The Venice Florida Area
Gulf Coast sunshine community, has been called the Sharks' Tooth Capital
of the World. Prehistoric shark teeth wash up on the miles of renourished
Gulf of Mexico beachfront. These rare fossilized treasures are harvested
by beachgoers, residents and divers who frequent the offshore coral reef.
Some of the teeth measure four inches in length. They are incorporated
into jewelry displayed by area craftsmen at the annual shark tooth and
seafood festivals and local arts and craft shows.
Although Venice is less than 100 years old, native Americans inhabited the
region 12,000 years ago. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century, Dr.
Fred Albee, a New York physician, came to what is now the Venice with a
dream of development, a dream that wasn't realized until the Seaboard
Railroad arrived in the early 1920s. The Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers changed the history of the area in 1925 when the union selected
Venice as the hub of its retirement community. Many of today's streets and
avenues were carved from those original plans. The specification that all
construction be Italian Renaissance in style gave the town its distinct
and continuing character. Venice wears its historic and architectural
heritage with pride. When the Intracoastal Waterway was completed in the
1960s, Venice truly became an island community worthy of its namesake city
Venice is a nice
place to live. Residents revel in its wonderful climate, low
crime rate, numerous nearby cultural activities and beautiful beaches.
The Venice area offers golf, tennis, sailing,
theater, many great restaurants, and the quaint shoppes along Venice Avenue.
Modern shopping centers and the ultra modern Venice Hospital are just a few blocks away
from the Banyan House.
Popular Nearby Attractions and Recreation
519 South Harbor Drive
Located in Venice Florida...
Pre-historic Shark's Tooth
Capital of the World