by: Phillips Craig & Dean
VENICE: Legacy Trail Pedestrian Bridge construction finally begins in January, and is expected to take until the Fall. The pedestrian overpass will connect Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park.
The bridge will be the length of a football field.
ALSO: The cycling/pedestrian bridges over Donna Bay, where the old train trestles used to be, were finished in early August. Article by Kim Hackett in the. Herald Tribune.
by: Brandon Heath
A person who loves the water, the community, boating, being active, and involved may find a perfect fit at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary of Venice. Venice Auxiliary members conduct safety patrols and search-and-rescue missions on our waterways, respond to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, assist the USCG with homeland security duties, educate Venice Area citizens about America's Water Watch (AWW), a public outreach program that encourages participants to simply report suspicious activity to the Coast Guard and/or other law enforcement agencies, teach boating safety classes, and conduct free vessel safety checks for recreational boaters. Other members contribute their talents in web design, information technology, public affairs, and a variety of administrative roles. Requirements are simple: volunteers must be U.S. citizens, at least 17 years of age, and able to pass a basic background check. There are no upper age limits or height/weight standards, although for boat crew, volunteers must be physically able to perform certain tasks. Most training is provided free, and includes training as boat crew and coxswain (small boat operator), vessel examiner, boating safety class instructor, public affairs officer, and many others. Another plus is that volunteers can be on duty as little or as much as they desire. There are no minimum service hours.
Interested in becoming a local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer?
Call 941-492-5904, 941-488-1900, or 941-496-9574, or visit www.cgauxvenice.com.
John Nolen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 14, 1869. John lost his father when he was but nine years old. His mother re-married, and John was sent off to 'Girard College - Boys School for Orphans' where he graduated in 1884. He then worked at the Girard Estate for six years saving up money, and then attended 'The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School' where he earned his 'Ph.B' in 1893. In 1903, after serving as 'Secretary of the American Society for the Extension of University Teaching' for a decade, He opened his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and enrolled at 'The School of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University', where he he earbed his 'A.M.' after two years, and became a member of 'The American Society of Landscape Architects'. John Nolen then launched into his career in public planning projects, and city planning. In the next thirty years John Nolen planned out 50 cities, including Venice, Florida. Some of his other more notable city plans included San Diego, California, Roanoke, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. By 1919, he had written two books. Also during Mr. Nolens' famous career, he served as 'President of the American City Planning Institute', was elected in 1927 as 'President of the National Conference on City Planning', and the 'International Federation for Housing and Town Planning'. His son, John Nolen,jr followed in his footsteps somewhat, and served as 'Director of the National Capital Planning Commission' in Washington, D.C. Mr. Nolen passed away on February 18th, 1937.
Abigail, 7 yrs old of South Venice has "The Eye". An easy to pick up skill. With just a little practice, searchers for shark teeth develop the ability to pick out these fossils among the shells quickly, and accurately. Abigail prefers to do her hunting in the surf, then again, Abigail prefers to be in the water as much as possible anyway. Venice's reputation for being the shark's tooth capitol of the World is well earned. Shark teeth hunters like myself have so many options. Diving for treasure in the gulf, waterways, and rivers, combing the beaches, and even excavating inland. Beach combing for teeth is often done with a 'Florida Snow Shovel', a large sieve on a poll for sifting through the sand. Personally I prefer walking the sandbars along Manasota Beach early in the morning.