The 8th Annual Tour de North Port

“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. Printed directions for all the routes will be available and they can also be downloaded. The Tour de North Port is NOT a race.

Breakfast donated by FirstWatch, a catered lunch prepared by the Earth Cafe, delicious desserts including homemade pies, rest stops with homemade snacks, SAG provided by Louie’s Bicycle and The Bicycle Center. Pre-registration online by Oct. 20 $40, on-site $45. First 350 to pre-register by Oct. 1 are guaranteed to receive a free ride t-shirt, “got shade?” sunglasses, and a goodie bag. Doors open at 7AM, group starts begin at 8AM from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. North Port. Register/more information at www.peoplefortrees.com .  Contact Alice White/941-426-9752, 941-468-2486 or email treelady12001@yahoo.com

Proceeds benefit the efforts of People for Trees, a local non-profit native tree advocacy group celebrating 20 years of educating the public about the importance of maintaining and protecting our native tree canopy.

Extension takes a giant leap forward

by Roger Normand and Andrea Seager

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.

The Legacy Trail – Laurel Road Utility Relocation Project Begins

The county has started work today, August 8, 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.