VENICE (SNN) - The Venice City Council voted 5-2 giving preliminary approval for the Murphy Oaks subdivision on 39 acres just north of Fox Lea Farm

Officials for Murphy Oaks must work on construction timelines, monitoring the aquifer and a mitigation plan. This must be done by the next meeting dealing with the issue which is October 22. Board members had hoped that all sides would have hammered things out before Tuesday and come in at full agreement,  but that was not the case.

Another stipulation called for the developer to build a temporary 12-foot-high construction screen at the Fox Lea property line. The equestrian training facility is the third-largest generator of sports tourism in Sarasota County,  and likely the biggest opponent to the Murphy Oaks development.