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Updated: 08/06/2014 08:00:01AM

Explore Venice this week

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Venice has beaches for people and even one for dogs. All have fossils of prehistoric shark, horse and occasional mammoth teeth plus sting-ray barbs and even an occasional native American artifact.

Fishing is popular along the beach and on the Venice Fishing Pier. So is eating fish, especially on the waterfront at Sharky’s Restaurant at the Pier, at the Crow’s Nest adjacent to the Venice Jetty and at the recently opened Marker Four adjacent to the Hatchett Creek Bridge. My seafood of choice is Florida lobster when available or the rock shrimp that are nearly always available at Capt. Eddy’s in neighboring Nokomis. I save all other fish for everyone else. Occasionally I am tempted such as when a friend orders fish and chips at Robbi’s Reef on Bypass 41 South. Robbi’s is not on the water but its walls are lined with photos of fish caught in the area as well some taxidermied specimens. The fish in Robbi’s aquarium are too small to eat but provide a colorful backdrop to this neighborhood eatery.

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