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Scott approves money for cross-state bike trial

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.