Governor and Cabinet Approve Cross Florida Greenway Acquisition

March.24.2015

TALLAHASSEE – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet agreed to purchase the Cross Florida Greenway to expand recreational opportunities for Florida families across the state. With hiking, biking, equestrian and paddling trails, boat ramps, fishing spots, campgrounds, playground and picnic shelters, the Greenway offers Floridians of all interests and ages a great place to enjoy Florida’s natural treasures. In fiscal year 2013-14, 927,008 people visited the Greenway, generating an estimated $74,341,241 in direct economic impact.

“This acquisition provides a critical connector for the Cross Florida Greenway, furthering recreational opportunities through additional trailhead access and camping areas,” said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson.

The Cross Florida Greenway is a key component of the Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan Priority Trails Network, and is home to approximately 36 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The greenway stretches 110 miles across central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico on the west coast to the St. Johns River near the east coast. The corridor encompasses diverse natural habitats and traverses four counties (Citrus, Levy, Marion and Putnam).

Governor Scott and the Cabinet members agreed to purchase approximately 193.90 acres in Marion County for $594,000 using Florida Forever Greenway and Trails program funds. The property will be managed as an addition to the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway.

Of the 171 units of the Florida State Parks System, the greenway is ranked the third-highest unit in attendance and direct economic impact; only Honeymoon Island and the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail rank higher.

This land is formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal. A series of historic events transformed this corridor from one of the nation’s largest uncompleted public works projects to a world-class greenway.

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