Gov. Rick Scott has signed into law a measure to ensure completion of the Coast to Coast Connector, a 275-mile bike and pedestrian trail across Florida.
Scott signed the bill (SB 2514) on Monday.
Lawmakers approved $15.5 million to finally begin stitching together a patchwork of trails into one continuous path from St. Petersburg to Merritt Island.
An additional $11.4 million is earmarked for the connector in the Transportation Department’s tentative work plan.
Trail advocates say the completed connector will prove a boon to the state economy, creating jobs and boosting tourism and outdoor activities, which will bring dollars to local communities.