Another $10K Closer to Bringing The Legacy Trail to Downtown Sarasota!

The first annual FLT 5K Fun Run/Walk and other corporate donations have raised a most impressive $10,000 towards the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign. This effort aims to help pay for an ongoing feasibility study to bring this multi-use urban trail from its current northern terminus at Culverhouse Park to downtown Sarasota!

An unseasonably chilly Sarasota morning greeted participants on November first 2014 for the inaugural FLT 5K Fun Run/Walk. Braced with hot coffee and with car headlights illuminating the night, volunteers gathered in the wee hours to set up tables for the start and finish line at Culverhouse Park. Despite the cool start, the morning sun quickly warmed the air and brought a lovely fall morning, signaling the end of another hot Sarasota summer. Participants got some exercise and met new friends. Runners and walkers agreed it lived up to its billing – its was a FUN event for a great cause. All received an Extend the Legacy Trail T-shirt and a light, nutritious breakfast upon their return, complements of Doctor’s Hospital. Thank you to Doctors Hospital and our other event sponsors: The Silverstein Institute, Coppola Realty, Heritage Family Chiropractic, and The Bucket Fillers. We hope you can join us for next year’s event if you couldn’t make it this time.
With a growing number of trail users now exceeding 120,000 per year, it’s not surprising that proximity to The Legacy Trail is often included as an amenity in new and existing home sales listings for neighborhoods that abut or are close by. Real estate developers and realtors see real economic value in the presence of this multi-use trail.

Justin Powell, VP Palmer Ranch Holdings Ltd presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT

We are deeply grateful to the generous donations provided by real estate developers Taylor Morrison Homes, Pulte Homes, Inc., and Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd. to support the Extend Campaign. Regrettably, Steve Kempton, Division President for Taylor Morrison was unavailable for a photo recognizing their donation.

Michael Woolery, Land Div Mgr for Pulte Homes Inc presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT
Michael Woolery, Land Div Mgr for Pulte Homes Inc presents a check to Margaret Brading of FLT
A special note of gratitude goes to longtime FLT volunteer Margaret Brading who conceived, planned, and with the help of a few dozen other FLT volunteers managed the 5K Fun Run/Walk event. She also sought these corporate donations. All Legacy Trail users benefit from the tireless efforts of our FLT volunteers who graciously give their time and effort to help stage Legacy Trail fund raising events like this one.

The 5K Fun Run/Walk and these corporate donations have, together, brought us $10,000 closer to our fundraising goal to support the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign.

Click HERE for the current funding status. See the Trail Extension tab on the left for the latest news on the ongoing feasibility study to extend The Legacy Trail.

Free Helmets & Fitting for Children at National Night Out

As part of its safety outreach efforts, Friends of The Legacy Trail, partnering with the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office at National Night Out on October 7th, fitted over 140 children with free bicycle helmets. The helmets were provided by the Florida Department of Transportation. Florida regulations require that a bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years of age must wear an approved bicycle helmet that is properly fitted and securely fastened on the child’s head. Passengers include childen riding in a trailer attached to a bicycle.

More free bike helmet and fitting events are planned in the future.

Sharky’s donates $2,500 to the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign

Sharky’s Ride the Beaches recently presented a check for $2,500 to the Friends of the Legacy Trail to be applied to the Extend the Legacy Trail Campaign. Sharky’s on the Pier is a popular restaurant in Venice, FL. Marc Alton (fourth from the left) of Sharky’s presented the donation to Friends of The Legacy Trail (FLT) President Bruce Dillon for the Extend the Legacy Campaign in appreciation of FLT’s assistance with Sharky’s 12th Annual Ride The Beaches charitable event held this past April. Pictured with Marc and Bruce are (from the left) Mike Gippert, Shirley Sontag, Wendy Kuhns Alton, MJ Rouvet, John & Nancy Stormer and Ken Yahraus. Funds raised through the Extend campaign are designated toward paying half the cost of an ongoing engineering study to determine the feasibility of extending The Legacy Trail 8.6 miles north from its current end in Palmer Ranch to Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.

Enhanced Safe Crossing at Central Sarasota Parkway

Warning lights installed at Central Sarasota Parkway
Sarasota County has installed a new pedestrian crossing warning light system where The Legacy Trail bisects the busy four-lane Central Sarasota Parkway. Cyclists must first heed the stop sign on The Legacy Trail. After stopping, press the button on the side of the trail to activate the crossing lights, alerting drivers that you intend to cross. Make eye contact with drivers to confirm vehicles are slowing or stopping before entering the intersection. Florida law grants cyclists on a crosswalk the same rights and responsibilities as pedestrians. Drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians in the cross walk. Nonetheless, FLT urges all cyclists to confirm driver behavior before beginning to cross the road.

FLT Turns 8!

FLT’s first President Mike Gippert shows a vintage FLT shirt
Eight years old and growing stronger! The Friends of the Legacy Trail celebrated it’s 8th birthday at the 2 December 2014 monthly meeting held at the Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey, FL. Members indulged in cheesecake, birthday cake, and punch amid balloons and streamers celebrating the occasion. This was a “really big show.” Past FLT President Mike Gippert, one of the FLT founding members, recounted how the FLT came to be, along with some of the early challenges and successes. Larry Mau, Branch Manager of Cardno TBE, the firm hired by Sarasota County to conduct a feasibility study to extend The Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota, presented the draft concept plans they have been working on for the last nine months.

FLT Marches in 2014 Sarasota Holiday Parade

FLT marches in the Sarasota 19th Annual Holiday Parade
FLT marches in the Sarasota 19th Annual Holiday Parade
Everybody loves a parade. FLT members sprouted reindeer antlers and joined with some 4,000 other participants to march in the 19th Annual Sarasota Holiday Parade held on 6 December 2014. Carrying the “Extend the Legacy Trail” banner and pedaling both the 6-person and 2-person Surreys decked out in holiday regalia, FLT members marched passed thousands more people lining both sides of Main St. ‘Twas a beautiful, mild Saturday evening, and there were no reports of snowbirds missing the white powdery stuff on the ground.

Guest Speaker: Doug Hattaway

 We had a record turnout at the January 2015 FLT meeting, held for the first time at Bentley’s Boutique Hotel in Osprey FL. Though some FLT members miss meeting at the Oscar Scherer Park for its rustic atmosphere and proximity to The Legacy Trail, the amenities and physical space at Bentley’s hotel are far superior. Thank you to Bentley’s for offering to host our monthly meetings!

Doug Hattaway of the Trust for Public Land is our guest speaker for the 3 February 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.

Patrick Lui, the new Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Coordinator for Sarasota County, was unable to speak at the January 2015 meeting. He is our guest speaker for the 3 March FLT meeting. Patrick will talk about his new job along with the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The monthly meeting is held at Bentley’s Hotel, located at 1660S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229. It is just north of and across the street from Oscar Scherer State Park.

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