A Message from the President/CEO
If you are reading this message, you have found one of the best kept secrets in all of Florida….the community of Venice. On behalf of the 1,200 members of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to extend you a warm welcome. Whether you are here for a short weekend or longer, you will sense the quality of life that will draw you back again or, in some cases, make you very glad you made the move.
Venice is a warm, friendly community. Whether you like shopping in the unique stores of the downtown Venice Main Street district or prefer golfing, boating, fishing, or just laying on the beach, our five community area of Osprey, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice and South Venice has it all.
There are a number of special surprises awaiting you in the Venice area, such as our Venetian Waterway Park, a linear park that parallels both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway providing almost 10 miles of waterfront view for exercise and recreational use. Along the park, you can also visit our recently restored Venice Train Depot at the northeast end. In its day, the depot greeted those who had the greatest impact on creating the Venice we know today. Like the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the U.S. Army Air Corp., the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) and Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus all of whom left their mark on our area.
For even more history, check out Historic Spanish Point in Osprey. A trip to this attraction will provide you with great insight into the life and times of our early pioneers. Or, if you want to go further back in time, you can search for sharks teeth on our beaches.
As the Venice Chamber begins its 85th year, we remain a strong member-involved chamber and we would be most happy to have you stop in our offices to learn even more about the greater Venice area. We are located on the Island of Venice, directly across U.S. Business 41 from Venice Regional Medical Center. In addition to providing our employees a modern work atmosphere and our membership a location to meet and host community functions, our facility also serves as a valuable resource for visitors and newcomers. You can learn about the many amenities the Venice area has to offer.
Once again, welcome to the Venice community. We very much hope you enjoy your visit and that you will return again soon. Please use this guidebook as a resource while you are here. we hope you will use this guidebook as a source of information about our area. it is full of information about our community and can help you find the accommodations, shops, dining and all the other services that our members provide. It will also be a wonderful resource when you decide to make the Venice area your new home!
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John G. Ryan