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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: Library Update

Where: Venice Community Center, Conference Room D

When: Dec. 8th from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 6-7:30 p.m.

 

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

 

What: Annual Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Celebration

Where: Venice Museum & Archives

When: Dec. 10th from 5-7 p.m.

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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!

Christmas Boat Parade is Dec. 3
The annual Venice Christmas Boat Parade is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. (Rain date is the next day.)
The Boat Parade starts just north of the Albee Road Bridge. There are public areas at the start and along the parade route, including at restaurants.
The parade continues down the Intracoastal Waterway and out to the Jetty as far as land on the south side. There is viewing on both sides of the Jetties in this area. If you come by boat, there are plenty of spots along the way to drop anchor.
As the parade travels down the Intracoastal, the next large area for public viewing is on both sides of the Intracoastal, known as the Venetian Waterway Trail.
Spectators are urged to arrive early. If you are new to the area, organizers advise taking a look for yourself a couple days ahead of time and finding that special spot.
On Venice Island when the bridges go up for the parade Dec. 3, the Circus Bridge remains down for vehicular traffic only. That remains in effect until such time that the other two bridges are reopened to vehicular traffic.
For more information, including a parade route map, visit www.venicechristmasboatparade.com.

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.

VPD accepting applications for Citizen Police Academy
The Venice Police Department is pleased to begin accepting applications for its Fourth 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 Wednesdays, beginning in February 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Applications will be accepted through Dec. 12, 2016. See the attached release for more info.
To apply, go to: http://venicegov.com/Municipal_links/Police/citizens_academy.asp

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.

Heritage Park Multi-Use Trail Project
Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, the City of Venice will begin reconstruction of the Multi-Use Trail which runs through Heritage Park, from The Esplanade S. to Avenue des Parques.
The work will involve widening the existing asphalt trail, adjusting slopes to make it ADA accessible, upgrading the sidewalk ramps on all corners of Venice Ave., and installing decorative lighted bollards along the trail.
These improvements will provide a new asphalt trail, improve pedestrian safety and ensure the trail is accessible for all types of users.
Please expect periodic traffic delays and that portions of the existing trail will be closed while the reconstruction is completed. This project will last approximately 3 months.

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.

Venice #1 on TripAdvisor 'Best Places to Travel in November' list

The city of Venice has made #1 on a TripAdvisor list of “10 Best Places to Travel in November to Stay Warm & Save Money” nationwide. The weekly rental rate in the city is listed as $813, which reflects the average cost for a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom property during November 2016, according to TripAdvisor.
“The Gulf Coast destination boasts beautiful parks, green spaces and public beaches — including Venice Beach, a family-friendly spot known for good shark tooth hunting and an offshore reef popular with scuba divers,” the listing reads. “Spend the day by the waves, then hop on a bike or lace up your running shoes and hit the trails at Venetian Waterway Park. Visit during November to watch artists transform pavement into 3-D paintings during the International Chalk Festival, which attracts talent from all over the world.”
To see the full listing, visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentalsBlog/2016/10/06/best-places-to-travel-in-november-to-stay-warm-save-money/

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.

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.

City bicycle ride is Dec. 14
The City of Venice’s next monthly bicycle ride, open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
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. 14.
“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.
If you plan on participating in the bike ride, please RSVP to Culpepper at dculpepper@venicegov.com

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

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

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:
http://www.light-therapy.net/50-most-affordable-sunny-small-towns/.

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)

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Call the Information Helpline: (941) 882-7401
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