Saturday, May 19, 2018

Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day Ceremony

  • Date:05/28/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location:Patriots Park
    800 Venetia Bay Blvd.

    The Annual Venice Area Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 28 at Patriots Park. This year's observances and activities will be hosted by American Legion NO-VEL Post 159. Along with the traditional laying of the wreaths by area veterans organizations and auxiliaries, guest speakers will include: Venice Vice Mayor Bob Daniels, Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines, U.S. Army Master Sgt. (Ret.) Gordon Sherven. Featured speaker will be Florida State Rep. Dr. Julio Gonzalez. Patriotic music will be provided by the Suncoast Wind Ensemble. The public is invited; please bring your own chairs.

    Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
    REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

    West Villages Realty LLC
    19503 S West Villages Pkwy
    Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
    Venice, Florida 34293
    Office: 941-460-3179

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

    Venice Museums Day

    Venice Museums Day

    • Date:05/19/2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Location:Triangle Inn, 351 Nassau St. S.; Lord-Higel House, 409 Granada Ave.; and Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Ave.

      In honor of International Museum Day, three historic sites in Venice invite families to come explore the rich historical resources these institutions provide to the community.
      In keeping with this year’s theme of “Hyperconnected Museums: New Approaches, New Publics,” the Venice Museum & Archives in the Triangle Inn, 351 Nassau St. S.; Lord-Higel House, 409 Granada Ave.; and Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Ave.; are reaching out to area residents and families outside of the historic area of Venice so these “new publics” can discover the benefits of these museums.

      This free event takes place on Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each site will be open and offer activities for the whole family. A free trolley shuttle will run continuously between the three sites, allowing visitors to start at any site and get on and off to visit each museum.
      The Venice Museum & Archives will offer balsa wood kits for kids to make their own World War II-era fighter planes like the ones that used to be at the Venice Army Air Base, design and create a shark tooth necklace, and have a photo op for social media with “Dr. Fred Albee and Bertha Palmer.”
      Venice Heritage Inc. will give tours and information on the Lord-Higel House, the second-oldest house in Sarasota County, and have basket-weaving demonstrators and period games for kids.
      The Venice Area Historical Society, with "railroad" people on the Depot campus, will present children’s storytime readings about trains, provide presentations on the secrets of the train depot restoration, and offer a scavenger hunt on features about the Rollins Coakley Railroad Park.
      For more information, call the Venice Museum at 941-486-2487.

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179

      Both Hospitals Approved in Venice


      Sarasota Memorial and Venice Regional Hospitals receive approval to built in Venice

      Contact Christopher at
      May 9, 2018

      VENICE, FL (WWSB) - After $30 million dollars in upgrades to Venice Regional Bayfront Health Hospital, CEO Bob Moore is ready for a new building. "It's like remodeling an old house vs building new. You get into it and it costs you more and more and more to bring it up to today's standards."

      Venice Regional owns land at Jacaranda Boulevard and Venice Avenue. They want to build an acute care hospital there… leaving only an Emergency Room on the Island of Venice.

      "It's just going to be a more organized facility. If we knew what we knew today, 67 years ago, this hospital would look a lot different when it was built," Moore said.

      Not far down the road and one interstate exit away, Sarasota Memorial wants to build a hospital on Laurel Road. "This hospital is a very large hospital, but it is very full right now." CEO David Verinder says the main campus is getting cramped… plus, many of SMH's patients live in south county. "We have patients that are driving 45 minutes, an hour and a half from south county and other parts even further south from that to come up to this hospital."

      Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration, or AHCA, decides where hospitals can be built. Both hospitals requested and originally received approval to build their new facilities. But, a legal battle ensued over who should be allowed to build… just this week an administrative judge gave both hospitals the green light.

      "I think it will raise the quality of care in the community by having competition. We have people who choose us, we have people who choose Sarasota Memorial now," said Moore.

      The sense of competition between both hospitals may only just be getting started.

      "I have no problem with them having a hospital an exit away. I welcome it because I think that makes everyone just that much better," Verinder said.

      AHCA does have to give final approval although both CEO's feel confident AHCA will give it, since the agency has given the approval in the past.

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179

      Wednesday, May 16, 2018

      Venice Bike with the Mayor

      Events in Venice, FL
      Bike With The Mayor
      05/19/2018 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      May is national bike month, so come celebrate! The annual "Bike With The Mayor" ride will be held at Sharky's on May 19th at 10:00 am. Enjoy a short casual ride followed by refreshments and a discussion session with the mayor!

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179

      Friday, May 11, 2018

      Downtown Venice Sidewalk Sale

      Tomorrow is the end of season sidewalk sale for shops in downtown Venice.

