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Connect to City of Venice government bid opportunities! Onvia DemandStar streamlines the local government procurement process by allowing agencies to manage the bid/proposal process electronically. Local business vendors can review the City of Venice’s current solicitations by signing up on DemandStar’s website,
The site will automatically notify vendors of bids and Requests For Proposals (RFPs) via email. Bid and RFP documents and specs are distributed online. With DemandStar, you can:
• Be automatically notified of new government contracting opportunities that match your business.
• Select the agencies from which you wish to receive leads.
• Find out which competitors are also responding to bids and RFPs.
DemandStar can also be called for more information toll-free at 800-331-5337.



What: 5th Annual Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Where: Centennial Park Gazebo

When: Aug. 13 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am


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What: City of Venice Health & Wellness Fair

Where: Venice Community Center

When: Aug. 31 from Noon-5:00 pm & Sept. 1 from 7:00 am-11:30 am


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City seeks exhibitors for upcoming Health & Wellness Fair

The City of Venice is looking for exhibitors for its 2016 Health & Wellness Fair, set for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Venice Community Center. The public Health & Wellness Fair will be held in conjunction with the annual health screening for City employees, with attendance estimated at 200+. To reserve your exhibit space, or for more information, please contact Susanne Daniels via email at or call 941-882-7372. Registration deadline is Aug. 5.

Life jacket loaner station up and running at Marina Park Boat Ramp

The Venice Police Department Marine Patrol was awarded a grant to provide life jackets for boaters who do not have a life jacket or may have the wrong size. The Sea Tow Foundation awarded the Marine Patrol with several life jackets to fit infants up to adult size XL. Venice is the only city in the area to offer a loaner station at any boat ramp in Sarasota County. These loaner stations are all over the country, and the City is very fortunate to be awarded this grant from hundreds that submit to the foundation. These life jackets are available at a loaner station at the Marina Park Boat Ramp at 301 E. Venice Ave., near to the Historic Train Depot. They are for anyone who needs to borrow one for a day of fun and relaxing on the water. Once boaters return to the boat ramp, they are asked to return the life jacket so someone else can borrow it. It is the Venice Police Marine Patrol’s intent to have everyone on the water safe while boating. The loaner station will be monitored by the Marine Patrol and Sea Tow Venice. There was no cost to the City for this service. The sign was donated by Auto Trim Design and the loaner station was donated by Sea Tow Venice. The Venice Police Marine Patrol strives every day for boating safety and educating the boating community. For more information, call VPD Marine Officer Paul Joyce at 941-486-2444 or email

Traffic detours coming to US 41 Bypass

Two traffic detours due to US 41 Bypass roadway improvements in Venice are set to begin July 5. Crews will begin pipe installation and roadway construction at US 41/Venice Bypass and Groveland Avenue. The contractor will close Groveland Avenue at southbound US 41/Venice ByPass to traffic beginning Tuesday, July 5. A detour for local traffic will be in place while the road is closed using Warfield Avenue/Spur Street. The contractor estimates this work will take approximately four (4) weeks to complete. Crews will also begin utility and storm drain construction at US 41/Venice Bypass and Ridgewood Avenue. The contractor will close Ridgewood Avenue at US 41/Venice Bypass to traffic on the same date. A detour for local traffic will be in place during the road closure using East Venice Avenue. The contractor estimates this work to take approximately two (2) months to complete. Message boards will be in place to alert motorists to the road closures and detours.

Art in the City

Check out some of the public art around the City of Venice! Click on this Venice Area Beautification Inc. link:

Venice makes ‘Most Affordable Small Sunny Town’ listing

Venice, Fla., has been identified as one of the 50 Most Affordable Small Sunny Towns in the United States in a recent ranking by ranking considered the top sunniest towns in the country and was narrowed to include the most affordable of these locales.

With 266 sunny days annually, Venice was ranked No. 16. The article notes: "Located on the western coast of Florida, Venice is the place to be if you love perfect weather, wearing a swimsuit all year round and any water sports. ... Venice is a palm tree-covered dream! When people think of quaint and peaceful parts of Florida, this town has to be what they imagine."
The full article can be found here:

2016 Comprehensive Plan Update

The comprehensive plan is a planning document required of local governments by the state of Florida. It endeavors to project needs for the community over the next decade. It addresses elements such as traffic, housing, infrastructure, parks, land use and other vital functions affecting the growth and quality of life in Venice. For more information click here


Check out Venice Area Beautification Inc.’s list of Public Art and Trails/Parks click here

Help out Fire Rescue -- Take this short City of Venice Community Safety Survey! . Click Here

Current Bids and Proposals

Specifications and Bid documents are available by calling Onvia DemandStar at (800) 711-1712 or by their Internet address at Proposers may also pick up Bid documents at the City of Venice Purchasing Department, Room 204, 401 West Venice Ave., Venice Florida 34285, (941) 486-2626 at no charge.

A list of active bids and requests for proposals can be found here

More Fun for the Weekend: .

Venice Farmer's Market

200 block of West Tampa Avenue

Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon

Read the Mobility Plan

To read the Kimley-Horn Downtown Mobility Plan, copy and paste into your browser:

The 85-page document will take a few minutes to download. When the download is completed, double click on it to open the document.

Listen to a meeting on your computer
On the left of this page, click on meetings, find the meeting you want to view, look to the right of it and click on Agenda, click open, and view. To listen to live audio of meetings, or to watch city council meeting live videos, instead of clicking on Agenda, click on Meeting Details, go to the right and click on video.

My Waste App
Ever forget what day your garbage collection is, what is recyclable and what is not, or want to report a pothole? These and many more things can be done easily with the My Waste App.You can scan the app to the left on your I-Phone or Android.

Other ways to ask questions and voice concerns:

weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m
Switchboard: (941) 486-2626

Questions about garbage, recycling and yard waste collection:

(941) 486-2422, press 1

Water or Sewer Emergency: (941) 486-2770 (any time)

Not sure who to call:

Call the Information Helpline: (941) 882-7401
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Venice, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota County, about half way between Tampa and Fort Myers.



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