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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a public kick-off meeting regarding the Coast-to-Coast South Sumter Connector Trail Study within Sumter, Hernando, and Pasco counties.


The 20-miles of the South Sumter Connector Gap represents the largest missing segment in the Coast-to-Coast Connector Trail, a 250-mile system of trails that begins at the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County and extends to the Atlantic Ocean in Brevard County. The study will consider engineering factors, potential environmental effects, financial costs, and other unique elements. The objective is to establish consensus among project stakeholders and lay a solid foundation for the future development of a trail alignment that provides for the best balance of current and future needs.


The public kick-off meeting will be an informal open house from 4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015, at the Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort, 9675 SE 49th Terrace, Webster, FL 33597. The doors open at 4:45 p.m. with an overview-presentation at 5:00 p.m. Display maps illustrating the study corridor, the study schedule, and other information will be available for public review and comment at the meeting. Project representatives will also be present to discuss the study, receive public input, and answer questions.


Participants may submit written public comments at this public information meeting or by mail to:  John Moore, FDOT Project Manager by telephone at 407-482-7882, or by email at john.moore@dot.state.fl.us no later than May 17, 2015. All written comments will become part of the project’s public record.


Public participation is solicited 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: Natalie Suñer, Consultant Project Coordinator, by telephone at 407-965-0590, or by email at nsuner@vhb.com.