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How do you measure the success of a scenic highway? One construction barrel at a time.
Mile for mile, the Florida Keys Scenic Highway continues to be a leader in Florida’s scenic highway program. Last year, we constructed almost 25 miles of new trail, resurfaced a significant portion of the Overseas Highway, added bike lanes to the highway shoulders, added seven pedestrian crossings to improve safety, and brought a spectacular eight-acre waterfront parcel on Florida Bay into the public domain.
We’re not done yet.
“This year, we are adding bike lanes along the entire County Road 905 route through the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge, rehabilitating two of Henry Flagler’s old railroad bridges, designing two scenic overlooks, installing more than 10 miles of landscaping, starting the rehabilitation design for the iconic old Seven Mile Bridge, adding six more miles of trail and constructing a pedestrian overpass across Adams Cut.
The overwhelming success of the Florida Keys Scenic Highway Program is due to the continued commitment by a host of public and private partners.
Being an Area of Critical State Concern, our region faces more challenges than any other area of Florida. On a daily basis, we work to balance development rights, environmental protection, a booming tourism-based economy, hurricane evacuation needs and quality-of-life issues for our residents.
Our scenic highway corridor is surrounded by a national marine sanctuary, and we have five state parks; wildlife refuges; six local governments; a state road department; a state-designated trail; water, power, wastewater and telephone utilities; National Register of Historic Places structures, more endangered plants and animals than any other place in Florida, commercial businesses, and layers of bureaucracy and permitting issues for every good scenic highway idea that we want to bring to fruition.
It didn’t take long to realize that these issues would be insurmountable for a single entity to overcome. Our corridor management entity (a term coined by the state Department of Transportation) was forced to morph into a strong partnership between various government agencies, our 501(c)3 group and the private sector businesses that line the highway.
The public is encouraged to help strengthen the scenic highway message by participating in scenic highway events and offering big ideas to improve the corridor. We all take our role as stewards of Florida’s only federally designated All American Road very seriously.
For more information about the Florida Keys Scenic Highway, please contact me at 304-0412 or via e-mail a email@example.com. If you’d like to join the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance, our 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, contact President Gina Boilini, at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Monroe County transportation planning manager
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
“THE HAMMOCK — Flagler County officials are well aware of what they’ve got along State Road A1A and on Monday made a celebration of tearing down the first of 10 billboards along the scenic byway.”
“The A1A Coastal and Scenic Byway is such a treasure along our coastline,” County Commission Chairman George Hanns said. “We need to do everything we can to restore the natural scenery of the area.”
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BUSHNELL, Fla. — A scenic byway promoting ecotourism and history will be featured Jan. 25, as a ribbon cutting is held to celebrate the Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway’s designation as an official Florida Scenic Highway.
The ceremony begins 9 a.m. that Saturday at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell.
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The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail was the state’s most used bike and pedestrian path in the 2012-13 fiscal year, with 1.9 million visitors generating more than $91 million in direct economic impact.
A report by the state Department of Environmental Protection also found that John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo, and Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key were also in the top 10 when it came to the most visited state parks.
Pennekamp ranked fifth, with 769,751 visitors; Bahia Honda ranked eighth, with 582,093 visitors, the study found.
Park Manager Pat Wells attributed Pennkamp’s popularity to visitors wanting to dive and snorkel some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the United States, he said.
“A lot of our tours go into the National Marine Sanctuary,” he said.
The millions of dollars in improvements to the Overseas Heritage Trail over the past several years is turning the Florida Keys into an international bike tour destination.
Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours owner Mark Terrill has felt the increase in business as trail improvements are continuing to be made, he said. The company rents bikes and other equipment, and offers numerous multi-day trips along the Heritage Trail.
Terrill is working with a group of female athletes from the Athena Organization in San Diego, who will be doing a bike, run and kayak trip starting in Key Largo and ending in Key West, he said.
About 120 members of a group called Pedal Across Wisconsin will be biking the Heritage Trail in December, and similar groups from New Jersey and Georgia will be biking the trail in January, he said.
“These people definitely have money,” Terrill said. “They stay at nice hotels. They are not trying to do the Keys cheaply but just want to bike the Keys.”
Once a month, Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours offers a “Century Ride,” in which riders trek 100 miles a day through the Keys, Terrill said.
The Heritage Trail parallels the Overseas Highway, a designated National Scenic Highway and All-American Road. The recreational pathway incorporates 23 of the historic Flagler Railroad bridges. The longest, continuous section of paved trail is between Mile Marker 106 in Key Largo and Mile Marker 72 in Islamorada.
The trail now encompasses more than 72 miles, which will extend to 106 miles when complete.
Much of the remaining trail is being designed or is under construction by DEP’s Office of Greenways Trails. It’s funded by the Florida Department of Transportation through a federal grant program for alternative transportation.
DEP has spent more than $13 million on the trail so far.
Overall, the Florida Park Service reported a direct economic impact of nearly $1.2 billion on local economies throughout the state in the last fiscal year, hosting a record 25.5 million visitors.
Direct economic impact is defined as the amount of new dollars spent in the local economy by nonlocal park visitors, and funds for park operations spent in the local economy. More than $77 million was contributed to general revenues in the form of state sales taxes, according to state Department of Environmental Protection records.
“With more than 25 million visitors at our parks last year, it’s clear that Florida’s state parks are among the best in the world,” Gov. Scott said in a prepared statement.
New Location: Wild Ocean Market
“Get ready for some dramatic changes along Broward County’s section of State Road A1A.
Plans are in the works to add landscaping, wider sidewalks and bike paths to parts of the 28-mile route, with two workshops scheduled this week so residents can comment.
Among the highlights: Creation of a greenway along Fort Lauderdale’s Galt Ocean Mile and a roundabout to slow traffic; a new four-way intersection where A1A curves in Deerfield Beach; and enhanced medians with lush tropical vegetation and reconfigured travel lanes in Hollywood.
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“The Big Bend Scenic Byway continues on Route 98 along Florida’s Forgotten Coast as the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge spans the five miles of open water between Eastpoint and Apalachicola.
A series of bays and bayous makes up the rich seafood and wildlife habitat where the Apalachicola River — having finished its journey from the confluence of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers at the Florida border — empties into the Apalachicola Bay.
Roll down your windows and breathe in the salty air. Marvel at the glistening water, the rabble of monarch butterflies swarming over the bay, the clouds drifting over the river city on the western shore.”
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MELBOURNE, Fla. — The first hint that something was amiss here, in the shallow lagoons and brackish streams that buffer inland Florida from the Atlantic’s salt water, came last summer in the Banana River, just south of Kennedy Space Center. Three manatees — the languid, plant-munching, over-upholstered mammals known as sea cows — died suddenly and inexplicably, one after another, in a spot where deaths were rare.
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Pedestrian bridge to be completed this Fall!
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“The Courtney Campbell Causeway connecting Tampa and Clearwater is undergoing resurfacing improvements and enhancements, including the addition of new pedestrian and bicycle trails physically separated from the road.”
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PENNEY FARMS – Former Orange Park Town Manager John Bowles, center, portrayed the late James Cash Penney at the June 29 “Attic Treasures Sale” to benefit the J.C. Penney Memorial Scenic Highway. Audrey Penney, left, a Penney Retirement Community resident played Penney’s wife. The event, which featured vendors from Northeast Florida, raised
$400 to benefit the scenic highway project. To learn more about the J.C. Penney Scenic Highway, contact Cathie Parrott, volunteer coordinator at (904) 529-1596.
By Correspondent Dorothy Bruner
The Big Bend Scenic Byway was named one of the top ten most amazing North American road trips to take this summer!
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The owners of the Old Pineapple Inn in Eau Gallie and their local partners celebrated the unveiling of a long awaited State of Florida Historical Marker on April 5, 2013. The marker celebrates the long history of this storied property. Originally owned by the Gleason family, “The William H. Gleason House was built around 1884 by William Henry Gleason and his wife Sarah Griffin Gleason. Mr. Gleason was the first elected Lieutenant Governor of Florida under Governor Harrison Reed in 1868. The house remained in the Gleason family until 1995 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. This stately home was constructed in a Queen Anne Victorian style with moldings, wooden entry doors, and banisters in an Eastlake design. The three-story, frame construction dwelling sits on coquina and brick piers, and was originally sited to afford an excellent view of the Indian River.
Celeste and Robert Henry, the current owners initially applied for the historical marker from the Brevard Historical Society in 2009 – 2010. They were notified by the County Historic Commission and then the State of Florida Historical Marker Council that their marker application had been approved. After several rounds of modifications and edits to its text the marker was finally ordered in the spring of 2013. Ms. Henry worked closely with her partners including the Brevard County Historical Commission, Brevard County Tourist Development Council, Florida Department of State and the City of Melbourne to develop all the necessary justification and documentation. The marker was unveiled before a crowd of approximately 25 local government representatives, community advocates and neighbors.
Ms. Henry is on the Board of Directors of the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway and the Inn looks out over the lagoon and is located on the byway.
When interviewed, Ms. Henry said that the application took some time and perseverance to complete but it was well worth the effort. The “history of the Eau Gallie area and the Gleason House itself are so special”. For further information on the history of the Gleason House or to check out the Old Pineapple Inn please refer to the following: www.oldpineappleinn.com. For additional information on the State of Florida Historical Marker program please refer to the following: www.flheritage.com/preservation/marker.
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Notice of Meeting
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Florida Scenic Highway Advisory Council announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (US & Canada).
PLACE: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Room 252, Marathon Building, 2574 Seagate Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301,
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a Scenic Highway Advisory Council meeting.
The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Mr. Jeff Caster, State Transportation Landscape Architect at the Production Support Office, Florida Department of Transportation, 605 Suwannee Street, MS-40, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450, (850) 414-5267, email: email@example.com or fax: (850) 414-4796.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 24 hours before the meeting by contacting: Mr. Jeff Caster, State Transportation Landscape Architect at the Production Support Office, Florida Department of Transportation, 605 Suwannee Street, MS-40, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450, (850) 414-5267, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: (850) 414-4796. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or (800) 955-8770 (voice).
Currently Available Grants
The following grants are currently available from the Florida Humanities Council. Click on each grant type for additional information including deadlines and application materials.
Major grants provide support for the planning and implementation of large scale humanities projects or those that occur over a longer time frame than those funded by mini grants. Projects may be presented in a variety of formats including exhibits, multi-media resources, lecture series, book and film festivals, walking tours and maps, cultural heritage products, and many others. All applicants must first be pre-approved through a Letter of Intent process.
Mini grants provide financial support for the planning and implementation of a variety of public humanities projects. Mini grant proposals are typically for small projects such as single events, lectures or panel discussions, reading and discussion groups, film series, and/or small exhibits. Mini grants can also support the development of print and/or on-line resources which may include interpretive brochures, reading lists, audio/video recordings of scholar presentations, and classroom resources.
Partnership grants are available to non-profit community organizations who are interested in designing and conducting annual series of humanities programs over a two year period. Organizations must host a minimum of two to four programs annually that clearly relate to a well-defined central theme. In addition to costs related to presenting a program series, grant funds may be expended on the development of complementary resources that extend the reach of the project.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) which was signed into law in 2012. The TAP redefines the former Transportation Enhancements (TE) Program eligibilities and consolidates them with the Safe Routes to Schools, Recreational Trails Program, and the planning, design, or construction of boulevards in the right of way of former Interstates or other divided highways. With the exception of the Recreational Trails Program, the TAP is administered by the Florida Department of Transportation. The programming of transportation alternatives projects is handled by the department’s district offices.
MAP-21 funding for transportation alternatives projects as provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) includes eligibility in the following project categories:
- Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation.
- Safe routes for non-drivers (Including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs, not to be confused with the Safe Routes to School Program).
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails and other non-motorized transportation users.
- Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Community improvement activities, including:
- Inventory, control or removal of outdoor advertising
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
- Vegetation management practices within transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control
- Archeological activities related to impacts from implementation of a transportation project
- Environmental mitigation activities, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to:
- Address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff
- Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats
The TAP is a cost reimbursable program, under which projects that are proposed by eligible project sponsors are selected for implementation through a competitive process.
Local control and decision-making is a fundamental part of TAP. Fifty percent of the funds are sub-allocated to areas based on population while the other fifty percent may be obligated to other areas of the state. Eligible entities (project sponsors) within Transportation Management Areas (TMAs) with population greater than 200,000 submit eligible projects which are selected and ranked by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) through a competitive process, in consultation with the FDOT. In TMAs with multiple MPOs, the MPOs coordinate and agree upon a single project priority list for the entire TMA.
