Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thank you letter to editor on Pine Island to Cape Coral shared use path study

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.

Phil Buchanan
Pine Island

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