City Awards and Recognition Timeline
April 2001: Florida Trend Magazine featured Venice as one of eight cities in its article, “Florida Small Town Gems,” by Stacie Kress Booker.
November 2001: Where to Retire Magazine named Venice one of the top 100 places to retire in its article, “America’s Best 100 Retirement Towns,” by Richard Fox.
May 2002: Venice presented with the Accessible America Award by the National Organization on Disability.
April 2003: Muses Award for community beautification as a result of the purchase of civic banners and downtown lighting presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance.
April 2003: Muses Award for historical preservation as a result of the historic video, “Imagining Venice,” presented by the Arts and Culture Alliance.
November/December 2003: Where to Retire Magazine named Venice one of eight great walking towns in an article by Jay Clark.
2004: “Relocate-America.com 2004 List of America’s Top 100 Places to Live!” named Venice as the number one location.
2004: Venice Beach was certified as a Blue Wave Beach by the Clean Beaches Council’s Blue Wave Campaign and National Healthy Beaches Campaign for 2003-2004.
2006: Distinguished Project of the Year Award for Envision Venice, 2005 Evaluation and Appraisal Report Project, presented by the Suncoast Section of the American Planning Association.
2006: Project Achievement Award for Outstanding Innovation to Envision Venice 2006 Evaluation and Appraisal Report Project, presented by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.
May 2007: Venice MainStreet Design Awards for new construction given by Venice MainStreet in recognition of a new park, Michael Biehl Park, and an improved park, the Arboretum at Blalock Park.
2007: Life and Safety Achievement Award for 2006 presented to the Venice Fire Department by the Residential Fire Safety Institute, in recognition of fire prevention programs.
2007: Venice was featured on Retirement Living TV as one of the best places in the nation to retire. The one-hour television show premiered on Oct. 12, 12007.