The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida


Sunset Behind Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Megan Donoghue
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Rainbow from the Trail
Photo: Darryl Lang

Start of 2017 Tour de Parks

Sunset From Dona Bay Bridge
Photo: Darryl Lang
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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

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Extension Takes a Giant Leap Forward

The Friends of the Legacy Trail have learned that there is a verbal agreement to new terms between Sarasota County, their partner Trust for Public Land, and CSX Railroad and their lessee Seminole Gulf Railroad, to acquire a portion of an unused rail corridor to extend the Legacy Trail into Downtown Sarasota!

The new agreement replaces previously negotiated terms calling for a two-phased acquisition with $20 million for phase 1 by December 2017 and $18 million for phase 2 by 2019. The County had allocated $8.6 million toward the extension during 2018 budget review sessions earlier this year, but was unlikely to achieve the remaining balance by this December. They asked the Trust for Public Land to renegotiate the terms based on the available funds.

The revised terms apply the available $8.6 million to buy the portion of the rail corridor from the northern terminus of the Legacy Trail at Culverhouse Nature Park, over Clark Road, to Ashton Road with closing in December 2017.

Once purchased, the County can begin applying for development and construction grants, and Friends of The Legacy Trail and our partners can begin fundraising in earnest for the extension.
The parties are working to finalize the revised terms and conditions before submitting it to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for approval expected later in August.

Stay tuned for further details, including the specific date and time for the BCC meeting. We will need all Legacy Trail Extension supporters to show up in Commission Chambers in their FLT yellow shirts to support this land purchase!
For questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here.

by Roger Normand and Andrea Seager


The Legacy Trail – Laurel Road
Utility Relocation Begins

Artists rendering of future bridge over Laurel Road

The county started work on August 2 to relocate utilities where The Legacy Trail crosses Laurel Road.  This work is being done in preparation for building a Legacy Trail bridge over Laurel Road.

The utility relocation work is expected to last approximately three months.

The Legacy Trail intersection crossing Laurel Road will be closed, and trail users will be detoured to cross East of The Legacy Trail at Mission Valley Estates.

For questions, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at (941) 861-5000.

Megan Donoghue


Osprey Junction Trailhead to Be
Closed for One Year for Road Construction

Bay Street, which extends from Tamiami Trail to The Legacy Trail Osprey Junction Trailhead (see map), is going to be extended east, across the trail, to Honore Avenue.  The Osprey Junction Trailhead will be closed for construction starting August 2, 2017 and lasting approximately 12 months.

The Legacy Trail will remain open for the entire length of project.

Starting approx. 8/1/17 the port-o-let will be removed from OJT/Legacy Trail intersection. In addition to this, all signs, picnic areas, kiosk and water fountain within the project corridor will be moved or removed and stored until end of construction.

Pedestrian access from the existing Bay St. to the Legacy Trail will remain open but watch for signage as a new temporary access trail will be opened to the north of the existing access trail during road construction.

For questions regarding the Bay St. Extension Project, please contact Ferdie Barnard at Ferdie.Barnard@stantec.com; 941.225.7600

For questions regarding The Legacy Trail/Osprey Junction Trailhead, contact Megan Donoghue at mdonoghue@scgov.net; 941-861-5126

More info …


Repairing the Orange Safety Signs

Many thanks to Megan Donoghue, Jerry Droll, Darryl Lang, and Denise and Steve Jones for repairing the orange safety signs. The safety signs will be back on the Trail this week!

Photo by Darryl Lang


Sarasota County Has a New
Interactive Transportation Map
Includes Bike Lanes and Sidewalks

Sarasota County’s newly released multi-modal transportation map includes layers for viewing bus routes, bike lanes, or sidewalks.  It also includes automatic route-finding capabilities and gives trip times.  Thanks to the County for providing this useful tool.  Click here to check it out.


Events

FREE Monthly Cycle Tours through the Everglades

Friends of the River of Grass Greenway (FROGG) has info available for on / off-road riding in the Everglades on your own or with organized group rides the second Sunday of each month.

First Ride: September 10 9:00 a.m. at McLeod Park in Everglades City. (Directions: proceed on SR 29 to US 41, continue along the Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress National Preserve to H.P. Williams Roadside Park and return by the same route to Everglades City, for a total of 22 miles. For information: https://evergladesrogg.org/events.

New brochures are available for other Everglades rides and amenities / safety info along Tamiami Trail. Printed copies are available on request.  Contact Patricia Huff at   info@evergladesrogg.org


“It’s the Green Pumpkin!”
Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc.
Sunday, October 22, 2017

An organized scenic bicycle ride for cyclists to follow an on-road route of either 15, 35, or 65 miles that highlights North Port’s most natural settings and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek with each route having its own color-coded road markings. This year’s ride will also offer a “Gravel Grinders” off-road route for mountain bike enthusiasts that will explore a portion of the Carlton Reserve.  More info …


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.

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Friends of The Legacy Trail