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Q: Where do you go for a romantic evening out?

“My wife, Denise, and I enjoy an evening sunset cruise in the waterways of Venice. Listening to music from the drum circle as we float in Lyons Bay gives us the serenity needed to escape from stressful days. Occasional visits from a manatee or dolphin make us reflect on this beautiful area.” —TOM MATTMULLER, Venice Police Chief

“My husband, David, and I love Captain Eddy’s. There are several booths out of the main traffic flow if you want to share a private conversation, or you can sit outside and enjoy the night air. We’ve been married for 56 years, so we appreciate a quiet corner where we can hear each other talk.” —NANCY PIKE, Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County Board Member

“Every Sunday, my wife and I go out to dinner for ‘date night.’ Our favorite places are Fins and the Crow’s Nest, especially if we can make it around sunset—nothing beats it.” —SETH VON MARSCHALL, Appliance Specialists Owner

“Dinner at Fins, watching the sunset and being wined and dined by the staff, is one of our evenings to remember. We also love to be at home looking over the fifth hole at Plantation Golf and Country Club, enjoying a seafood dinner and cocktails, while listening to romantic music from the 1960s and 1970s.” —AUNDRIA CASTLEBERRY, All Faiths Food Bank Director of Donor Relations

“My husband, Don, and I love a quiet time spent at the South Jetty.” —SUZANNE TUDOR, Venice Sertoma Club volunteer

“A sunset walk on the South Jetty, followed by dinner at the Crow’s Nest.” —Patrick Jaehne, PatrickAir LLC President

“My wife and I have been married 35 wonderful years, and this year on our anniversary I’ll book us a dinner date; you can’t go wrong with Fins, Crow’s Nest, Café Venice, Bushido, Thai Bistro, Cassariano or Made in Italy. An after-dinner window-shopping stroll down Venice Avenue would be nice, too.” —JIM CLINCH, Roberts Insurance Agent and author of the Canterbury Garfield novels

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