By KATHY A. MEGYERI
Venice is a beautiful gulf-side community celebrating the 90th anniversary
of its founding. Situated on a large section of the mainland in Sarasota
County as well as on an island surrounded by the intercoastal waterway,
Venice was named after Venice, Italy.
P l e a s a n t
voted it as one
of the ten happiest
And Venice has
the distinction of
being the shark tooth capital of the world.
The first railroad to Venice was built in 1911 which helped pave the way for expansion, population growth and new
development. Then, in 1925, Dr. Fred H. Albee, a well-known orthopedic surgeon,
purchased 2,916 acres and hired world-renowned city planner John Nolen
to design Venice to be a “walk-able city.” Then, the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers bought the land and graded the streets, put in sidewalks and
gutters and made it a most pleasant place to settle.
On May 9th, 1927, the city was incorporated .
During the Great Depression, the population fell to less than 500 but
then with the arrival of the Kentucky Military Institute and the Ringling Brothers
and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the town exploded. In 1936, the Hotel Venice
opened and more residences were constructed. In 1942, Venice’s Army Air
Base provided training for support services to the combat air units. The city
of Venice acquired the air base from the government with the stipulation that it always
be used for aviation so today, it is a vital part of the community that services
general aviation and attracts private jet owners.
Unfortunately, two terrorist hijackers who did the unthinkable during the September
11th attack on the World Trade Center were trained at the former Huffman
Aviation flight school in Venice.
To commemorate this city’s 90th year, here are a few of the
planned events (subject to change).
• A showcase exhibit on the city’s
birth and growth, “Venice at 90:
A Retrospective,” runs through
July 31st at the Venice Museum
• On June 10, a Roaring ‘20s
Costume Ball, a fundraiser for
Venice Heritage Inc. and the
Venice Museum & Archives, will
be held at the historic Hotel
Venice on Nassau St., which is
now The Summit at Venice.
• Venice walking tours of historic
sites and the picturesque downtown
will be given regularly.
So shall you visit this lovely community, don’t forget to pick up a
shark’s tooth on the beach in the morning to remind you of all that
Venice has to offer.
For more information visit www.venicegov.com, call (941) 486-2626 or visit the
Facebook page for Venice, Florida Municipal Government