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Miami Trail Hub

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Downtown Miami is becoming a hub of trails.Downtown Miami is becoming a hub of trails. This conceptual sign could stand next to the All Aboard Station, where by end of the decade trains (that carry bikes free) will also arrive along a new coastal route that will reach up to Jupiter. 

Volusia's Balancing Act Requires Legislative Vision

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Herb Hiller of Deland is the southeast region program consultant to the East Coast Greenway AllianceHERB HILLER

Published: Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.
I was driving west on State Road 44 from Interstate 95 to DeLand when Volusia
County struck me: its oceanfront cities, its river towns, the rural and conservation
lands between. I was left feeling not just balanced, but driving in some existential
comfort. Comfort food came to mind — but then, comfort geography.
 
Wasn’t the Amendment 1 vote a simultaneous insistence to make us
first again in conserving our most valuable lands? 
 

Florida Amendment 1 Planning - Crucial Time!

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The Florida Legislature is preparing to implement Constitutional Amendment 1 that voters overwhelmingly passed last November. The amendment allocates one-third of the state's annual excise tax on documents to Florida's Land Acquisition Trust Fund (previously known as Florida Forever).  The East Coast Greenway Alliance joins the statewide trails community in seeking that 10 percent of revenues go toward completing a statewide system of inter-connected trails that will preserve open spaces and connect Florida downtowns to our natural heritage.  We urge you to contact your state representative and senator to support this allocation. 

The Amelia Island Trail

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The Amelia Island Section of the Florida East Coast GreenwayOne of the most stunning sections of the Florida Greenway is in North Florida along Amelia Island.  As you can see the trail heads straight for the beach and follows along A1A  (click on the image or link below for the maps of the Greenway in Florida.  Amelia Island is in the first section - 01. Nassau County.) 

As you approach the south end of Amelia Island, much of the East Coast Greenway lies along the beautiful Amelia Island Trail. This trail is overseen by the Friends of the Amelia Island Trail. So far 6.2 miles of 10 foot wide paved off-road trail have been completed.  This trail connects parks and watering holes through this bastion of good living between the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway.  

Florida Committee Chair Paul Haydt leads rebound of Rose Bay

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Congratulations Florida Committee Chair Paul Haydt, whose leadership has led to the restoration of a Volusia County waterway hailed by a researcher as "a jewel of improvement."  So the Daytona Beach News-Journal quoted researcher Quinn Zacharias in a front page year-end report about Rose Bay, a 60-acre estuary between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach, once f

Trail Advocacy Report: FL Continues to Lead

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A vital report just issued by the strongest voice for bike-ped/trail-sidewalk advocacy arrives like a Christmas gift in all of our stockings. Have a look at how governments at all levels are energetically investing in trail-sidewalk maintenance at a time when fiscal scolds call for refusing trail funding because it hardly ever comes with maintenance dollars. The report -- How Communities are Paying  to Maintain Trails, Bike Lanes.

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