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Committed to Closing the Gaps

Yesterday Governor Scott signed the $74.1 billion state budget, but used his line item authority to strike $50 million for the coast to coast bicycle and pedestrian trail, linking communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville.

While disappointed, Bike/Walk Central Florida remains committed to closing the gaps across the state as well as the Central Florida loop. We see the Governor’s veto not as a road block but an opportunity.

Think about it, in the last several weeks “coast to coast” became household chatter.  Every major newspaper in Florida reported or commented on the trail’s benefits – from improving health and wellness and promoting tourism to generating new business and economic opportunities.

Organizations ranging from Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation and Florida Bicycle Association to the League of Women Voters and MetroPlan Orlando, Lake-Sumter MPO, Volusia TPO and the Central Florida MPO Alliance wrote letters voicing their support to the Governor. And, then there were the thousands of cyclists, walking and trail enthusiasts who joined the conversation via Twitter, Facebook, email, or the timeless hand written letter. A round of applause to you all and get ready to take this passion and fervor to the next level.

Speaking of gratitude, a special thank you goes to Senator Andy Gardiner for his steadfast commitment and determination for shepherding the coast to coast connector through the house and senate.  It’s truly a remarkable feat and “thank you” does not seem enough.  Why don’t we all take a moment and email Senator Gardiner to share our appreciation.

This year it’s a veto. Next year, it’s VICTORY! Let’s embrace this momentum and work together to close all gaps. Continue this conversation on Facebook or email us to see how you can get involved.

Signed –
Bike/Walk Central Florida

To read more…
Bike/Walk Central Florida Letter of Support
Presentation: Central Florida Trial Network: A Work in Progress
Presentation: Coast to Coast Connector