      Check it out!

      Thursday, April 5, 2018

      SCF Foundation - 2018 Evening Under the Stars Saturday

      SCF Foundation - Evening Under the Stars

      When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 6:00 PM
      Where: SCF Venice 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice
      Cost: $20 General Admission, $25 at the gate, $30 Reserved General Admission

      Description: Join the SCF Foundation and "Celebrate Good Times...C'Mon" at 2018 Evening Under the Stars. The event features the Venice Symphony Orchestra and SCF Big Band and Jazz Combo concluding with fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. Coolers and chairs permitted - no tables or pets allowed. $20 General Admission in advance, $25 at the gate, $30 Reserved General Admission. Children under 10 are free. Proceeds benefit SCF scholarship programs. Purchase tickets online at or call 941-752-5390.

      Contact: SCF Foundation 941-752-5390

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate
      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964

      West Villages Realty LLC
      19503 S West Villages Pkwy
      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)
      Venice, Florida 34293
      Office: 941-460-3179

      Tuesday, March 13, 2018

      Venice, FL, determinted to be SecurityChoice/ADT's 2018 pick for Safest Place to Retire!


      Safest Cities to Retire 2018

      Posted on February 13, 2018

      Retirement might have you wondering if you have enough money saved up, when you should start taking social security or how to plan for medical expenses. However, something people don’t often think about where they should retire – and more specifically, where the safest place to retire is.

      Security Choice® is here to help you determine that. We’ve analyzed 495 cities or major metro areas in the United States. Then, we ranked the top 100 safest cities to retire using multiple criteria to find the safest cities to retire.

      Key Takeaways:

      Midwest is Best?: The Midwest isn’t a common choice for retirement, but 11 of the top 20 safest cities to retire (and 42 of the top 100) came from the Midwest in our rankings. Read more below and find out why the region ranked so well.

      Low Population is Key Factor: The average population of the cities we studied is 181,958; but the average population of the top 100 safest cities is just 85,116. Even lower is the average population of our top 20 (77,929).

      Florida is a Popular – and Safe – Choice: 4 of the top 20 (and 9 of the top 100) safest cities to retire come from the Sunshine state. Several of these cities have extremely low crime rates and the highest populations of 65-plus year old residents in the country.

      Who Struggled?: 26 states didn’t have a city in the top 100 – including California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington.

      Top 20 Safest Cities to Retire

      1. Venice, Florida
      Score: 87.21

      Located near Sarasota, more than 52% of this beach paradise’s residents are age 65 and above, making it a top retirement destination. At a crime rate of just 1.8%, it’s also one of the top 40 lowest ranking cities for crime in the U.S. Retiring in Venice means residents can enjoy 31 municipal parks, central downtown shopping and a very affordable cost of living.

      2. Tyler, Texas
      Score: 85.15

      Tyler is home to an astoundingly safe community with a crime rate of just 0.6%, which is the second lowest of all cities we analyzed based on the 2016 FBI Crime Data. With no state income tax and limited sales tax, this community is also perfect for retirees looking for a low cost of living.

      3. Naples, Florida
      Score: 84.63

      Naples is on the rise as a retirement community, with a 15% increase in 65-plus year-old residents from 2010 to 2015. Multiple award-winning golf courses and luxurious beaches draw in retirees to Naples, but a violent crime rate of just 0.09% – one of the top 25 lowest in the U.S. – means it’s one of the safest choices as well.

      4. Midland, Michigan
      Score: 83.96

      Midland may not have the warm winters of a Florida or Texas retirement destination, but its numbers don’t lie: Midland has a crime rate of just 1.3% and Michigan is tied for first in the nation with an average retirement age of 62 years old. The city even sponsors several senior services, including counseling, health and fitness, Meals on Wheels and more.

      5. Farmington Hills, Michigan
      Score: 83.96

      Farmington Hills is another community that benefits from Michigan’s early retirement age. Plus, both a low violent crime rate at 0.09% and healthy growth in its 65-plus population in the past five years (+17% from 2010) make Farmington Hills another strong Michigan retirement destination.

      6. Novi, Michigan
      Score: 82.07

      Michigan’s third community in the top six is Novi, and it’s also one of the top 15 safest cities in America in terms of crime rate (1.2%). Its 65-plus population is on the rise in Novi (+17% from 2010) and the city is home to several different retirement communities, such as Fox Run, Brookdale and Waltonwood Twelve Oaks.

      7. Prescott, Arizona
      Score: 82.50

      Prescott boasts a warm climate and a 34% population of residents age 65 years old and above. Nearby is the Prescott National Forest and several golf destinations, and the city is among the top 25% safest cities in America in terms of crime rate.

