Friday, July 10, 2009
Downtown Venice (Venice Avenue West)
Venice is a city in Sarasota County, Florida, United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 estimates, the city had a population of 21,015. It is noted for its large snowbird population. Its newspaper is the Venice Gondolier Sun. Tampa Bay's Univision affiliate WVEA-TV is licensed to Venice, though it is based in Tampa, and broadcasts from Riverview.
Venice is a principal city of the Bradenton-Sarasota-Venice, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Shark's Tooth Capital of the World
Divers hunting shark teeth at Venice
Fish, shells and shark teeth at Venice
Venice, Florida has been listed in many publications as being the "Shark's Tooth Capital of The World". It hosts an annual festival, the Shark's Tooth Festival, every year to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark's teeth that can be found on its shores. In addition to finding shark's teeth on beach shores, many large sized teeth can be found freediving off of the coast or by excavating in the many shell deposits that are left over from the dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway. Beach renourishment efforts also brought new sand from a few thousand yards off the coast, yielding new, but fewer, fossilized shark's teeth. The teeth in the area can vary in size from an eighth of an inch to 3 inches and, on occasion, even bigger. A good place to look is on the very south end of the island part of Venice, known as Caspersen's Beach.
Business district : Venice, Florida, 1958
Robert Hanssen connection
After Robert Hanssen was arrested on February 18, 2001, on charges of spying for the KGB, the media came to Venice when it was discovered that his mother lived there.
Venice street scene,1950
Scott Palguta - Professional soccer player
On September 12, 2001, national news and the FBI descended on Venice as it was discovered that three of the WTC 9/11 terrorists, Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, and Ziad Jarrah, had all lived in Venice for the purpose of taking flight training lessons at the Venice Municipal Airport. The trio had all enrolled in Huffman Aviation.
Atta's time in Venice has been chronicled by Daniel Hopsicker in his book, Welcome to Terrorland.
Street view with the Westinghouse hardware and electric store at the left : Venice, Florida
San Marcos Hotel : Venice, Florida
Interior view of a fine store : Venice, Florida
"Venice delux coach" parked on roadside : Venice, Florida
View down east end of Venice Avenue : Venice, Florida
Construction workers planting palms on Venice Avenue : Venice, Florida
Fisherman's wharf : Venice, Florida
Smack McDonald's restaurant : Venice, Florida
Venezia Motor Inn : Venice, Florida
Palm lined business area : Venice, Florida
Aerial view of the Venice Centre Mall
Venice street scene
Florida Medical Center with Spanish courtyard in front : Venice, Florida
City of Venice official site
Venice Florida! dot com unofficial site
VeniceFla.US Venice events, on-line community
Venice Florida.org Information about Venice
Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
The Venice Gondolier newspaper
Posted by Palmer at 4:37 PM