The Legacy Trail
Sarasota County, Florida

Groundbreaking for Legacy Trail North Port Connector

Groundbreaking for the paved section of the North Port Legacy Trail Connector was held on Monday, June 6. FLT was represented at the event by (left) Sharon Donovan (FLT Newsletter Editor & NP Representative), (center) Louis Kosiba (FLT President), and (right) Rita Miotti (FLT vice-President).

FLT was thanked by everyone who spoke, including Nicole Rissler (Sarasota County Parks Department) and County Commissioners Alan Maio and Ron Cutsinger. It was a very positive event, which is what we all need these days!

For more information on the North Port Connector, click here.

Tour the Entire Legacy Trail
Extension by Drone

Thanks again to Brett Koppes, “The Sarasota Drone Guy”, for doing a beautiful job providing an aerial update of progress along the entire length of the extension. The entire trail extension is shown in the four videos below. Enjoy the tour!

Legacy Trail Alerts

June 21-25 (Dates are tentative and subject to change) – The Legacy Trail: Sarasota County staff will be conducting annual side arm mowing along the entire length of The Legacy Trail. Majority of the trail will remain open, but the area where work is being performed will be blocked off. Tentative segment closure dates are as follows:

June 21: Venice Trail Depot to Colonia Lane
June 22: Colonia Lane to Laurel Road
June 23: Laurel Road to Bay Street
June 24: Bay Street to Central Sarasota Parkway
June 25: Central Sarasota Parkway to Culverhouse Nature Park

As the project progresses, we will send out updated notices on where the work is taking place. These dates and locations can change based on pace of work.

June 14-mid July – South Powerline Trail: Contractors have begun trail improvements along the South Powerline Trail through Carlton Reserve and Big Slough Preserve. Please use caution and go slow during trail construction.

Through June – Venetian Waterway Park: Venetian Waterway Park under the Venice Avenue bridge will have sporadic night closures due to cleaning and coating of the bridge approach structures. Note: the Venetian Waterway Park is not open after sunset. Please use extreme caution while traveling through the project area, and stay alert for changing roadway conditions.

If you have any questions, please email or call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One (our district) is developing an Active Transportation Master Plan (ATP). The Plan will support the development of a robust multimodal transportation framework that will contribute to economic development and improve multimodal transportation access, mobility, and safety.

They would like your help understanding why people walk and bike, what barriers exist for walking and biking, and the improvements needed to make roadways better for walking and biking. Please take this survey to share your thoughts: . Your input is important & greatly appreciated.


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