by Roger Normand
Sarasota County began mowing the sides of the trail this week. In this subtropical climate, it doesn’t take long for vegetation to rapidly encroach onto the pavement, or for roots to undermine the asphalt. The County is using what can only be described as One Mean Mowing Machine, with an articulating sidearm mower deck than can reach the edges of the raised trail surface. A flagger vehicle accompanies the mower to ensure trail closure. The mowing operation carefully avoids previously marked areas denoting the location of gopher tortoise burrows. Debris is blown off the trail after mowing is completed on each trail segment. The mowing operation is expected to extend through at least June 2. Stay tuned for updates.