The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently allocated $2.1 million to augment the budget designated for the design and construction of segments within the expansive Gateway Greenway Multipurpose Trail system. This decision was reached during their January 9 meeting. The Gateway Greenway Trail system, an integral part of the multi-county non-motorized Gulf Coast Trail network, extends from Hernando County to Collier County.

The commitment to enhancing trails within Manatee County has been a hallmark of the local government’s efforts. These trails, located within parks and preserves, are designed to offer residents and visitors an enhanced and safer outdoor recreational experience. The aim is to create an interconnected trail system that spans Manatee County and extends into the broader region.

The BOCC’s approval of the $2.1 million allocation signifies a crucial milestone in Manatee County’s pursuit of grants specifically earmarked for trail planning, design, and construction. This financial support will expedite the development of trail segments within Manatee County, ultimately forging connections with neighboring counties.

This trail plan represents the culmination of more than two decades of dedicated in-house planning efforts. The result is a professionally crafted product that effectively addresses the needs and aspirations of all trail advocates within Manatee County.

Notably, in December, the board had previously granted approval for a comprehensive master trail plan, encompassing the entire Gateway Greenway Trail System situated within Manatee County. This comprehensive approach underscores the commitment to creating a robust and interconnected trail network for the benefit of all residents and outdoor enthusiasts in the region.

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