South Venice, Florida

In the early 1900s, local people referred to the forested area of South Venice as “the pinewoods.” Nacatee Freight Company operated a railroad to the sawmill town of Woodmere, and they logged the area and tapped for turpentine. A trade gave South Venice a continuous beach of eight mainland acres, which became known as an “orphan property.” It was a scarcely used property and restricted by the deeds and Trust to recreational use.