Question: What exactly are the jetties, and what purpose do they serve? –Julio G.
Answer: The jetties are two rocky protuberances that jut into the Gulf of Mexico. They were actually built in 1937 at the same time the channel was dredged between the Gulf and the Intracoastal Waterway to provide improved interior access on a national transportation route for military operations. The boulders serve to protect Venice folks, their houses and their businesses from storm surge, and they've been doing a pretty darned good job. The jetties are also a hot spot for fishing, people watching and those Florida sunset photos that everyone from the north envies.