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Sumter, Hernando, and Pasco Counties - The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will conduct three public meetings for the Coast-to-Coast Trail Sumter County Gap Study. The purpose of these public meetings are to present the trail alignments under consideration and provide opportunities for public and agency input. Project representatives will be present to discuss the study and answer any questions.


In January 2015, FDOT started this planning study to evaluate potential trail alignments for a proposed 20-mile, multiuse trail between the Withlacoochee State Trail and the Van Fleet State Trail.

The primary goal of the study is to identify a trail alignment to “close the gap” of the largest missing segment in the cross-state Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail (C2C). The C2C is a 250-mile regional trail system in Central Florida that connects the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County to the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County.

When this study concludes in summer 2016, the trail options that best meet the project’s need and purpose will be advanced to the next phase.

Due to the length of the study area, FDOT is conducting three Public Meetings, with the same content, see below.

Each meeting will begin as an open house from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with an oral presentation at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

City of Center Hill Community Building

Ridge Manor Community Center

Dade City, City Hall

74 S Virginia Avenue

34240 Cortez Boulevard

38020 Meridian Avenue

Center Hill, FL 33514

Ridge Manor, FL 33523

Dade City, FL 33525


Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons wishing to express their concerns relative to FDOT compliance with Title VI may do so by contacting Jennifer Smith, FDOT District Five Title VI Coordinator by phone at 386-943-5367, or via email at Jennifer.Smith2@dot.state.fl.us.

Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact: Sophia Villavicencio-Ortiz, Consultant Project Coordinator, by telephone at 407-839-4006, or by email at SVillavicencio@vhb.com at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact us by using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice).

Media inquiries may be directed to Jessica Ottaviano, FDOT District Five Office of Public Information, jessica.ottaviano@dot.state.fl.us or 386-943-5473.