South Venice Beach
directly on the Gulf of Mexico. It is unique in its privacy and provides an
opportunity for swimming, sunning, shelling and sharks tooth hunting.
What is Beach Access?
promised in writing "access" to the community beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
Non- transferable cards were issued, certifying the status of someone
as a qualifying property owner and thus entitled to use the beach.
This card was then used as a pass to the wooden bridges that went
over the water separating the mainland from Manasota Key
where the community beach is located.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers later destroyed the bridges
to build the Intracoastal Waterway. After thousands of lawsuits, the
courts ordered that access to the beach would be in perpetuity and
would be by ferry. The SVCA was appointed trustee of the
beach properties and given a sum of money to build a boat house
and to purchase the boat and motor for the first ferry.
The beach properties are held in the
South Venice Beach Endowment Trust,
a 501(c)3 tax-exempt trust. Grants and donations
are used for future capital development.
Your South Venice Beach Ferry
to get you to it? This truly unique experience is part of the joy of living within the
South Venice subdivision. The ferry holds 18 passengers at a time and
leaves the dock every half-hour between 9:30am and sunset every day (except Wednesdays)
to carry you to your private beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
The Beach Access Committee of the SVCA Trust manages the maintenance of the ferry,
the boathouse and the parking grounds.