VENICE CITY E-NEWS
A PUBLICATION FOR THE CITIZENS OF VENICE, FLORIDA
Vol. V No. 10 October 2012
Runway construction project takes off
• Flag Donation Program...........4
• Message From the Mayor.......5
• City App..................................6
• Utility Rates............................7
• Public Works Dedication.........9
• That’s History........................10
• Virtuoso of Venice...............11
• Bulletin Board.......................12
Emilio Carlesimo Runway 4/22 at Venice Municipal Airport will not get any longer. It will
Bob Daniels not accommodate large carrier airlines. But it will be much safer for the
Jeanette Gates aircraft that currently use the local general aviation airport when its $8.4
Dave Sherman million improvements are complete, probably in January 2013.
Most importantly, the improvement to the airport’s noise mitigation
runway will make the airport a better neighbor to nearby residential
Charter Officers areas.
City Manager Edward Lavallee The runway, built during World War II, will be under construction this
City Clerk Lori Stelzer month.
City Attorney Bob Anderson Among the improvements are rehabilitating the 5,000-foot runway,
adding LED runway and taxiway lights, realigning Taxiway E, replacing the
For questions, or to be placed rotating beacon, improving stormwater drainage, and modifying the
on the distribution list, call adjacent golf course by relocating a cart path, the driving range and seven
holes to remove them from the runway safety area.
Marketing and Communications
A green feature of the construction will be the recycling of the exist-
Officer Pam Johnson:
ing asphalt in place, eliminating about 3,000 trips by construction vehi-
(941) 486-2626, ext. 24005
cles on the island.
American Infrastructure Development Inc. of Tampa, FL was selected
for project management administration and contractor Owen-Ames-
www.venicegov.com Kimball Company of Fort Myers, FL will do the construction.
Ninety percent of the funding comes from the Federal Aviation
Administration and Florida Transportation Department. No city general
fund tax dollars will be spent on this project.
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• Special Government Monday, Oct. 15, Parks and Sunday, Oct. 28, Revolution 3
Meetings Recreation Advisory Board, 3 Triathlon, all day. For informa-
• Holidays p.m. tion: www.rev3tri.com.
• Special Events
Tuesday, Oct. 16, Joint City Wednesday, Oct. 31, Halloween
Council and County Commis- Kids Costume Parade and Trick
sion meeting at Venice or Treat, downtown, 4:30 p.m.
COMING UP Community Center, 9 a .m.
Planning Commission, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, Charter
Review Committee, 9 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 19, Historic Preser-
vation Board, 9 a.m.
Sun Fiesta, Centennial Park,
All meeting and event dates and 5 p.m.
times are subject to change.
Government meetings take Saturday, Oct. 20, Sun Fiesta,
place at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Centennial Park, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Venice Ave., unless otherwise
stated. Sunday, Oct. 21, Sun Fiesta, Venice Farmers Market takes
Centennial Park, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. place every Saturday in the
Tuesday, Oct. 2, Planning Com- 200 block of Tampa Avenue,
mission, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 City Council downtown, from 8 a.m. -
Consent Agenda Workshop, noon.
Thursday, Oct. 4, Municipal 9 a.m.
Code Enforcement Board, Lights out at the beach.
9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, City Council, 9 Sea turtle hatchlings
a.m. will be
Sunday, Oct. 7, Venice Regional emerging
Antique Auto Car Show, Thursday, Oct. 25, Architectural from their
Centennial Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Review Board, 9 a.m. nests over
Monday, Oct. 8, City Council Friday, Oct. 26, Friday Night Live few
Consent Agenda Workshop, free concert in Centennial Park, months.
