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New Resource Helps Venice Property Owners Pursue Preservation

Francesco Abbruzzino, The Uncensored Report, LLC




Venice homeowners seeking to preserve their historic properties for future generations have a new resource. The Venice Historic Preservation Board has created the first property owners toolkit with a consumer-friendly guide to the city’s Local Register of Historic Places and how residents can list and protect their homes or commercial buildings.


Materials include an FAQ about historic preservation in Venice, the benefits and obligations of having a property listed on the local historic register, and an application form with a handy checklist to help property owners through the free nomination process to have their homes preserved.


Venice has a rich architectural and cultural history, starting with the John Nolen Plan in 1926. Many Mediterranean-style homes from the earliest era line Venice’s original streets. Venice also has several noteworthy structures from the Sarasota School of Architecture, an innovative group of area architects who created striking mid-century modern homes.


Criteria for a property to be listed on the local register include its history and architectural merits, association with noteworthy people in Venice or U.S. history, and other factors. The process for listing a property starts with an official application to the Historic Preservation Board and culminates with approval by City Council.


Properties currently on the Local Register of Historic Places include businesses and a house on Venice Ave., an original apartment building on Armada St., and the Venice Train Depot.


Residents can request the packet by contacting the Venice Department of Historic Resources at or 941-486-2487 or download a copy of it at Historic Preservation Board members are also available to answer any questions residents have about the local historic register and preservation efforts in Venice at



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