| Sarasota Herald-Tribune
VENICE – The city of Venice is seeking public input on future improvements planned for Venezia Park both through a Zoom meeting and an online survey.
The city is hosting a Zoom meeting at 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 to discuss the preliminary design for the park and is also conducting an online survey – with hard copies available at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., Venice – seeking additional input, too.
The park, located at 450 Nassau Street S., is located in the Venezia Park Historic District and is part of the original John Nolen plan.
New playground equipment was installed at the park in August.
All proposed improvements are passive and include ADA accommodations, picnic tables, park benches, a walking trail and landscaping.
All proposed park improvement will be funded through impact fees.
No additional parking is planned, and improvements will be placed around the existing trees.
Residents strongly voiced support for the existing population of Australian Pine trees, which are technically an invasive species, when the Venice City Council hosted a special parks meeting in January.
Then, the council urged staff to curtail what had been an ambitious plan to improve the park, using about $1 million in impact fees.
In previous years, the city has backed off any improvements to the park, unless the invasive species is removed.
The online survey is available through Oct. 30 at https://bit.ly/36iuvLi.
Respondents are asked what amenities they would like to see, including bike racks and doggie bag/waste stations.
The Oct. 15 Zoom meeting can be monitored via phone by dialing 1-929-205-6099, then when the meeting ID is requested, enter 870 9676 7738 and then press the # key.
It can be monitored via computer, tablet or smartphone at us02web.zoom.us/j/84757836899. To provide public comment, you must first fill out a request to speak form that can be found at venicefl.formstack.com/forms/request_to_speak.
You must fill out all required information or the form cannot be submitted.
If you currently have Zoom installed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you may join the meeting by entering the meeting ID 870 9676 7738.
For additional information or assistance with public comment, contact Lori Stelzer, city clerk, at [email protected] or 941-882-7390.
For questions on connecting to the meeting: Christophe St. Luce, director of Information Technology at [email protected] or 941-882-7425.