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New route for Venice trolley
Following the Jan. 10 City Council meeting, the city’s signature bright red trolley’s route has been modified to include the Venice Community Center and Miami Avenue downtown.
The trolley runs 14 weeks through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is free for riders. There will be no trolley on Mondays.
The trolley will stop upon request if you flag it down. It is dog friendly, but please keep in mind that many of the trolley stops are NOT dog friendly; riders are asked to observe posted rules.
The trolley will make an approximate 30-minute loop with stops including Tampa Ave. at the Centennial Park Fountain, Harbor Drive, West Venice Ave. at Park Blvd., Venice Beach, City Hall, Valencia Rd. at West Blalock Park, the Community Center, Nassau St. at Miami Ave. and Nokomis Ave.
Humphris Park (South Jetty) is no longer a stop on the loop.
An updated brochure that includes a full listing of stops and the approximate time schedule of each, a map of the route, public parking areas, and points of interest to explore is available on board the trolley, as well as in the lobby of City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave.; Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, 597 S. Tamiami Trail; the Venice MainStreet office, upstairs at 101 W. Venice Ave., Ste. 23; and at Venice MainStreet’s information kiosk in Centennial Park.
Come downtown to ride the trolley, one of the many things that makes our City on the Gulf unique! Click here for Trolley Route Map/Stops


EV charging station rebate program
Sarasota County recently approved the ChargeUP! Sarasota County program, which would provide rebates to certain types of businesses and nonprofits within Sarasota County to buy and install EV charging stations. Participants in this limited program may be eligible for one of the following rebates for a new, publicly available station:
• Nonprofits or government organizations: 50 percent of cost, up to $4,000 maximum.
• Businesses: 25 percent of cost, up to $2,000 maximum.
The program is subject to limited funding availability, with rebates reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. The application period opens Feb. 15, 2017.
For more information about the program, please click on the Sarasota County Sustainability website link below:

Interested in ride sharing in the city?

Ride sharing through apps such as Uber and Lyft is allowed in the City of Venice.
Those interested in providing these services must fill out an Application for Vehicle for Hire Permit through the City Clerk’s Office at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. They must include the year, make/model, Vehicle Identification Number and seating capacity of any proposed vehicles for the service.
Additional requirements are as follows:
Driver Requirements:

A criminal history check and driver’s license check shall be obtained for each driver.  Each driver shall possess a valid chauffeur’s license issued by the State of Florida. Copies of the criminal background check, driver’s license check and Florida driver’s license for each driver shall be submitted with the application, any amendments and at renewal time.
Insurance Information:
Proof of insurance shall be submitted with the following limits of coverage, with the City of Venice listed as an additional insured party:
No less than $100,000 bodily injury liability insurance for any one person injured by reason of the negligent operation of the vehicle.
No less than $300,000 bodily injury liability insurance for more than one person injured in any one accident.
No less than $100,000 property damage liability for any one accident.
Safety Inspection:
Each vehicle shall be inspected annually by a certified automobile mechanic on forms provided by the city. Completed safety inspection reports shall be submitted with the application, any amendments and at renewal time.
Schedule of Rates, Fares and Charges:
A schedule of rates, fares and charges must be prominently posted in every vehicle in full view of passengers.
Application Fee:
The application fee is $100, with an annual renewal fee of $50.

For specific details, follow this link: Click Here
For more information, please contact Assistant City Clerk Heather Taylor at 941-882-7391 or


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 Italian Feast

Where: Venice Airport

When: Feb. 23rd-26th


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


What: Free Kids Corner Activity

Where: Downtown Venice

When: 4th Sat, Feb 25th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Take the City of Venice Special Events Survey!

The City of Venice is host to a variety of special events that take place in a number of different locations and occur throughout the calendar year. The City has created a survey requesting your opinion of some of these events.
Please take a few minutes to offer your comments on the value/enjoyment of the event itself, its location in the City, and the time of year the event occurs.
Your opinion is valued and will assist in an overall assessment of the community perspective of special events in Venice.

Please submit the Venice Special Events Survey by Friday, Feb. 24. Thank you for your input!
To access the survey, click on the link below:

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 941-486-2788, ext. 7290.

