The Gulf Intracoastal runs through Venice, a small town south of Sarasota. Venice has become popular with the snowbirds, who have exploded the size of the population in the winter.
As can be seen in the photo below, winter tends to miss Venice. Early February is not this colorful in most of the county. The big tree with roots running down from the limbs is a common Ficus (as in the houseplant) (Ficus benjamina), often mistaken for a Banyan tree (Ficus benghdensis), which has the same characteristic.
Venice is a great place to stop when cruising the west coast of Florida. The marinas are near downtown and shopping and the town is beautiful and interesting.
The tall, tall Sabal (Cabbage) palms planted along downtown streets testify to the age of the city center. It remains alive with retail, restaurants, theater, and no empty storefronts. A lively, fun downtown.
The Venice Archives have saved the Triangle Inn, a 1927 bed and breakfast inn. The triangle shape matched the pointed lot where it was originally built. The Archives moved and restored the inn to collect and display the history of Venice.
Venice began its building boom in 1926, which ended a few years later with the Depression. Those original houses are celebrated with a self-guided walking tour produced by the Archives. To give an example of the architecture, front doors of some of the houses are represented.
If you are ever feeling old, visit Venice. At a concert on the beach, the Last Dance crew were the youngest people at the event, including the band. Median age is 68.