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December 2015
The next membership meeting will be on Tuesday, December 1.

Social Time at 6:00 pm, Business Meeting starts 6:30 pm.
Featured speaker is Jon Robinson
Division Manager, Natural Area Parks, Preserves and Trails. 
He will talk about his new job responsibilities and how FLT fits in.
Bentley’s Hotel, 1660 South Tamiami Trail in Osprey
Click here for agenda and minutes of previous meetings.
Trail Extension News
Still no new news from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on their plan to buy approximately 100 miles of railroad corridor from CSX.  The FDOT purchase would include the section that would be The Legacy Trail extension.    At present, all county negotiations with CSX are on hold until we find out what the state is going to do.  Click here to read the complete statement released by the county.
Legacy Trail Run
Friends of The Legacy Trail has partnered with the Sarasota YMCA Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch for this inaugural fundraising event Sunday February 28, 2016. It includes a 5K run, 12K run, one mile run/walk and kid’s races. The 5K/12K runs start at Potter Park in Palmer Ranch and go on The Legacy Trail. The one mile run/walk and kid’s races will be on the Potter Park Trail. Registration is on We are currently seeking sponsorships for this event. If you have a suggestion for a sponsor please let us know. For more information see the Legacy Trail Run tab on our website.

OJT Visitor Center Project

 FLT members Jerry Droll, David Zimmerman and Mark Malkasian have volunteered to work with Chuck Butterfield on the first phase of this project – developing a plan to remodel the house at Osprey Junction Trailhead Park into a Visitor Center (map), (OJT trailhead may be more familiar to you as the location of Red Rider sculpture and the water fountain). FLT has agreed to fund the development of a plan for review and approval by the County Parks Department. Proposals from architects to help develop a plan are now being requested for review.
Updated Architectural Renderings for Bridge Over Laurel Road

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has provided the county with updated design concept renderings (shown here).  The new design includes a color change from the previous version and incorporates proposed signage which was developed with input from FLT and the community.  FDOT will be making a presentation to the county commissioners about this project to provide an update on December 8th, 2015.

Thanks to Patrick Lui, Sarasota County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Coordinator, for providing this information.

Membership Renewal Time
We recently switched from calendar year memberships to annual memberships from the date of payment. Many current members are 2015 calendar year members whose memberships will expire at the end of the year.

If it's renewal time for your membership, you will soon be getting a reminder email.  This email is special because it makes it very easy to renew -- click the link in your email, select membership type, and enter your credit card information.  That's it, no login required.

Renewals may also be done online on our website or membership forms may be printed from our website and mailed in. Individual dues are $15 year and Family dues are $20 year. Also see our website for member discounts at local businesses. In addition, member volunteers may purchase FLT logo merchandise at cost.

Thank you for your continuing support for trail development in Sarasota County!
It's All About Us!
We have a fascinating Powerpoint Presentation about The Legacy Trail and Extension that is available for your meeting. If your organization would be interested in a presentation about The Legacy Trail please contact FLT through our website.
Tandem, or Two-Wheeled Pedicab?
Thanks to Rein Veenendaal Fietsen-Netherlands for allowing us to use this picture from their web site.
Sponsorship Needed
Sponsors are needed for our two upcoming fundraiser events: Legacy Trail Run February 28 and Tour de Parks Bide Ride March 20. Several levels of sponsorships are available. If you know of a business or organization that might be interested in becoming a sponsor, please submit it through our website
Click here to contact us..
Surrey Ride Program
The Surrey Ride Program starts the second week in January on Wednesdays and Thursdays and runs until the middle of April. Volunteers peddle the six passenger surrey bike for 45-minute guided tours on the Trail. Sarah Calabrese manages the program and Barry Putt coordinates volunteer tour guides. If you would like more information or are interested in helping with this popular program see our website.

Your membership helps us to promote and advocate for trail building in Sarasota County.  If you are not a member, please consider joining and supporting this effort.  "Use It? Love It? Support It! Join Friends of The Legacy Trail!" Thanks!
New Business and Organization Members
We welcome our newest business member The Inn on Siesta Key.  See our web site business member page for member discounts offered by our business members.  Please support them, as they support us.

We also welcome
the Stark County Bicycle Club in Canton Ohio as an organization member of FLT.  In addition to joining FLT, they have been mailing us lots of signatures on our petition to support The Legacy Trail extension.  Thanks!

Our goal is to collect 25,000 signatures.  If your group or business would like to contribute petition signatures, please contact us.