9 a.m. 7 p.m. Sea turtle nesting season is
May 1 - Oct. 31.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, City Council, 9 Saturday, Oct. 27, Howl'n
a.m. Halloween Canine Costume,
Centennial Park, 9 a.m. For agendas and more special
Thursday, Oct. 11, Architectural Halloween Movie Night, events, see the calendars at:
Review Board, 9 a.m. Centennial Park Gazebo, 6:30 www.venicegov.com. Audio of
p.m. the past two city council regu-
Friday, Oct. 12, Friday Night Live lar meetings are posted on the
free concert by Kid Red, meetings calendar page under
Centennial Park, 7 p.m. the corresponding meeting.
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• Special Government Thursday, Nov. 8, Architectural Monday, Sept. 24, City Council
Meetings Review Board, 9 a.m. Consent Agenda Workshop,
• Holidays 9 a.m.
• Special Events Monday, Nov. 12, City Hall will Tuesday, Nov. 27, City Council, 9
be closed in observance of a.m.
Veterans Day. No garbage, recy-
COMING UP cling or yard waste will be col- Wednesday, Nov. 28, Environ-
lected. All items will be collected mental Advisory Board, 3:30
Thursday, Nov. 15.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, City Council,
(rescheduled to Nov. 7)
Venice Farmers Market
Wednesday, Nov. 14, Swearing takes place every Saturday
in for Council Members Jim in the 200 block of Tampa
Bennett and Emilio Carlesimo, Avenue, downtown, from 8
All meeting and event dates and 11 a.m.
times are subject to change. a.m. - noon. The market will
Economic Development not be open Oct. 20 and
Government meetings take Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m.
place at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Nov. 3.
Venice Ave., unless otherwise Friday, Nov. 16, Historic Preser- City Council on TV
stated. vation Board, 9 a.m. The city council meetings
are aired on television.
Thursday, Nov. 1, Municipal Monday, Nov. 19, Parks and Comcast Channel 189 airs
Code Enforcement Board, 9 Recreation Advisory Board, 3 the first four hours of the
a.m. p.m. meeting on the Saturday fol-
lowing the meeting at 9:30
Saturday, Nov. 3, Venice Tuesday, Nov. 20, Planning a.m. and about two weeks
MainStreet Art Fest, downtown, Commission, 1:30 p.m. later on the Wednesday that
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. follows the next meeting.
Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Sarasota County Access TV
Sunday, Nov. 4, Venice Day. City Hall is closed. No airs the meeting during the
MainStreet Art Fest, downtown, garbage, recycling or yard waste following week on Comcast
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. collected. All items will be col- Channel 19 and Verizon
Daylight Saving Time ends. lected Monday, Nov. 26. Channel 32. This airing is the
turn clocks back one hour and entire meeting regardless of
replace batteries in smoke Friday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving its length and the time of the
detectors. Holiday, City Hall is closed. No airing is determined the Friday
garbage, recycling or yard waste before.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day collected. All items will be col- Check:www.scgov.net.
City Council Consent Agenda lected Tuesday, Nov. 27. Click on Video Central,
Workshop, 9 a.m. then click on Weekly TV
Planning Commission, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, Holiday Schedule.
Parade, downtown at 7; prepa-
Wednesday, Nov. 7, City rade starts at 5 p.m. Venice Views airs
Council, 9 a.m. (changed from Wednesdays at 3 and 6:30
Nov.13) p.m. on Channel 189.
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Got a flag to donate?
by Edward Lavallee of American flags that citizens This program provides mutual
City Manager have received as memorial gifts, benefit to donors and our city.
The City of Venice has a proud or others that individuals or Donors are given the opportunity
heritage of patriotism. The com- organizations may wish to donate to enjoy the public display of their
munity is rich in organizations and in recognition or memory of a per- donated flag. The city is privileged
individuals that contribute time son or institution. The city will to participate in the recognition of
and energy to events recognizing accept the flags with the patriots and patriotic events that
the legacy of the courageous expressed purpose of flying them stand for our liberty and freedom.
development and growth of our on public grounds. The donor will Together all celebrate a part-
country, state, county, and city. receive a commemorative letter nership in displaying our collective
One of the most identifiable of appreciation from the mayor tribute to America the beautiful.
