Parking changes for Farmers Market

Work on the installation of angled parking at Avenue des Parques and along West Venice Avenue by Venice City Hall will limit parking at City Hall for patrons of the Saturday Farmers Market for approximately two months.

Parking is available at Hecksher Park by the tennis courts; across the street at the Lord-Higel House; and down West Venice and West Miami avenues.

The Venice Farmers Market runs 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Venice makes top 12 of safest cities

According to, Venice is the 12th safest city in Florida.

The ranking is based on FBI crime statistics for violent crime, property crime and law enforcement.

Sweetwater, in Miami-Dade County topped the list, while Florida City, also in Miami-Dade County, ranked 134th, last in the list.

In this area, Punta Gorda was 10th, North Port was 33rd and Sarasota was 75th.

Laurel community cleanup is Sept. 21

Sarasota County will hold a free community cleanup in the Laurel area from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21.

Dumpsters will be available at Forrest Street at Laurel Park and the corner of Church Street and Spencer Avenue.

Televisions, electronics computers, tires and large appliances will only be accepted at the Forest Street location.

Hazardous materials such as paint, oil, gas and aerosol cans will not be accepted at either location. However, they may be taken to a Sarasota County Chemical Collection Center 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. The centers are at 8750 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, and 250 South Jackson Road, Venice.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit:

Lane closures on the island

Tarpon Center Drive will have intermittent, overnight lane closures for the next month to month and a half for an electrical pole hard-casting project by Pike Electric. These lane closures will occur from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Pick your trash can, phase 4

Residents who have not previously received a trash cart from the city can visit and click on a link at the top of the homepage to choose the size trash cart (garbage only) they would like: 35 gallon, 65 gallon or 95 gallon.

Cart sizes must be chosen by Oct. 15. After that date, residents will automatically receive a 65-gallon cart.

Twice-weekly trash collection will continue. Pictures and dimensions of each cart size can be viewed online.

Residents are asked to consider choosing the 65- or 95-gallon cart, since all trash must be inside the cart for collection. Residents should fill out the online form with their name, address, contact information and cart-size choice, then click submit.

For more information, call Venice Public Works at 941-486-2422.

Sewer fixes mean detours

DeJonge Excavating Contractors is performing sewer rehabilitation and replacement work in the area of Park Boulevard North and Cadiz Road/Parkdale Drive in the city of Venice.

Motorists should expect temporary closure at Park Boulevard North/Cadiz Road-Parkdale Drive with detours and access to local traffic only during this work. Project completion is estimated to be within 90 days.

For more information on this project, contact Utilities Field Operations Specialist Jimmy Bennett at or 941-882-7295.

Opine on downtown parking

The city of Venice has launched a brief survey to determine the adequacy of parking in the downtown Venice business district.

This survey will gather information on user attitudes concerning the sufficiency, location and type of parking available.

The survey is at: 2019.

A link will also be available on the city’s website,, and Facebook page.

Seniors asked to take hurricane survey

The Venice Fire Department Emergency Management staff is working with Jacksonville State University’s Division of Emergency Management to collect and analyze data on the best means of communicating with senior citizens during times of disasters, according to VFD Deputy Chief Frank Giddens.

To take the survey you must be at least 55 years old and live in Sarasota County year-round.

Access the survey at or on the city’s Facebook page.

For a printed version, contact principal investigator Chongming Wang at 814-880-0347 or


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