“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Venice in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Venice Storm History

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Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
1. Venice Storm History Marker
Although the “Sharks Tooth Capital of the World” has had few direct hits from a hurricane, this brief summary highlights some of the city’s least favorable history.

The hurricane of 1926 caused residents to evacuate to the San Marco Hotel, Nokomis School, and a steak house on East Venice Avenue while the storm demolished the Venice Area Chamber Building. In 1944, 80 to 100 mile per hour winds damaged homes along Warfield Avenue and Groveland Avenue and heavily damaged the Venice Army Air Base. In 1960, Hurricane Donna brought torrential downpours and flooding, damaging the Venice Yacht Club, homes in East Gate Terrace, Venice Bay Mobile Home Park, and caused widespread power outages. Hurricane Alma in 1966, Tropical Storm Keith in 1998, and Hurricane Jeanne in 2004 brought high winds that damaged structures in the Venice Municipal Airport area and along the coast.

Several no name storms have added to Venice’s storm history. In the early 1950’s, high storm surge and 4.6 inches of rain created a new canal 100 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 7 feet deep on Ocala Street. In 1992, heavy rains and
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Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 27, 2020
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high wave action washed out a dune crossover, sections of the Venice Beach parking lot, and concrete stairways. In March 1993, high waves closed Tarpon Center Drive and The Esplanade while damaging condominiums along Tarpon Center Drive.

Tornados, although not common in the area, are not unheard of. A 1985 tornado cut a path from the Venice Fishing Pier to Jacaranda Plaza damaging the old island wastewater plant (Brohard Park), airport and destroying at least 55 homes. In April 2005 several East Venice Avenue businesses, the city water plant, and manufactured homes were also struck by a tornado.

The highest storm surge ever recorded in the city reached the intersection at Armada Road and West Venice Avenue.

Regardless of its storm history, Venice usually offers sunny days, azure waters, and a kaleidoscope of art, food and historic sites to enjoy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
Location. 27° 6.074′ N, 82° 27.565′ W. Marker is in Venice, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of Barcelona Avenue and The Esplanade North, on the right when traveling west on Barcelona Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Venice FL 34285, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Venice Beach Pavilion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Venice Beach War Memorial
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(about 500 feet away); Clyde E. Lassen (about 500 feet away); Venice Army Air Base (about 700 feet away); The Calusa and Seminole Peoples (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1926 Article From "Venice News" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Court (approx. 0.4 miles away); Welcome to Heritage Court / Fred H. Albee, M.D. (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Venice.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,962 times since then and 1,900 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 1, 2022