The Legacy Trail – Venice to Sarasota

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

Sunset From Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Darryl Lang
Click to Enlarge

Bobcat Family on The Trail
Photo: Denise Arthur

Birthday Celebration for US 41 Bridge - 5 Years Old!

Farmers Market Director Phil Pagano (left) and Sarasota City
Commissioner Suzanne Atwel (in pink) visit the FLT
tent at the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market

It's a Gator on
The Trail!

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

Update on The Legacy Trail Bridge
Over Laurel Road - 11/8/16



Driving Miss Isabella

Hi.  My name is Isabella.  That’s Isabella, not some condescending variation like Izzy or other silliness.  Behind me is my chauffeur, Ira.  I’m a Shitzu, and Ira, well, he’s only human.  We’re visiting here from Indiana.  Read more …
Roger Normand

Two of Our Outstanding  Volunteers Honored

Rita Miotti and Max Corley were honored with Silver Spike awards at the January FLT meeting.  These spikes are from the Seaboard Air Line Railroad extension from Sarasota to Venice which opened in 1911 and is now The Legacy Trail.  Thanks for all you have contributed to FLT and The Legacy Trail!

Presented to
Rita Miotti

Friends of The Legacy Trail award this railroad spike to Rita Miotti for her outstanding work as Volunteer Coordinator. This is a critical job for our organization as we increase our programs, projects, campaigns and activities. Her positive personality and organization skills have helped us improve our volunteer recruitment, increase our communications to volunteers and fill more volunteer jobs. Her personal volunteer commitment sets a high standard of volunteer service with additional work at Information Table Events, the Tour de Parks Bike Ride and as a member of our Board of Directors.

Presented to
Max Corley

Friends of The Legacy Trail award this railroad spike to Max Corley for his outstanding work with our Speakers Bureau Program. His presentations to various groups have provided important information about The Legacy Trail, increased support for the Trail extension to downtown Sarasota and improved our public relations image. His positive personality, wide-ranging knowledge and captivating presentation style result in very positive feedback from audiences. He is an excellent ambassador for our organization and for Sarasota County Parks.


Help Send a Message to Florida Legislators

Here’s an opportunity to get funds to support local multi-use trail building efforts in Florida, including the Legacy Trail Extension.  The Rails to Trails Conservancy is circulating a petition to be submitted to the Florida Legislature to urge them to allocate some of the 2014 Amendment 1 – the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative – to trail building efforts across the state.  The constitutional amendment was approved by 75% of the voters in the 2014 election, and is designed to dedicate 33 percent of the net revenue from existing excise tax collections.  FLT urges you to sign the Rails to Trails petition with this link.
Roger Normand

Support Regional Trail Building (And Get a Free Lunch!)

Here’s your chance to get the latest information, and provide your views, on multi use trail building efforts along Florida’s west coast from Tampa Bay to Fort Myers.  TBARTA, in partnership with the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation and Lee Health in Fort Myers, is hosting a Gulf Coast Regional Trail Summit on Monday January 23, 2017 from 1130 am to 3 pm at the Venice Community Center at 326 Nokomis South Avenue, Venice.  The seminar and lunch are attractively priced – FREE!  TBARTA is the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, charged by the Florida legislature in 2007, to develop and implement a regional transportation master plan across the seven-county region.  TBARTA led this year’s efforts to get SUN Trail funding to build the Southwest Coastal Trail, for which we placed 3rd state wide.  The conference is intended to build community support and regional coordination to improve our chances is securing future SUN Trail and other multi use trail funding opportunities.  FLT urges all Legacy Trail supporters to attend this free conference.  Simply click here to register.
Roger Normand


Leveling the Trail Shoulders

As noted in the FLT January 2017 newsletter, Sarasota County is testing two types of material as borders along the trail near the Culverhouse Nature Park at the north end of the Legacy Trail.  One option is a white colored product known as bank run shell, which consists of dirt, sand and screened shell rock; the other is a darker predominantly recycled tire product.  Both are shown in the picture below.  Applying this compacted buffer zone along the trail border serves two purposes: (1) it braces the edges of the asphalt from fracturing due to erosion and the weight of services vehicles; (2) it levels the shoulder with the trail surface, avoiding a common cycling hazard of inadvertently riding off the edge of the trail and trying to steer your bike back back up over the lip of the trail – a maneuver that often results in damage to your bike and your body.

So which color do you prefer?  Thank you Sarasota County for continuing to maintain the quality of the Legacy Trail.

Roger Normand


Great News!
Gulf Coast Community Foundation Gives $50K Grant To Support Legacy Trail Extension Project  

The Trust for Public Land announced today that it has received a $50,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation to help extend The Legacy Trail into downtown Sarasota. Funds will be used to support appraisals, boundary surveys, environmental assessments and other project expenses needed to advance the proposed acquisition of approximately eight miles of rail corridor needed for the extension project.  More …


2017 Tour de Parks Registration Now Open

TdP 2017 logoA bicycle ride to support The Legacy Trail.

20, 35 and 62-Mile Scenic Fun Rides
12 Beautiful Parks!

Click here for information and registration.




Bike Repair Stations Coming to The Trail!


Sarasota County will be installing four bike repair stations on the Legacy Trail and more at other locations in the county. The four proposed locations on the Trail are: Osprey Junction Trailhead, Venice Train Depot, Laurel Park and Central Sarasota Parkway. Installation will begin in November.  Special thanks to Patrick Lui, County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator, for initiating and making this idea happen.  Also, thanks to Megan Donoghue, Parks Department, who will be assembling and installing the stations.  More …


Save The Dates!

TdP 2017 logo 2017 Tour de Parks

The date for the 2017 Tour de Parks bike ride has been set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.  Once again, Friends of The Legacy Trail and the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club will be teaming up to put on this great event.  Click here for more information and registration.

frogg2 10th Annual
Everglades Ride
April 2, 2017

Sponsored by the Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG).  Sign up for the 16, 27 (off-road) or 62-mile course.  To register and for more information, visit Race Roster at


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.


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

Friends of The Legacy Trail