JANUARY 14 – 8:00 to 10:00am


FEBRUARY 11 – 8:00 to 10:00am


FEBRUARY 18 – 6:00 to 10:00pm

The Silver Foxes Show at SVCA

FEBRUARY 25 – 9:00am to 3:00pm

Community Yard Sale at SVCA



Seeking Ferry Captain – Request for Proposal

The South Venice Beach Endowment Trust is currently seeking Bids for Proposal for a ferry captain to operate and maintain the South Venice Beach Ferry. Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on October 31, 2016. Click the link to see the Request for Proposal.¬ notice-of-bid

Fall 2016 Classes at SVCA

Hatha YOGA‚ÄĒ3 styles

Three classes a week with Certified Master Yoga Teacher/Trainer Kay Koski

All levels Hatha yoga classes. Stretch, bend, build strength and experience deep relaxation. Wear loose clothing.

For more info or consultation contact Kay at or 410-251-4683

Restorative: Deeply relaxing /calm & heal body and mind.  Great for everyone as a stand alone class or to prepare the body for more active practice.  Tuesdays  at 9:30am

Gentle/Beginner/Level 1: A great class to learn yoga or to advance your practice.  Basic yoga poses at a comfortable gentle pace. Fridays at 10:45am

Level 1-2:  Classic beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga poses. Cues and guidance allow each individual to practice safely at their personal level. Fridays at 9:30am

First class: No charge (Single class can as low as $5)    5 Class card: $60 (2 month expiration)

Water Color Classes

Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm

To join the class just contact Carol Merenda  at         941-366-2866. She’ll get you started

Chair Exercises

Wednesdays at 10:00am (Classes resume in November)

‚ÄėStay Strong‚Äô is a multidisciplinary approach to leg strengthening, balance and fall prevention with exercises, chair Yoga, chair Tai Chi.

To pre-register, contact Phyllis at 203-676-5312 or

NEW!  Hypertufa

Thursdays starting in October     (contact instructor, Kimberly, for times)

Hypertufa mimics a type of rock made of perlite, cement and peat moss that becomes a versatile strong material you can mold  into planters in your desired shape for your garden or for your home.  Reserve your space now. Contact Kimberly at 973-415-9339 or email her at

The class is $45 and includes all materials.¬


Discuss new FEMA flood maps!

Sarasota County is hosting six open houses, starting Monday, June 20, to address changes to Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps that take effect Nov.  4. The open houses, which will be held in multiple locations and feature staff members from both the county and the municipalities,  are an  opportunity to ask questions about potential changes to the  flood zone. DETAILS can be found here.

The digitized flood maps are now avail- able and can indicate whether a property’s flood risk has

changed. If there’s a risk zone changed, flood insurance may be required by a homeowner’s lender when the new flood maps become effective on November  4.

Open houses will be held Рfrom 4:00 to 7:00pm Р at the following locations:

  • June 20, Venice Community Center, 326 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice.
  • June 21, Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 South River Road, Englewood.
  • June 23, Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd., North Port.
  • June 27, Southgate Community¬† Center, 3145 Southgate Circle, Sarasota.
  • June 28, Nokomis Community Park, 234 East Nippino Trail, Nokomis.
  • June 29, Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

To view individual property parcels, visit floodmaps. For more information, call the Sarasota County  Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit SCGov. net.

New By-Laws approved

Following a presentation by Margaret Diefenderfer, Chair of SVCA’s Legal Committee the SVCA membership voted unanimously to approve our new bylaws at our March 2016 monthly meeting. These replace the existing bylaws, which were sadly out of date. The new bylaws had been drafted by the SVCA Legal Committee over the past several months, and approved by the SVCA Board in February. .

You may click here to review or print them. 2016 Proposed SVCA Bylaws


Join SVCA or renew right here.

As promised, we now offer convenient online payment for 2016. When your payment goes through, we’ll send your 2016 membership card to you in¬†the mail. Many of you, especially newcomers, have asked for this convenience – we’re proud that an all volunteer organization has been able to make it happen. Just click the button on the top right of this page.

If you prefer, you can still join SVCA or buy ferry tags/ramp keys just like you always did –¬† by¬†phone, by mail or in the office. Download and print the SVCA form – just click the button on the top right of this page.

Ellen Award

SVCA’s Hillstrom honored by Venice Gondolier

In September, The Venice Gondolier Sun honored business women across the area at the newspaper’s annual Women in Business event, which was capped off when the attendees were presented with the newspaper’s special section about them and other female leaders across the area.

Among them was Ellen Hillstrom, who was honored with a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ellen is well known in South Venice. After retiring as Executive Director of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in the late 1990’s, Ellen became Development Director of the SVCA and then was a founding Trustee of the South Venice Beach Endowment Trust. During those years, she wrote a weekly SVCA column for the Gondolier. Although Ellen has become legally blind, she is never one to slow down. Now President of the Venice Chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind (VCFCB), she continues her Gondolier column advocating for that organization. Congratulations Ellen! We’re proud of you.


SVCA Government Affairs Committee

Committee Chair Steve Suau reports:The SVCA through its Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) have facilitated and supported residents efforts in the southern portion of South Venice, located in Englewood Water District (EWD). ¬†Although the overwhelming majority of residents were opposed to EWD’s plans to sewer the area and EWD could not identify an environmental need for the project, the EWD Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to proceed with project. The affected South Venice homeowner’s in the V9-C have formed an Ad-Hoc Committee: “The South Venice Homeowners Affected by Sewer Expansion (SVHASE)” with the support of the SVCA GAC. ¬†Their group, called¬†SVHASE, are pursuing financial assistance options with the local and State legislature as well as legal options with legal council.