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Community Center open as a Disaster Recovery Center
The Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave. S., is currently open as a Disaster Recovery Center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Wednesday, Sept. 27. A DRC is a facility for those needing assistance in getting information on questions they may have pertaining to their case following Hurricane Irma. Representatives from FEMA, U.S Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies will be at the center to answer questions about disaster assistance in relation to your case.

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CITY OF VENICE SAMPLE BALLOT
See a sample ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, City of Venice General Election here:
http://www.sarasotavotes.com/SampleBallots/2017Nov/NONPARTISAN-NON%20511.pdf
City residents will be choosing Council Members for Seat 1 and 2.
For more information, including finding your precinct or requesting a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot, visit www.sarasotavotes.com.
You can also call the Elections Office in Venice at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm 114, at 941-861-3760. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Early voting will be held at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center beginning on Monday, Oct. 30, and continuing through Friday, Nov. 3. Early voting hours will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

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Road resurfacing set to begin Sept. 28
Concrete removal and replacement has begun for the City of Venice Road Bond Resurfacing Project Phase 1, and the road resurfacing is scheduled to begin on Thursday, Sept. 28. The contractor will be removing the old asphalt pavement and installing new asphalt pavement, beginning with the following roadways:

  • Inlet Circle
  • El Dorado
  • The Esplanade N. & S.
  • Apalachicola Rd.
  • Cadiz Rd.
  • Madrid Ave.

Please be aware that any private improvement such as landscaping or sprinkler heads directly against the roadway could be impacted during the pavement removal process. The contractor will be restoring the area after the paving process is complete, and your patience is greatly appreciated. Please do your best to remove any obstructions from the roadway edge and try not to park in the roadway during this time period.
For more information, please call James Clinch, Assistant City Engineer, at 941-882-7410.

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PIER CLOSED
The Venice Fishing Pier remains closed. The Pier is showing signs of possible structural damage from Hurricane Irma and is being evaluated. It is extremely dangerous to be on the Pier at this time.

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City storm debris cleanup information
The City of Venice debris removal contractors will begin debris removal on city maintained roads in response to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
City  contractors are currently prioritizing debris removal based on areas where Hurricane Irma has generated storm debris to the extent that these areas can be safely accessed to perform debris removal.  Residents of impacted areas that can safely do so, are asked to place any storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way. 
The public right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. Residents are urged to separate the debris as follows:

  • VEGETATIVE DEBRIS (whole trees, tree stumps, tree branches, tree trunks and other leafy material)
  • CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION DEBRIS (damaged components of buildings and structures such lumber and wood, wall board, glass, metal, roofing materials, tile, furnishings, and fixtures)
  • HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (materials that are ignitable, reactive, toxic or corrosive such as paints, cleaners, pesticides, etc.)
  • WHITE GOODS (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heat pumps, ovens, ranges, washing machines, clothes dryers and water heaters)
  • ELECTRONIC WASTE (computers, televisions, office electronic equipment, etc.)

Only loose debris will be collected; bagged debris should not be placed on the public right-of-way
Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant or any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice. 
The City urges all residents to make personal safety a top priority, and only set out debris if it is safe to do so at this time.
For more information, please call Venice Public Works at 941-486-2422 at or visit www.venicegov.com.

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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE?
Be ready in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm! Click here to view a list of area shelters and evacuation routes, and other useful information provided by Sarasota County.
Here are some other things you can do:

  • Sign up for the CodeRED emergency notification system if you live within Venice city limits (if you haven’t already). You can do this by clicking on the link to CodeRED below (scroll down this page), or by calling city PIO Lorraine Anderson at 941-882-7401.
  • Keep updated on a storm’s track by following the NOAA National Hurricane Center via Facebook, Twitter or app downloaded to your device, or the website www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • Follow Venice, Florida Municipal Government and Sarasota County Emergency Services on Facebook.
  • Purchase a weather radio.
Stock up on water (at least 1 gallon per person per day), nonperishable food, batteries, flashlights and gasoline.

