Venice area is actually made up of five communities; Venice, South
Venice, Nokomis, Laurel and Osprey. The population of Venice is about
In 1925, the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Engineers engaged famous city planner John Nolen and
landscape architect Prentiss French to design a town reminiscent of its
Italian namesake. Venice was incorporated as a town at that time.
The average annual temperature is 75 degrees, and the waters in the Gulf
will rise to a high of 89 degrees in the month of August. The winter low
in Gulf waters averages about 70 degrees. Most of the year's average
rainfall of 51 inches comes in the summer months.
The Venice area has more than 14 miles of beaches, from Casey Key to
Manasota Key. Venice has long been known as "Sharks Tooth Capital of the
World," so it goes without saying there many opportunities to find many
different sharks teeth along the shoreline.
Golfing is great in Venice, Florida! There are a large variety of
courses, public and semi-private as well as wonderful golfing
Fishing enthusiasts can find plenty of enjoyment in Venice. Residents
can fish from the beach, piers, or local charter boats. The Gulf of
Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, and the Inter-coastal
Waterway offer excellent marine fishing. A wealth of lakes and
tributaries and the Myakka River provide endless possibilities for fresh
water fishing. Venice Municipal Fishing Pier, located adjacent to
Sharky's Restaurant on Harbor Drive, has a bait shop, terrific views of
the sunset and is a favorite spot for fishing.
There are also many beautiful parks in the Venice area, many of which
include recreational activities such as tennis, baseball, soccer, nature
trails and boat launch ramps. Humphris Park, also known as the South
Jetty, is located at the northern end of the city. The jetty provides a
great fishing area and boat access between the Gulf of Mexico and the