      8. Des Plaines, Illinois Score: 82.29

      Des Plaines, Illinois ranks as one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. for low crime rate at just 1.0%. Since this Chicago suburb has a population of more than 60,000 residents, there’s a lot for retirees to explore around the city. It boasts five golf courses, hundreds of restaurants, a theater and a historical society.


      9. Livonia, Michigan
      Score: 82.07

      Michigan’s fourth city in the top 10 on our list is Livonia, a suburb of Detroit. With a crime rate in the lowest 16% of the nation and a 65-plus population that’s third highest of any Michigan city, Livonia is a safe and affordable choice to retire.

      10. North Port, Florida
      Score: 81.91

      With a crime rate of just 1.5%, North Port is in the top 5% of safest cities in the U.S. And thanks to its 22% of residents that are 65 years old and above, the city is yet another popular destination to retire. Housing costs are extremely affordable as well, and it’s just a stone’s throw away from the beaches.

      11. Henderson, Nevada
      Score: 81.88

      Nevada is ranked as the top state for prevention laws against elder abuse. Better yet, Henderson has the lowest crime rate out of any major city in Nevada. Henderson residents have just a 24-minute drive to some of Las Vegas’s best casinos – but without any of the traffic or noise. Also, Forbes recently issued it a Top 25 Suburb to Retire.

      12. State College, Pennsylvania
      Score: 81.84

      State College makes the list as the top city to retire in Pennsylvania, and with a crime rate that’s fourth lowest in the United States (0.9%). As one of the most popular college towns in the U.S., there’s plenty of opportunity for retirees to enjoy outdoor recreation, as well as a variety of Nittany Lion sporting events. Since 2010, State College’s 65-plus population has grown by 11%.

      13. Waukesha, Wisconsin
      Score: 81.74

      The #1 safest city for women, Waukesha, Wisconsin, makes number 13 on our safest cities to retire list. With a low average retirement age at 63 years old and a 1.7% crime rate (one of America’s lowest 34 cities), it’s a great choice for a safe and early retirement.

      14. Arlington Heights, Illinois
      Score: 81.65

      One of the lowest 10 crime rates in the nation helped put Arlington Heights on the map for safest retirement cities. This Chicago suburb is home to several of the state’s best retirement communities, such as Church Creek Senior Living and The Moorings of Arlington Heights.

      15. Carmel, Indiana
      Score: 81.62

      Carmel ranks as Indiana’s safest city to retire with the nation’s second lowest violent crime rate at just 0.03%. Carmel’s 65-plus population is on the rise (+23% from 2010), and with a vibrant Art & Design District and bicycle trails, it’s a strong combination of a safe, cultured and active community.

      16. Cedar Falls, Iowa
      Score: 81.61

      Cedar Falls is rated as Iowa’s safest city by 2016 FBI Crime Data, and there’s plenty to do in the community, including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and exploring its numerous outdoor trails.

      17. West Lafayette, Indiana
      Score: 81.59

      Indiana’s second city in the top 20 is also one of America’s safest with a crime rate of just 1.1% – and it’s a cheap option with cost of living lower than the national average.

      18. Troy, Michigan
      Score: 81.43

      One of America’s lowest violent crime rates at 0.09% makes Troy a safe option for retirement. Plus, the city’s retirees can get plenty of use out of special community features, including a 127,000 square-foot community center and the Troy Family Aquatic Center.

      19. Port St. Lucie, Florida
      Score: 81.41

      Home to spring training for the New York Mets, Port St. Lucie is also known for its low crime rate (1.5%) and a quick drive to the beach. Renown attractions such as the PGA Village at Saints Municipal Golf Course make this community an excellent destination choice to retire if you’re a golf lover.

      20. Rocky Mount, North Carolina
      Score: 81.39

      North Carolina’s safest city, Rocky Mount, has a crime rate of just 2.0% and is one of the state’s top 65-plus populations at 15.8%. If you love eastern North Carolina’s vinegar-based barbecue and a two-hour drive to the beach, it’s a perfect – and safe – spot for your retirement.