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Title VI and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Plan and ADA Transition Plan Notice of Compliance

The City of Venice (“City”) will not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, family or religious status with respect to any City program, activity or service. The City has developed a Title VI and ADA Plan pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended and related Federal and State nondiscrimination statutes and regulations. The City’s Title VI and ADA Plan outlines the  assistance and procedures of the Title VI and ADA Plan requirements which also includes a written process on how to file a Title VI or an ADA complaint should one arise, and describes the complaint investigation process. 

The City of Venice will make every effort to ensure that its facilities, programs, services and activities are accessible to those with disabilities.  The City encourages the public to report any facility, program, service or activity that appears inaccessible to those who are disabled.

If there are any questions, concerns, comments or requests for special accommodations, please contact the City’s ADA Officer, Alan Bullock, Administrative Services Director, at abullock@venicegov.com
or 941-882-7377.

For more information, click here:
City of Venice Title VI and ADA Plan
City of Venice ADA Transition Plan

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CHOOSE YOUR CART SIZE NOW!

The second phase of residential AUTOMATED TRASH COLLECTION is coming! Neighborhoods east of the US 41 Bypass will be included. If you live in this area, please click the link below to choose the size cart you would like.
Click Here to Choose your cart size

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NOTICE REGARDING CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CITY OF VENICE’S PUBLIC RECORDS CUSTODIAN

The Office of the City Clerk is the City of Venice’s custodian of public records. Pursuant to Section 119.12, Florida Statutes, the contact information for the City of Venice’s custodian of public records is to be prominently posted on the City of Venice’s website.

The contact information for the City of Venice’s City Clerk is: 
City Hall
401 W. Venice Avenue
Venice, Florida  34285
941-882-7390
941-480-3031 (Fax)
lstelzer@venicegov.com

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Looking for parking downtown?
Please click here to see a map produced by Venice MainStreet Inc. showing public parking lots downtown and in the vicinity on the Island of Venice.

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Sarasota County Area Transit Venice Island route
The SCAT bus Route 23-Venice Island got underway April 15.
The new Venice Circulator is a one-way loop from the Venice Train Depot to Venice Beach, Venice Community Center, Venice Shopping Plaza on Golf Dr. and Guild St., returning to the Venice Train Depot. For a complete map and schedule of the bus route, click here.
Copies of the brochure are also available at the Information Desk at Venice City Hall.

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New FEMA flood maps available

The new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps are here.
Paper and digital copies of both the flood maps (FIRMs) and the Flood Insurance Studies are available for viewing in the reference section of the temporary Venice Library at 260 Nokomis Ave. N., located in the Hamilton building behind the Venice Theatre. You can also view and download them from FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center website at: https://msc.fema.gov/portal
Need help with a flood zone determination? Call Gillian Carney, Stormwater Engineer Analyst in the City of Venice Engineering Department, at 941-882-7412.

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The City of Venice has partnered with SeeClickFix to launch a new program, Venice Connect, that allows citizens to report quality-of-life issues (such as potholes, roadside junk and tall grass) and request city services. With free SeeClickFix mobile app and website tools, Venice citizens will now be able to provide city staff with pictures, videos, specific descriptions, and more — valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently.

Sarasota County is also a SeeClickFix partner, so issues that are actually outside of Venice city limits in unincorporated Sarasota County will be sent to the County Contact Center for assignment.

Reporting a concern is now just a few clicks away!

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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, www.demandstar.com.
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: Venice Wine Feast

Where: Nokomis Ave

When: Oct. 19th from 6 pm - 9 pm

 

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for more important information from the City of Venice

 

What: Sun Fiesta

Where: Centennial Park

When: Oct. 20, 21 & 22nd

Latest News
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Venice Island Utility Project Notice

Andrew Sitework, LLC is performing construction activities for the Water Main Replacement Phase 4 project on the Island of Venice.
The work consists of the installation of new water mains and associated appurtenances and abandoning old water mains in rear easements. Work also includes access to private property.
The project limits are roughly bounded by Villas Dr. and San Marco Dr. south to Golden Beach Blvd., Circle Dr. and The Corso between Golden Beach Blvd. and The Rialto.
For additional information, please contact Cynthia Fitzpatrick, city Utilities Project Coordinator, at 941-882-7290.

