Venice, Florida! Our Family comes Home for a Fishing Family Reunion!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Fred Griffin Real Estate Florida Broker BK436788

     Our Florida family is gearing up for another reunion in our hometown of Venice, Florida.  In 2007, all of my brothers and my sister were together for a fun weekend in Venice and Sarasota.  Mom was there!  So were several nieces and nephews.

     We chartered a fishing boat, we dined at the Ritz Carlton, we ate lunch on St. Armand's Key, we hunted for fossil shark teeth on Caspersen Beach, and so much more.


     Pictured below are all five Griffin brothers.


Griffin Brothers in Venice Florida


      Left to Right:  Fred Griffin, Florida Real Estate Broker.  David Griffin, Building Contractor, Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida.  Joe Griffin, Tech Mogul, Scottsdale Arizona.  John Griffin, Building Contractor, Tallahassee Florida.  Tom Griffin, Attorney at Law, Gainesville Florida.


     We are planning to do it again! 

     We haven't all been together in many years.  This time, I want my wife Surekha to join us (she has been to Venice numerous times, but she missed the 2007 trip, for reasons I cannot remember).


     Griffin Family Venice Florida 2007

         Left to Right:  Tom Griffin, Kelly and John Griffin, David Griffin, Joe Griffin, Marjorie Griffin, Dominique Griffin (David's wife), Josie Griffin (Tom's daughter), Shirley Bowden Steinberg (Mom!), Fred Griffin.


      In 2007, we chartered a boat at the Venice Jetty and spent the morning catching fish.  This was a great time for us, because as children we had taken our own little rowboat out at this point. 

     Back in the day, our Uncle Doug had a yacht anchored at this very spot.  Today, there are charter boats, The Crow's Nest restaurant (highly recommended), and incredibly, there is a surfing community on the south side of the Jetty.



Venice History, my Grandfather!

Hoke Smith Bowden, James Hightower, Mr. Cousins

    My grandfather, Hoke Smith Bowden (left), was among the founders of Venice, Florida.  He owned and operated the first supermarket (Venice IGA).  Pictured next to him are Mr. Hightower and Mr. Cousins.



Joe Griffin at Venice Florida Jetty

     Brother Joe, with the mackerel that we caught on our fishing charter.


     Our Florida family is gearing up for another reunion in our hometown of Venice, Florida.  We have a new generation of great nieces and great nephews who will join us.  We will show them the most beautiful town in the world... the town where we were born, the town where we grew up... Venice, Florida!


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Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    


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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good morning Fred Griffin . That is one of the things that I really miss about the West Coast of Florida. The fishing.

Mar 03, 2016 05:35 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Family Reunions can be so much fun, we had one the last two years in a row. I'm sure yours will be quite successful and a great time.

Mar 03, 2016 08:43 PM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Fred, what fun, and so glad you are able to get the family together for reunions, and your fishing expedition sounds exciting!  

Mar 03, 2016 09:52 PM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Sounds like a GREAT time Fred Griffin don't forget to blog along the way and while you are there.

Mar 04, 2016 04:37 AM #4
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

How wonderful Fred, thanks for sharing the photos, it must have been a wonderful get together.

Mar 04, 2016 05:08 AM #5
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Those are lovely Venice photos, Fred!  And, the historical picture of you father is also nice!

Mar 04, 2016 10:39 AM #6
James Murr
Cortiers Real Estate - College Station, TX

Beautiful family! Sounds like y'all had a great time.

Mar 07, 2016 05:16 AM #7
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

What a great post!  I have a totally dysfunctional family since Mom and Dad died.  I am envious of your family's closeness.

Mar 07, 2016 10:15 AM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


It looks like a great fishing trip to Venice Florida . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 09, 2016 11:46 AM #9
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


I love the picture and story of your grandfather. It is very impressive to have roots like this:)

Mar 11, 2016 03:25 PM #10
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

And thanks for introducing us to your family. Pleasure to meet them all!

Mar 11, 2016 03:26 PM #11
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Fred, you've been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue. 

                                        Travellers in the Rain!

Mar 22, 2016 11:10 AM #12
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Fred Griffin ,  I Also like the Sarasota, Venice area.  I've done Art shows in both places.  My cousin lives in the horse country of Sarasota.

Apr 09, 2016 12:42 PM #13
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