Gulf Coast CycleFest
Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club had their annual CycleFest Bike Ride event in Lakewood Ranch November 1st with over 600 riders. FLT volunteers staffed an information table selling logo merchandise, memberships and getting signatures on our petition to extend The Legacy Trail to downtown Sarasota. Andrea and Mike Seager, Carla and Steve Martin, Darryl Lang and Jerry Droll, Gerry Tasset, Jim Owens and John Kestly worked at the FLT info table.
Upcoming Events

Tuesday December 1, 2015
FLT Monthly Meeting

6:00 pm Social Time, 6:30 pm Business Meeting
Bentley's Hotel, 1660 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229.  It's just north of and across the street from Oscar Scherer State Park.  map
Wednesday December 2, 2015
Info Table -
Phillippi Farmhouse Market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday December 5, 2015
Sarasota Holiday Parade
Theme: "All I Want For Christmas is.....The Legacy Trail Extension!"
Join us as we decorate the surrey and ourselves and march in the parade.
Contact us.

Every Saturday
Info Table - Legacy Trail Central Sarasota Parkway Rest Station
9:00 am - Noon (Weather Permitting)

Every Sunday
Info Table - Venice Historic Train Station
9:00 am - 12:30 pm (Weather Permitting)
Tour de Parks Bike Ride
FLT has partnered with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club for this fundraising event Sunday March 20, 2016. It includes 62, 35 and 20 mile scenic bike rides to several County Parks. All rides start and finish at the Historic Venice Train Depot. Registration is on our website and on We are currently seeking sponsorships for this event. If you have a suggestion for a sponsor please let us know. For more information see the Tour de Parks menu tab on our website.
New Counter on the Trail
Ed Wolfenbarger has installed a new electronic counter at the Central Sarasota Parkway stop station. The new counter was purchased by FLT and will increase our ability to report the number of trail users. We now have counters at the south end, the middle and north end areas of the Trail.
Florida Has 3 New Bicycle Friendly Communities!   
The League of American Bicyclists has announced  three newly-recognized Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC)  in Florida - Cape Coral, Naples, and Winter Park.  Florida now has 19 Bicycle Friendly Communities.  Our own Venice, FL was designated "Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community"  in October of 2012, thanks to volunteers Monty Andrews and Steve Christian.  They worked with Community Development Director Chad Minor for about three years to make biking safer and more comfortable in Venice.
​"As biking has become more and more popular, more and more communities are committed to creating safer places to bike," said Alex Doty, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists. "Winning a Bicycle Friendly Community designation shows a community's dedication to creating safer and better places to ride your bike."​
Explore the Bicycle Friendly Communities (and businesses and universities) in your state using the online award database.  To learn more about the criteria to become a Bike Friendly Community, go to
County Mobility Plan Fees

Sarasota County Staff Graphic / Jonathan B. Paul
Sarasota County has changed the way it collects and distributes impact fees. A transition to Mobility Fees will begin in January 2016. These fees are to be used for transit, bike lanes, trails, sidewalks, roundabouts, etc to create complete streets. The County is updating the comprehensive plan to include alternate transportation and encourage mixed use vs. suburban sprawl. Mobility Fee Funds are identified in a 5 year capital improvement plan. FLT plans to monitor and recommend how the funds will be spent.
Everglades Bike Ride
Friends of River of Grass Greenway and Friends of Fakahatchee are sponsoring this fundraising event Sunday March 13, 2016 at Everglades City. It includes a 62 mile and 16 mile on-road bike ride, and a 27 mile off-pavement bike ride. For more information go to
Information Kiosk Update
Work continues on the information kiosk building project funded by FLT and managed by Bruce Dillon. Three additional kiosks are in various stages of completion at Venice Depot Trailhead, Riverview Park Trailhead and Culverhouse Nature Park Trailhead. The new kiosks will have maps, safety and etiquette information and trail information/events posted on them with locked covers.
Steve Christian Honored

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Staff photo / Thomas Becnel
Steve Christian, a lifetime FLT member, has recently been honored by Bike Florida with their “Share the Road Advocate” award for his many years of outstanding work to make biking safer and more enjoyable in Sarasota County.  Congratulations Steve and thanks for all you do for Sarasota County trails!  To read the Herald-Tribune story by Thomas Becnel, click here.
Logo Merchandise
Makes a Great Holiday Gift!
We have new logo items that you can purchase either online from our web site, at Information Table events, or at Membership Meetings.
Show your support for The Legacy Trail Extension.  Wear our sport-wicking yellow short-sleeve shirt.     $21.00   Free Shipping
Now Available in Children's Sizes
The Legacy Trail short-sleeve green shirt is sport-wicking in kiwi green. The front shows the Friends of The Legacy Trail logo, and the back features The Legacy Trail name and shows the multiple uses of the the trail.   $21.00   Free Shipping
Click here to order these and other FLT merchandise from our web site.
All proceeds benefit Friends of The Legacy Trail activities.
What Can You Do to Help Extend The Trail?


What Else Can You Do

And Last But Not Least:

Friends of The Legacy Trail is a chapter of Friends of Sarasota County Parks
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. 
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