Doug Hattaway of the Trust for Public Lands speaks at Feb3, 2015 FLT mtg

IMG_1905Doug Hattaway of the Trust for Public Land was our guest speaker for the February 3, 2015 FLT meeting. TPL is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect lands as parks and open spaces. The Draft Feasibility Study to extend The Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota, now being reviewed by Sarasota County Staff, pegs the construction cost at about $15 million, but offers no estimate on land acquisition costs or financing opportunities. TPL was instrumental in negotiating the purchase of the existing 10.6 mile segment of The Legacy Trail, and has begun discussions to acquire use of the proposed 8.6 mile extension. Doug provided insight on the acquisition of the current trail corridor and opportunities for acquiring the corridor to downtown Sarasota.