Manatee County Public Safety Center 2101 47th Terrace East, Bradenton - Training Rooms A & B 2:00 p.m. - March 21, 2017
March 21, 2017 - Special Meeting - Joint Session of Manatee and Sarasota Boards of County Commissioners
Agenda Item #5

Connectivity of Greenways & Multi-Use Paths

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information
Charlie Hunsicker, Director, Parks and Natural Resources, (941) 748-4501 x6001

John Osborne, Infrastructure & Strategic Planning Official, (941) 748-4501 x6825

Action Requested
Update Manatee and Sarasota County Commissioners regarding planning between counties in regards to greenways / multi-use paths and the designation of the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Network being planned by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). 

Enabling/Regulating Authority
The SUNTrail Network is authorized under 339.81, F.S. 

Background Discussion
Both Manatee and Sarasota Counties have master plans for their greenways / multi-use paths. Staff from the respective counties regularly communicate planning efforts and projects. 

FDOT's SUNTrail Network is a statewide system of paved non-motorized trails and a component of the Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS), which is being planned by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). FDEP will have specific funding opportunities for the SUNTrail network.

The current SUNTrail is proposed to go through western Sarasota and Manatee Counties. However, the original alignment through Manatee is no longer feasible. Staff will discuss efforts and opportunities associated with the SUNTrail. 

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Greenways & Paths Presentation.pdf