Projects within MPOs with population between 50,000 and 200,000 and Non-MPO Areas are ranked in priority order by the appropriate MPO or County Commission, and submitted to the FDOT District Office for funding consideration.
The following entities are eligible for TAP funding: local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public lands agencies, school districts/local education agencies or schools, tribal governments, and any other local or regional governmental agencies with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a competitive program administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) which provides grants for projects that provide, renovate or maintain recreational trails, trailhead and trailside facilities.
Eligible projects include:
Mixed-Use projects (either motorized, non-motorized or a combination of both)
Recreational trails are thoroughfares or tracks across land or snow used for recreational purposes including, but not limited to bicycling, cross-country skiing, day hiking, equestrian activities, jogging or similar, fitness activities, trail biking, overnight and long distance backpacking, roller skating, in-line skating, dog sledding, running, snowmobiling, aquatic or water activity and vehicular travel by motorcycle, four-wheel drive or all terrain, off-road vehicles.
The FDEP’s Office of Greenways & Trails administers the program in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Projects are funded through the RTP Grant Application process. Eligible entities are: municipal or county governments, state or federal governmental agencies, recognized state and federal Indian tribal governments, and organizations approved by the State.
The maximum grant amount for mixed use projects and non-motorized projects is
$200,000. The maximum grant award amount for motorized projects it is $660,000
Applications are initially reviewed for eligibility by FDEP pursuant to state and federal eligibility requirements. The eligible applications are prioritized by DEP in consultation with the RTP Advisory Committee and submitted to the FHWA for funding consideration.
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Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges
Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges
Partnership of federal agencies and national organizations offers workshop funding, technical assistance, and additional resources
Today, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is on the new CIRD website: www.rural-design.org.
The deadline for submitting a proposal is Tuesday March 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm EST.
CIRD (formerly known as “Your Town”) works to help rural communities with populations of 50,000 or fewer enhance their quality of life and economic vitality through facilitated design workshops. The program brings together local leaders, non-profits, and community organizations with a team of specialists in design, planning, and creative placemaking to address challenges like strengthening economies, enhancing rural character, leveraging cultural assets, and designing efficient housing and transportation systems.
Flagler County Honored As A Preserve America Community
Flagler County’s is honored to be designated as a Preserve America Community. The designation, by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizes Flagler County’s efforts to preserve its rich history. The County will receive a certificate signed by the First Lady and the honor qualifies the entire county for grants associated with the Federal program.
“The president and I want to congratulate all of the Preserve America Communities and thank them for their commitment to protecting and strengthening America’s cultural and natural heritage,” Mrs. Obama said.
Communities designated receive national attention for their accomplishments in preserving special places and telling the nation’s story. The benefits of the program include use of the Preserve America logo, listing in a web-based directory that showcases Flagler County’s preservation efforts and heritage tourism destinations. Preserve America communities are listed in “Discover Our Shared Heritage” National Register Travel Itineraries, as well as in “Teaching With Historic Places” materials created by the National Park Service.
“This is the result of Flagler County’s consistent efforts to preserve our rich history and tell our story to the public,” County Commission Chairman Nate McLaughlin said. “It is a national honor and we are proud to be a Preserve America community.”
The program involves more than just recognition. In a partnership with Washington Oaks State Park, Flagler County and the State Park received a $22,000 Preserve America grant for signage in the historic areas of the park.
The Preserve America program is a federal initiative which encourages and supports community efforts to preserve the country’s cultural and natural heritage. The advisory Council on Historic Preservation administers the program with the Department of Interior, with cooperation with the White House and 10 other federal agencies.
Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway Volunteer Kiosk Program
When a crowd gathered around the proto-type kiosk during the Florida Black Bear Festival in March one lady said, “It’s cute. I want one in my front yard.”
As it turned out that was Shananne Cain a local business owner and member of the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce. She was instrumental in getting the Florida Black Bear Festival Partnership to donate funds for a kiosk for the Byway. That was the sixth scenic byway kiosk donated within a two month period.
As part of the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway’s Master Plan project, a “Volunteer Sponsored Kiosk Program” was developed and implemented over the summer. For $600-$700 sponsors can donate an outdoor kiosks built and installed by local volunteers.
The newest kiosk sits outside the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce office where Executive Director Susan Martin can see it as she goes about her daily activities. The kiosk tells visitors about the history and culture of the byway on one side and celebrates the Florida Black Bear Festival on the other side. “The Partnership of the Florida Black Bear Festival is pleased to participate in the many ecotourism opportunities associated with the promotion of the Byway and look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway to facilitate and promote the festival.”
The free, family-oriented festival, now in its 14th year, is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cadwell Park in Umatilla, south of the Ocala National Forest. The free event is a great way for families to spend a few hours together doing something fun and educational at the same time. One of the most popular activities is a tour that takes you deep into the Ocala National Forest, where FWC bear research biologists are waiting to lead field-trip participants through natural bear habitat and explain a bit of bruin natural history.
Central Florida boasts the highest density of bears in the state and can truly be called bear country. But that distinction brings with it the responsibility to learn how to live with bears with minimal conflict.
“Helping people understand bear behavior has always been one of the FWC’s primary goals for the festival,” Basham said. “If people who live in bear country understand what makes bears tick, they will know what they can do to discourage bears from causing problems in their homes and communities.”
The festival is presented by Defenders of Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the City of Umatilla, the FWC and the Umatilla Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the 14th annual Florida Black Bear Festival, call 352-669-3511 or visit http://umatillachamber.org/BlackBearFest/.
The Scenic Byway Interpretive Plan developed to tell the Byway Story included plans for 16 two-sided outdoor kiosks strategically placed along the 120-mile byway. The Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway shared the concept at meetings and with others, within three months there was a total of eight kiosks donated. It’s been a great program for expanding ownership and interest in the byway. Some of those who donated kiosks asked for custom panels of information pertinent to the byway story. Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway is also planning on installing “Sponsored by” plaques on the kiosks to personalize them. In some cases, sponsors have asked that the plaque indicate that the kiosk is dedicated to a family member. The next two kiosks are planned for the Bartram’s Oak on the St, Johns River and Sparky’s Restaurant both locations are in Astor.
For more information or to view pictures of the new kiosk or the Florida Black Scenic Byway please visit our Facebook page or website at www.floridablackbearscenicbyway.org
Attention FSHP Community,
New information has been released from the Federal Highway Administration. There is now guidance on how Scenic Byways can receive funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidetap.cfm.
Eligible projects under the Surface Transportation Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program that may have previously been eligible as part of the National Scenic Byways Program include the construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities related to a byway; and bicycle and pedestrian facilities along a byway. (23 U.S.C. 101(a)(29), 23 USC 213(b), MAP-21 1101, 1122).
We will release more information as it becomes available.
November 2012 Update – Wm. Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway (WBS&HH)
We’re back, doing more than ever before. Our October meeting informed the members of the latest news on the Old Settlers Reunion that happened on October 27 – hope you enjoyed the day.
Travis Johnson presented his “Roadside Chat” describing happenings at FDOT regarding planned enhancements to the Florida Scenic Highway Program (FSHP) and benefits for state residents and Scenic Highway groups – a very informative presentation.
Ed Cotton was a guest speaker giving an oral presentation on the Black Jacksonville Regiment – the only Union Army group in Florida during the Civil war. This regiment of black, Union soldiers patrolled the St. Johns River with occasional “skirmishes” along the river banks. A point of interest was the fact the Union protected only two locations in Florida – Key West and the St. Johns River at Jacksonville to Palatka. The history of Black Regiments in Florida and the South can be found at Florida History Online on the web.
The WBS&HH Management Council, in October, advertised an RFQ for a professional consultant/firm to create a Northwest St. Johns County historic study including identification of major historic structures along our Scenic Highway.
The selected consultant firm will also be required to prepare a Historic lesson for the St. Johns County School Board and a video of William Bartram’s life story. You may recall an earlier column wherein I commented on our meeting with the school board and Dr. Joyner’s interest in this project. It’s also expected the successful bidder provide Historical story line write-ups for Florida Frontiers weekly magazine on WJCT.
Another RFQ was requested for interested professionals interested in maintaining our existing website including the website additions. These RFQ’s were required by November 1st and we’ll report on the successful bidder in our next report.
You may have seen recent stories in local newspapers about a developer making an “end run” around our County Commission with a “special law” – essentially a simple footnote to an existing law, amending a request for developing another subdivision along Greenbriar Road. The original request was denied by our Commissioners back in 2009 as not meeting the requirements for an agricultural enclave regarding the developer used in his effort to gain approval.
The WBS&HH Management Council and Northwest County Coalition made public comments at the Commission hearing October 16th ,planning further comments to state/federal politicians asking for reversal of the, so called, “footnote” changing a law favoring one property owner and only one parcel of land for specified time. This “foot noted law destroys our County Commission’s ability to govern in their own county. Disgraceful – and this comes special interests and a term limited senator from Bradenton, Florida.
Interested in protecting and preserving the intrinsic and historic resources along the State Road 13 scenic highway can join group for as little as $15 for students and seniors. Call 287-5577 or e-mail email@example.com for membership brochure. Corporate sponsorships are available.
The next regular meeting will be 6:30 P.M. on November 8, 2012 at the County Annex at 725 Flora Branch Blvd.
Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail
Corridor Management Entity, Inc.
P.O. Box 1807
Ormond Beach, FL 32175
Announcement and Invitation
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening of the Tomoka State Park Trail Extension
September 7th, Friday, 10 AM at the Entrance to the Tomoka State Park, North Beach Street, Ormond Beach
The City of Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Tomoka State Park and the Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail CME proudly announce and extend an invitation to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening of the Tomoka State Park Trail Extension from Inglesa Avenue through the woods to the entrance of Tomoka State Park.
This is a beautiful handicap accessible paved trail extension winding through the amazing State Park lands adjacent to the canopy road of North Beach Street/Old Dixie Highway leading to Tomoka State Park. This trail will open up to residents and visitors easy access in a safe off the road trail leading to and into Tomoka State Park, trails, picnic areas, historic sites and park amenities.
Please join us in this wonderful event on September 7th.
July 2012 Update – Wm. Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway (WBS&HH)
Members of the Scenic Highway Management Council are presently enjoying the summer but we’re still moving forward with some of our projects.
The project ranking accomplished during our last meeting has helped us move forward to develop “scopes of service” documents required for us to determine costs and budgets to complete the projects. When reconvening in September we’ll be geared to make decisions to meet our 2012 objectives.
In the July issue of The Creekline I outlined the priority list of projects we’re attempting to fund and complete and I’m very pleased to say this has created a lot of interest on the part of Creekline readers who have asked for membership brochures and/or volunteer their services. This interest is much appreciated and we look forward to growing community interest in our work.
Anyone interested in joining the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway organization to help protect and preserve the intrinsic and historic resources along the scenic highway should request a membership brochure by calling 287-5577 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Memberships start at $15 for students and seniors. Corporate sponsorships are also available.
Our next regular meeting will be 6:30 P.M. on September 13, 2012 at the County Annex at 725 Flora Branch Blvd. See you then.
The summary below is from the following website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/summaryinfo.cfm
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21)
A Summary of Highway Provisions
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
July 17, 2012
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005. MAP-21 represents a milestone for the U.S. economy – it provides needed funds and, more importantly, it transforms the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure.
MAP-21 creates a streamlined, performance-based, and multimodal program to address the many challenges facing the U.S. transportation system. These challenges include improving safety, maintaining infrastructure condition, reducing traffic congestion, improving efficiency of the system and freight movement, protecting the environment, and reducing delays in project delivery.
MAP-21 builds on and refines many of the highway, transit, bike, and pedestrian programs and policies established in 1991. This summary reviews the policies and programs administered by the Federal Highway Administration. The Department will continue to make progress on transportation options, which it has focused on in the past three years, working closely with stakeholders to ensure that local communities are able to build multimodal, sustainable projects ranging from passenger rail and transit to bicycle and pedestrian paths.
Setting the course for transportation investment in highways, MAP-21 –
- Strengthens America’s highways
MAP-21 expands the National Highway System (NHS) to incorporate principal arterials not previously included. Investment targets the enhanced NHS, with more than half of highway funding going to the new program devoted to preserving and improving the most important highways — the National Highway Performance Program.
- Establishes a performance-based program.
Under MAP-21, performance management will transform Federal highway programs and provide a means to more efficient investment of Federal transportation funds by focusing on national transportation goals, increasing the accountability and transparency of the Federal highway programs, and improving transportation investment decisionmaking through performance-based planning and programming.
