OCTOBER 8 – 8:00 to 10:00am


OCTOBER 17, 2016 – 7:00pm

Meet the Candidates Night:  we invited all the candidates of both parties for local, state and federals offices.

NOVEMBER 12 – 8:00 to 10:00am


NOVEMBER 21, 2016 – 6:00pm

Welcome Back Party and Pot Luck

DECEMBER 10 – 8:00 to 10:00am


DECEMBER 19, 2016 – 6:00pm

Annual Holiday Party



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 – from 4:00 to 7:00pm –  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 These replace the existing bylaws, which were sadly out of date.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. Get ferry passes and ramp keys too!

As promised, we now offer convenient online payment for 2016.When your payment goes through, we’ll send your 2016 membership card, ferry pass and/or ramp key 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 buttons 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.

Did you know? Classes right at the SVCA!

Chair Exercises—Wednesdays at 10:00

A multidisciplinary approach to leg strengthening, balance and fall prevention exercises, chair yoga, chair Tai Chi and relaxation. You can pre-register or register at class. Contact Phyllis at (203)676-5312

First class: no charge     Each class: $10.00

YOGA—Tuesdays at 9:30 and Fridays at 9:30am

An all-levels Hatha yoga class that is accessible to everyone. Stretch, bend, build strength and experience deep relaxation. Wear comfortable lose clothing. Mats will be provided. Contact Kay at or 410-251-4683.

First class: No charge       Drop in single class: $14

5 Class card: $60 (2 month expiration)


Water Color Classes — Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm

Want to learn? Join Carol Meranda on Wednesday.


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.