symbols of patriotism is the flag. and city council. With their per- For more information, call
At all levels of government we mission, donors will also be pub- Public Works, (941) 486-2422,
define our civic commitment to licly recognized for their civic con- ext. 30021.
the principles of freedom and tribution by the city council.
democracy by proudly flying our
flags. Government institutions
lead the way in displaying our
City of Venice
patriotic colors and at ceremonial
Flag Donation Program
events we are proud to give
The City of Venice in partnership with its residents is pleased to accept and fly American flags that are
prominence to this symbol of the donated for public use. The City acknowledges the contribution and applauds the patriotic gift of the
sacrifices and achievements of donor named herein:
historic and modern day patriotic
As a feature of ceremonial
events, especially memorial cere-
monies, often an American flag is Name Date
presented to groups or individual
in recognition of patriotic service.
Recipients of these ceremonial Address
flags typically store them away as
keepsakes. While there is senti- ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________________
ment attached to receiving the Phone E-Mail
gift in most cases the flags will not
Given in the name of: ______________________________________________________________________________
again see the light of day, nor fly
proudly from a vaulted site. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
The City of Venice is instituting
a flag donation program to pro-
vide an opportunity for those
proud symbols of patriotism to
once again fly in honor of our
country and those whose coura-
geous acts stand for a free United Received By______________________________________________________________________
States of America.
The city will accept donations
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Reduced assessed value of property prompts budget decisions Message
For the second year in a row, hard work are second to none. should have Mayor
City Council was presented a bal- There is only one large expense approxi-
anced budget without the use of that will continue to be addressed m a t e l y
reserves and without a revenue over the next few years: the pen- $20,530,208
tax increase. In both years, Council sion plans for police and fire per- in income.
decided upon a "rollback” millage sonnel. If the city
rate, which is the minimum The past 10--year performance ad valorem
amount of increase in millage nec- of the stock markets may have tax and vari-
essary to keep the revenue of the been unprecedented, but it has ous other
city the same, even though the shown us that the current plans fees provide
assessed value of many properties are not sustainable. Council must the tradi- John W. Holic
within the city is less. look for a long term solution. tional rev-
This year, the millage rate for Without an economically viable enue, then
the City of Venice will increase solution to the inherent problems we must start looking in nontradi-
from 2.9350 to 2.9653. of a defined benefit pension plan, tional areas to ensure we are get-
For the past several years, most not only the city, but the employ- ting the correct amount of goods
of the work of balancing the budg- ees, will continue to live under a and services for the dollars we pay.
et has been through cost cutting dark cloud of uncertainty. A long- The city should get the same level
on the expense side. We have term resolution to the defined of service from the county, state
gone from 354 employees in 2004 benefit pension plans is a top pri- and federal governments as any
to 272 employees for Fiscal Year ority of the council. other city or locality within our
2012-2013 without much de- As with all budgets, the city’s state or county gets.
crease in service. Our employees budget has to be approached from The federal government is
have not had a raise for the past the income side, as well as the funded largely through our
four years and will be receiving a expense side, to make sure noth- income taxes, the state govern-
small one-time payment this year ing is overlooked. ment through sales taxes and the
in lieu of a raise. The ad valorem portion of the county and city through property
Property taxes are one of the General Fund traditionally is the taxes. Each of these taxing units is
funding components of the only portion of income the council responsible for distinct services
General Fund. The cost per resi- has any control over. In 2007, the outlined in various charters,
dent per year from the General taxable value of all real estate in codes, ordinances and laws.
Fund operations has gone from a Venice was $4.135 billion and the The federal tax is based upon
high of $1,413 per resident in 2007 millage rate was 3.129 producing what we earn, the state tax upon
to a projection of $979 per resi- revenue of $12,938,415. For 2013, what we spend, but the county
dent in this budget, a 30 percent the taxable value of Venice is and city is based upon where we
decrease in operational costs. In $2.701 billion with a millage rate live.
the business world, this would be of 2.9653 that will produce We should expect a reasonable
considered exceptional. In govern- $8,009,275, a decrease of 38 per- amount of service for the county
ment, I think it was long overdue. cent in ad valorem taxes since and city taxes we pay.
