VENICE – The Venice City Council will hear an appeal of a denial by its planning advisory board for construction of pickleball courts and a dog park at the Venetian Golf & River Club at a meeting Tuesday.
When the 1,039-acre development was first conceived in the early 2000s, pickleball wasn’t a popular sport and the concept of incorporating a dog park into a development wasn’t in vogue either.
But recently residents of the planned unit development, through the Venetian Community Development District, have sought to add four pickleball courts and a dog park on land currently used as a Florida Power & Light easement.
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The Planning Commission, however, has twice voted against the courts and dog park on 12 acres.
Neighbors next to the proposed parks had issues both with potential noise from the pickleball courts and safety concerns of locating the amenities in the power line easement.
Two council members – Vic Mayor Rich Cautero and Council Member Mitzie Fiedler – and City Manager Ed Lavallee live in the Venetian Golf & River Club.
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The City Council, which is still meeting in in hybrid fashion at Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave., will both rule on the appeal of the denial and on an ordinance to allow the two parks to be developed.
To participate in the meeting virtually, you can listen via phone by dialing 1-929-205-6099 and when the meeting ID is requested, enter 898 2606 1477 and then press the # key
You can also watch it online and not participate by visiting venice.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Click on “In Progress” to the far right of the City Council meeting on this date.
You can provide public comment prior to the meeting by emailing email@example.com or by regular mail to City Clerk Lori Stelzer, 401 W. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285.
All comments received by 8 a.m. May 11 will be distributed to the mayor, council members and the appropriate staff before the meeting.
To request to speak during the virtual meeting, you must complete the Request to Speak form before the start of audience participation or the agenda topic to be placed on a list. You may access the form by visiting the following link: venicefl.formstack.com/forms/request_to_speak.
To view the meeting via Zoom, visit us02web.zoom.us/j/89826061477, and individuals who have preregistered to speak will be called upon at the appropriate time. Residents are given five minutes to speak and nonresidents two minutes.
For additional information, contact City Clerk Lori Stelzer before the meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 941-882-7390.
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Earle Kimel primarily covers south Sarasota County for the Herald-Tribune and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Support local journalism with a digital subscription to the Herald-Tribune.