The Legacy Trail – Venice to Sarasota

FLT Members Clean Up Future
Legacy Trail Visitor Center

Progress on New North Port
Connector Bridge

Laurel Road Bridge
FDOT Presentation to Board of County Commisioners
December 8, 2015

for Trail Extension

County Back in Conductor Seat

It's a Gator on
The Trail!

Build It and They Will Come

A Video About The Legacy Trail Extension
by Joel Calabrese

FLT Wins Florida Trails Promoter of the Year Award


A Riddle – by Bruce Dillon

What is 20 miles long and destined to grow?
Has 240,000 arms and 240,000 legs on it every year?

Takes people to and from work, and to and from play?
Creates jobs?
Fills restaurant seats and hotel rooms?
Sells Houses and Condos?

Keeps you physically fit?
Raises property values?

Makes friends out of strangers?
Has a dedicated volunteer support group offering a variety of

Is supported by over 900 dues paying members?
Is open every day of the year with no admission fee!
And makes Sarasota County one of the best places ANYWHERE to live, work, visit, play and more!



Sarasota City Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Write
Letter of Support for Trail Extension


FLT members, commissioners, and many others braved the tropical storm conditions for Monday night’s Sarasota City Commissioners meeting.  One of the first items on the agenda was consideration of a proposal for the city to write a letter of support for The Legacy Trail extension project.  FLT members Andrea Seager and Bruce Dillon spoke before the Commissioners  in support of the project.  After a short discussion the Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of writing the letter. 

This show of support is important at this time because it comes just as the County is  applying for SUN Trail funding for The Trail extension.  As City Manager Tom Barwin stated, “This is a competition.”  Documented public support is an important selection criterion for this funding, and this letter will strengthen our proposal.


On June 20th the Sarasota City Commissioners also voted unanimously for a resolution expressing  “support for fast-track implementation of The Legacy Trail Extension.”  The full text of the resolution is given here.  We are very grateful to the Sarasota City Commissioners and City Manager Tom Barwin for this show of support for The Legacy Trail Extension to downtown Sarasota.



Florida-StateSeal On July 11, 2016 FLT became a Florida not-for-profit corporation.  Designation by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization is expected to occur within the next few months.  Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. was previously a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks.
1357395743-green-800px TripAdvisor Gives The Legacy Trail Its Certificate of Excellence
Rates The Trail among the top ten “Things to Do” in Sarasota.  Read more …

Recent Articles

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by Steve Baumann
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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.

Speakers Bureau

Max presentation-120pxFLT 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 estimated $25M 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 a Florida not-for-profit corporation.

Friends of The Legacy Trail