This September we are celebrating our Florida Trail Town program and highlighting the Florida Main Street program.
In the past, when you thought of "downtown," you pictured a lively center of commerce and activity. Too often today, the images are of vacant, deteriorating buildings. With the assistance of the Florida Main Street program, communities like DeLand, St. Petersburg and Ocala have discovered that town centers can thrive again. Florida Main Street encourages economic development and is dedicated to bringing jobs, dollars and people back to Florida’s historic districts.
Benefits of Florida Main Streets include:
Job creation - A revitalized district attracts new industry and strengthens service and retail job markets.
Savings of tax dollars - Revitalization stabilizes and improves the area’s tax base while also protecting existing investments.
Preservation of the community’s historic resources - In an economically healthy downtown, property owners can afford to maintain their historic buildings and preserve an important part of the community’s heritage.
Re-energizes community pride - Main Street provides a public space for members from all areas of the community to come together, create new partnerships and celebrate their downtown.
Similarly, a Florida Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together and enjoy community. It is a place where trail users can venture off a hiking, biking, equestrian or paddling trail to enjoy the amenities and unique heritage of the community, benefiting the town economically and socially. The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) developed the Florida Trail Town program in 2018 in an initiative to expand safe transportation and connect communities together. There are dozens of official Florida Trail Towns throughout the state, including Dunedin, Clermont, Palatka, Deltona and many more for you and your family to explore.
With our sunny skies and active lifestyles, Florida’s residents and visitors enjoy exploring our many miles of trails. Trail safety is important, particularly where trails and roadways cross. We all need to do our part to protect one another and prevent accidents. Whether as a motorist or trail user, we have a shared responsibility to:
Look and listen.
Obey signs and markings.
Take responsibility for our own safety.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation and Parks joined together to put the spotlight on this important topic by developing a Trail Safety Video.
Feel free to share or download the video along with the extra information found below ... and remember to AlwaysPut Safety First.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.