VENICE (WWSB) - With the threat of severe weather for the Suncoast on Friday, it has people on high alert.
“They get concerned with people not being aware of how strong the waves are,” said Jim Oskandy, a Venice resident.
In addition to the South Jetty walkway at Humphris Park, other popular attractions such as the Venice Municipal Fishing Pier and the Children’s Interactive Fountain at Centennial Park will be shutting down on Friday. The city of Venice says there are safety concerns from the expected high winds and possible rough surf. Many people we talked with believe the city is doing the right thing.
“It’s quite smart for them to shut it down because there’s a lot of activity down here and it can get pretty rough and I think it makes a lot of sense to shut it down,” said Dave Saxe, a Venice resident.
“It gets pretty bad, we were out here a few days ago and the waves were crashing so hard into these rocks we were completely soaked within the first 30 minutes,” said Kayla Krabill, a frequent visitor to the South Jetty in Venice.
The city says the South Jetty, the Fishing Pier and the Children’s Fountain will reopen when conditions improve.
We also did speak with the police chiefs on Longboat Key and Holmes Beach. They tell us they will closely monitor the situation tomorrow before shutting anything down.