Venice and its surrounding communities comprise a delightful area you’ll enjoy getting to know better. Business, culture and natural beauty all welcome newcomers to this part of the Gulf Coast. And of all Florida, the south county area stands out as one of the most desirable spots – not too “citified”, still with much rural charm, yet with the facilities needed for comfortable living and a great place to open businesses and raise families.
Venice encompasses 5 different areas:
Venice is one of the few cities on Florida’s west coast that is not separated from the Gulf by a barrier island. Preserving the original character of Venice, the city created the Historic Venice District and an Architectural Review Board to ensure that new construction or modification of existing buildings conform to the northern Italian renaissance style of the city’s original architecture. Designation as a Florida Main Street City by the state further assures that Venice’s heritage will be preserved
Just beyond the Venice city limits lies South Venice. It is conveniently located on US 41, also known as Tamiami Trail and is a center for shopping and light manufacturing. This area is expanding and includes Manatee Community College’s South Campus, the new Venice Health Park, as well as many beautiful housing developments and golfing communities.
Venice’s closest northern neighbor once had more cows than people. Today, businesses, subdivisions, and private homes dot the area. Nokomis stretches east from Casey Key to Interstate 75 and offers elegant residential neighborhoods, shopping, and all the amenities of today’s lifestyles. Breathtaking waterfront homes are tucked amid natural splendor along the miles of shoreline of the Gulf.
Taking its name from the trees that once grew abundantly in the area, Laurel is a small, mostly residential community between Nokomis and Osprey. Today, Laurel is growing rapidly while retaining its country flavor. There are few real boundaries, so it’s difficult for even natives to tell where Nokomis becomes Laurel. Adding to the mixup and the charm is the Nokomis Post Office, located in Laurel on Laurel Road.
Northernmost of the Venice area communities, Osprey is the oldest. Several small businesses serve residents of comfortable, older neighborhoods as well as an elegant golf club community. Osprey is home to two of the area’s best recreational and educational habitats, Oscar Scherer State Park and Historic Spanish Point. These sites are characteristic of Osprey’s ability to develop while maintaining its natural beauty.