Downtown has a little more sparkle this year. Venice MainStreet collaborated with the City of Venice and funded additional holiday lights and decorations in the downtown district. More lights were added to Miami Avenue and Tampa Avenue; two oaks in Centennial Park were highlighted as feature elements; and decorations were installed on the Centennial Park gazebo and information kiosk. Venice MainStreet also funded decorations installed by the Venice Area Garden Club on Miami Avenue and in Centennial Park. We are hoping to keep the season bright for residents and visitors. To donate in support this and other Venice MainStreet efforts, go to

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