- Creates jobs and supports economic growth
MAP-21 authorizes $82 billion in Federal funding for FYs 2013 and 2014 for road, bridge, bicycling, and walking improvements. In addition, MAP-21enhances innovative financing and encourages private sector investment through a substantial increase in funding for the TIFIA program. It alsoincludes a number of provisions designed to improve freight movement in support of national goals.
- Supports the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) aggressive safety agenda
MAP-21 continues the successful Highway Safety Improvement Program, doubling funding for infrastructure safety, strengthening the linkage among modal safety programs, and creating a positive agenda to make significant progress in reducing highway fatalities. It also continues to build on other aggressive safety efforts, including the Department’s fight against distracted driving and its push to improve transit and motor carrier safety.
- Streamlines Federal highway transportation programs.
The complex array of existing programs is simplified, substantially consolidating the program structure into a smaller number of broader core programs. Many smaller programs are eliminated, including most discretionary programs, with the eligibilities generally continuing under core programs.
- Accelerates project delivery and promotes innovation.
MAP-21 incorporates a host of changes aimed at ensuring the timely delivery of transportation projects. Changes will improve innovation and efficiency in the development of projects, through the planning and environmental review process, to project delivery.
With the 500th Anniversary of Florida coming up (2013) it is going to be important to coordinate your Byway events with the statewide efforts – referred to as Viva Florida 500. This is a great opportunity to market your Byway as the State is expecting a significant increase in tourism throughout the year. Please see http://www.visitflorida.com/viva for more info.
Info from Viva Florida 500 website:
In 2013, Florida will reach a significant milestone, the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival on Florida’s east coast. What makes this anniversary so unique is that Ponce de León’s convoy of explorers was the first group of Europeans to document such a landing and give a name to Florida—La Florida. They were also the first recorded Europeans to explore any part of what’s now the continental United States of America.
Florida’s documented material history dates back more than 12,000 years to American Indians, who were the original pioneers. But Spain’s claim in 1513 began a new era in human history that saw many nationalities come together as the foundation that eventually formed the United States of America. The legacy of Spanish Florida started with Ponce de León and was further established by Pedro Menéndez when he founded St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in North America, in 1565.
Spanish explorers weren’t alone in Florida’s transformation. In addition to the American Indians who were already in Florida, Spanish settlers were preceded by the French who established the military base, Fort Caroline, in 1564. The Spanish were then temporarily displaced under English rule in the late eighteenth century. Under each flag, Florida was cultivated by settlers of multiple nationalities and new communities were built. Today, a countless number of different cultures thrive together in Florida. Viva Florida 500 is about all of them and their impact on the history of Florida.
The Florida Department of State and its many partners are planning enriching events and experiences across the state. Join us in celebrating the Florida we live in today!
Introduction To The New Byways Website Via The National Scenic Byway Foundation
Presented by the National Scenic Byway Foundation
Anaise Berry, National Scenic Byway Foundation
Duane Lula, America’s Byways Resource Center
Gary Jensen, Federal Highway Administration
Carrie Kissel, National Association of Development Organizations
Leslie Kedelty, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association
Don Farleo and Tracy Maurer, ADCo (developed the website)
Many of the training modules, tools, marketing resources and publications developed by the America’s Byways Resource Center will continue to be available to the byway community after the Center has closed. This webinar, hosted by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, will introduce you to a new website and links to other websites that will host the information. Learn about how and where to access this information, and hear about some new resources never before available and a few updates to well-known tools. Time for questions and discussion will be provided.
Date: July 17, 2012
Time: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST
To register: click here
June 2012 Update – Wm. Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway (WBS&HH)
You all missed a great meeting of the WBS&HH Management Council on June 14th. We had the largest turnout of members, new and old, in recent history and they were treated to a very lively discussion. It was a great turnout of many interested people and we welcome all of you at our next meeting on September 13th.
Why such a big turnout? It’s simple; we had a lot to discuss in ranking and deciding what projects to pursue for the remainder of this year and early 2013. Ranking of future projects was very important because our funding from the original Federal/State/County grant could be in jeopardy considering the fact St. Johns County, and the State has other priorities.
However, our view is that we can manage the remaining funds more efficiently than government in completing our education series of programs intended to benefit our schools and the general public. For more information on this topic please review my article in the June issue of The Creekline and the encouragement offered by Dr. Joyner during a School Board workshop in May.
Ranking of projects has been completed and I’m pleased to say that a membership drive and fund raising ranked at the top of the list. Obviously, without new members or money we won’t be able to complete projects important to St. Johns County and the preservation of our history and intrinsic resources along the Scenic Highway.
Next highest ranked projects are:
1. Preparation of lesson plans for County schools about the historical significance of the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway.
2. Creation of a speakers bureau to bring this history to interested organizations/groups including Chamber of Commerce and the BCC efforts to attract business and jobs to St. Johns County
3. Educational brochures re: Historic Oak trees, Historical communities etc. along the St. Johns River
4. Scholarly history of Western St. Johns County including pre-historic, Native American, Spanish and English occupations, the era of Stetson Kennedy, and other more current developments.
5. Series of Educational videos (DVD’s) re: Wm. Bartram’s life story, Plantation era and Francis Philip Fatio, Native Americans etc.
6. Updating our website: www.bartramscenichighway.com with topics important to business development, marketing, current events, and WBS&HH strategic planning for future development.
There are numerous other projects in our longer range master plan designed to protect and preserve the many intrinsic and historic resources along the scenic highway and we encourage interested residents to join us in our efforts. Memberships start at $15 for students and seniors – call 287-5577 for a membership brochure. Our next meeting will be September 13, 2012.
There was also a lengthy discussion about a pavilion/shelter to be built in Alpine Grove Park later this year. The design and functionality of the pavilion was presented by Wil Smith, Director of St. Johns County Recreation and Parks. Members of our group are considering asking for changes to this Recreation and Parks “plan” – the possible changes will have been presented before this update is printed in July. Need to know what’s changed? Send a note to me at: email@example.com at your convenience.
As you guessed, we’re taking the summer off but I will continue these monthly updates. Thanks for reading this column and have a great summer.
OLD CHIMNEY PARK RECEIVES HISTORICAL REGISTRATION
Scenic Highway Foundation received notification that the Hyer-Knowles Planing Mill Chimney was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The National Register of Historic Places is an official listing of sites and properties throughout the United Statesthat reflect the historic occupation and historical development of our nation, states and local communities. It is maintained by the Keeper of the National Register, National Park Services, U.S. Department of the Interior. To qualify for the national Register the applicant must first qualify in Florida as a Florida Heritage Landmark. This application was filed by Scenic Highway Foundation member and grant writerMary Gutierrezon March 10, 2009. After approval as a Florida Heritage Landmark, the state recommended the application be sent to the National Register of Historic Places. Notification of the listing was sent to Scenic Highway Foundation May 24, 2012 .
The Old Chimney property is part of a land grant to Emanual Bonifay in 1813. The chimney was built in the mid-1850’s on land acquired by Henry Hyer in January of 1854. It was part of the steam power plant for the “Hyer-Knowles Planing Mill” which was in operation by 1857. The original bricks for the chimney were hand made by slaves in one the nearby brick factories that lined the west coast ofEscambiaBay. In March 1862, General Braxton Bragg was evacuating the Confederate forces holding mine Pensacola when Confederate Secretary of War JudahP. Benjamin ordered the destruction of everything that could be of use to the advancing Union forces. His instructions were to “Destroy all machinery private and public which could be useful to the enemy; especially disable the sawmills in and around the Bay, and burn the lumber”. He set March 10 as the deadline for the demolition. The Hyer-Knowles Mill (except for the brick chimney) was destroyed that night. Local legend has been that the Hyer-Knowles machinery was loaded onto barges in an attempt to save as much as possible. Confederate memos say thunderstorms and large waves sweptEscambiaBaythat night of March 10, 1863. The Hyer-Knowles machinery on the barges sank to the bottom of the bay. Thus the chimney serves as a physical reminder of the internal struggles of our nation during the Civil War.
Today the property is configured as a “mini” or “ribbon” park functioning as a roadside rest area with parking spaces and brick walkways. It is located on a portion of Highway 90 that is Scenic Highway in Pensacola, Florida. The highway is the first Florida State “Scenic Highway” designated on April 13, 1998 as Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway.
A local volunteer group, the Scenic Highway Foundation was formed to manage the Highway. The Foundation is in the process of writing a grant for the restoration of the historic brick chimney in order to stabilize the structure and prevent further deterioration of this historic gem.
Written By Al Abbatiello
The months keep rolling by and the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway Management Council is keeping up with the flow. Our May meeting was, as usual, lively, informative, and productive.
Claire Fioriti, Chair of the tree planting committee, updated us on their activities – specifically the health and welfare of three trees recently planted at Alpine Grove Park. The trees are doing well thanks to a “watering committee” that’s keeping the trees well nourished and flourishing. By this time next year the trees will be better established and able to thrive on their own.
We learned that our 8th Annual Bartram Bash in April was successful and planning has begun for next year’s event. Plans for the annual Old Settlers Reunion in the Fall are underway and more fun times for the community at large is coming – stay tuned, you don’t want to miss this exciting event.
In May I told the WBS&HH Management Council that the Recreation and Parks Dept. of St. Johns County is planning to build a covered Pavilion at Alpine Grove Park. We learned of the plan from Parks Director, Wil Smith and he’ll give us specifics at our June 14th meeting. The management council has serious concerns over the planning for this pavilion and anxiously awaits Wil’s comments. To learn more about this plan you’re welcome to attend. We meet at the County Annex, 725 Flora Branch Blvd. starting at 6:30 PM.
You’ll also be interested to know a Farmer’s Market is being planned for Alpine Grove Park and to begin later this summer (July?). Planning is not yet complete but is likely to be approved by St. Johns County.. We’ll learn more about this planning from Wil at our June meeting.
The WBS&HH Management Council leadership thinks the Farmer’s Market would be a good event for the Northwest Community in terms of helping build community relationships and the opportunity to increase membership for the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway organization. Yes, we want and need new members – fresh ideas and energy from newcomers will help us keep the Scenic Highway and surrounding area scenic and historic.
At our June meeting we’ll be discussing a variety of possible projects to further advance our longer term objectives. Fundraising via available grants, increased membership, and educational events in cooperation with schools, corporate/commercial sponsors will help us complete a planned Education Series and other worthwhile projects. Visit: www.bartramscenichighway.com to sign up for our quarterly newsletter to stay fully informed.
On May 22, 2012 we addressed a St. Johns County School Board workshop to inform them of our activities, including a planned education series of “lectures” for students etc. This initiative is expected to help bring greater awareness of the intrinsic resources and history of Northwest St. Johns County to county students and the community at large. School Superintendent, Dr. Joyner offered encouragement and the possible assistance of school system curriculum staff at whatever time we’re ready to present our plan. Thank you Dr. Joyner and Chairman Beverly Slough.
If you’re a regular reader of these updates I’m sure you notice a recurring theme. We’re committed and ACTIVE in the work of preserving, protecting the quality of life along the Wm. Bartram Scenic Highway and look forward to your participation. Join us on June 14th, 6:30 PM at the County Annex, 725 Flora Branch Blvd. See you then.
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Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance from the National Park Service provides no funding, but our experienced staff can help communities plan for success.
Applications for assistance will be accepted until August 1.
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a staff member in your area before preparing an application.
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Chair John Rude of the Corridor Advocacy Group/Corridor Management entity (CAG/CME), would like to thank everyone who participated in A1A day 2012 and the first annual Corridor Cleanup. A special thank you to the City of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea who hosted the event and provided all the equipment and refreshments. We hope to make this cleanup effort a recurring event in the near future along the entire A1A corridor, in participation with FDOT adopt a highway program. Thank you again for all who volunteered your time and came out to support beautification of the corridor! Please enjoy the attached pictures.
Thank you for your support and participation to City of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea City of Dania Beach City of Hollywood City of Pompano Beach FDOT-Adopt a highway program Broward B-cycle Urban Health Partnerships- Complete Streets Broward Air Quality Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society Pompano Proud Broward MPO TOUCH Partners Dream in Green.
Thank you for your participation at the A1A day 2012.
On Friday over 650 particpants in KIDS OCEAN DAY at Anastasia State Park will make a statement that “Kids Care” about our environment. Students from Ketterlinus, Crookshank and R.B. Hunt Elementary Schools will experience a day of learning from local educators on a wide variety of nature topics related to ocean literacy and natural sciences. This end of year field trip highlights many lessons and presentations that Friends of A1A has completed as part of its Nature Mosaic marketing and art education campaign. Thanks to the assistance from VISIT FLORIDA and Community Foundation grants, students participate free to learning experiences otherwise not available. To make the day a success Florida Aviation Career Training (Bjorn), Sue and Swede’s Golbal Images (Bob) will photograph the sea manatee mosaic created by Creative Mosaics (Debi) from the air above Anastasia State Park Beach.
