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Visit the city coined the “gem of the suncoast” during your stay in Venice

Nestled between Lemon Bay and the Myakka River, Englewood manages to hold onto the same small town atmosphere that local residents and visitors of Venice love. With many coastal towns growing into tourist traps, Englewood, much like Venice, has managed to escape the lure of the demands of tourism. Instead tourists must adapt to the laid back lifestyle of the local residents of Englewood. Even though relocation to Englewood has escalated over the past ten years, residents still make an effort to maintain their small town appeal with more than 40,000 full time and part time residents.

Originally Englewood was established by three brothers from Englewood, Illinois who moved to the area in 1884 in the hopes of starting up a lemon producing business because lemons were in high demand as a possible cure for scurvy at the time. The name Lemon Bay also earned its name because of the establishment of the lemon business and the multitude of lemon trees near the bay area. Unfortunately the Nicholas brothers arrived in Englewood close to the time of two winter freezes that destroyed a great deal of the lemon trees, so those left in the area tried to convince investors from the North that Englewood was a wonderful place to raise a family and establish businesses. The lumber business also became popular in Englewood at the turn of the twentieth century, but unfortunately this was halted as land was stripped to make room for the growing demands of the railroad tracks in the 1920s.

Soon after in 1927 the first of three Manasota bridges was built across Lemon Bay connecting the Manasota Keys to the Gulf Beaches and allowing for the city to continually grow. Since then the city has managed to maintain the charm of a laid back coastal town, and many local residents refer to their hometown as the “gem of the suncoast” and the “best kept secret” around.

Although the Nicholas brothers established Englewood in the late 1800s, many artifacts dating back to 400 B.C. have been found at and around Indian Mound Park, in the heart of Englewood, that suggest the Calusa Indians lived in Englewood long before the Nicholas brothers arrived.

The Englewood area is a wonderful place to raise a family or just to stop by during your vacation for a nice relaxing afternoon of shopping on Dearborn Avenue or spending time at the Englewood Beach. Englewood also offers a nice outing on one of many golf courses or a cruise down Lemon Bay in your boat, which can be reached from the Venetian Intracoastal Waterway.  By car, Englewood is located south of Venice and can be reached by following Tamiami Trail (US-41) until it meets S.R. 776/Englewood Road.

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