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Continuing a 42-year tradition, Santa will be in town to officially kick off the Christmas Season in Venice along with 100 enthusiastic groups who are busy designing, building and decorating their entry into the 2017 City of Venice Holiday Parade. Community young students, teens, churches, social and service organizations are planning an amazing, fun-filled evening Holiday extravaganza for us all to enjoy. Of course, the Pirates, the Shriners, Clowns, and Dancers will be there to add to the entertainment. This is always great family entertainment, and it’s free!
Santa will be making two appearances in the Parade, once in the beginning and again as the Grand Finale.
Pre-parade entertainment will begin at the corner of Harbor Drive and W. Venice Ave. and also at the corner of Nokomis Street and W. Venice Ave. at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25. The arrival of the Honor Guard and the singing of the National Anthem will kick off the Parade. At dusk the downtown holiday lights and decorations will be officially lighted.
Parade route: The Parade begins on the south side of W. Venice Ave. at Park Blvd., heading east and crosses Harbor Dr. to the North side of Venice Ave., continues to Nokomis St., and follows South on Nokomis St. to Turin. ending at the Community Center.
Parking: There is plenty of additional parking at the Venice High School.
Street closing: Venice Avenue will be closed to street traffic beginning at 3 p.m.
Local school booster clubs and foundations will be cooking up some good food for purchase along Venice Avenue.
Venice Boy Scout Troop 77 will once again be collecting nonperishable food items prior to the parade for the local food pantry. Cash donations are also welcome as well. If every person attending brought 1 food item or gave $1, the outcome would be amazing. 
EARLY SET-UP OF CHAIRS: Chairs may be placed along the Holiday Parade route after 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 by the public (at your own risk). No bleachers, couches, rope, stakes, tarps, or mats please; these items will be removed by Venice Public Works.
Any chairs placed before 6 p.m. Nov. 22 will also be disposed of by Public Works.


The Venice Police Department is pleased to begin accepting applications for the Fifth Annual Citizen Police Academy.  The Citizen Police Academy is an option given to interested individuals to help understand local law enforcement practices.  The Academy is a dynamic 10-week program held on Wednesday’s beginning in February 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Applications will be accepted through November 22, 2017.


Venice Road Bond Resurfacing Project Update
Concrete replacement and asphalt resurfacing is progressing well on the island of Venice for the City’s Road Bond Resurfacing Project, Phase 1.
The contractor will be removing the old asphalt pavement and installing new asphalt pavement over the next two weeks on the following roadways:
• Ravenna Street...
• West Gate Drive
• Sarasota Street
• Nassau Street N.
• Tarpon Street
• Valencia Road
• Pensacola Road
• Milan Avenue
• Turin Street
• Verona Street
• Venezia Parkway
• The Esplanade
• Barcelona Avenue
• Alley 50 between Tampa and Nokomis Avenue
• Alley 79 between Miami Avenue and American Legion Way
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. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Please be prepared to move any parked vehicles from the roadway. The City asks residents not to run irrigation while the contractors are in the area.
For more information, please call James Clinch, Assistant City Engineer, at 941-882-7410.


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
or 941-882-7377.

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



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
941-480-3031 (Fax)


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.


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:
Need help with a flood zone determination? Call Gillian Carney, Stormwater Engineer Analyst in the City of Venice Engineering Department, at 941-882-7412.


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!




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: Venice Blues Festival

Where: Maxinne Barritt Park

When: Nov. 18th


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


What: VABI Christmas Boat Bash

Where: 257 N Tamiami Trail

When: Dec. 2nd at 5:30 pm

Latest News

United Way of South Sarasota County
Check out the United Way of South Sarasota County's two-minute video below and see just how much they have helped our neighbors. Featuring Mayor John Holic!

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 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.

Next city bicycle ride is Dec. 13

The City of Venice’s next monthly bicycle ride, open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
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 Dec. 13. 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: 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 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

Art in the City

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

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
Use the suggestion box at the top of this page.


Venice, Florida is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota County, about half way between Tampa and Fort Myers.



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