Venice Florida Timeline

Venice is a city in Sarasota County, located on the Southwest Coast of Florida about 70 miles south of Tampa International Airport and 60 miles north of Ft. Myers International Airport.

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1867 -  John & Eliza Webb and children settled at Webb’s Point, Osprey
1868 -  Rev. Jesse Knight, wife Caroline, and family arrived
1871 -  Robert Roberts established residence on the south side of the bay named for him
1881  - Frank Higel came to the area
1881  - John S. Blackburn settled in the area now called Nokomis
1888  - Establishment of Venice Post Office in area now called Nokomis
1896  - First permanent school erected near what is now Jesse Knight Memorial Cemetery


1900 - 1950's


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1903  - Laurel Post Office began operations (closed 1909). Rev. Jesse Knight deeded property for Knight’s Chapel (Methodist Episcopal) the first church

1910  - Bertha Honore Palmer acquired 140,000 acres (including most of current Venice) in what was then known as South Manatee County

1911  - Seaboard Airline Railway extended to current Venice

1912  - A waterway dredged from Venice to Sarasota

1915  - Sarasota-Venice Company had a plat surveyed and filed for the town of Venice. A bond issue was passed to construct a permanent road from Sarasota to Venice

1916  - Eagle Point Camp began operating

1917  - Dr. & Mrs. Fred Albee purchased land from Sarasota-Venice Company

1918  - Community of Manasota founded

1921  - Manasota renamed Woodmere by the Nocatee-Manatee Freight Company

1925  - Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers purchased land from the Albees and began development of Venice

1927  - City of Venice incorporated by Florida Legislature

1928  - Tamiami Trail opened. - Florida development boom ended and Venice “became a ghost town.” 

1930  - Venice-Nokomis High School's first graduating class had eight students. - Fire destroys Woodmere Sawmill and property is abandoned

1932  - Kentucky Military Institute moved its winter headquarters to Venice.

1933  - Florida Medical Center opened in converted Park View Hotel

1937  - Venice Jetties constructed and channel between them dredged

1942  - Venice Army Air Base established and airport built

1946  - Gondolier printed first issue of newspaper

1952  - Development of South Venice began - Venice Hospital dedicated

1953  - Venice Elementary School opened

1955  - Venice High School opened


1960 - Present


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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus relocated winter headquarters to Venice


Construction of final section of Intracoastal Waterway (from Dona Bay to Alligator Creek)


Opening of Venice Bypass (U.S. 41 Bypass)


Dedication of completed West Coast Intracoastal Waterway


Kentucky Military Institute closes Venice operations


Last Seaboard Coastline Railroad passenger train service to Venice


City Hall rebuilt, police station relocated, fire station 2 built


Final Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance at Venice winter headquarters


First phase of the Venice beach nourishment project from Venice Jetties south to Gulf Manor, Oct. 24, 1994 to Nov. 27, 1994


Final phase of original Venice beach nourishment project from Gulf Manor south to just past the Venice Fishing Pier.


Paw Park at Brohard Park becomes first dog park on the beach in Sarasota County


Patriots Park created.


Venice Fishing Pier rebuilt. - Three-year state widening of U.S. 41 Business, Hatchett Creek Bridge and Circus Bridge (renamed from South Bridge) completed.


Restoration of historic Venice Train Station completed. - First of five beach re-nourishments completed. - Venice Community Center renovated.


Venetian Waterway Park opens.


Legacy Trail opens.


Legacy Trail Overpass completed.

Venice Ave. roundabout opens.


Inaugural Rev 3 Triathlon competition (Oct).



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