State Sen. Nancy Detert extols Venice’s many charms.

Nancy Detert has served the public for 26 years, first as a member of the Sarasota County School Board, then in the Florida House of Representatives, and since 2008 as one of Florida’s most respected and independent-minded state senators. She and her then-husband, both native Chicagoans, moved to Venice from Indiana in 1978, and raised three sons here. All three, as well as her nine grandchildren, still live within two miles of her. “My son says you couldn’t drag me out,” Detert says. “It’s like the Cheers song; we like to live where everybody knows your name.” —Ilene Denton


I LOVE THE SMALL-TOWN FEEL

“When we go to a Little League game, there are the same names on the back of the shirts— except it’s another generation.”

WE’RE VENICE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FANS

“All three of my sons graduated from Venice High, and I’ve had granddaughters cheerleading there for several years. Two are cheering for VHS this year, and their older sister, who’s now at the University of Florida, was VHS homecoming queen.”

NIGHTLIFE IS SOMETHING NEW

“We’re actually open at night. That never used to happen! There are a lot of good restaurants on Venice Avenue; Café Venice has great lunches, fresh and healthy. And I do love The Crow’s Nest. I’ve been going there since we moved here; you always get a good meal.”

MY FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A SUNDAY

“I’ll golf at Plantation or one of the other local Venice courses, then go to my son’s for a cookout or downtown to see the sunset.”

I GO RIGHT TO VENICE PUBLIC BEACH

“You get a great sunset down there. It’s my nearest beach and it’s just perfectly fine.”

PEOPLE CARE

“About keeping the lifestyle they moved here for. There are no severe traffic or crime problems. Even our new public housing complex, [Venetian Walk] is a beautiful place to live. That’s another point of pride; we take care of all our citizens the best that we can.” |||

 

 

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