There is still time to volunteer for the event. Contact Sallie_OHara@scenica1a.org for more information – 904-540-0402. Weather forecasts are great! Training sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday at noon at the Mizell office for volunteers.
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Jim Spalla, DirectorPosted: 26 March, 2012Chapter 479, Florida Statutes ReviewThe Florida Department of Transportation is initiating a review and proposed revision of Chapter 479, Florida Statutes (the controlling state law for Outdoor Advertising). The Department invites licensees, permit holders, local government officials, highway beautification groups, and the general public to submit their suggestions to the Department no later than May 15, 2012. Interested persons are requested to submit their written suggestions by either: 1) posting comments on this website, see link below; or 2) mailing comments to Michael Green, Outdoor Advertising Office, Florida Department of Transportation, 605 Suwannee Street, Mail Station 22, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450. The Department will keep interested persons advised of this rewrite via this website.
Submit comments regarding the Chapter 479, Florida Statutes Review to:
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Recreation and Parks (DRP) invites you to participate in a survey to gain a better understanding of recreation-related issues in Florida. Participation in this survey is both voluntary and anonymous. Responses from this survey will be used as part of the 2013 update of Outdoor Recreation in Florida, the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan (SCORP). The focus of the survey is to generate qualitative information; it will not be used for any statistical analysis. To participate in the public survey, visit http://floridadep.recreation-public.sgizmo.com/s3/.
In addition to participating in the public survey, if you manage public lands please contact Adam Straubinger, Planning Consultant with DRP’s Office of Park Planning by emailing Adam.Straubinger@dep.state.fl.us. Adam will send you a link to a survey for Public Land Providers that will also be used to help prepare the SCORP.
Please take a few minutes to share your comments on the service you received from the department by clicking on this link. DEP Customer Survey.
Click the image below to see the Florida Keys Scenic Highway’s New Projects Along the US 1 Corridor
Now is the time to submit your entries for the annual Flagler Awards competition. Named for Henry Flagler, the Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida.
The Flagler Awards honors many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. The awards are open to all individuals, private businesses and not-for-profit organizations actively involved in promoting the various products and experiences that make up Florida’s tourism industry.
VISIT FLORIDA has created an online toolkit to assist you with completing your entry. Items included in toolkit are:
- Call For Entry
- Entry Checklist
- Entry Form
- Project Summary Form
- Project Summary Tips
- Sample Project Summaries
There are severarl categories in which you can submit your entry; however, you cannot enter the same materials, programs or activities into more than one category, except if entered as part of a campaign in the Mixed Media Campaign category.
Working independently, a panel of five judges evaluates the creativity, innovation, production quality, and effectiveness of each entry. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, awards are presented to the top three entries in each category (Bronze Award, Silver Award, and the Henry Award). The deadline to submit your Flagler Awards entry is May 18. Entries can be mailed to:
The Flagler Awards
c/o Hayworth Creative
700 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 100
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Entries may also be submitted by professional marketing companies or individuals, including advertising, public relations, design, web and other marketing agencies. It should be noted, however, that any awards for these entries would be presented to the tourism or hospitality client for whom the work was performed, not the submitting agency.
The Florida Keys Scenic Highway Corridor Management Entity will hold their monthly Board of Directors Meeting at the Marathon Government Center, BOCC Chambers on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 1:30-3:30pm.
The group will meet to make arrangements for their annual General Membership meeting. Additional discussion items will include 501(c)3 business, vacant board seats, and a membership drive.
The US 1 corridor is owned and managed by the Florida Department of Transportation. The FKSCA is a grassroots organization that has been designated by the FDOT as the corridor management entity through its scenic highway program. The mission of the FKSCA is to enhance the scenic image, preserve our heritage and diversity, and promote the natural beauty of the Florida Keys Scenic Corridor.
Members of the public are welcome to attend and encouraged to support the FKSCA through membership in the organization. For additional information, please contact Trish Smith, Monroe County Transportation Planner at 305 304 0412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual General Membership Meeting
Come learn about the Florida Keys Scenic Highway!
The Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance (FKSCA) needs your support to make US 1, Florida’s only “All American Road” the best in the country. The FKSCA is a Not for Profit 501c(3) organization dedicated to educating, promoting, and improving the Florida Keys Scenic Highway. New members, old members and curious on-lookers are invited to attend the 2012 General Membership meeting of this grassroots organization:
When: April 19, 2012
11am – 2:00pm
Where: Marathon Yacht Club
825 33rd Street, Gulf
Marathon, FL 33050
(305) 743-6739 (call for directions)
Cost: $25.00 individuals
Representatives from the FDOT Scenic Highway Program are flying in from Tallahassee for a “roadside chat” to speak about the state of the scenic highway program;
The FKSCA will share success stories along the Florida Keys Scenic Highway;
You can test your knowledge of US 1 in the Florida Keys Scenic Highway trivia contest;
Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch;
Visit our exhibit area to see what the FKSCA agency partners have been up to;
Find out about the Adopt A Highway Program, the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, the National Marine Sanctuary, The Florida State Parks, and National Wildlife Refuges;
The general membership meeting will provide an opportunity to brainstorm new project ideas, vote on by-law revisions, and nominate new board members (Nominations for the Lower Keys and Marathon Board of Director seats are being solicited);
This is your also an opportunity to register as a new member or renew your existing membership in the FKSCA!
Please send your check or money order payable to: Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance to: Monroe County Planning Department, 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050, Attn: Trish Smith, Interim Scenic Highway Coordinator.
For more information, please call Trish Smith at 305 304-0412.
William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway & National Scenic Byway Workshop
This workshop is being held April 10, 11 and 12, 2012 and will be hosted by the William Bartram Corridor Management Entity.
This workshop is a great opportunities to take advantage of training from the National Byways Office
Wayne Gannaway, Byways Specialist, will be speaking and teaching. Wayne is an excellent resource for byways on promotion, problem solving, planning and marketing.
Also the byways coordinator for New Mexico’s “Billy the Kid” Scenic Highway will be speaking. Laura is a dynamic speaker and has a great wealth of information and experience promoting and marketing scenic byways.
The address for the workshop is: 725 Flora Branch Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32259 (just off Race Track Road)
Wednesday, April 11 is the day devoted to fundraising and marketing for all corridors.
You are welcome to attend all 3 days, but Tuesday, the 10th and Thursday, the 12th will be tailored specifically for the William Bartram corridor.
For more information contact:
April 10 – 12th, 2012
10:00am – 4:30pm
725 Flora Branch Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32259
March 14-16, 2012
Florida Public Safety Institute
You are invited to “Rethink Rural” at the 2012 Rural Economic Development and Tourism Summit!
The Summit will focus on several issues facing rural areas including changes in the way the state of Florida is focusing on these issues and partnerships with such entities as education and the military.
Agenda items will include a legislative update,
self-sustainability by economic development
organizations, tourism and funding sources.
Registration fee is $95 and includes
breakfast and lunch on both days.
To register, please visit http://www.opportunityflorida.com/registration.cfm
There will be a Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Division of Strategic Business Development’s (SBD) session on Wednesday, March 14 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. as well as an off-site reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m at Tri-Eagle Sales in Midway.
For hotel information, please visit http://www.opportunityflorida.com/registration.cfm.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Estes, 850-718-0453 or email@example.com
or David Gardner, 850-627-9231
Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI)
Academy Drive, Havana, Florida
The FPSI is located on US 90, 7.8 miles north of
Interstate-10at Exit 192
Byway entities come in all sizes and types. Responsibilities and opportunities are equally challenging. With so much to do, where do you start thinking about the best ways to ensure longevity and strength for your byway? What are you doing now that could merit the use of outside technical assistance? Sometimes it is even hard to begin a conversation about technical assistance, without knowing how to define the need or define the type of help most needed.
To help you evaluate technical assistance needs and priorities, America’s Byways Resource Center provides a Byway Assessment service to aide your organizational development. This Byway Assessment Tool is the first step in the process.
The tool is organized around topics of fundamental importance where specialized consultation can make a great difference to the health and future strength of your group. Not all topics are applicable at the same time, and not all are applicable to every byway.
The tool is organized in six sections to assess each of these topic areas. Combined, the sections address the majority of capacity stages and needs of most byway organizations. Your organization or group may be most familiar with those portions of this assessment that you have addressed within your Corridor Management Plan (CMP). A goal of this assessment is to further your group’s thoughts about what is important in keeping the energy, excitement, and strength of your byway at optimal capacity.
There are a number of ways that you or your group may fill out this assessment. Several people in your group can take the assessment independently or you could work as a team and discuss each category before arriving at a group response. You could also assign sections to different groups. We recommend that you invite all who are invested in moving your organization and your byway work forward to assist in the assessment or portions of it. These may include staff, board, advisory groups, parent organization and others who may be important to your work. We also urge you to involve your external partners to assist in the assessment. By having these partners assist in completing the initial assessment, you can gain valuable input and learn their views on how your organization is functioning. External partners may include: state or tribal byway coordinator, state/tribal tourism office, hosting organizations, local/regional government partners, Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) and others. The Resource Center gives permission to provide copies of the assessment tool to individuals who will be completing all or a portion of the assessment and returning the results to the Resource Center on behalf of your byway organization.
After you have filled out the applicable portions, return your responses by e-mail or mail to the America’s Byways Resource Center. Once all responses from your byway are received, the Resource Center will compile and analyze the responses and send the results back to you. Each section will be evaluated separately.This will be helpful in pinpointing the areas to discuss with your Byways Specialist and help your specialist know where to start in providing assistance. The results and findings from the assessment will remain confidential, and we will not share your results with anyone outside of your organization unless you grant permission in written form.
Click Here to access the Assessment Tool for Byways PDF. If you would like to save this PDF to your computer, right click here and click “Save Target As”.
Deadline for submittals: 5 p.m. March 31, 2012
The non-profit Florida Wildflower Foundation (FWF) is requesting information from interested counties, cities, businesses, organizations and individuals that may desire to bring our growing organization to their Central Florida or North Central Florida community.
The Foundation conducts research, planting and education projects statewide. It also provides grants for school and community plantings and demonstration gardens with funds from the State Wildflower license plate. To learn more about the Foundation and its work, visit www.FlaWildflowers.org.
For more information on this Request for Information please Click Here for the PDF.
For inquiries please contact LRoberts@FlaWildflowers.org; 407-353-6164
The House completed their mark-up of the proposed Transportation Bill yesterday, but not without much criticism and opposition. There is still opportunity for Byways to be included in the final Transportation Bill, and much work to be done by Byways and stakeholders alike to raise awareness with our legislators about the significance of the National Scenic Byway Program.
Following is contact information for the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, as well as Chairman John Mica:
Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
2165 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9446
Fax: (202) 225-6782
John Mica, Chairman
House Transporation & Infrastructure Committee
2187 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4035
Fax: (202) 226-0821
National Scenic Byway Foundation
House T&I Committee Chair John Mica released his proposed 5-year surface transportation legislation at 3 PM yesterday. Although we are pleased with several aspects of the bill, we are very disappointed to find that the National Scenic Byways Program would be completely abolished under his bill:
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8 162, and the item relating to that section in the analysis
9 for chapter 1, are repealed.
This is far worse than expected. We anticipated removal of the America’s Byways Resource Center provisions and were not optimistic that the grant program would be included, but we never expected removal of the designation authority and other aspects of the program.
Mark-up of the legislation begins at 9 am tomorrow morning. We are hunting for a champion to eliminate this draconian step and will keep you posted – but I urge you to not wait. Contact Members on the T&I Committee immediately to protest this action – an action that ignores the economic value of byways for domestic and international tourism. If you find a Member ready to lead the fight, please let us know ASAP. Use the letter below as a template to customize your own letter to committee members. Committee members can be found HERE. We must act now, before it is too late!
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Teresa Mitchell, long-time supporter and leader in America’s Byways. Teresa Hall Mitchell, 59, passed away Tuesday morning, January 24, at her home in Clayton, New York, with family at her side. The thoughts and prayers of the FSHP go out to Teresa’s family and friends.
Here is a link to her obituary on the Byways Online Forum: Loss of America’s Byway Leader
by Ludmilla Lelis, Orlando Sentinel
It’s rare these days for a developer to plan a new mobile-home park, and rarer still to propose one with more than 1,500 units in an urban area.
