Stella’s first ride on the Legacy Trail

by Roger Normand


Little Stella was all smiles when I came across her riding her tricycle, with a little help from Mom and Dad.   All three moved from Maryland last year to enjoy the many opportunities Sarasota offers.  What’s not to like with the scenery and safety of being on the Legacy Trail under sunny blue skies, low humidity, and temps in the low 80s.  Mom and Dad were beaming for this pic, but Stella was completely focused on pedaling.  At just 18 months of age, Stella will be enjoying many future rides along the Legacy Trail.

Bobcat Family on the Trail

by Denise Arthur


When on a bike ride I saw this!  The mother cat crossed the trail first, she was stalking something on the opposite side and paid no attention to me, then a kitten followed her out of the woods, then another kitten and then a third!  The third kitten looked at me and actually came toward me before deciding to turn.  I didn’t really want him to draw attention to me from momma


Update on The Legacy Trail Bridge over Laurel Road

The following update is an extract from a November 8, 2016 letter to the Sarasota County Commissioners from:
     Thomas A. Harmer, County Administrator
     Isaac R. Brownman, Director, and
     Carolyn M. Eastwood, Transportation Logistics & Programs Manager


The primary purpose of the Legacy Trail Pedestrian Bridge over Laurel Road is to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety for trail users by eliminating the crossing and constructing an overpass (bridge). The design of the bridge conflicts with four (4) Sarasota County water/wastewater utility lines, including an 18-inch force main, a 6-inch force main, a 10-inch water main, and a 30-inch water main.

Design for the relocation of the four (4) county utility lines has started.  Relocation work for the utility lines along the north side of Laurel Road is anticipated to start in January 2017 and be completed by August 2017. During the relocation effort, trail use will be maintained via a trail detour, however there may be intermittent temporary closures during portions of the work.

FDOT’s letting date for the overall project construction is expected in June 2017. During the bridge construction trail use will also be maintained via a trail detour along with some intermittent temporary closures during portions of the bridge work.