It was nice to see the "thank you" letter to the editor from Pine Island community leader, Phil Buchanan, to everyone who played a part in the request and funding approval for a feasibility study for a new shared use path to connect Pine Island and Cape Coral. It's a reminder of how important these facilities are to the citizens of our local communities.
December 31, 2014
Pine Island Eagle
To the editor:
Merry Christmas Pine Island: We might be getting a bike and shared use path from Pine Island to Cape Coral.
The Florida Department of Transportation has programmed $1.1 million in future gas tax revenues for a feasibility study to be conducted in FY 2019-20 for a shared use path connecting Pine Island to Cape Coral. The study (which will include public meetings) should be completed by 2021, and then comes design studies, followed by right-of-way and easement purchases, and then construction contracting. It's a long-term process, but this is how those things get done - and we are off to the right start.
A big Pine Island thank you to FDoT; as well as Andy Getch of the LeeDoT staff; Dan Moser and Darla Letourneau of BikeWalkLee; Cape Coral Bike-Ped; Ileana Sisson, our Pine Island rep to the Lee County Bike/Ped Advisory Committee; Bob McKnight of the Matlacha Civic Association; the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce; and the Lee Metropolitan Planning Committee. Well done.