Our employees continue to 2007. Sarasota County has a millage
work hard for the city and the Examples of other sources of rate of 3.0744 for its General Fund.
wages they make. Now it can be income include electric and cable Within the city, with our taxable
shown they are doing it with little franchise fees, local 1-cent sales value at $2.701 billion, the county
to no waste. I am proud of our city tax, and rent from the Venice Pier collects $8,303,954 that goes to
employees - their dedication and Group. In total, the General Fund the county's General Fund.
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Our next focus as a city council Your elected officials must As we enter autumn of 2012
is going to shift from the expense assure residents of our city that and our busy season begins, I
side of the budget to the income we are getting all we are paying want to take a moment to thank
side and we will begin examining for, not only at the city level, but the residents of Venice for giving
where the county and city have the county, state and federal lev- me the honor and distinction to
overlapping services. We must els, as well. I am sure this will be a serve as your mayor. I can think of
determine where we are able to topic of discussion for many meet- no place I would rather live, work
use the income received from ings to come as some of the over- and play and I truly feel blessed
each tax more prudently so that lapping services have been going each and every day.
we are not paying twice for the on for years and may never have
same services. been questioned.
Budget Highlights for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
beginning Oct. 1, 2012
Total: $74.3 million
General Fund: $20.5 million
General Fund Reserves: $2.4 million Bring your Smart
Enterprise Funds: Phone and join us at
Utilities: $31.2 million, with $17.6 million for the Venice City App
capital improvement projects; Launch, Friday, Oct.
Airport Fund: $2.7 million, with $1.1 million for capi-
tal improvement projects;
19 at 10 a.m. at
Solid Waste: $5.3 million, with $1 million for capital Community Hall at
improvement projects; Venice City Hall, 401
Stormwater Utility: $2.3 million, with $1 million for capi- W. Venice Ave.
tal improvement projects.
For more detailed information about the budget, see:
This ‘n’ That
• Through a partnership of the City of Venice, Venice Area
Chamber of Commerce and Venice MainStreet, Visit Florida is fund-
ing a 12-part video series, “Venice: A Snapshot in Time.” The 30-
minute videos will be aired as Venice Views on Comcast Channel 189
on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. During October, long-time
resident Bob Briner will be the subject of the program about Venice
• Fred Lugar was appointed to the Fire Pension Board of Trustees
to complete the term of Thomas Gavlick until Sept. 30, 2015.
• The SCAT bus stop at Venice Public Library will soon have a per-
manent shelter. The city council voted to grant a permanent right-of-
way easement to Sarasota County to place a shelter at the location
of 300 S. Nokomis Ave.
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Public Works building is dedicated to the epitome of a devoted city worker
Nat (pronounced “Nate”) Burns
never missed a day of work for the
first 36 years he worked for the City of
Venice as a solid waste equipment
Then his wife, Wanda, became ill
and he took a few days off to help
her. Burns worked for the city collect-
ing dumpster garbage for more than
40 years before passing away in 2011.
His dedication, work ethic and exam-
ple set for other city employees was
rewarded with the respect and love
of his supervisors and fellow employ-
The city dedicated the existing
public works building at 221
Seaboard Ave. in the Industrial
Section on Sept. 10, naming it the Nat Nat Burns daughter, Jackie Pollard, remem-
Burns Public Works Complex. bers her father as a devoted and hard-work-
ing city employee.
A crowd of city employees, Nat Burns’ family members, city council members and other residents gather to dedi-
cate the Nat Burns Public Works Complex.
