MOUNT DORA – The Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation will host an informational event and presentation regarding the 250-mile “Heart of Florida Loop Trail” on Thursday, May 31 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Inn, located at 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora.
This project will impact numerous communities throughout Central Florida by linking existing trails to form an extensive loop, which could bring about significant community and economic benefits.
The event will begin with an informational session where representatives will discuss the Lake Apopka Restoration, the Economic Revival of Winter Garden, the Green Mountain Scenic Byway and the Titusville Birding Festival.
At 6 p.m., following a short reception, Dale Allen, President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation will present the “Close the Gaps” Program. In addition, the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation will present Senator Alan Hays and Representative Trudi Williams with “Trailblazer” Awards, in appreciation for their support of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Greenways and Trails.
In 2011, Lake County and the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) entered into a cooperative management agreement to lease the Clay Island portion of the Lake Apopka Restoration Area for construction of a 9-acre Lake Apopka North Shore Overlook and Trailhead off of County Road 455. The trailhead and overlook will offer access to the 47-mile Lake Apopka Loop Trail.
For more information about this event, call the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation at 850-766-7225.