The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Eidel
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But the phone said no rain.
Thank goodness for the shelters!

Many Thanks to The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
for Helping Us Purchase the New Fountain at Osprey Junction Trailhead

Red Rider Returns to Osprey Junction Trailhead
- Sponsored by Coastal Cruisers -

Making adjustments near the Venice Train Depot!

Legacy Trail Dona Bay Bridge
Photo Credit: Craigi @craigsfire

Florida Sunset from New Laurel Road Bridge
Photo: Credit: James @jsarasota

They're Off! Start of the 2019 Tour de Parks
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New Gator Family Near Osprey Junction Trailhead

Helmet Fitting in Venice
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Total To Date:   $65,273 from 599 Donations.

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Non-native invasive plant removal will occur along The Legacy Trail between Roberts Bay and US41. Work will occur from 4/17/2019 until 4/24/2019. The Trail will remain open, but please proceed with caution.

This week, the Sarasota County Commission added the Legacy Trail extension project to the county’s fiscal year 2019-23 Capital Improvement Program. The commission also amended the fiscal year 2019 budget to appropriate approximately $37 million in funding for the project.

Sarasota County is currently in contract negotiations with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for design services. The design contract will be brought before the county commission for approval and is expected to be approved by July 10.

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Sharky’s Ride the Beaches Celebrates 17 Years

Sunday, April 28, Venice, Florida

Cyclists from near and far will be traveling to Sharky’s in Venice
on 28th to be a part of THE bike event of the season – Sharky’s Ride the Beaches. Celebrating it’s 16 th year, Ride the Beaches has a rich history of giving back to the community. More …

2019 Tour de Parks Shatters Previous Record Participation

This year, 950 riders signed up for the event, shattering last’s year’s record of 750!  It all went very smoothly, thanks to detailed planning efforts and dedicated volunteers before, during, and cleanup after the ride.

And as the sun peaked over the horizon, bringing the light and warmth of day, the first wave of 62 milers on the 2019 Tour de Parks launched north on the Legacy Trail.  The 35 and 21 milers followed later in the morn. Read more …

NEW! South Creek Stop Station on The Legacy Trail

“The South Creek Stop Station and Learning Area” is being created at South Creek adjacent to Oscar Scherer State Park. Funding from the Jelks Family Foundation and Friends of The Legacy Trail is making this project possible.  

Phil Smith, State Licensed Landscape Architect, and Kate Johnston, Landscape Designer, from DWJA Landscape Architects have donated their time and expertise to create a site and construction plan. Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources staff have also been working on the design. Darryl Lang, FLT Board Member, has worked tirelessly to get this project accomplished. More …

Please join us for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting will be held in the Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The social time begins at 6:00 and there will be appetizers, desserts and drinks (coffee, sparkling and still water). The meeting begins at 6:30. This month’s meeting will feature recognition of our many volunteers who have helped promote The Legacy Trail. The meeting should run about 1 hour.

Bruce Dillon Awarded “Volunteer of the Year”

FLT’s Past President, Bruce Dillon was awarded the “Community Crime Prevention Volunteer of the Year” at Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Annual Volunteer Lunch. Bruce has worked with the Sheriff’s Department
for many years on various community projects to reduce crime and promote safety. He was also instrumental in making The Legacy Trail and Extension a reality! THANK YOU, BRUCE!

Trail Extension News

by Roger Normand

Big Yay! Funding for the extension has been secured, thanks to the overwhelming voter support for a $65 million bond referendum on the November 6, 2018, countywide general election. Now it’s on to those “pesky” implementation details! There are several key contractual dates (and some wiggle room) for the purchase of the rail corridor that were triggered by passage of the referendum.

  • April 30, 2019 – The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Sarasota County must complete due diligence review,
  • May 30, 2019 – TPL and the county must close on the $30.1 million purchase for the property, and
  • November 29, 2019 – Seminole Gulf Railway must complete removal of the rail, switches, and signal equipment.

Read more here …

Friends of The Legacy Trail is a newly registered organization with the Amazon Smile Foundation! We are now eligible to receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases made here:
No additional cost to you! But donations from Amazon Smile will go directly to FLT! More info here …

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:   $65,273 from 599 Donations.

Here is the approximate location of the next available square foot.

Friends of The Legacy Trail