Water meter replacements in Venice

Vanguard Utility Service Inc. is replacing residential water meters throughout the city of Venice during January and February. Water meters that are more than 10 years old will be replaced as part of this work.
The work will be occurring on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Residents whose meters are being replaced will be contacted by Vanguard Utility Service in advance of the work at their residence.
Residents are not required to be at home for the installation. It typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes to replace a water meter, during which time water to a resident’s house will be shut off. For a limited number of residences, the meters are located in the rear yards and it will be necessary for the installer to access the yard to complete this work. The installers will not need access to the interior of the resident’shome to complete the work.
For additional information, please contact the city Utilities Department at 941-480-3333, ext. 0.

Construction Notice - E. Venice Ave. Under-bridge Parking
Beginning Monday, Jan. 23, a contractor for the City of Venice will be installing 17 grass parking spots, an asphalt drive aisle and two concrete driveways underneath the East Venice Avenue Bridge. This project will last approximately two months and traffic delays should be minimal.

Venice Island Utility Project Notice
Andrew Sitework, LLC will be performing preconstruction activities for Water Main Replacement Phase 4 on the Island of Venice beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The work consists of verification potholing and filming a pre-construction video. A portion of the work 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 more information, please call the city Utilities Department at 941-480-3333.

Downtown project notice

Britt Surveying and Mapping, LLC will be performing a field survey of the Venice downtown area beginning Wednesday, Jan. 11 and lasting for approximately 4 weeks.
Residents will notice survey crews collecting data along Tampa, Venice and Miami Ave. from Harbor Dr. to U.S. 41.
This information will be used to support the design and permitting of the downtown roadway and pedestrian improvements.
For additional information, please contact James Clinch, PE in the city Engineering Department at 941-882-7410.

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!

More FPL work in Venice
Florida Power & Light contractor Pike Electric will be hardening the power grid in the Venice area starting the week of Nov. 14 and lasting for 4 months.
This project will be primarily within the rear yard easements of residential properties along Alhambra Rd., Valencia Rd., Armada Rd., Maggiore Rd., Verona St., Ravenna St., Harbor Dr. S., Villas Dr., Everglades Dr., and within the Aldea Mar Condominiums.
Citizens should expect periodic lane closures and temporary traffic delays as FPL proceeds with this work.
This project is important to increasing the integrity of our power grid and needs to be completed in preparation for the next hurricane season. FPL will be notifying customers in advance of any scheduled power outages.

FPL work in Venice downtown area
Florida Power & Light contractor Pike Electric will be hardening the power grid for downtown Venice area starting the week of Nov. 7 and lasting for 3-4 months.
Much of the work will occur at night to avoid disruptions to businesses, but there will be some day work along Tampa Ave. and Barcelona Ave.
Please expect periodic lane closures and temporary traffic delays as FPL proceeds with this work.
This project is important to increasing the integrity of the downtown power grid and needs to be completed in preparation for the next hurricane season.

Venice Fire improves its ISO rating to 2
In July 2016, Venice Fire Rescue underwent a department-wide Insurance Service Office (ISO) evaluation. This evaluation is completed every 5 years and an ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC) is given to the department.
Historically, Venice Fire has been scored at a 3, which by national and state guidelines is above the standard. On Oct. 24, Mayor John Holic was sent a letter by ISO notifying him that Venice Fire Rescue has improved its rating to a 2.
To put that into perspective, out of the 47,696 fire departments throughout the nation that are evaluated, only 1,408 have a score of 2 or higher. To determine a community’s Public Protection Classification, ISO conducts a field survey to observe and evaluate features of the protection system. ISO objectively evaluates four major areas: Emergency Communication Systems, Fire Department Capabilities, Water Supply and Community Risk Reduction.
There is a potential of 105.5 points to be earned in the survey; Venice Fire scored an 86.79. The Public Protection Classification program recognizes the efforts of communities to provide fire protection services for citizens and property owners. A community’ investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predicator of future fire losses.
Insurance companies use PPC information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, generally offering lower premiums in communities with better protection. This ranking scores well for the citizens and businesses of Venice because insurance premiums are based off this score. The better the score, the better your rates will be.
Venice Fire will be reassessed in five years and looks forward to pursuing a score of 1.

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.

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 VeniceLibraryUpdate.aspx, or by calling the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

City bicycle ride is March 8

The City of Venice’s next monthly bicycle ride, open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, March 8.
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 March 8.
“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.
If you plan on participating in the bike ride, please RSVP to Culpepper at


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

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
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