On Sunday, Oct. 30th Sarasota Bike Fest will be hosting a Halloween block party and bicycle parade at Payne Park, sponsored by the City of Sarasota and Voltaire Cycles.
The goal is to stimulate our cycling community with a fun, safe, family friendly block-party and group ride through the park. There will be food, vendors, community organizations and a costumed bike parade at sunset to top it all off. Voltaire Cycles will be offering free test rides of various styles of bicycles throughout the afternoon.
Friends of The Legacy Trail will have a tent at the event. Stop by and say hi! Click here and here for more information.
Since 1989, Sarasota County has levied a one-percent sales tax which can be used only for local infrastructure improvements. Seventy-five percent is allocated to the County and its municipalities ( Longboat Key, North Port, Sarasota, Venice ). Twenty-five percent is allocated to Sarasota County schools. This sales tax has a sunset provision, meaning it will expire on December 31, 2024, unless it is renewed for 15 years. ( It was extended twice before. ) On the general election ballot being held November 8, 2022, Sarasota County voters will be asked whether this tax should be continued.
As required by state law, proposed uses ( project list ) of the sales tax monies must be identified in advance of a vote. Sarasota County is earmarking nearly $80 million for its park and recreation system including monies for: a Nathan Benderson Park Connector Trail, a Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Program, and a Safe Routes to Schools and Legacy Trail Connectivity Program. The City of North Port is committing money for a Legacy Trail Extension Trailhead and Warm Mineral Springs improvements such as trails, bridges, and picnic shelters. The City of Sarasota will use the sales tax dollars for the Bobby Jones Nature Park and a potential “North Legacy Trail.” All these governmental bodies receiving revenue have plans to improve parks and/or streets and sidewalks.
Interestingly, the project list is part and parcel of the vote, meaning the new tax dollars must be used for the projects already identified. A Citizen Tax Oversight Committee is created ( maintained ) to ensure proceeds are used only for infrastructure and listed projects.
At its meeting on July 11, 2022, the Friends of The Legacy Trail Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting continuance of the sales tax. That resolution states in part: “… ( the eligible units of government ) have identified park and transportation projects which would either directly benefit the Legacy Trail and its connectors or which would enhance destinations our membership would enjoy and utilize ….”
If you are a Sarasota County voter, please consider the merits of the one-percent sales tax extension and vote accordingly on November 8.
Louis W. Kosiba President Friends of The Legacy Trail
It’s April!! The exciting 2022 Giving Challenge will be here this month. Mark your calendars for April 26-27, noon to noon! This 24-hour giving event will connect the Friends of The Legacy Trail with passionate donors and community members to support the new, longer, improved Legacy Trail and all it brings to Sarasota County. The trail is enjoyed by full-time and seasonal residents; local, national, and international visitors; bicyclists and walkers, families and singles, old and young, totaling nearly 525,000 users in the last 12 months!
On April 26, start donating your gifts of $25-$100 at noon, and they will be matched by The Patterson Foundation dollar for dollar. Additionally, we have received two anonymous Challenge Grants that will each match the first $1,000 received. These three match opportunities will make your $100 donation worth $400!!!
#BeTheOne to help Friends of The Legacy Trail continue to strengthen and enhance this local asset that brings great value to the Sarasota County area!
You can donate securely online during the Giving Challenge at www.givingchallenge.org and search for Friends of The Legacy Trail! Participate in #GivingChallenge22 and support Friends of The Legacy Trail along with other area non-profit organizations!
Segment 3Opening Celebration! Thursday, March 3, 9 a.m. in Payne Park
Join us for the ribbon cutting celebration of the opening of the final segment of the North Legacy Trail Extension. The ceremonies will be held in Payne Park in downtown Sarasota starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday March 3. Parking is available at 2185 Wood Street. Or better yet, ride your bike!
Want a preview? Check out this new drone video of Segment 3 provided by FLT business member Brett Koppes. Thank you Brett for all of the amazing drone videos of the trail extension project.
The last segment of The Legacy Trail extension, shown in green above, will officially open on Thursday March 3. This segment extends from Bahia Vista St. to Payne Park and Fruitville Road.
Sarasota City Commissioners will hold a special meeting to determine the fate of Bobby Jones Golf Club on Monday, January 10. In addition to discussing future management, financing, golf renovations, and wetland restoration for the nearly 300-acre property, City Commissioners will decide if the land will be protected forever.
The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast has already negotiated the conservation easement with city staff and is awaiting commission approval. With an easement in place, the public can be assured the land will never be used for anything other than the enjoyment of golf, recreation, or as natural lands. Friends of The Legacy Trail (FLT) has endorsed this easement.
FLT’s mission is to support the Legacy Trail and its connectors. With that in mind, it sees Bobby Jones as a destination from the new Legacy Trail North Extension. From there, one could proceed to another destination, Nathan Benderson Park, which will be near the planned Mote Science Education Aquarium.
FLT is encouraging people to attend the January 10 Sarasota City Commission Special Meeting, 1565 First Street, Room 101, at 9:00 a.m. and wear green shirts to express support for the Bobby Jones conservation plan. Follow us on social media and visit this web page for updates and more information.