The “Shark’s Tooth
Capital of the World”
A city in Sarasota County. In 1927, the Florida state legislature changed the designation of Venice from a town to a city. Venice was named after Venice, Italy.
Hosts the Shark’s Tooth Festival every year to celebrate the abundance of fossilized shark’s teeth that can be found on its coastal shores.
14 miles of beaches from Casey Key to Manasota Key.
A Little History . . .
In the 1870s Richard Roberts established a homestead near Roberts Bay. In 1884, Roberts sold a portion of his holdings to Frank Higel. Higel established a citrus operation involving the production of several lines of canned citrus items. For the next 30 years the Higel family members were boat builders, fishermen, grove caretakers, and contractors.
The first railroad to Venice was built in 1911. A small fishing town and farming community through the first part of the 1920’s.
The first street in Venice opened to traffic on June 10, 1926.
Sharkey’s On The Pier
Are you sensing a theme in this area? I sure am!
Cue the Jaws Theme Song!
Can I say “Shell Galore” while walking the beach! People were out looking to find prehistoric sharks’ teeth on this beach too!
Interesting Fact: Ancient sharks, Carcharodon Meglodons, once were in these waters. At more than 52 feel long, each outweighing a T-Rex.
Flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and northern Lemon Bay. 177 acres of cabbage palms, sea grapes and sea oats. Over 9,000′ of gulf beach frontage with 1,100′ of boardwalk. The sand ranges from light gray to nearly black sand, especially at the water’s edge. Caused by fossilized material mixed with sand and shell.
FREE Parking. Picnic areas. Restrooms. Canopied Playground and Fitness Park. Paved and shelled walking, hiking and biking paths. Canoe and Kayak launch.
During the months of May through July there is another attraction on this beach. The sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The nests will be marked by wooden stakes and yellow tape. Some nests may be covered by chicken wire to keep the raccoons out of the nests. Look for the turtle tracks left in the sand.
Do you see the prehistoric shark’s tooth on the sign?
Gray to Black Sand
(Photos by RSheridan)