      Top 100 Safest Cities to Retire

       Rank     City        State     Final Score

      1              Venice  FL            87.21
      2              Tyler      TX           85.15
      3              Naples  FL            84.63
      4              Midland               MI          83.96
      5              Farmington Hills                MI          83.24
      6              Novi       MI          82.73
      7              Prescott               AZ           82.50
      8              Des Plaines         IL             82.29
      9              Livonia  MI          82.07
      10           North Port          FL            81.91
      11           Henderson         NV          81.88
      12           State College     PA          81.84
      13           Waukesha           WI          81.74
      14           Arlington Heights             IL             81.65
      15           Carmel  IN           81.62
      16           Cedar Falls          IA            81.61
      17           West Lafayette IN           81.59
      18           Troy       MI          81.43
      19           Port St. Lucie      FL            81.41
      20           Rocky Mount     NC          81.39
      21           Sebastian            FL            81.10
      22           Altoona                PA          81.07
      23           Neenah                WI          81.05
      24           Appleton             WI          81.04
      25           Ames    IA            80.95
      26           Rome    NY          80.86
      27           Bethlehem         PA          80.84
      28           Waltham              MA         80.82
      29           Hoffman Estates              IL             80.80
      30           East Lansing        MI          80.80
      31           Newton               MA         80.67
      32           Eden Prairie        MN        80.66
      33           Plymouth            MN        80.65
      34           Nashua NH          80.53
      35           Sheboygan         WI          80.50
      36           Cape Coral          FL            80.24
      37           Fond du Lac        WI          80.14
      38           Scottsdale           AZ           79.90
      39           Oshkosh              WI          79.85
      40           Wausau                WI          79.80
      41           Lewiston              ME         79.74
      42           Ann Arbor           MI          79.64
      43           Franklin                TN          79.63
      44           Sugar Land          TX           79.58
      45           El Paso  TX           79.45
      46           Staunton             VA          79.40
      47           Mesa     AZ           79.40
      48           Palm Bay              FL            79.36
      49           West Des Moines            IA            79.20
      50           Iowa City             IA            79.16
      51           Naperville           IL             79.16
      52           Green Bay           WI          79.02
      53           Elgin       IL             78.96
      54           Erie        PA          78.94
      55           Lebanon              PA          78.93
      56           Jupiter  FL            78.84
      57           Kingston              NY          78.80
      58           Eagan    MN        78.74
      59           Waynesboro      VA          78.71
      60           White Plains       NY          78.62
      61           Sierra Vista         AZ           78.60
      62           Warren MI          78.59
      63           Denison               TX           78.58
      64           Portage                MI          78.57
      65           Rochester           MN        78.46
      66           St. George          UT          78.43
      67           Pittsfield              MA         78.39
      68           Norwich               CT           78.35
      69           St. Charles           MO        78.29
      70           Janesville             WI          78.29
      71           Roswell                GA          78.29
      72           Taylor    MI          78.26
      73           Eau Claire            WI          78.21
      74           Southfield           MI          78.19
      75           New Braunfels  TX           78.17
      76           Elizabethtown   KY           78.16
      77           Richardson          TX           78.16
      78           Grand Rapids     MI          78.16
      79           Morgantown     WV         78.15
      80           Plano     TX           78.13
      81           Wyoming             MI          78.10
      82           Auburn AL           78.06
      83           Bloomington      IL             78.00
      84           Mission                TX           77.88
      85           South Portland  ME         77.88
      86           Johnstown          PA          77.79
      87           Wheeling             WV         77.77
      88           Lynchburg           VA          77.66
      89           Deerfield Beach                FL            77.58
      90           Dubuque             IA            77.52
      91           Denton TX           77.51
      92           College Station  TX           77.45
      93           Midland               TX           77.40
      94           Danbury               CT           77.36
      95           Bay City                MI          77.34
      96           Williamsport       PA          77.33
      97           Harrisonburg      VA          77.22
      98           Chambersburg  PA          77.19
      99           Logan    UT          77.18
      100         Saginaw               MI          77.16

      Full Methodology

      To establish 2018’s safest cities to retire, we evaluated 495 cities on six weighted categories. We took city level data from the 2010 Census Data, FBI City Crime Data in 2016, Average Retirement Age in State, and States with Best Elder Abuse Protection Laws, we assigned an overall “Safest City to Retire” score.

      Weight Data Source

      50%        FBI City Crime Data in 2016
      10%        Average Retirement Age in State
      10%        % of City Age 65+ (2010 Census)
      10%        Cost of Living in City (2010 Census)
      10%        Healthcare Costs / City (2010 Census)
      10%        States with Best Elder Abuse Protection Laws

      Each of these metrics were weighted on a 100-point scale, with the lowest score represented as 0 and highest as 100. If a city wasn’t represented in any of these data sources, it was excluded from this analysis.


      Thanks for reading,

      Ali H. Johnston, MBA in Real Estate

      REALTOR®, Lic. Broker #BK3284964
      West Villages Realty LLC

      19503 S West Villages Pkwy

      Stes A2 & A11 (by Appt)

      Venice, Florida 34293

      Office: 941-460-3179