Venice, Florida

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Venice, Florida
City
Nickname(s): Shark Tooth Capital of the World[1]
Motto(s): "City on the Gulf"[2]
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Location in Sarasota County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 27°6′N 82°26′W / 27.100°N 82.433°W / 27.100; -82.433Coordinates: 27°6′N 82°26′W / 27.100°N 82.433°W / 27.100; -82.433
Country United States
State Florida
County Sarasota
Horse and Chaise 1800s
Venice 1888
Incorporated May 9, 1927
Area[3]
 • Total 16.81 sq mi (43.5 km2)
 • Land 15.44 sq mi (40.0 km2)
 • Water 1.37 sq mi (3.5 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2016)
 • Total 22,465
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 22,465
 • Density 1,455.46/sq mi (561.95/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 34284, 34285, 34292, 34293
Area code(s) 941
FIPS code 12-73900[5]
GNIS feature ID 0292749[6]
Website www.venicegov.com

Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. The city includes what locals call "Venice Island", a portion of the mainland that is accessed via bridges over the artificially created Intracoastal Waterway. The city is located south of Nokomis and north of Englewood. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 20,746.[7] It is noted for its large snowbird population and was voted as a top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns by Coastal Living.[8]

Venice is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography and climate[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43.1 km2), of which 15.3 square miles (39.5 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), or 8.19%, is water.[7]

Climate data for Venice, Florida
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 21
(70)
23
(73)
24
(75)
27
(81)
30
(86)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(89)
28
(83)
25
(77)
22
(71)
27
(81)
Average low °C (°F) 12
(53)
13
(56)
15
(59)
18
(65)
21
(70)
24
(75)
24
(76)
24
(76)
24
(75)
20
(68)
16
(60)
12
(54)
19
(66)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 43
(1.7)
61
(2.4)
79
(3.1)
61
(2.4)
58
(2.3)
109
(4.3)
180
(7)
147
(5.8)
157
(6.2)
94
(3.7)
48
(1.9)
50
(2)
1,087
(42.8)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 309
1940 507 64.1%
1950 727 43.4%
1960 3,444 373.7%
1970 6,648 93.0%
1980 12,153 82.8%
1990 16,922 39.2%
2000 17,764 5.0%
2010 20,748 16.8%
Est. 2016 22,465 [4] 8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Caspersen Beach Park has hiking trails and a rocky beach

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 17,764 people, 9,680 households, and 5,362 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,948.8 inhabitants per square mile (752.1/km²). There were 13,516 housing units at an average density of 1,482.8 per square mile (572.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.14% White, 0.55% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.10% of the population.

There were 9,680 households out of which 7.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.6% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.25.

In the city, the population was spread out with 6.9% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 10.2% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 57.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 69 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,536, and the median income for a family was $46,898. Males had a median income of $35,271 versus $26,132 for females. The per capita income for the city was $28,220. About 3.7% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 3.7% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Annual cultural events[edit]

Divers hunting shark teeth at Venice
Venice Avenue
The Venice Jetty

Venice has been listed in many publications as being the "Shark's Tooth Capital of the World".[11] It hosts the Shark's Tooth Festival every year to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark's teeth that can be found on its coastal shores.

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

The following structures and areas are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Theatre and music[edit]

  • Venice Theatre – The Venice Theatre is the largest per-capita community theater in the United States with an operating budget of almost three million dollars[12]
  • Venice Symphony

Media[edit]

Venice's newspaper is the Venice Gondolier Sun. It is published twice each week, and has a circulation of 13,500 copies.[13][14]

Tampa Bay's Univision affiliate WVEA-TV is licensed to Venice, though it is based in Tampa and broadcasts from Riverview.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Venice is served by U.S. Highway 41, which runs north-south on the western side of Florida; Interstate 75 is a short distance east of Venice.

Passenger railroad service, served by the Seaboard Coast Line, last ran to the station in 1971, immediately prior to the Amtrak assumption of passenger rail operation.[15] Previously Venice was one of the Florida destinations of the Orange Blossom Special.[16]

Law enforcement[edit]

Venice is patrolled by the Venice Police Department, Tom Mattmuller is the current Chief of Police. The small department has special units for bike patrols, traffic patrols, and boat patrols, amongst the normal police services provided. There are a total of 47 sworn officers that protect the citizens of Venice. [17]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Authentic Florida: Venice, "Shark Tooth Capital of the World"". Visit Sarasota. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Official Website of City of Venice, Florida". Official Website of City of Venice, Florida. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 7, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Venice city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ "America's Happiest Seaside Towns 2015". Coastal Living. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on August 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Profile for Venice, Florida, FL". ePodunk. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Venice Theatre History | Venice Theatre". Venice Theatre. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  13. ^ "Venice Gondolier Sun". Venice Gondolier Sun. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Venice Gondolier Sun". Mondo Times. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  16. ^ Bowen, Eric H. "The Orange Blossom Special – December, 1941 – Streamliner Schedules". Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "City of Venice". Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

External links[edit]

Official website