Category Archives: Announcements

Members of the Stark County Bicycle Club Visit The Legacy Trail

Welcome to members of the Stark County Bicycle Club who are currently staying in Venice and enjoying riding The Legacy Trail and and other trails in Sarasota County!  The club has been a strong supporter of our efforts to extend The Legacy Trail into downtown Sarasota by collecting signatures on our petition and becoming an Organizational Member of Friends of The Legacy Trail.

Here is a note we just received from Dave Cardarella:

Just a note to let you know Stark County Bicycle Club has been in Venice for more than a week.

We are making an economic impact on the area.

This is the clubs 10th anniversary of visiting Venice in January.

We have 40 members in 20 rooms at the Island Sun Hotel, most of us are staying for 2 weeks.

We are eating in local restaurants every day.

And we are shopping at local merchants.

And of course, we are greatly enjoying the great bicycle riding infrastructure of Sarasota County, including the Legacy Trail.

Attached is a group photo.

Dave Cardarella

SCBC Newsletter Editor

Thanks Dave and all the members of SCBC  and hope you have a great vacation this year.  We really appreciate your support!

Welcome to the new FLT web site!

Welcome to www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org, our new web site!  Our previous web site, www.legacytrailfriends.org has served us very well.  However, it has been in existence with little structural change, and minimal enhancements, for over four years – ancient history by internet chronology.  The site was built using a great deal of custom coding under the hood, which was typical at the time the site was built.  Unfortunately, that required us to pay a contractor to revise seemingly elemental portions of the site.  It’s time for a change.

This new site has a contemporary, flexible,  blog-focused design.  It offers a more attractive, visually oriented, magazine style layout with cascading sub-menus for easier navigation.  We will  prominently display several items as featured content at the top of the homepage.  Content and organizational structure are easily modified to accommodate future needs without resorting to custom HTML coding.  We can confidently incorporate software updates as developers offer bug fixes and capability enhancements.  The site will properly display content across the full range of screens sizes, from desk top to mobile devices, and allow users to connect to social media.  Yes, we will be incorporating social media links in the future.  We have incorporated a Google maps feature that will in the near future display trailheads, toilets and water stops,  It will also allow you to enter an address and receive turn-by-turn directs.  The site will easily allow video and photo galleries.

FLT volunteers developed this web site at minimal cost,  We will operate and maintain the site without the need for contractor support, at a considerable savings.  Should we encounter challenges, there is a large, diverse user base on the internet to help resolve issues.

Please look around the site.  We have migrated all the pertinent content from the old site.  We are working to smooth transitional anomalies, and get comfortable with the new capability at our fingertips.  Contact us if you encounter any issues, or would like to offer suggestions.  We will retain the old site online for the near future, but all new content will be posted exclusively on this new site.

The FLT are very fortunate to have a growing, dedicated cadre of volunteers with extraordinary skills.  We are deeply grateful for the time, energy, enthusiasm and professional expertise FLT volunteer Stephen Martin provided in developing this new site.  Thanks Steve.  You have a reserved, front-row seat when the conductor calls “All Aboard……Next Stop, Downtown Sarasota.!

 

 

Fill the Seats with Yellow FLT shirts @ Apr 1 County Commissioner’s Mtg

The Sarasota County Commissioners will discuss the results of the Feasibility Study to Extend The Legacy Trail to Downtown Sarasota  at their April 1st meeting.  We hope that discussion will lead a decision on how best to move forward.  It is important for everyone that supports the Trail Extension to attend this meeting and show your silent but support by wearing your yellow Trail Extension shirt. We want the Commissioners to see a lot of yellow in the audience!
The Feasibility Study discussion is scheduled for the morning session which begins at 9 am Wednesday April 1 at the Commission Chambers – First Floor – County Administration Center – 1660 Ringling Blvd – Downtown Sarasota.  There will likely be numerous items on the agenda, and we will not know the order of topics, so please plan to be there for the 9 am start.
We hope the County Commissioners will take the next step forward, which we believe centers on commissioning an independent property appraisal of the rail corridor with CSX Corporation (the current property owner), and the Trust for Public Land (negotiated the 2004 sale of the rail corridor from CSX to Sarasota County that became The Legacy Trail).
If you need to buy a yellow Trail Extension shirt please contact MJ Rouvet (Venice area) 941-484-8964 mjrouvet@verizon.net or Chuck Butterfield (Sarasota area) 941-408-3979 gulfman8@comcast.net $15 short sleeve $20 long sleeve.  We will also have shirts available outside the meeting room.