These honors and awards are the result of numerous, hard-working Venice MainStreet directors, board members and volunteers throughout our 30+ year history as a nonprofit organization. Whether it was an independent project or in collaboration with other organizations or local/county/state governments, we are proud to list the following moments of recognition for Venice MainStreet and our beautiful community:

1988
Florida Main Street, Venice is Hereby Designated a Florida Main Street Community

1999
April 21- State of Florida, Florida Restaurant Association, Florida School-To-Work Zone, The Silver School-To-Work Zone Award, Venice MainStreet, in recognition of outstanding participation and sustained contribution to Florida’s School-To-Work Initiative

2000
Florida Main Street, Community Information Kiosk, Venice MainStreet, Outstanding Public and Private Partnership

2001
May 8- City of Venice, Office of the Mayor, Proclamation, Venice MainStreet Week

2003
Florida Main Street, Recognition of Venice MainStreet’s 15th Anniversary (1988-2003)

Arts and Culture Alliance, Muses Awards 2003, Venice MainStreet and City of Venice, Civic Banners & Lighting Downtown Venice, Community Beautification

2004
Arts and Culture Alliance, Muses Awards 2004, Venice MainStreet, Beautification

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Private-Public Partnership, City of Venice & Venice Main Street Design Committee

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Public Improvement, Venice MainStreet and City of Venice Public Works Department, Tamiami Trail Landscaping Project

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Special Event, Venice MainStreet, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Bridge Renovation Promotion

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Rehabilitation Project, Venice MainStreet, Sarasota County, City of Venice and the Venice Historical Society, Venice Train Depot

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Image Campaign/Promotional Material, Venice MainStreet, Downtown Venice TV Commercial

October- Florida Main Street, Outstanding Sign/Display Project, Venice MainStreet, Pigs in Paradise

2006
Herald-Tribune, Reader’s Choice, Venice MainStreet, Local Tourist Attraction, Finalist

2008
Florida Main Street, Merit Award 2008, Outstanding Public Improvement, Venice MainStreet, Intergenerational Fountain

Florida Main Street, Recognition of Twenty Year Anniversary, Venice MainStreet (1988-2008)

2009
Florida Main Street, Program of the Month, Venice MainStreet, September 2009

Florida Main Street, Merit Award 2009, Outstanding Fundraising or Membership Development Effort, Venice MainStreet

Florida Main Street, Merit Award 2009, Outstanding Special Event, Venice MainStreet, Honoring Volunteers Week

April 14- City of Venice, Office of the Mayor, Proclamation, National Volunteer Week

June 9- Venice Historic Preservation Board and the City of Venice present Venice Legacy Award to Venice MainStreet

2010
Florida Main Street, Program of the Month, Venice Main Street, April 2010

2013
Florida Main Street, Recognition of Twenty-Five Year Anniversary, Venice MainStreet (1988-2013)

May 28- City of Venice, Office of the Mayor, Proclamation, Venice MainStreet Inc., 25th Anniversary

2016
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Non Profit Business of the Year, Venice MainStreet

History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County, 2016 Heritage Award in Public Education for John Nolen District signs, Venice MainStreet and Venice Heritage, Inc.

2017
May 9- City of Venice, Office of the Mayor, Proclamation, Venice MainStreet, Inc.’s 30th Anniversary (of founding in 1987)

May 24- Sarasota County Government, Certificate of Recognition, Venice MainStreet, Celebration of its 30th Anniversary

2018
Florida Main Street, Recognition of Thirty Year Anniversary, Venice MainStreet (1988-2018)

2019
Florida Main Street, Secretary of State Awards, Honor Award, Outstanding Public Improvement Downtown Beautification Project (by City of Venice supported by year-long marketing campaign “Summer of Love” implemented by Venice MainStreet)

Main Street America, National Main Street Center, Florida Main Street certify Venice MainStreet has been recognized as a 2019 Main Street America Accredited Program

Florida Main Street, Program of the Month, Venice MainStreet, October 2019

November 12- City of Venice, Office of the Mayor Proclamation welcomes new fairy residents to Venice (a joint project by Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center with funding from The Ehrhart Family Foundation to install fairy doors throughout downtown Venice)

Dates unidentified
Florida Main Street, Outstanding Florida Main Street Public Improvement, Venice MainStreet, Downtown Lighting Project

Florida MainStreet, Outstanding Florida Main Street Image, Campaign or Promotional Materials, Venice MainStreet, Island of Avenues