Sharky’s Giving Challenge Fair

On Tuesday, April 9, 12–7 p.m., the Venice Pier Group (including Sharky’s and Fins) will be hosting a Giving Challenge Fair to help maximize donations to 26 nonprofits — including FLT — during the Giving Challenge.

Come visit the FLT booth and enjoy the following incentives that the Venice Pier Group has generously developed for this event.

  • A free dessert for anyone who donates $100.
  • Free lunch for two people at Sharky’s for anyone who makes five $100 donations (total donation of $500).
  • Free dinner for two people at Fins for anyone who makes 10 $100 donation (total donation of $1,000).
  • Each $100+ donation also gets entered into a chance drawing to win a big prize.
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Giving Challenge

Save the date for this year’s Giving Challenge on April 9 and 10. Each year the Giving Challenge raises funds for FLT and other local organizations that are working to strengthen our communities. The 2024 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation. More information on the Giving Challenge can be found here.

Tour de Parks Press Release


Annual Tour de Parks Bike Ride Set for Sunday, March 17, 2024

Sarasota, FL ( March 9, 2024 ) — The annual Tour de Parks bike ride is set for Sunday, March 17, 2024. It is coordinated and staffed by Friends of The Legacy Trail, Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club and Sarasota County. The ride is a fundraiser for the Legacy Trail, a Sarasota County Park, and its trail connectors.

The ride starts and finishes at the historic Venice Train Depot, 303 East Venice Avenue, in Venice. Participants have the option to ride a 21-mile, 35-mile, or 62-mile route along The Legacy Trail connecting to other parts of the county. The rides go through or pass up to12 parks and provide a beautiful, scenic experience for cyclists of all levels.

“This immensely popular ride gives cyclists an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get to know the cycling routes in the area, and raise funds for an important cause,” said Sara Reibman, joint committee chair and director for the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club.

This is the twelfth year of the ride, which raises funds to support amenities for The Legacy Trail and build connectors to such locations as the Bobby Jones Golf Club; Nathan Benderson Park; and, the future Mote SEA. Monies raised have already been used to obtain federal matching funds for a bifrucated trail between Beneva and Shade. It will prove a parallel walking trail improving safety as it separates cyclists from others.

The Title Sponsors of this year’s event are Maurice Menager & Lin Dunn ( Team Dunn of Michael Saunders & Company’s Siesta Key office ). Other major sponsors are: Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Benderson Development; Trust for Public Land; Neal Communities; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP; Ear Research Foundation and Crescent Communities.

Participant package pickup and SAG support are provided by Bicycles International, Real Bikes and Sarasota Cycle. WC Sounds will provide audio equipment. And, as in past years, Wes Culpepper of Bicycles International will serve as announcer and master of ceremonies. Breakfast and Shark bars will be provided by Sharky’s on the Pier.

Friends of The legacy trail, Inc. ( FLT ) is an all volunteer 501( c )( 3 ) nonprofit organization based in Sarasota County. It has over 1,000 individual, family and business members.

Info Table on the Trail Saturdays (Weather Permitting)

Starting November 4 and throughout the high season, FLT will be setting up our information table at the Ashton Trailhead (just west of McIntosh Road) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, weather permitting (check our social media for any changes).

Come visit us for information on trail developments, individual and business memberships, volunteer opportunities, and to shop for t-shirts and other merchandise. Our new cycling jerseys are a big hit! (And a great gift!)

Sharky’s Ride the Beaches

Ride the Beaches is BACK for another spin! Register today for the 20th Annual Sharky’s Ride the Beaches cycling event. Join us on Sunday, April 28th to pedal along some of the most incredible coastal riding areas Venice and South Sarasota County has to offer. Gear up for a 15-mile, 35-mile or 70-mile route – the choice is yours!

Plus, Ride the Beaches supports three amazing charities: Team Tony Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG & Friends of The Legacy Trail.

Gulf Coast Trail Update

Charles Hines from Trust for Public Land discusses the vision and progress on the Gulf Coast Trail in this video of a webinar with the Florida Office of Greenways and Trails. The Legacy Trail will form a part of the Gulf Coast Trail.


Florida Gulf Coast Trail Logo

The Florida Gulf Coast Trail has a new logo! The Trust for Public Land and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection hosted a logo contest to select this epic trail’s official logo. After tallying the votes, congratulations to Kelly Kure from Sarasota, FL for submitting the winning logo! This stunning great blue heron design reflects the natural beauty of Florida and will be featured across all 336 miles of the trail. Thank you to all who participated in this contest! Learn more…

Legacy Trail Memorial Mile Dedicated to Bruce Dillon

On Friday June 16, a small ceremony was held on The Legacy Trail near Nokomis Riverview Park to dedicate a segment of the trail to be called the Bruce Dillon Memorial Mile.  A plaque on the Legacy Trail Dona Bay bridge was unveiled to mark the north end of the one-mile segment.

Bruce Dillon, a founder and long-time member of Friends of The Legacy Trail, passed on November 24, 2020. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Sarasota County. He was dedicated to public service and programs aimed at improving the life of residents and visitors of Sarasota County. His participation and leadership in organizations such as Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Friends of The Legacy Trail, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (Bicycle-Pedestrian-Trails Committee), Charter Review Board of Sarasota County as well as his work as a volunteer with Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department established him as a man with the knowledge, commitment and ability to get things done.

In addition to his dedication to county-wide issues and organizations, Bruce worked hard for his local community with service on the Nokomis Area Civic Association, Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Nokomis Revitalization Committee, and Friends of Nokomis Parks. His work and success are seen and known throughout the Nokomis community.

Ringling Trail Complete Street Recognized as Project of the Year

Sarasota, FL (April 26, 2023): The Ringling Trail Complete Street was recognized as the Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter during its annual conference in Jacksonville last week. Assistant City Engineer Dan Ohrenstein, project team co-lead along with Capital Projects Manager Camden Mills, accepted the award on behalf of the City of Sarasota.

“This was the first protected bicycle lane project in the Sarasota-Manatee region, coupled with lane repurposing, and community conversations occurred during the pandemic,” said Assistant City Engineer Dan Ohrenstein. “More cyclists are traveling between The Legacy Trail and downtown core since the protected bike lanes were installed along the Ringling Trail and that’s translating into economic growth,” said City Manager Marlon Brown.

Click here for more information about this project and the award.