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Downtown Reconstruction: We’re Still Open for Business!

by Rod Nafziger, President Venice MainStreet While the meaning of reconstruction is, “a thing that has been rebuilt after being damaged or destroyed,” heavy use certainly hasn’t destroyed our city, but it is time for renewal. Renewal is an opportunity to bring fresh...

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The Icing on the Cake: VABI by Maria Baskin

“What’s living in Venice like for you?” I recently asked a group of friends. “Life is easier here,” one said as the others nodded in agreement. “But what makes it special?” l, “A sense of community. I feel I belong to a real town that cares how it develops, has...

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Bed Races are Back – Sun Fiesta 2018 by Marty Damon

Proving that some things only get better with time, Venice’s Sun Fiesta returns again this fall, more fun than ever. The Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice will present the 46th year of this celebration of the Venice community at the Airport Festival Grounds October...

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Hurricane Expo by Marty Damon

Hurricanes are usually known for their powers of destruction, but the opposite happened for Judy Braham when the Hurricane Expo blew into Venice last year. Her company, Gulfcoast Marketing Consultants, was created as a result of her work coordinating this first-time...

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Freedom Boat Club Goes International by Heidi Reslow

“Great family. Great friends. Great Community. Great Business,” says John Giglio, CEO of Freedom Boat Club, whose headquarters are right here on the Island of Venice. And he does not take it all for granted. “Every day I thank God for everything I have. I am so...

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The Historic Venice Train Depot: A Legacy by Maria Baskin

Every Christmas after our house is all decorated, I place the family’s wooden train set under the tree. I purchased the set for my now thirty-six-year old son, Jonathan, when he was little. I have continued the tradition of placing it under the tree because even...

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TriMonsters: The Team Sport Any Kid Can Do by Heidi Reslow

Following their first steps, toddlers will soon take off to scampering through the house beginning their lifelong quest to explore every nook and cranny.  Next comes the tricycle to the bicycle stage, complete with scrapes and bruises.  And finally, living in the...

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