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News from the The Virtuoso of Venice,
Lord-Higel House Jazz Artistry of Dick Hyman
At the Triangle Inn
exhibit continues through
Nov. 21 at the Venice Museum
and Archives located in the
Hyman is a renowned jazz
pianist, particularly famous
for his New York concerts that
draw an international audience.
The Triangle Inn is open Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Here are some ways or at other times by appointment. For information, call (941) 486-
you can help Venice Heritage 2487.
Inc. restore the city’s oldest For more information about the history of Venice, visit the web
existing house. site: http://venicefl.pastperfect-online.com.
Dine at DQ Grill and Chill,
1465 E. Venice Ave., on Oct.
10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12
from 5 - 8 p.m., and 10 per-
cent of your bill will be con-
tributed to the restoration of
How did the Civil War affect Floridians?
the Lord-Higel House. Jon Wilson, a St. Petersburg journalist, will present “Tales of Spies,
Secrets and Smugglers” at the Venice Area Historical Society meeting
Buy a gift. Venice on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. The meeting takes place at Village on the
Heritage Inc. continues to Isle, Mark Manor Building, 930 S. Tamiami Trail. The event is the first
sell quality 100 percent of a two-year series of lectures about the Civil War as it pertained to
preshrunk cotton t-shirts for Florida. The public is welcome. There is no charge and reservations are
$15 and collectible wooden not needed. For information, call (941) 412-0151 and leave your name
house miniatures for $20. and phone number for a return call.
Call Judie Bauer, (941) 488-
The Lord-Higel House was
built by pioneer Joseph Lord
in 1896 in his citrus grove he
called Stone Grove on
Roberts Bay. George Higel,
the son of pioneer, Frank
Higel, and his family lived in
the house for several years. It
was spared demolition in
2005 and moved to its cur-
rent location, 409 Granada
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Venice Museum and Archives features talent of Dick Hyman
World renowned composer and jazz pianist Dick Hyman was the
guest of honor at the grand opening of a show that celebrates his life.
The Venice resident, and his wife, Julia, a sculptor, enjoyed the compa-
ny of many friends and some new acquaintances at the Triangle Inn
Sept. 20. The exhibit includes posters, albums and other memorabilia
surrounding his life-long work as a musician. The show, “The Virtuoso of
Venice: The Jazz Artistry of Dick Hyman,” continues through Nov. 21.
See Page 10 for museum days and hours.
Dick Hyman poses in front of several of
his musical albums on display at the
Venice Museum and Archives.
Celebrating Venice Heritage
The Venice Historic Society
unveiled an historic marker at the
former San Marco Hotel and
Kentucky Military Institute, now
the Venice Center Mall Sept. 13.
The 1926 structure originally
housed one of the first hotels in the
city. Later, after it was abandoned
during the Great Depression, it was
brought back to life when the
Kentucky Military Institute restored
it for use as classrooms and dormi-
tory from 1932 - 1970. Once again,
it remained empty and deteriorat-
ing until it was restored to its cur-
rent condition. Several interesting
shops and a restaurant are on the
first floor, while the upper levels
have been converted to condomini-
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As part of the city’s year-long celebra-
tion of its 85th anniversary of incorpora-
tion, ghost story writer Kim Cool will show
you where all the bodies are hidden when
she leads you on a merry Halloween chase
around downtown Venice to hunt for
specters from the past who still haunt
Ghost Tours take place Monday, Oct.
29 at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The
tour takes place downtown and the cost is
$15 per person. Tickets are limited and
reservations are required. To reserve a
spot, call Pam Johnson, 486-2626, ext.
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Boy Scout Troop 77 is taking orders for Christmas trees, door wreaths and poinsettias. To place your order, print
and fill out the following form and then print a second form to fill out and keep as your receipt. Send order and
check to the address on the order form. Then bring your receipt to Grace United Methodist Church, 400 Field
Ave., Venice, to pick up your order Friday, Nov. 23. from noon - 7 p.m.; or Sat. Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Orders for more than $150 are eligible for free delivery. For more information, call Matt Rich, (941) 716-3586.
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