But an Ormond Beach company wants to do just that near one of Volusia County‘s most scenic roads: the Loop, known for its canopy of massive oaks. The 1,033-acre development would border Bulow Creek State Park and sit next to $300,000 estate homes.
It’s not a new idea. It came up a decade ago but was dropped, and the developer was instead permitted to build conventional homes. But Plantation Oaks of Ormond Beach LLC never developed the land, and now, with the housing market in a prolonged slump, the company wants to revive its plans for more-affordable mobile homes.
Scores of neighbors oppose the plan, which will go before the Volusia County Council on Thursday. They argue that mobile homes don’t fit the area.
“They say they will have the newer homes that may look better than trailers, but it’s still a mobile home,” said Dick Garber, who lives in the neighboring Halifax Plantation community. “It’s not a desirable trade-off, and I don’t see the rationale for approving it other than the council members are sympathetic to the developer’s financial plight.”
Volusia County Chairman Frank Bruno said he is still weighing the change, but he favors allowing the company options.
“I think a lot of people don’t want anything to be developed there, to be honest,” Bruno said. “I think the project is getting a bad rap.”
Plantation Oaks would be one of the last major developments by the Loop, the scenic route that cuts through state parks, meanders past beaches and wetlands, and includes the towering oaks of Old Dixie Highway.
Neighboring subdivisions, such as Ormond Lakes and the Villages of Pine Run, have homes valued at $200,000 to $400,000 and are almost built out. In 2002, when plans for a mobile-home park at Plantation Oaks became public, hundreds of people opposed it. “Save the Loop” became a popular local slogan and the name of a group that filed an environmental lawsuit against it.
Ultimately, Volusia officials signed an agreement allowing 1,577 single-family homes.
“We tolerated the fact that there would be homes built there, and we settled our lawsuit based on the fact that they took mobile homes off the table,” said Rick Smith, who was part of Save the Loop.
Jim Morris, attorney for the developer, declined an interview. But during last month’s meeting of the Volusia planning commission, he said there is a demand for mobile homes, which would sell for $80,000 to $140,000. The change would make Plantation Oaks a viable development, he said.
“Denying this request denies my client the opportunity to do something positive economically,” Morris told the planning commission, which narrowly approved recommending the changes to the County Council.
As proposed, Plantation Oaks would be a community for people 55 and older with larger manufactured homes — double-wide or triple-wide — that would look like conventional homes and have patios and garages.
The proposal is unusual in Florida because the trend during the past decade has been the redevelopment of older mobile-home parks for conventional homes, said Jim Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association.
“We’ve seen very little development of mobile-home-park communities in Florida since the 1990s,” Ayotte said. “But there is pent-up demand for mobile homes because 10,000 people in America retire each day, and these communities are a good option for them.”
Elliott Gross, a resident of the adjacent Halifax Plantation, said the Volusia comprehensive plan specifies that new mobile-home parks should be built near existing mobile-home parks. For example, Ormond Beach already has 55-and-older mobile-home communities: Aberdeen and The Falls.
Another concern is the big difference in tax base between mobile and traditional homes. Property Appraiser Morgan Gilreath estimated the manufactured homes would be assessed at $17,000 apiece for property taxes. Residents would pay decal fees at the county tag office, amounting to $740,000 in annual revenue.
However, traditional homes are worth several times that in property taxes, and Gross estimated the difference at $4.5 million a year. Existing residents would have to shoulder the additional cost of fire, law enforcement, road maintenance and other county services.
“The bottom line is that this is a bailout,” he said. “These developers made a business decision in 2002, and it turned out it wasn’t the best decision. But they should stick to it.”
Dear Byway Community:
As we welcome the New Year, we also begin our work of closing the Resource Center. Funds allocated to the America’s Byways Resource Center by Congress were withdrawn by the Secretary of Transportation.
- Our first priority is to identify which of our products and tools can have a lasting legacy for the byway community. Our parent organization, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), owns the rights to all the products, materials and publications. We will assess, in consultation with ARDC and FHWA, our products, services and publications for their long-term benefits and potential life beyond the Resource Center.
- Our second priority is to provide as much advice, information and technical assistance as we can to byways before we close the doors. We have developed many valuable products for byway management and development such as Byways 101, Economic Impact Tool, National Scenic Byway Program Coordinator Guide, www.BywaysResourceCenter.org, and the Journal for America’s Byways, etc. We also provide excellent customized technical assistance. We will make every effort to ensure that byways have as much information and resources as we are able to provide until our office closes.
Our current plans include closing the Resource Center to you, the byway community, on June 30, 2012.
We are grateful for your past support and appreciate your ideas and comments. During the next six months, we will use Vistas, our website, emails, and personal communications like this to share important news.
If you have any comments, concerns or specific questions, please contact me by email or phone.
On behalf of the entire staff at the America’s Byways Resource Center,
We would like to send out a special thank you to Mariano Berrios for his years of service as the State Scenic Byways Coordinator. Mariano has been instrumental in his years leading the state program and his touch has left a lasting and indelible mark of success for Florida’s reputation in scenic byways. Although he isn’t going far, maintaining his role with the Noise and Air Quality Programs, Mariano will be missed!
The Florida Scenic Highways Program is pleased to announce and welcome Jeff Caster as the new State Coordinator!
In January 2012, Jeff Caster will take over the role of Florida Scenic Highways State Coordinator, replacing Mariano Berrios who has been serving this position for many wonderful years. Currently, Jeff’s role within the Florida Department of Transportation, Environmental Management Office, includes program management for Landscape Architecture, Roadside Management, Visual/Aesthetics, Highway Beautification Grants, and the Wildflower Program. Jeff has great interest in conservation and management of natural resources and scenic beauty, which makes him a perfect leader for the FSHP. Jeff has worked in partnership with the FSHP for many years and has presented at the last two Florida Scenic Highways Statewide Workshops.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Community Development from Purdue University, a BS in Landscape Design from Florida A&M University, as well as a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Originally from the “Garden State” (New Jersey), Jeff has lived in La Florida (land of flowers) for over 30 years. He is a lifelong conservationist and Florida Registered Landscape Architect.
Jeff is a member and past president of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Landscape and Environmental Design Committee, and a member of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Technical Committee on Environmental Design. Jeff served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Florida A&M University, School of Architecture, from 1997-2007. He is passionate about Florida Wildflowers and is a founding member of the Florida Wildflower Foundation, serving as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Florida Wildflower Foundation. He has worked for the Florida Department of Transportation since 1993.
Please join us in welcoming Jeff to his new role!
We are pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released a program solicitation for its design leadership program, Your Town: The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. We are currently seeking applications from organizations interested in entering into a cooperative agreement with the NEA to coordinate all Your Town activities nationally.
Funding: Up to $150,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, January 5, 2012
Your Town Questions: Contact Jamie Hand, Design Specialist, at 202-682-5566 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants.gov Questions: Contact Grants.gov Help Desk at 800-518-4726 or email@example.com
Established in 1991, Your Town: The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design aims to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural areas throughout the United States through workshops focused on design, planning, and creative placemaking. This program empowers citizens to capitalize on unique local and regional assets in order to guide the civic development of their own communities.
Workshops bring together participants from one or several communities in a geographic region to address specific planning and design issues. These issues range from downtown revitalization, arts-based development strategies, heritage preservation, and land and agricultural conservation to growth management, transportation, and subdivision design. Experts in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, transportation, economic development, creative placemaking, and related fields participate in each workshop, as appropriate to the issue(s) under consideration, and help participants learn different design techniques and resources available to them.
Beginning with the cooperative agreement that will result from this program solicitation, the NEA plans to partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and its state Rural Development offices, on the program.
Please feel free to share this opportunity with any organizations that may be interested in applying. An organization must have a 501c3 status to apply.
by Audrey Parente, Staff Writer, Daytona Beach News-Journal
Editor’s note: the workshop is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday and not as originally reported.
ORMOND BEACH — When visitors travel the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail, which was designated with 26 notable spots two years ago, they see Florida Department of Transportation signs.
The nearly 44 miles of loop from Granada Boulevard up A1A to the Flagler County line, also includes John Anderson Drive and Granada Boulevard to North Beach Street, across High Bridge Road, north to Old Dixie Highway and Walter Boardman Lane, and a portion of Pine Tree Drive.
A workshop scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday is the next step in changing those highway signs to more appealing themed and interpretive signs with a common logo.
Public input is sought to help choose the “wayfinding and interpretive signs,” said Joe Jaynes, chairman of the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail Corridor Management Entity Inc. “We are working with a grant we got through the National Scenic Byways (Program).”
The grant required an approved fiscal partner. “In this case, we chose the City of Ormond Beach,” he said.
The workshop will take place in City Commission Chambers at City Hall, 22 S. Beach St., according to the city’s website.
Jaynes said the scenic route should be easy to find for visitors, and themed signs, coupled with a brochure, should tell the story of the identified spots.
“The Bailey River Bridge and Gardens right at the base of the Granada Bridge has a history to it,” Jaynes said.
From there visitors might, for example, trek around the corner over the bridge to John Anderson Drive or A1A north, or in the other direction along Beach Street toward Tomoka State Park, Jaynes said. Visitors need maps and signage with matching logos that would identify where they are on the scenic highway and move them along, for example to the Fairchild Oak, he said.
“Those are the kinds of things we are trying to come up with,” he said.
Once designs are chosen, his group will seek further grant money to actually put up the signage. “I think we are probably looking at about a two-year project.”
The A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway has been selected to receive a 2011 Scenic Byway Award for the “Environmental Education Fair” under the Resource Protection award category.
Travel, lodging and registration expenses will be covered for one representative of the byway to attend the NSB Conference in August 2011 to receive the award.
42 applications for awards were submitted this year. A total of 8 awards will be given under 8 different categories.
This is a big honor for the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, and many congratulations are in order. If you would like to congratulate the group, send an email to Sallie O’Hara at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is happening?
In the new Federal six-year transportation plan, 55 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) programs are proposed to be consolidated into six umbrella programs. Programs that are associated with the Florida Scenic Highways Program (FSHP), such as Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, National Scenic Byway Program (NSBP), and the America’s Byways Resource Center (ABRC) will be consolidated under the Livability Program.
What is the program?
The Livability Program will consist of three components: the Livable Communities Program ($3.4 billion formula-based grant program), the Investments for Livable Communities Grant Program ($500 million discretionary grant program), and the Livability Capacity Building Grant Program ($200 million discretionary grant program).
The National Scenic Byways Program will fall under the Livable Communities Program component and will compete with four other programs for $3.4 billion in funding. In FY 2010, the programs that will now be part of the Livable Communities Program had a total of $2.9 billion available for funding (as individual programs). These programs include the Transportation Enhancement Activities Program, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, National Scenic Byways Program, Recreational Trails Program, and Safe Routes to School Program. Overall, more funding will be available for the programs as a whole (under the Livable Communities Program).
How does it apply to the FSHP?
The Livability Program will support the U.S. DOT’s Livable Communities strategic goal, which aims to build livable communities through new policies based on location, and investments that increase transportation choices and access. Activities that were previously eligible under the old individual grant programs will continue to be eligible under the formula-based component of the Livability Program.
Eligible activities that apply specifically to Scenic Byways will include but are not limited to the planning, design, and/or development of: activities that maintain and improve scenic byways; or projects that improve the human environment through community preservation, environmental mitigation, control of outdoor advertising, and historic and archeological preservation, planning, and research.
How does it apply to grant funding?
Under the Livable Communities component of the program, $3.4 billion will be appropriated for the formula-based funding aspect. It has not been determined how the formula-based component will work yet (NSBP funding was a discretionary grant program previously). This will enable recipients to deliver transportation projects for rural and urban areas that help States to deliver transportation projects that improve quality of life in those areas.
The State will be able to obligate funds apportioned to carry out the livable communities program for any of the following projects or activities:
Planning, designing, or construction of scenic byways, including:
- context sensitive improvements;
- new construction that encourages the use of public transportation, pedestrian walkways, or bicycle infrastructure;
- safety improvements to scenic byways; and
- historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities for transportation use.
When will this happen?
This will go into effect if or when the new six-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal is passed. The above information represents the request for the first year of FHWA’s proposal, or FY 2012.
