Earle Kimel Staff Writer.
Apr 15, 2020 at 4: 09 PM
Venice authorities query Sarasota County about resuming beaches for limited use
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VENICE– 3 parks in Venice will now be open to utilize by food trucks, following an executive order signed by Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee Wednesday morning.
Food trucks with an authorized city permit now may operate in Hecksher Park and Chuck Reiter Park on the island of Venice, along with Wellfield Park off of Pinebrook Road.
The recreational activities at all 3 parks stay closed, according to the order signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lavallee signed an executive order on April 9 allowing for food trucks accredited by the state of Florida to run within city limits but only on personal property, between the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
They could not run on public property, consisting of sidewalks, or be within 150 feet of a property building or 500 feet of an existing restaurant.
Wednesday’s regulation broadens their operation to the 3 public parks.
Hecksher Park is located at 450 W. Venice Ave., across the street from Venice Municipal government; Chuck Reiter Park is located at 201 Field Ave. E.; and Wellfield Park lies at 1400 Lucaya Ave., near both Pinebrook Roadway and the Venice Cops Department.
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Venice spokeswoman Lorraine Anderson kept in mind that the three parks are managed by Sarasota County, and the city cleared usage of the 3 parks for food trucks with the county.
Meanwhile, Mayor Ron Feinsod responded to an email query from Sue Taylor– about when Venice beaches might resume– by stating the city is talking with the county about resuming those on a limited basis.
” Those usages would be restricted to work out such as strolling, swimming and browsing,” Feinsod wrote. “There would be no sunbathing, group gatherings or similar activities allowed.
” We have actually touched with other beach towns and we are examining what they are doing, what is working and what isn’t,” he added.