MOUNT DORA – The Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation recently hosted an event at the Lakeside Inn, located at 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora to showcase the 250-mile Florida Loop Trail.
The loop trail, which was presented by Dale Allen, President of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, will connect existing trails and numerous communities by forming an extensive loop throughout Central Florida; and will connect to trails on both the east and west coasts of Florida. This intricate network of trails could bring about substantial community and economic benefits.
Leslie Campione, Chairman of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, along with representatives from various counties and organizations were in attendance. The event yielded discussions on topics that included various eco-tourism initiatives, the Lake Apopka restoration, Winter Garden’s economic revitalization efforts and the Green Mountain Scenic Byway.
“This event was very meaningful, informative and productive for all parties involved,” said Campione. “The Florida Loop Trail will not only serve as a linchpin for communities and trails, but the possibilities for economic advancement as a result are tremendous.”
During the event, the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation presented Senator Alan Hays and Representative Trudi Williams with “Trailblazer” Awards as a show of 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 the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, or the Florida Loop Trail, call 850-766-7225.