Pepping Up Longboat Key’s Multi-use Trail

Longboat Key, Florida | January 22nd, 2019 – One of the lesser-known attractions of real estate properties in Longboat Key is the island’s multi-use trail. However, more attention on this endearing local feature is expected now that the town is planning to extend this bike and pedestrian pathway northward from Broadway Street to the Longboat Pass Bridge.

This trail extension is notably among the town’s proposed priority transportation improvement projects this year. One of the planned measures to help ease traffic in Longboat Key, this project has been submitted for funding approval of the Sarasota-Manatee Master Planning Organization. It calls for the construction of a 10-foot wide trail on both the east and west sides of Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD) up to Longboat Pass.

Priority funding support is also being sought for a traffic circle at Broadway Street and GMD on the north end of town for which the Longboat Key commission has already allocated $150,000 for a feasibility study. Likewise tabled as a priority is another roundabout at GMD and Longboat Club Road on the island’s southern end.

A Window to the Gulf’s Delights

With the island’s trail extended, bikers could truly experience island living to its fullest. As it is now, this path runs for 9.47 miles through the length of the island, allowing some of the best views in town. These vistas include mesmerizing grandeur of the Gulf of Mexico as you bike along some of the narrowest points of the island.

For bikers, it is important to note that Longboat Key enforces a speed limit of 10 miles per hour on the town’s multi-use trail. Bikes also need to have a ding bell so their riders can warn the pedestrians along their way. Be cautious too of vehicles driving out of residences and crossing GMD from this highway’s side roads.

Once the planned northward extension of the multi-use trail is completed, you can easily continue a bike ride over Longboat Pass Bridge onward to Anna Maria Island. There you can partake of the delights in the Cortez and Coquina Beaches where sightings of manatees and dolphins are common.

More Trail Adventures

If you’re hardy and adventurous enough, you can venture southward and head to the South Lido Park. Located on the southern tip of Lido Key, this 100-acre park provides a vantage point to four local bodies of water. These include not only the Gulf of Mexico and Big Pass but also Sarasota Bay and Brushy Bayou. The panorama this parks is just so breathtaking, its visitors agree as one.

Pushing the envelope even more onto the mainland opens the outdoor delights of the car-less Legacy Trail in Sarasota. This former rail track covers more than 12 miles stretching southward to Venice. From this southern end, you can extend a bike adventure to the Venetian Waterway Park’s scenic 10-mile trail along both flanks of the Intracoastal Waterway. This trail offers a flat course that passes picnic areas as resting grounds and leads to more life and leisure activities in downtown Venice and the nearby beach park.

Truly, there are many converging elements and factors that shape the marketability of real estate in Sarasota and Longboat Key. Call or e-mail the Judy Kepecz-Hays team if you’re buying or selling house in this market territory. We can give you more highlights on how to tap the opportunities available in our amazing town and city.

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