For more information on the FY 2012 Budget and a Crosswalk of Consolidated Highway Programs, visit the FHWA Website here: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/index.cfm
Check out the April 2011 Newsletter from the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, featuring a story about Reptile Man! Just click on the link below:
The Florida Scenic Highways Program would like to wish Cindi Ptak good luck in the future and thank her for her years of service to the National Scenic Byways Program. Cindi has been the National Scenic Byways Program Manager since 2007 and is leaving the Program to join Federal Lands Highway as Program Coordinator for the Public Lands Discretionary and Forest Highway Programs at FHWA. Cindi has been an advocate of strategic planning to strengthen State and tribal programs, and in providing targeted outreach to grant applicants to help them become more competitive as they increasingly compete for limited program funding. Cindi played a vital role in the most recent designation of America’s Byways in 2009. She also led the award of over $110 million in National Scenic Byway Program grants to hundreds of projects in communities across the nation.
She will truly be missed. Please join us in wishing her well in her future position and endeavors!
by Tanya Snyder, DC Streets Blog
The president’s six-year transportation plan proposes simplifying federal policy by eliminating 55 highway programs and rolling them all into five umbrella programs: the National Highway Program, Highway Safety Improvement, Livable Communities, Federal Allocation, and Research, Technology, and Education.
Here’s the list, from DOT, of the 55 programs they intend to consolidate. There are a few popular programs among livability advocates in here, like Safe Routes to School, bicycle and pedestrian grants, and the TIFIA loan program. If this consolidation plan is enacted, it will be up to advocates to continue to push for important projects once they no longer have a dedicated funding source.
Many transportation reformers have spoken in favor of more competitive, more flexible funding. Here it is, folks.
The programs that will be “consolidated” out of existence:
- Interstate Maintenance (IM)
- Highway Bridge Program (Bridge)
- National Highway System (NHS)
- Surface Transportation Program (STP)
- Ferry Boat Program
- Appalachian Development Highway System
- Equity Bonus (EB)
- Historic Covered Bridge Preservation
- Puerto Rico Highway Program
- Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP)
- Hazard Elimination & Rail Highway Crossings
- Railway-Highway Crossings (deduction from HSIP)
- High Risk Rural Roads Program
- Operation Lifesaver
- Work Zone Safety Grants
- National Work Zone Safety Clearinghouse
- Road Safety (Delta and Public Awareness)
- Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ)
- STP, Transportation Enhancements
- Recreational Trails
- Scenic Byways
- America’s Byways Resource Center
- Safe Routes to School
- Transportation, Community, and System Preservation
- Non-Motorized Pilot Program
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants (Clearinghouse)
- Highways for LIFE
- Future Strategic Highway Research (deductions: IM, NHS, Bridge, STP, CMAQ, HSIP)
- Great Lakes ITS Implementation
- Indian reservation Road Bridges
- Additional CA for States w/Indian Reservations
- Refuge Roads (RR)
- Public Lands Highways, Forest Highways (PLH)
- Lake Tahoe Region MPO (deductions from IRR, PLH, PRP, RR)
- Alaska Highway Takedown (deduction from NHS)
- Denali Access System Program
- Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana
- Highway Use Tax Evasion
- Grant Program to Prohibit Racial Profiling
- National Corridor Infrastructure Program
- Coordinated Border Infrastructure Program
- Projects of Regional and National Significance
- High Priority Projects
- Transportation Projects
- Interstate Maintenance Discretionary (deduction from IM)
- Bridge Set-Aside (deduction from Bridge)
- Magnetic Levitation Program
- Truck Parking Facilities
- Freight Intermodal Distribution Pilot Grants
- Delta Region Transportation Development Program
- Value Pricing Pilot Program
- Pavement Marking Systems Demonstration Projects in Alaska & Tenn.
- Road User Fees Field Test – Public Policy Center of Univ. of Iowa
- Multimodal Facility Improvements
The first Windswept Acres Park public workshop is scheduled for February 23, 2011 at the park from 3 pm to 5:30pm. Interpretive sign plans will be reviewed by project coordinators and Friends of A1A. The second public workshop will be held March 14th (2 pm) at the SE Public Library in St. Johns County. Walter O’Kon, Architect and Jay Chung of Core Construction will be on hand to receive public comments. Windswept Acres Park is located at 5385 A1A South and is an interpretive site for the post World War II motor court era when tourism was booming in the 1950’s. The Northern Gateway Sign, Pier Park sign and Pope Road Scenic Overlook projects are soon to commence.
from Friends of A1A
from the America’s Byways Resource Center, Vistas – Winter 2010
A mixed-use activity center accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and motorists.
On June 16, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the historic interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities to better coordinate Federal policies and establish a national Livability Initiative. The Partnership will help ensure that communities in rural, suburban and urban areas are afforded better access to quality housing, more transportation options, a cleaner environment and ultimately lower costs in transportation.
Specifically, the Partnership has established six Livability Principles, which will serve as the foundation for implementing Federally funded projects and programs.
1. Provide more transportation choices
2. Promote equitable, affordable housing
3. Enhance economic competitiveness
4. Support existing communities
5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment
6. Value communities and neighborhoods
What is Livability?
The concept of Livability is by no means new to the world of transportation leaders and professionals, or even community stakeholders. It is a popular buzzword that has been frequently used for many years. In general, Livability has reflected a desire by communities to improve their urban or suburban environment through safer neighborhoods and schools, better job opportunities, affordable housing and improved transportation. The recent implementation of the Livability Initiative by the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, however, has put in place a highly organized and integrative approach by three Federal agencies to enhance the quality of life for communities across the nation. The word Livability has now taken on a more robust and significant meaning.
USDOT Moves Forward
A vibrant, walkable downtown promoting pedestrian activity.
Since the formation of the Partnership in 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has already taken action to promote Livability in its transportation programming and overall mission. One of the major goals of the Draft USDOT Strategic Plan, made available to the public in April 2010, is an emphasis on livable communities. The incorporation of the Livability Initiative Six Principles in the Strategic Plan reflects a significant shift in transportation policy at the Federal level, which will in turn have a positive impact on transportation projects and programs at all levels of government.
As part of the emphasis on Livability, and in keeping with the Partnership, USDOT is also giving priority in its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II Grant evaluation process to projects that focus on lowering the cost of transportation, including multimodal components, and promoting environmental sustainability—all key principles of the Livability Initiative.
“Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safe streets. This includes addressing safety and capacity issues on all roads through better planning and design, maximizing and expanding new technologies such as ITS and the use of quiet pavements, using Travel Demand Management approaches to system planning and operations, etc.”
- FHWA Livability Initiative website (www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/)
FHWA has followed the USDOT’s commitment to the Partnership by recently creating a Livability Initiative website (www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/). The website will provide continuous updates on the Partnership, as well as a variety of accomplishments and milestones, case studies and publications. On the website, FHWA has also provided a formal definition of Livability from a transportation perspective, which sets a clear vision for State and local agencies and stakeholders, including those of the byway community, to follow as they move forward with their projects and programs.
The National Scenic Byways Program is one of several FHWA programs recognized as supporting the Livability Initiative, and will be utilized to advance livable community-based projects. According to the recent publication, The Road to Livability, by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), there is a “baker’s dozen” of techniques that State departments of transportation are encouraged to use to improve the livability of rural, suburban and urban communities. All of these techniques will directly or indirectly impact the National Scenic Byways Program:
- Creating good-paying jobs
- Stimulating the broader economy
- Investing in green projects
- Revitalizing a small town’s Main Street
- Transforming urban streets into neighborhood centers
- Preserving scenic country roads
- Creating smart transportation solutions for tight times
- Enhancing neighborhoods through the enhancement program
- Making design responsive to community needs
- Integrating transportation and land use
- Using scenic byways to attract tourists and support local economies
- Promoting walking and biking
- Supporting travel and tourism
As part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 National Scenic Byway Grant program, FHWA has given priority to eligible projects that demonstrate a Livability component. Example projects may include improvements or new construction of biking and walking infrastructure, safety improvements, or other applicable improvements that provide “value-added livability” benefits to byway travelers and neighboring communities.
Additionally, FHWA in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), ICF International, and Project for Public Spaces released a new publication, Livability in Transportation Guidebook: Planning Approaches that Promote Livability. The publication is meant to assist stakeholders and practitioners at the Federal, State and local levels to better understand Livability and how to advance the six core principles. A series of case studies is also highlighted, including a success story related to Route 50, a 24-mile-long scenic rural roadway in Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The publication is available on FHWA’s Livability website at www.knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/rex.nsf/home.
White House Forum
A transit circulator providing more transportation options, while reducing congestion in downtown area.
In July, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, with representatives from USDOT, HUD and EPA, participated in a live webinar chat session on the topic of Sustainability and Livability. The format of the discussion reflected a national approach on how the three agencies are working together to better coordinate in solving the challenges of affordable housing, efficient transportation, infrastructure investments, protecting public health and the environment and promoting equitable development. The panel’s focus on Sustainability and the Livability Initiative is a positive indication of the Partnership’s commitment to taking a more holistic and integrative approach to solving our nation’s most challenging issues.
The Livability Initiative will continue to evolve and expand in the future. As more research is conducted, and as projects and programs are implemented, additional practices will likely be incorporated into the Initiative. The reauthorization of the Federal Surface Transportation Bill will also likely have a significant impact on the role that the Livability Initiative serves in transportation. Stay tuned—this is only the beginning. There is much more to come!
“Livability is investing in a way that recognizes the unique character of each community. The era of one-size-fits-all transportation projects must give way to one where preserving and enhancing unique community characteristics, be they rural or urban, is a primary mission of our work rather than an afterthought.”
- Honorable Ray LaHood
Livability Resource Links:
USDOT Draft Strategic Plan:
FHWA Livability Website:
FY 2010 National Scenic Byway Grant Information:
White House Chat on Sustainability (July 2010):
AASHTO’s The Road To Livability:
By Sallie O’Hara, Friends of A1A
When A1A River and Sea Preserve, A1A Ocean Shore, and Scenic and Historic A1A St. Johns completed their corridor management plans in 2001 and 2002 to become Florida Scenic Highways, members believed the process was complete. National designation as one of America’s Byways® occurred in June 2002, and Friends of A1A was incorporated in 2004. Progress on planning goals continued along parallel tracks with each entity mindful of its original plans. In 2007 Corridor Solutions performed an organizational assessment, which helped identify areas of need, including refocusing on strategic goals.
FDOT District Five, in coordination with the Friends of A1A organization (www.scenica1a.org), initiated a strategic planning process in February 2008. The purpose of the project was to develop a Byway Strategic Plan (BSP) for the 72-mile A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway (www.byways.org/explore/byways/2477) and employ a collaborative, consensus-building process to unite the three individual corridor management entities (CMEs): A1A Ocean Shore (Flagler-south), A1A River and Sea Trail (Flagler-north), and Scenic and Historic A1A (St. Johns).
To help the Byway board and members focus on a shared mission and work toward a unified set of goals over the next five years, the strategic planning process consisted of four phases: data collection, strategic visioning, preparation for implementation, and documentation.
Specifically, the Byway Strategic Plan was designed to:
- Consolidate and prioritize corridor-wide goals, objectives and strategies.
- Eliminate redundancies among the CMEs.
- Create an action plan to allow board members and volunteers to focus and take action on specific projects and areas of interest.
- Assign roles and responsibilities to implement the plan.
- Develop commitments and generate a sense of pride in corridor-wide resources, talents and expertise.
Barbara Jenness, President of Friends of A1A, presided over six months of planning meetings with consultants from PBS & J to guide the Byway governing group through a strategic process. Barbara explained, “The Byway Strategic Plan will help us focus on our renewed mission and allow Friends of A1A to move forward with a unified set of goals over the next five years.”
How The Strategic Planning Process Worked
A call went out to all volunteers passionate about preserving the character of the Byway in the face of challenging area growth. New volunteers were then drawn into the planning process. From March to September 2008, intense energy was devoted to discussions about where the Friends of A1A, as the governing entity managing the corridor plan, was headed.
The group chose to synchronize planning meetings with regularly scheduled board meetings, because geography continues to be a barrier for meeting. The 72-mile linear corridor covers two counties, so the location commonly selected for meetings has been the Town of Marineland.
Participants practiced brainstorming, affinity processing and prioritization techniques under the tutelage of the consultants Alice Price and Mike Palozzi. Many hours of discussion yielded six core values and goals that focus on:
- Resource Protection
- Transportation and Safety
- Community and Government Support and Participation
- Education and Communication
- Economic Development and Tourism
- Organizational Development
Leaders and committee members were identified for each area and action plans resulted. In September, a final report was issued, complete with a new corridor action plan with measureable objectives. Find the report at: www.scenica1a.org/documentslibrary.aspx.
The document is updated annually during the FDOT reporting process. Of the six goals, 25 objectives and 131 strategies, over half are now completed. Many strategies are ongoing and others are identified as short term and long term.
