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“Make Venice a yet more walkable city, with the alleys downtown cleaned up and their names identified with signage. All our events, as well as our shops on Miami and Tampa avenues, would benefit by making it more appealing to move beyond Venice Avenue and enjoy more of our fair city.” —Leah Sherman, owner of Collectors Gallery and Framery

“I’d like to see Venice Avenue, between the bridge and the U.S. 41 Bypass, transition into the Northern Italian Renaissance style and have that street become more like downtown with storefront businesses. It’s the major entrance into our downtown and should reflect the same ambiance.” ―Bill Willson, Roberts Insurance Group president, Venice Area Beautification Inc. president

“Connect existing trails, like the Venetian Waterway Park and the Legacy Trail, with all of our neighborhoods and shopping areas, increasing accessibility without coming into contact with cars. Reaching for gold status from our current silver in the Bike Friendly USA program would be good, too.”―Phil Ellis, Liberty Run Financial and Invest Financial CEO

“It’s hard to improve on perfection. But I think Venice needs more shade trees for walkers, along with a strong tree and shade ordinance. People would enjoy our parks more if we made some improvements in their maintenance and care.” —Shaun Graser, dentist and Venice Planning Commissioner

“[Have] the city council add a small percentage of taxes to new development for a public art fund. Venice is beautiful right now, but funding for artistic enhancement, such as murals, statues and fountains, could make it even better.” —Lynn Moseley, VABI Public Art chairwoman

“A diverse community requires a social heart. Our younger generation requires things to do, places to live, and jobs commensurate with their families’ needs.” —Rod Nafziger, owner of Ciao Gelato, Venice MainStreet president

“The city would really sparkle if we could bring in some interactive pieces of public artwork—pieces built for children to play on; musical keyboards to encourage play and music; a sea dragon to adorn our public beach; or a bell carillon at city hall.” —Jean Trammell, owner of The Venice Company

“If the city council would approve a Certified Local Government designation for historic preservation, it could go a long way to help protect historic properties in Venice.” —Betty Intagliata, Venice Area Historical Society founder

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