The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

IT’S A GO!!!!

by Roger Normand

Legacy Trail lovers, we are on our way to extending our beloved trail to the city of Sarasota and improved connectivity to North Port!

Surprising even the most optimistic Legacy Trail supporters, the Sarasota County-wide ballot issue garnered an ASTOUNDING 71% YES vote for a $65 million bond to extend the trail, sweeping 100 of 101 county precincts! That’s remarkable in a county that prides itself with keeping tax rates among the lowest in the state of Florida. Yet at every decision point, dating back to August 2013 when the county and Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT) jointly funded a Feasibility Study, the Commissioners have methodically and unanimously endorsed taking the next step forward in pursuing the extension.  Read more …


Total To Date:   $59,747 from 552 Donations.

 Help Fund the Trail Extension.  Click Here to
Get Your Square Feet!


Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
(click to enlarge)

But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

County Parks Dept. coordinated an effort between FLT,
City of Venice, and VABI to donate and install new Emergency Location
Markers on The Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park.

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Board Members Celebrate Purchase of Next Trail Segment
With New Sign at North End of Trail

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Laurel Road Bridge Nearing Completion
Photo: Darryl Lang

New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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FLT Social and Info Meeting –
This Tues. Dec. 4 – Everyone Invited

Come Celebrate the Passing of the Extension Referendum!

Please join us for the first meeting of the winter at the Edson Keith Mansion in Phillippi Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.  Social time is 6 PM — enjoy appetizers, desserts and coffee/sparkling juice.
Business meeting begins at 6:30 PM — Sarasota County Parks employees discuss what’s next for the extension and updates on trail construction projects. Bike shop business partners have suggestions for fun gifts for the cyclist on your holiday list.


The temporary traffic light at Laurel Road has been removed and the detour to the west of the trail has been closed.  Until the new bridge opens, all trail traffic (northbound and southbound) should now use the crossing at the Mission Valley light located to the east of the trail.  A delay in obtaining parts for the chain-link roll cage has slightly delayed the bridge opening.

Updates from the Trail

by Megan Eidel

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season. The trail is picking up as people are coming back into town. Remember to be courteous of other users and slow down and use caution in the construction areas.

The Laurel Pedestrian Overpass should wrap up before the end of December.  As previously mentioned, the light at Laurel Rd./Legacy has been removed. Users are asked to follow the detour and use the crossing at the Mission Valley light.  Read more …

New Sidewalk Coming to Bay Street

by Todd Logan

The popular Osprey Junction Trailhead will soon reopen with the completion of the Bay Street extension to Honore Ave. Palmer Ranch residents will have a new way to reach the trail, complete with bike lanes and a multi-use pathway. One downside, however, is the lack of bike and pedestrian infrastructure on existing Bay Street between the Legacy Trail and U.S. 41. This sleepy narrow street is about to get busy! A group of Osprey residents, alarmed by impending safety issues from increased Bay Street traffic, decided to do something about it.   More …

The TriMonsters Youth Triathlon team recently stopped at our Info Table on The Trail.  Kids were awesome.

You Can Donate Square Feet of the Extension
And Know the GPS Location of Your Square Feet!

You will receive a personalized certificate with the GPS location of your feet. Click on the button below for more details and to donate.  (Donor List)

Your donations “demonstrate broad and persistent community support”  which is a criterion that makes the Legacy Trail competitive for SUN Trail  and other government and foundation funds to support the extension effort.  

Total To Date:   $59,747 from 552 Donations.

Speakers Bureau

FLT volunteers give many presentations throughout the year to schools, homeowner associations, churches, businesses, clubs and others who would like to know more about The Legacy Trail.  Our lively presentation typically covers trail amenities, history, and the latest news on  efforts to extend the trail to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  The presentation can also be tailored to the unique interest and time available.  We arrive “fully equipped” at your location with laptop and projector, or we can load our presentation on your A/V equipment.

We are enthusiastic supporters of The Legacy Trail, and want to share our passion for this multi-use, non-motorized trail.  Help us build the broad community support for the next critical decision point – finding and committing the money necessary to acquire and build the trail extension.

Contact us to schedule a free presentation to your group.

End-of-Summer Sale!
All Shirts Reduced to $22 – Free Shipping

Available in two styles.  Click Here for more information and to order!

Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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