advocacy alert: venice historic preservation is threatened 

The integrity of the preservation program in the City of Venice is threatened by proposed structural changes to both the city boards overseeing the programs and to the city code. 

In mid 2021, the Planning Commission and City Council proposed combining the Architectural Review and Historic Preservation Boards. Concurrent changes to the city code would effectively preclude creation of new historic districts and weaken the protection of historic structures as well.

The SAHP has been working together with our Venice partners to challenge the proposed changes and offer alternatives that are less onerous to historic preservation efforts.

The Honorable Ron Feinsod, Mayor of the City of Venice, recently wrote a guest column for the December 29th, 2021 issue of The Gondolier which emphasizes the critical need for citizens of Venice and Sarasota County to speak up and let the Council know how important the architecture of historic Venice is to our community.

He, and we, urge our readers to write to each Venice City Council member to voice your concerns and disapproval of these changes to the City code. 

Please click on the link to the email addresses of the City Council and let your voice be heard!