For your next visit to the South Jetty …
When you are out and about in the city of Venice, please keep in mind some rules for when you visit the South Jetty (Humphris Park).
The speed limit for Tarpon Center Drive is 25 mph until you get to Gibbs Road, where it drops to 15 mph.
The Venice Police Department is asking that everyone be aware of your rate of speed through the area because the speed limit will be strictly enforced. Also, with the influx of visitors this holiday season, VPD wants everyone's experience at the Jetty to be a pleasant one. Please NO Pets, NO Littering, NO Alcohol, and keep the noise to a minimum for the residents in the area. Thank you!

Prescription drug 'take-back' program at VPD
The city of Venice reminds citizens of the ongoing program that allows the public to return unused medications/prescriptions into a controlled collection system. In doing so, the medications are destroyed without being deposited into our landfills or water system, substantially reducing any potential environmental damage and the chance of the meds becoming a health hazard. Safe disposal of these medications also decreases access to addictive drugs for accidental or intentional misuse.
A drop box for controlled substances, expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications (pills only; no needles or liquids) is available in the lobby of the Venice Police station at the intersection of Capri Isles Blvd. and Ridgewood Ave. (1350 E. Ridgewood Ave.), adjacent to Pinebrook Park, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A more detailed description of the program is available on VPD’s webpage at www.venicegov.com. Click on Departments at the top of the homepage, select Police, then Community Programs on the left, and then Rx Take-Back Program. For more information, call 941-486-2444.

Temporary Venice Library has moved
The temporary Venice Public Library, formerly at the Venice Community Center, has reopened at 260 N. Nokomis Ave. (Hamilton building) with a host of amenities:
Expanded hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Larger collections of books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers.
Enhanced children’s area.
More public access computers.
Expanded reading areas.
Venetian bike and walking trail adjacent to building.
Michael Biehl Park with fountain and rest areas one block away.
Historic Main Street shopping one block away.
SCAT bus stop one block away.
As always, dedicated, helpful staff will be available to assist.
Here is how to get to your new Sarasota County public library in Venice:
Instructions from the closed library at the Venice Community Center
From the Community Center, take Nokomis Avenue north for .4 miles. Continue on Nokomis past Tampa Avenue and the Venice Theatre.
Turn right into the far north entrance of the theatre parking lot. Follow the length of the parking lot to the end. Turn left to access parking around the library. The library entrance faces the bridge.
Additional city parking is available in the lot south of the library. For more information, call 941-861-1350.
Sarasota County thanks you for your patience and appreciation of the value of library services in Venice. Stay informed and participate in the process to build a new permanent library in Venice at https://www.scgov.net/Library/Libraries/Pages/ VeniceLibraryUpdate.aspx, or by calling the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

Next city bicycle ride is Oct. 11

The City of Venice’s next monthly bicycle ride, open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
It will be a fun, casual, 6-mile ride around the Island of Venice, traveling along the ever-so-popular Venice Island Loop that is highlighted on our bicycle maps. The free ride takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. There will be a brief safety discussion prior to the ride, as the group will be riding along shared bicycle lanes. Participants will need to bring their own bike and will be required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver.
Bicyclists should meet in the City Hall parking lot at 401 W. Venice Ave. at 10 a.m. on Oct. 11. For this ride, volunteers with the American Cancer Society plan to attend and hand out bottled water to participants.
“Riding a bicycle on the road can be a little intimidating,” said city Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Darlene Culpepper. “Riding in a group builds confidence and provides motivation and accountability, pushing individuals to their limits so they can improve their skills. Cycling is one of the best ways for people to achieve good health and fitness. So let’s encourage one another to get on that bike and ride!”
Culpepper also encourages those interested to check out this link: http://www.strava.com/routes/6016642 which will take individuals to Strava, a free app to track bicycle rides, runs and even swims. The app does require a login, but it is free. If you open the link with your Strava account, it will provide turn-by-turn directions.

 

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 pjoyce@venicegov.com.

Art in the City

Check out some of the public art around the City of Venice! Click on this Venice Area Beautification Inc. link: https://www.vabi.org/public-art.html

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

VABI

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 http://www.demandstar.com. 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: http://tinyurl.com/khq75gf

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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