"Venice Beach"

This is the Restaurant near the Venice Fishing Pier. They have a WEB CAM which could be interesting to view during our "All Class Reunion". 


Another website in Venice, this is where you flirt with the girls and drink margaritas.


Photograph by John Stork,KMI '69
A Place We Call Home - Venice Beach
Linda Carson  Aug 7, 2017
"WWSB, ABC 7", "MySuncoast.com"

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - There is a long and rich history surrounding the beautiful beaches of Venice.  There is evidence that going back centuries, Native Americans enjoyed what we now call Venice Beach. Then in 1925, the first public building was built on the beach.

Historian Larry Humes says, "Dr. Fred Albee built a bath house and casino just a few hundred yards north of the current beach house, on what was called "Sand Bar Beach" at the time. When John Nolan designed the City of Venice for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers he had a vision for this beach."

That vision included an open amphitheater with a promenade stretching all the way down the beach and ending at an exclusive resort near the jetties. But the depression hit, and the Brotherhood abandoned their Venice project. That beach promenade never happened and Dr. Albee's bath house was destroyed by a storm in 1932.

Humes says, "Shortly there after, Milt Cousins, who eventually became Mayor of Venice, built another bath house right on the same site. The second floor of that bath house for many years served as City Hall."

Larry Humes remembers that bath house well. It was still in use when he was a cadet at the Kentucky Military Institute in Venice.

Humes says, "In 1963 they tore that bath house down, and replaced it with this Pavilion."

The Pavilion was dedicated on February 8, 1964. "The geometric design ,as far as we know, was the only design of it's kind in the world at that time. We cadets called it a flying handkerchief" said Humes.

But at the same time, they were very proud of it.

Humes says, "We thought we'd arrived. We thought Venice finally deserved a place on the map, to have a structure as popular and modern as this."

It's served Venice well.

Humes says, "For 90 years now there have been a lot of changes to Venice, but we still market ourselves as the "City by the Gulf," and this structure serves as an iconic symbol of the relationship Venice has with this beach."

Photograph by John Stork,KMI '69

Photograph by John Stork,KMI '69

Photograph by John Stork,KMI '69

Photograph by John Stork,KMI '69
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