While the strategic planning process was laboriously long, the resulting product is now the base document used in many grant applications, justifying requests for funding. A well-conceived plan with measureable objectives provides grant makers with a clear vision of the organization’s capacity to handle projects. The 2008 Strategic Plan has been invaluable to the corridor management entity thanks to the Florida Department of Transportation, Corridor Solutions, PBS& J, and all passionate volunteers devoted to preserving the ambiance of Old Florida along A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. The Byway will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2012—about the same time a new strategic plan may be developed.
The Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway is a nonprofit organization that protects, preserves and enhances resources along the A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway. This citizen’s advocacy group collaborates with municipalities, governmental agencies and other civic groups to maintain and improve resources along the A1A corridor. For more information contact Friends of A1A at 904-425-8055 or Sallie_OHara@scenica1a.org
By Curt Pianalto with Rob Balmes, Byways Specialists, America’s Byways Resource Center
As part of the 2009 expansion of the America’s Byways® collection, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation designated sections of the Great River Road in four States (Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee). Now, ten States have designated byway sections along the Mississippi River (www.byways.org/explore/byways/2279).
Inventory And Assessment
Intrinsic qualities arise from a particular combination of resources along a byway that together define its character, interest and appeal. A byway organization must be able to identify, inventory and assess the intrinsic qualities that are representative of the route. A byway organization must prove the regional or national significance of the intrinsic qualities for designation as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road.
In one of the first face-to-face meetings since the 2009 Designation Event, members of each State of the Great River Road gathered for the Mississippi River Parkway Commission’s annual meeting September 10, 2010 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Mississippi Parkway Commission is the coordinating agency for the promotional efforts of the ten-State Great River Road.
Rob Balmes and I had the opportunity and honor to facilitate sessions at the annual meeting. We focused on intrinsic qualities and brainstorming potential strategic projects.
Each section of the Great River Road had previously decided that history would be its primary intrinsic quality for designation. We challenged the participants to think about the intrinsic qualities of the entire Great River Road.
Intrinsic qualities arise from a particular combination of resources along a byway that together define its character, interest and appeal. A byway organization must be able to identify, inventory and assess the intrinsic qualities that are representative of the route. A byway organization must prove the regional or national significance of the intrinsic qualities for designation as a National Scenic Byway or All-American Road.
During this facilitated session we asked the participants to look at pictures of other routes in the America’s Byways collection, and determine which intrinsic qualities each picture represented.
In the second part of the activity, we asked the participants to think about what would be the secondary intrinsic quality (after history) for their State’s particular section of the Great River Road. We posted the results on one of our “Sticky Walls.”
Previous editions of Vistas (www.bywaysresourcecenter.org/resources/publications/vistas) have included articles about the importance intrinsic qualities play in the overall composition of the National Scenic Byways Program.
The activities described here are relevant and useful to any byway:
- Developing byways can use this activity to help determine which intrinsic quality will be your primary intrinsic quality
- Long-time byways can use this activity to re-examine intrinsic qualities
- Multi-State byways can compare what other States might think about their intrinsic qualities or what they might think about your intrinsic qualities
The Byway Intrinsic Quality Study activity on the next page is a useful activity to consider for your byway organization.
What some of the participants had to say…
“One thing I took away is to not assume you know the guidelines of the program….read the definitions.”
“This activity helped organize what the other States think about the intrinsic qualities within their own State.”
Your byway can benefit from an intrinsic quality study. Contact your Byways Specialist to discuss how you can facilitate this activity for your byway group.
Byway Intrinsic Quality Study Activity
- Have your group members take several pictures of their favorite spots along the byway. Encourage them to focus on a particular favorite spot.
- Print out 3 or 4 copies of 10 to 20 of the best pictures.
- Print out the definitions of each of the six intrinsic qualities. You can find them in the Interim Policy or at www.bywaysonline.org/program/iq.html.
Small Group Activity:
- Break into three or four small groups. Give each group the same set of 10 to 20 pictures and the definitions of the intrinsic qualities.
- Have each group read through the definitions of each intrinsic quality.
- For each picture, the small group has to come to a consensus as to what intrinsic quality that picture best represents. If there is disagreement, have the group re-read the intrinsic quality definitions and try again.
- Have each group share, picture by picture, which intrinsic quality it has selected for each photograph.
- Keep a running tally for each picture of the intrinsic quality each group identified for it.
- Once completed, review the results.
- What one person might see as a very obvious intrinsic quality, another person might see quite differently. For example, what one person might see as a cultural asset, another might see as an historic quality.
- The National Scenic Byways Program definitions of each intrinsic quality help to clarify the best match for a byway.
- When we did the part of the activity where each person chose a secondary intrinsic quality for his or her particular section, it was interesting to see the differences of opinion. Again, the definitions held the clues to achieving consensus.
2012 Preserve America
State of Florida Historic Preservation Training Initiative Grants Formal Solicitation
February 1, 2011 – April 4, 2011 for Fiscal Year 2011-2012
Please see the formal documents below:
DOT secretary says he’s confident Congress will transcend partisan differences to pass multiyear reauthorization law.
By Mark B. Soloman, DC Velocity
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today he was confident a multiyear bill to reauthorize the nation’s surface transportation programs can be passed by Congress and signed into law by the August summer recess.
Speaking at the SMC3 annual winter meeting in Atlanta, LaHood said he was confident that the timetable could be met even with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and pledges of spending austerity from some members of Congress. That’s because Congress recognizes that transportation funding is a bipartisan issue that benefits the nation through improved infrastructure and enhanced job-creation, LaHood said.
“There are no Republican or Democratic runways. There are no Republican or Democratic roads. There are no Republican or Democratic bridges,” he said.
The administration has proposed a six-year reauthorization to fund the nation’s infrastructure programs, including a $50 billion front-end infusion. The most recent surface transport reauthorization law expired on Sept. 30, 2009. The program has been operating on a series of short-term extensions since then.
LaHood reiterated the Obama administration’s opposition to a proposal to increase federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel to fund transportation programs, maintaining the White House’s stance that it’s unwise to raise fuel taxes during a period of high unemployment and still-uncertain economic prospects. The federal fuels tax has not been raised since 1993.
New T&I chief wants regional input before drafting next multi-year bill
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, intends to start a process in February that can help his panel craft a new multi-year surface transportation bill.
Mica told The Journal of Commerce that beginning on or around Feb. 18 he plans to hold field hearings or “listening sessions” outside of Washington to get more input from local and regional officials on what should be in the next transportation legislation.
He also said his immediate top priority will be to complete legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration. Congress has passed 17 FAA extensions pending passage of a new aviation bill, “so I’ve got to get that out first,” he said.
“But running parallel will be the surface and transit bill,” said Mica. “The first thing I plan to do is a series of hearings around the country, and listening sessions, and we’re going to start that probably about the 18th of February.”
Currently, Highway Trust Fund and related programs are continuing under short-term extensions by Congress. The Obama administration is expected to offer its own surface transportation proposals early this year, Mica will take the lead in crafting a Republican bill in the House and would need to work with a Democratic Senate to get a final bill.
While he did not give a target period for getting a bill through his committee or the House, Mica has previously said he wants to move legislation as early as possible in 2011 to prevent major initiatives getting caught up in the 2012 presidential election campaign.
The new T&I chairman wants to retool some current surface transportation programs to save money, speed up projects to release funds already approved, spur greater use of infrastructure loans from existing federal government programs and give more incentives to private firms to invest in transportation projects.
However, he said that “rather than me scribble out my ideas … we’re going to be listening; we’re going to be soliciting good ideas” from others. “So we’re going to take the effort on the road.” The T&I committee has not yet said how many of those field sessions will take place or where they will be held.
From that process, Mica said, “I hope to have a whole list of new financing ideas and how we can cut some of the red tape, learning from people first-hand and also educating members” of the committee.
Mica said 19 of the T&I committee’s 33 members are new in that role, “so we’ll be in some of those districts and then we’ll be around the country. And then we’ll come back, we’ll draft it, in hopefully a bipartisan manner, introduce it” and try to move it through Congress.
by John D. Boyd, The Journal of Commerce
House transportation chairman cites assurances from GOP leaders
The new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said he has a clear understanding from House leaders that changes to future Highway Trust Fund legislation will not use trust fund receipts to offset other types of federal spending.
Various transportation industry officials have warned that a Jan. 5 change in House rules could jeopardize the flow of money to state highway projects from the federal trust fund, by dropping a guaranteed link the House previously used to distribute fuel tax receipts in line with spending commitments from multi-year surface transportation laws.
But Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., who become chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure panel last week, said “I feel pretty confident” in the assurances he has received in talks with House leaders, particularly Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and in a brief but formal exchange he had on the House floor with Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif, who chairs the Rules Committee.
“Through a colloquy that I did on the floor with David Dreier,” Mica told The Journal of Commerce, “we got a pretty good clarification that the funds would still be handled within the trust fund in the same manner, and that they would only be used for highway purposes.”
In that discussion with Dreier, Mica asked for confirmation that the new legislative rule “makes no change in the manner in which highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, and transit programs are currently funded,” but instead allows House members to offer amendments that might reduce funding. Dreier agreed the new rule “does not change the way in which the underlying programs are funded.”
Backers of the change say it can prevent the highway fund from spending too quickly so that it needs propping up from general revenue. Critics say by cutting the link used since 1998 between trust fund disbursements and multi-year spending laws, the new GOP House majority makes it easier to cut highway spending or build up trust fund balances to offset deficit spending elsewhere in the federal budget.
Mica had thought of that possibility as well. “We were concerned,” he said, “that some of the old practices of a shell game – you know, use trust fund moneys to offset other spending – might be played, but I feel pretty confident both with the colloquy that we have and the understanding I have with leadership, and Mr. Cantor in particular, that that won’t happen.”
by John D. Boyd, The Journal of Commerce
From the AASHTO JournalThe Senate voted 79-16 this afternoon to temporarily extend through March 4 federal highway and transit programs as well as appropriations for the U.S. Department of Transportation and other government agencies. The House of Representatives is expected to concur this evening and send the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.Funding for the federal government under the current continuing resolution expires tonight, and temporary authorization for highway and transit programs is scheduled to lapse Dec. 31. This stopgap measure would be the sixth short-term extension of the 2005 surface transportation authorization law known as “SAFETEA-LU,” which originally expired Sept. 30, 2009.
Congress had considered earlier this month an appropriations and authorization package for the rest of this fiscal year (see Dec. 17 AASHTO Journal story) but decided over the weekend to move forward with a shorter-term bill.
The Senate-passed continuing resolution would continue appropriations through March 4 at Fiscal Year 2010 enacted levels for most programs. The Senate vote on HR 3082 took place at 2 p.m. EST today, sending the bill back to the House for concurrence.
Congress on Saturday passed a three-day continuing resolution (HJR 105) that funds government activities from Sunday through today, giving House and Senate lawmakers three more days to work out a deal on a longer-term measure.
House Close to Adjourning for Year
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, announced this morning that the House could adjourn for the year late today or early Wednesday after clearing the appropriations measure and a few other last-minute pieces of legislation.
Hoyer predicted the House would vote “within a few hours” of receiving the March 4 continuing resolution from the Senate, Roll Call reported.
The Senate continues debating a nuclear-arms treaty with Russia. Its adjournment date is not yet certain.
Aviation Programs Extended Until March 31
In a separate measure this past weekend, the Senate approved a three-month extension of authorization for programs under the Federal Aviation Administration as well as extending current aviation taxes and the authority to spend money from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund. The bill has been sent to the White House for presidential signature, after which the authorization will be valid through March 31.
A long-term FAA reauthorization bill has been stalled since September 2007. This is the 17th short-term measure continuing FAA’s authorization since that time.
Rep. John Mica, R-Florida and incoming chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has committed to making the passage of this bill his first priority for the coming year.
As year’s end approaches, we at the Florida Wildflower Foundation are reflecting on the many wonderful things 2010 brought. And we owe it all to you.
Here’s what you made possible in 2010:
Our research program produced data that will expand native plant offerings for landscape and conservation use. And, in an effort to protect roadside wildflowers and develop wildflower-viewing routes, scientists documented the presence of native species along hundreds of miles of Florida roads.
Meanwhile, the inaugural Seeds for Schools program awarded 80 grants for school wildflower gardens, and a pilot program began teaching county workers to plant and maintain roadside wildflowers. Work to put wildflower curriculum in elementary school classrooms began, and the launch of our new Web site is imminent.
The Foundation also is working with partners in the Panhandle and Big Bend regions to launch wildflower tourism in time for the 2013 quincentennial of Spain in Florida. And, on the conservation side, Marion, Lake, Volusia, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla and Brevard counties adopted resolutions that pledge to preserve wildflowers.
