Venice was one of Florida's first master planned cities by John Nolan in the 1920's. Venice Island came about when the Intercoastal Waterway came through in the 1960's. The downtown area was designed as the commercial area. Today, there are shops and restaurants with outside tables. The palm tree lined streets remain much as Nolan had laid out for Venice in the original design.
To the west of the town is Venice Beach, the Venice Pier where Sharkey's On The Pier restaurant is located, and the Jetty where the Intercoastal Waterway meets the Gulf of Mexico. Venice Island is also home to the Venice Yacht Club, which is one of the original 13 members of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. You will also find the Crow's Nest restaurant as well.
Venice is known for its annual Shark's Tooth Festival which attracts thousands of visitor each year. Millions of prehistoric shark's teeth wash up on Venice Island's white sandy beaches each year. The Festival brings out collectors, food, and lots of fun.
The Venice Medical Center and Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare for the Venice and surrounding areas. The Venice Hospital has one of the top 100 programs for cardiovascular care.
If you enjoy a small town, relaxed feel and sense of close community, then Venice Island is a place you should investigate. Prices and the low interest rates have made owning a piece of the Florida Gulf Coast more affordable than ever. If you have been thinking about Sarasota and Venice, maybe this is the time!