The Signs of Snook Haven, Venice Florida

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The 1st. Welcome

Snook Haven is an Old Florida style restaurant and entertainment spot.  Snook Haven Restaurant & Fish Camp has been a fixture in Venice for more than 50 years. Even before the 1st Snook Haven SIGN was planted fishermen were headed to waters of the Myakka River; to fish, camp in the area & telling fish stories around the campfire.   Anglers were followed by movie producers who used the beautiful backdrop to produce such films as the 1947 horror film Revenge of the Killer Turtles featuring the Snook Haven Turtles with Johnny Weismuller as Tarzan ( I could find no record of this movie on the internet, One More Local Story?? & the French film Seven Sundays in 1993. 
Synopsis: The
tale of Dodo, a Frenchman who has successfully and charmingly evaded work all his life and Jesus, an Italian TravBuddy musician who winds up in Sarasota in search of a woman who promised to marry him.

There are Good Things to Be Found On Old Florida Dirt Roads
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As many as 1,300 motorcyclists have visited on a Sunday afternoons.  The last time I was there my number was 987.
In the early 1940s, locals say Snook Haven's cabins were used as brothels. Each cabin had a name above the door none of the locals have any Personal knowledge of this fact they all KNEW someone who KNEW somebody you know??
Snook Haven is located next door to Camp Venice where Old School spent the night across the water of River Road at the intersection of East
Venice Avenue in Venice. From Sarasota, exit I-75 at River Road (exit 191) and turn right. Take your first left and you'll find the dirt road leading to Snook Haven.  Old Florida at its BEST!!

snookhavenlover says:
The Food IS GREAT ! Under guidance of a new ownership group the old typical cheap concession style food has all been replaced. Now, the burgers are ground and formed by hand, the french fries are cut by hand, the Bar-B-Q is from and old Florida receipe and the wines have all been upgraded. There is no place like this on the West Coast of Florida. What an excellent slice of Old Florida!
Posted on: Oct 17, 2010
originalsigns says:
A little bit of info on the famous sign of Snook Haven...created by Original Signs LLC. www.originalsigns.com (yes it's my sign shop) I won a national sign design contest last fall with these signs!!! The inspiration for the signs comes from the fun atomsphere of Snook Haven. This place is a REAL treasure, I have been comming here for 15 years. It's a great time for the whole family, and you gotta love the Live Music! Elvis Impersonator, 100 Banjo's, Country & Oldies Rock & Roll and more. You can spend a whole day here, and never have a dull moment. Great pulled pork sanwiches & sweet potato fries! Rent a canoe, or ride down the Myakka River on the tour boat, dance to a great band and enjoy the coldest beer in town! Sundays are my favorite, I recomend getting here early and grabbing a table in shade. Then kick back and make some new friends. To contact me or send me a picture of yourself with one of the signs write to lee@originalsigns.com See ya' there!
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
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The  1st. Welcome
The 1st. Welcome
There are Good Things to Be Found …
There are Good Things to Be Found…
Attact Turtle
Attact Turtle
Bus Turtle
Bus Turtle
Welcome #2 from the Killer Turtles
Welcome #2 from the Killer Turtles
Barney Fife Turtle
Barney Fife Turtle
Turtle OutHouse
Turtle OutHouse
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Follow Me
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Terry's Turtle Tours
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Turtle Boat
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No Rules
$5.00+ Tax SWhat a Deal
$5.00+ Tax SWhat a Deal
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Yes YES We DO!!
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Good People
Yes it is owned by Sarasota County
Yes it is owned by Sarasota County
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Beer Sign
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