With your ongoing support, we can continue these efforts and begin new ones. If you will be making a tax-deductible donation by Dec. 31, please consider investing in Florida’s wildflowers. Make your donation now, or donate through the Community Foundation of Central Florida’s Donor Edge program, which has fully examined our organization. If you prefer, you can support Florida’s wildflowers as a Foundation member. With your help, Florida’s wildflowers will thrive in 2011 and beyond.
from Terry L. Zinn (Chair) and Jeff Caster (Immediate Past Chair)
From the Dow Jones Newswires and by Josh Mitchell
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Florida Republican John Mica will head the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the new Congress convenes in January.
The party’s selection of Mica, currently the committee’s ranking Republican, came as no surprise Wednesday and puts him in a key role. President Barack Obama has said he wants to pass a $50 billion infrastructure-spending bill next year as well as long-term transportation plan, and each measure would likely be crafted by Mica’s committee.
The congressman has said he would prioritize passing a multiyear bill to serve as the nation’s blueprint for transportation spending. He has also said he wants to pass a long-delayed aviation bill that, among other things, would kick-start plans to modernize the U.S. air-traffic control system.
Mica has supported getting the private sector more involved in public transportation projects as a way to raise more transportation dollars.
Mica, first elected to Congress in 1992, said he would pursue legislation that would address long-needed repairs to the nation’s infrastructure and create jobs.
“”With limited resources, cutting red tape to complete stalled projects and better utilization of the federal government’s assets are top priorities,” Mica said in a statement. “Improving our infrastructure will ensure a strong backbone for our economy.”
Mica will succeed current Chairman James Oberstar (D., Minn.), who lost a re- election bid last month.
Since January 2010, the Flagler Visitor Information Center of the Friends of Scenic A1A Byway has had a close working relationship with a business you might not expect – a book publishing company.
Established in 2002, Ocean Publishing is an independent publishing house specializing in nonfiction titles about nature, marine life, environment and conservation. It’s also Flagler County’s only Nature Resource Center, containing in its oceanfront retail store a wide variety of free brochures, volunteer opportunities, ocean-themed art from local artists, and an ever-expanding catalog of new and exciting book titles.
In February, Ocean published a critically acclaimed climate change book called Climate of Uncertainty: A Balanced Look at Global Warming and Renewable Energy. A surprisingly human look at endangered sea turtles and the local eccentrics who love them, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors, was released in April. And Ocean’s newest title, Explore the Southeast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau, the first of a four-book series with the world-renowned ocean explorer and protector, releases late this month.
Because Ocean Publishing and Friends of Scenic A1A share like-minded missions to protect and preserve, it only made sense for Ocean owner and publisher Frank Gromling to offer to take in the Flagler hub when its lease expired in December 2009. So, for almost a year now, these two organizations have worked in synergy to support each other’s objectives in an effective and cooperative manner.
Set in the heart of Flagler Beach (directly across from the historic Flagler Beach Pier), the organizations have created a testament to the life and worth of the historic stretches of coast that they both work to preserve—a task that they look forward to continuing for many years to come.
A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway Info Center / Ocean Publishing
200 S. Oceanshore Blvd.
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
From CBS News, by Stephanie Condon
The Department of Transportation today is proposing a new safety regulation that would effectively make rear-view cameras mandatory equipment in all new cars by late 2014. The proposed rule is intended to help eliminate blind zones.
The rule itself would not explicitly require cameras, but it would mandate that new vehicles provide a 180-degree field of view behind the vehicle when it is in reverse — so it would have the practical effect of requiring rear-view cameras as standard equipment.
The proposed rule change, put forward by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), was required by Congress as part of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007. The legislation was named for two-year old Cameron Gulbransen, who was killed when his father accidentally backed over him in the family’s driveway.
The NHTSA estimates that, on average, 292 fatalities and 18,000 injuries occur each year because of drivers backing over people, and children and the elderly are particularly at risk.
“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement. “The changes we are proposing today will help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles to make sure it is safe to back up.”
If the rule is made final, which would happen sometime early next year, it would start getting phased in the following year with 10 percent of auto-manufacturers’ fleets required to meet the standard by September 2012, 40 percent by September 2013, and 100 percent by September 2014.
From ABC News – Federal Officials Are Reviewing Rules That Required Cities to Replace Street Signs
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is backing off plans by the agency to force thousands of localities to replace their perfectly good road signs. The reversal comes after ABC News reported on new regulations that would have forced all cities and towns to buy new street signs.
“I believe that this regulation makes no sense. It does not properly take into account the high costs that local governments would have to bear. States, cities, and towns should not be required to spend money that they don’t have to replace perfectly good traffic signs,” said LaHood in a statement released Tuesday.
Now, U.S. Department of Transportation officials are asking for the public’s input after considering the costs behind the changes. Earlier, the Federal Highway Administration defended the changes as an effort to improve safety. The new regulations, which were written under the Bush administration, were aimed at making signs easier to read for an aging population.
“If you can’t read it, you can’t see it or you can’t comprehend it, it could be a distraction to you,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez earlier this week. ”You could be in an accident, negative consequences could occur.”
On Monday, the Federal Highway Administration announced on a new 45-day period of public comment on the rules and deadlines.
What Are the Regulations?
The federal government says THIS is harder to read than This. ALL CAPS are bad. Mixed Case is Good.
The rules are part of a tangle of regulations included in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
The 800-plus page book tells local governments they:
– Should increase the size of the letters on street signs from the current 4 inches to 6 inches on all roads with speed limits over 25 miles per hour. The target date for this to be completed is January 2012.
– Install signs with new reflective letters more visible at night by January 2018.
– And whenever street name signs are changed for any reason, they can no longer be in ALL CAPS.
In Milwaukee, this will cost the cash-strapped city nearly $2 million — double the city’s entire annual for traffic control. In Dinwiddie County, Virginia — with lots of roads but not many people — the cost comes to about $10 for every man, woman and child.
“The money is better spent on education, or the sheriff’s department or on public safety than something like that,” said Harrison Moody, chairman of the Dinwiddie Board of Supervisors.
Many local residents in Dinwiddie say their current street signs work just fine, and they see no reason to change them.
“There are a lot of people out there that are hungry,” said Dinwiddie resident Thomas Davis. “Why spend [money] on street signs when everybody can read a street sign or, if you don’t know where you’re going, get a GPS.”
Whether or not requiring cities and towns to replace all their street signs improves safety, it would undoubtedly be a windfall for the multi-billion-dollar-a-year sign industry. The American Traffic Safety Services Association — which represents companies that make signs and the reflective material used on them — lobbied hard for the new rules. And at least one key study used to justify the changes was funded by the 3M Corporation, one of the few companies that make the reflective material now required on street signs.
ABC News’ Leezel Tanglao contributed to this report.
The FDOT’s Florida Scenic Highways Program has been selected as the winner of a 2010 Bronze Telly Award for its Capture Florida DVD.
The Telly Award is an award presented by the namesake, a New York City-based organization. The purpose of the award is to “honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web”. This award was founded in 1978.
Each year awards are given in both silver and bronze categories. These awards are given by the body of the academy and are judged by past Silver award winners within the industry. In each category there can be multiple winners (silver) and finalists (bronze). There is no stated limit to the number of winners or finalists in any given category. The entries do not compete against each other, but rather they are judged based upon a “high standard of merit”.
Official documentation indicates that only 7 to 10 percent of over 13,000 international entries receive Silver Telly Awards and 18 to 25 percent receive the Bronze Telly Award.
Production of the video was possible through a FHWA National Scenic Byways Grant. The video was produced by Delve Productions, Inc. out of Orlando, Florida. Nomination for the award was submitted by TranSystems.
News From the National Scenic Byway Foundation
In a surprise upset, Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar lost his bid for reelection to his nineteenth term in the House of Representative. Oberstar was a leader in reforming national transportation policy that was enacted as the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and established the National Scenic Byways Program. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Oberstar championed the program and drafted the Surface Transportation Authorization Act of 2009, a transportation policy blueprint that continues the byways program and is yet awaiting action by Congress.Derrick Crandall, President of the American Recreation Coalition and a long time byway program advocate noted, “I’m very, very surprised. I had seen some polling data two weeks ago that showed the race within ten points, but it seemed that Jim had responded in time with a boost in advertising and travel. Jim Oberstar will be sorely missed in the Congress. Not only did he participate as a key player in the ISTEA process in 1988-1991 that led to the creation of the byways and recreational trails program but he has been a stalwart champion in the evolution and expansion of the programs ever since. And on top of that, my personal relationship with Jim Oberstar goes back to the mid 1970′s, when he was still the staff director of the then-Public Works Committee. More than thirty five years of sharing passions and ideas have left me, and many of us, with great memories of time with Jim.
We all knew that Jim would not always be the godfather of the byways program in the Congress forever. We have transitioned from champ to champ in the Administration — admittedly with varying levels of success. It is time to get to work on lining up new champions for a new chapter in the byways story.”
- Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
January 25, 2014
9:30am – Noon
Dade Battlefield Memorial Park/Bushnell, Fl.
- SHAC Winter Meeting
January 29, 2014
1:30 to 3:30
- DSHC Quarterly Meeting
February 18, 2014
1:30 to 3:30
- Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway
Orlando, Fla. – On March 26, select roads across the state will recognize Florida Scenic Highways Day – a date created to celebrate Florida’s 26 state designated highway routes.
In addition to regularly scheduled recreational opportunities, some byways will set up welcome center events and hold other special events, festivals and tours.
As part of the Florida Scenic Highways Program, roads are selected for their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and/or scenic qualities. From the Panhandle to the southern tip of the state, Florida is home to a variety of these routes, including the Florida Keys Scenic Highway, which was recognized by Reader’s Digest in 2005 as one of its “Most Scenic Drives in America.”
Trips along Florida’s Scenic Highways can range from a two-hour drive along the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway to a long weekend of camping and exploring along the Indian River Lagoon Scenic Highway.
For more information about the events taking place on Florida Scenic Highways Day, please call Clint Eliason at (407)875-8932.
The Florida State Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally will be held in St. Augustine from October 21-24, 2009. There will be over 2000 bikers in St. Augustine for this event. Members of the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway will be on hand to host a booth at the host hotel and offer a number of different photography opportunities to riders. The FSHP and A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway booth with be passing out brochures and flyers and selling other items to guests of the event. Anyone within the FSHP community who would like to come or other highways that would like to pass out information can feel free to join in the festivities.
353 grants were submitted this year to the National Scenic Byways Program, requesting over $87 million dollars. $42 million dollars is available nationwide. There were 30 grants submitted from the state of Florida, for more than $3 million. A total of 160 projects throughout 43 states were selected to be funded in 2009. Five projects were funded in the State of Florida, for over six hundred thousand dollars. Congratulations to those groups and projects that were funded!
On October 16, 2009 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 42 new designations to the America’s Byways collection, including five All-American Roads and 37 National Scenic Byways in 26 states. This increases the total number of America’s Byways to 151 in 46 states. Eight designation applications were submitted from the State of Florida. Out of those eight, four scenic highways were lucky enough to be included in the America’s Byways collection. The three scenic highways that received National Scenic Byway designation from the State of Florida include the Big Bend Scenic Byway, the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, and Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail. The Florida Keys Scenic Highway received All-American Road designation. Added to the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway and Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway, this brings the total number of National Scenic Byways within the State of Florida to six. Congratulations to the newly designated America’s Byways!
The National Scenic Byways Conference was recently held in Denver, CO from August 23-26 at the Denver Tech Center Marriott. There were almost 500 attendees, including over 20 from the state of Florida. Attendees experienced a number of great sessions and learning opportunities while meeting and networking with people from all over the byways world. Mariano Berrios, FSHP State Coordinator and representatives from the Big Bend Scenic Byway presented sessions of their own at the conference also. The FSHP hopes to have even more representatives from the State of Florida at the next NSB Conference in 2011.
At the June 17, 2009 Scenic Highways Advisory Committee (SHAC) Meeting, there were three applications that the SHAC reviewed. Those applications were the Broward A1A Designation Application, Indian River Lagoon (IRL) – Fellsmere Corridor Extension Application, and the IRL – Pineapple Avenue Extension Application. The Broward County A1A Scenic Highway was designated as a Florida Scenic Highway and the two IRL extensions were approved also. The length of the Broward County A1A Scenic Highway is 32 miles, and the lengths of the extensions were: Fellsmere Corridor – 27 miles and Pineapple Avenue Extension – 2 miles. These additions bring the number of Florida Scenic Highways to 24 with almost 1500 miles designated. Congratulations to the new corridors!