New sign-in kiosk at Building Department
The City of Venice Building Department has recently initiated a program to alleviate the need to stand in line while waiting to see a staff member in either Building or Developmental Services.
With the recent addition of a sign-in kiosk, citizens are able to sign in and specify their needs, submit for a permit, ask a question, ask to see staff, or address any of the services provided by the department, according to Building Official Frank O’Neill.
At times, people stand in line at the permitting counter only to ask a question, drop off paperwork, or to see a plans examiner or inspector. Often, people stand in line only to mark their spot.
They are now able to sit down and not feel obligated to stand in line while they wait.
This program was initiated by staff as an added convenience for those dealing with the Building Department or interrelated departments, to increase efficiency and improve customer service.
The Building Department is located to the right inside the main entrance of Venice City Hall at 401 W. Venice Ave.
Mosquito spraying information
In the wake of Hermine and other recent storms, the area is dealing with standing water and mosquitoes. Residents should visit https://www.scgov.net/mms/Pages/default.aspx and type in "mosquito management." There, you will find information regarding ways to help manage the problem. This site also provides information and a map of all of Sarasota County, including Venice, as to when and where the county will be spraying to help control the potential mosquito problem. You can also call 941-861-5000 for more information.
Venice Beach restroom closure
The contractor began work on the final phase of the Venice Beach restroom remodel on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The restrooms are closed and temporary facilities have been brought in for the duration of the project (2-3 weeks).
New monthly bicycle ride in Venice
City of Venice Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Darlene Culpepper is launching a monthly bicycle ride in the city, open to the public.
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 will take 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 short waiver.
The first ride will be on Sept. 14. Bicyclists should meet in the City Hall parking lot at 401 W. Venice Ave.
“Riding a bicycle on the road can be a little intimidating,” Culpepper said. “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!”
For more information, email Culpepper at email@example.com.
Sanitary sewer line cleaning/CCTV inspection
Cleaning and CCTV inspection of sanitary sewer lines began Monday, Aug. 8, in the City of Venice, and work will continue until approximately the end of November 2016. The first section is located within the City's sewer lift station No. 1 basin. The basin area is west of U.S. 41 and east of Harbor Dr. S., between Maggiore Rd. and Airport Ave. W. and E.
The project provides closed‐circuit television (CCTV) inspection and cleaning services for the sanitary sewer lines within the City. Included are 6‐inch, 8‐inch, 10‐inch, 12‐inch, 15‐inch and 16‐inch sewer mains. The remotely operated camera also records video and data to aid in identifying service locations inside the main, structural condition of the pipes, and obstructions such as grease, roots and other debris.
Residents are encouraged to follow the directions on door hangers about the project distributed in the area. UIT, LLC is the contractor.
Venice makes 'Best Places to Retire' list
Venice, Fla., has made a Southern Living Magazine list of the South’s Best Places to Retire.
Southern Living’s website states, in part: “In a city named for the canals that weave through it, you know two things: that water is central to life in the city, and that romance and culture are prized. Both (are) true in this gorgeous city; beach homes overlook the Gulf of Mexico, and beautiful beaches are always close at hand. A relaxed downtown boasts a healthy shopping district complete with walkable sidewalks lined with palm trees, and theaters and festivals provide entertainment throughout the year.”
The magazine focused on areas with unique amenities, a low cost of living, opportunities for volunteering, part-time work, continued learning, a stable housing market, access to medical care, and an airport or train station close by for visits from family and grandkids.
Venice is one of 15 cities named as a best place to retire. The write-up and full listing can be viewed here: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/best-places-to-retire/venice-florida
US 41 Bypass detour coming Aug. 10
Another traffic detour due to U.S. 41 Bypass road-way improvements is set to begin Wednesday, Aug. 10. Crews will begin utility and storm drain construction at U.S. 41/Venice Bypass and Ridgewood Avenue. The contractor will close Ridgewood Avenue at U.S. 41/Venice Bypass to traffic beginning Aug. 10. 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 months to complete. Message boards will be in place to alert motorists to the road closures and detours. Drivers are urged to proceed with caution and follow detour signs and barricades directing them around construction work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.light-therapy.net 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 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:
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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)
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