VENICE, FL – Venice, in Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast, was recognized today as one of the top two “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” for 2015 by Coastal Living Magazine. Venice topped the list of Florida destinations.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Venice,” said Virginia J. Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County. “Venice is a charming seaside town with a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. It was exciting to see our community and fans come together to encourage voting.”
A pep rally, on-the-ground marketing efforts and an aggressive social media campaign were employed to encourage voting.
“Wow! Another wonderful accolade for our community and one that captures the spirit of our city,” said John Ryan, President and CEO of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. “I have always felt that Venice is separated from other destinations due to our strong sense of community, charm and friendly atmosphere. Having great beaches, such as the newly re-nourished Venice Beach helps too! To have this announced during the summer months is especially wonderful as this is a great time of year to promote Venice as the place to visit.”