If you’ve visited downtown Venice lately, you may find that change is afoot. The lovely Gulf Coast locale is known for its charming pedestrian-friendly streets, unique boutiques and restaurants, and tropical island-setting. And what has always been a remarkably scenic experience is getting something of a facelift this summer.
The City of Venice is leading an initiative to improve the existing streetscape with new and inviting roadways, curbs, and sidewalks; increased walkability and pedestrian safety; new street furniture, bike racks, landscaping (including 300 new trees), decorative hardscaping; and improved drainage. The experience will also improve traffic and navigability as three prominent intersections are being converted to four-way stops.
And to those visiting the downtown, street signs and construction clutter may come across as confusing, but shops, restaurants, and attractions are still open for business.
“Anyone driving to the downtown can still get around easily,” explained Laura Benson, Manager of the Michael Saunders & Company Venice office. While eastbound W. Venice Avenue is closed to vehicles through the fall of 2018, sidewalks and crosswalks are open. Drivers can also use W. Miami or W. Tampa avenues as a detour.
And when you visit downtown, you may catch the Venice Michael Saunders & Company office out in support of local businesses as they’ve been scheduling regular after-work meet-ups and networking events at city restaurants to help keep businesses moving along. In fact, they are calling these gatherings, “Support Venice.”
“The city is good at managing these projects,” noted Benson. “We’re excited to see our downtown better than ever.”
The entire project will be complete by spring of 2019. Learn more about the undergoing project by visiting the City of Venice website and be sure to do your part in supporting local by shopping and dining at any number of fine Venice businesses.