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DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan Public Workshops Re-scheduled

October 5, 2017
DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan Public Workshops Re-scheduled

DRAFT 2018-22 Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan & maps available online HERE.

Public Workshops Re-scheduled

The FGTS Plan establishes the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating the FGTS 5-Year Plan and holding 14 public open houses throughout the state.

The purpose of these meetings is to receive public input on the proposed update to the draft written 2018-2022 FGTS Plan and Land and Water Opportunity & Priority Maps.

Please plan to join us at a location close to you.  If you are unable to participate in person, there is a comment form online which you can submit by e-mail or conventional mail. Comments accepted through December 15, 2017.

The Open House schedule:

Thursday, October 26 – North Port

Morgan Family Community Center

Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Blvd.

North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET


Monday, November 6 – Miami Lakes

Miami Lakes Optimist Park Clubhouse

6411 NW 162 StreetMiami Lakes Optimist Park Clubhouse

Miami Lakes, FL 33014

4:00-7:00 ET


Monday, November 6 – Tallahassee

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Douglas Building

Conference Room A

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard

Tallahassee, FL 32399

4:00-7:00 ET


Tuesday, November 7 – Sebring

Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agricultural Center

Conference Room #2

4509 George Boulevard

Sebring, FL 33875

4:00-7:00 ET


Wednesday, November 8  – Port St. Lucie

St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization

Coco Vista Center

466 SW Port St Lucie Blvd. #111

Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

4:00-7:00 ET


Wednesday, November 8 – Dunnellon

Historic Train Depot

12061 S. Williams Street

Dunnellon, FL 34432

4:00-7:00 ET


Thursday, November 9– Temple Terrace

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway

Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET


Tuesday, November 14 – DeBary

Debary Hall

198 Sunrise Boulevard

DeBary, FL 32713

4:00-7:00 ET


Wednesday, November 15  – Palatka

Ravine Gardens State Park

1600 Twigg Street

Palatka, FL 32177

4:00-7:00 ET


Thursday, November 16 – Jacksonville

Ed Ball Building

Conference Room 851

214 N Hogan Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00-7:00 ET


Monday, November 20 – Live Oak

Suwannee River Water Management District

Suwannee Room

9225 County Road 49

Live Oak, FL 32060

4:00-7:00 ET


Monday, November 27 – Port St. Joe

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center

3915 State Road 30-A

Port St. Joe, FL 32456

4:00-7:00 ET


Monday, December 4 – Milton

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

Visitor Center

5533 Alabama Street

Milton, FL 32570

4:00-7:00 CT


For More information: 

Christine Small, Division of Recreation and Parks

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

3900 Commonwealth Blvd., M.S. 795

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3000


FDOT Public Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, October 5

September 21, 2017
FDOT Public Hearing Scheduled for Thursday, October 5

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, will hold a public hearing about median modifications and pedestrian safety improvements. These modifications are part of a resurfacing project on SR 70 from Orange Avenue to Turner Avenue in Arcadia, DeSoto County, FL.  The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the Calvary Baptist Church Worship Center at 1509 E. Oak Street, Arcadia, Florida, 34266. The evening will begin with an open house at 5 p.m., with the formal public hearing and presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

FDOT did pedestrian counts in 2015 and determined for safety reasons the mid-block pedestrian crossings are needed.    As part of this resurfacing project, FDOT is designing mid-block pedestrian crossings between North 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue, and just east of 12th Avenue. The mid-block crossings will provide designated areas for pedestrians to cross SR 70.  The mid-block pedestrian crossing at the driveways for the St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Clock Family/McDonald’s restaurants will eliminate left turns out from each of these driveways.  It will also eliminate west to southbound left turns into the Catholic Church.

FDOT is mailing an informational flyer to all property owners located within at least 300 feet of the median modifications on SR 70 and to other public officials, regulatory agencies, organizations and individuals interested in the project.  FDOT conducts this hearing to give interested persons an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements.

Draft design plans will be available for review through October 20, 2017, at the DeSoto County Library at 125 North Hillsborough Avenue in Arcadia.  Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

FDOT solicits public participation without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Jamie Schley, District One Title VI Coordinator at (863) 519-2573 or by email at at least seven days prior to the hearing. If you have questions about the project or public hearing, please contact Nicolas Leon, Project Manager at (863) 519-2376 or by email at

HRTPO Meeting Rescheduled for 10-4-17

September 19, 2017
HRTPO Meeting Rescheduled for 10-4-17

The HRTPO has rescheduled the September 20 Board Meeting for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 10:00 AM as the region works to address the immediate needs of the community after Hurricane Irma.

The complete agenda package will be sent to members of the board at least 7 days prior to the meeting. A copy of the agenda may be obtained on September 27, 2017, at or by contacting Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager at (863) 534-7130 or at

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.

POSTPONED: HRTPO Sept. 20 Meeting

September 12, 2017
POSTPONED: HRTPO Sept. 20 Meeting

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Chair, Commissioner Jim Brooks, has postponed the HRTPO meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017, as the region works to address the immediate needs of the community after Hurricane Irma. A notice will be sent next week with the information for the rescheduled meeting.

As power is not yet restored to the HRTPO office, please call 863-838-9762 or email if you have any questions.