In the mid-1980s the State of Florida created a new type of public amenity. These new linear trails, or greenways, are long and narrow corridors of land and usually follow an abandoned railroad right-of-way (but could be created along any corridor such as drainage canals, historic roads or electric/gas transmission lines). It has been almost three decades since the first of these linear parks was created. Citizen groups and local governments, in cooperation with the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT), have created dozens of these greenway trails around the Sunshine State-from the Florida Keys to the Panhandle.
The current initiative is to get approvals from stakeholders at the "gaps" in the route. In addition, the project is planning to secure funding to complete the gaps. A more aggressive and professional marketing approach is being sought; one that would provide promotional video, brochures, website and PowerPoint presentation. These would then be used to unify the stakeholders, agencies, and communities.
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