FBCC, BOCC support trail designation on Amelia Island

Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm
Reporter – News Analyst
May 21, 2018 10:17 a.m.

On May 15, 2018, Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) followed action by the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners in approving the submission of an application to FDEP requesting designation of the Fernandina Beach segment of the Cumberland to Timucuan Regional Trail as a component of the Florida Greenways Trail System.  This designation will allow the city to qualify to apply for several state and federal grant opportunities related to trails.

Exhibit “A” identifies a route located within the City, which envisions a future multi-use bicycle/pedestrian path connecting the City Harbor Marina, north to 14th Street, and south to Peter’s Point, consistent with both the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan and with qualifying for designation by FDEP as a FGTS component.

Phil Scanlan, representing local trail enthusiasts, presented the item to the FBCC and explained the complex process required for grant approval.  He said that following local government approval and submittal of required forms, the request would be heard by the FDEP at its June 29 meeting.   He walked commissioners through the various segments of the existing and proposed trail, reminding them that he will return to them to request funding in support of water taxi service between Fernandina Beach and St. Marys, GA.

The FBCC unanimously approved the request.

Scanlan said that with their endorsement of his request, the city is letting the state know that they agree to the use of city right of ways for the trails.

Editor’s Note: Suanne Z. Thamm is a native of Chautauqua County, NY, who moved to Fernandina Beach from Alexandria,VA, in 1994. As a long time city resident and city watcher, she provides interesting insight into the many issues that impact our city. We are grateful for Suanne’s many contributions to the Fernandina Observer.