Mid-County Trail From State Road 80 To Sears Road
LABELLE, FL. -- The State of Florida's "Greenways Trails" division meets at the 31st Annual Conference on Water
Management on Sept. 6 to discuss a proposal to turn county owned land along an abandoned railroad right of way from State Road 80 to Sears Road into a trail for hiking, bicycling, and horses. Hendry county owns the northern 10 miles from State Road 80 at Goodno, south to Sears Road. The State of Florida owns the right of way from Sears to the Collier County Line. Adjacent to the trail are miles of citrus groves and pastures. Glades county ownes the abandoned railway from State Road 80 to the river and then north through Glades County to U.S. 27 near Fisheating Creek.
The Hendry county commissioners approved the application that will be discussed at the meeting of the Office of Greenways and Trails of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Land owners adjacent to the trail, Walt Ferguson and associates have been fighting against the trail for years, and county commissioners Kevein McCarthy and Daryll Harris have voted against the trail in the past. The Hendry Glades Audubon is considering being part of the management plan and would help monitor the 10 mile trail if it is approved.