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Rail to Trail Innovation - The proposed Henry Flagler Cross Volusia Trail. A primitive (unpaved) multi-use trail, whose innovative approach; low cost and community driven approach, will create a low cost model for future equestrian / multi use trails.
Green Growth – Green growth, eco-tourism, equestrianism; three ideas for future growth in Florida. When added together they form a powerful remedy. In this mix we find a cure for uncontrolled development, sagging tourism, an effective and healthy recreational alternative and community revitalization.
Henry Flagler Cross Volusia Trail Project Overview
Trail History - The history of Florida goes hand in hand with the history of the people who came here with a vision for change. Most notable was Henry Flagler. Henry Morrison Flagler was born on January 2, 1830 in Hopewell, New York to Reverend Isaac and Elizabeth Caldwell Harkness Flagler. Moving to Florida to preserve the health of his first wife Mary Flagler; Flagler saw enormous potential. Flagler began his giant venture by building Hotel Ponce de Leon. This was a 540 room hotel, built in St. Augustine, Florida and opened on January 10, 1888. By 1894, Flagler had added two more hotels; the Ormond Hotel, in Ormond Beach and the 1150-room Royal Poinciana Hotel on the shores of Lake Worth in Palm Beach. Flagler realized that in order to increase visitor volume to his hotels he would have to invest in the infrastructure of Florida, creating a private sector initiative on a scale unmatched to this day. He began by purchasing rail roads, first the Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax Railroad, the first railroad which would eventually become the Florida East Coast Railway. To gain access to the abundant resources of Central Florida he purchased the Blue Springs, Orange City and Atlantic Railroad, this railroad became both a spur of his Florida East Coast Railway and the basis of the proposed Henry Flagler Cross Volusia Trail.
(Flagler Bio excerpts courtesy of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum www.flaglermuseum.us/html/flagler_biography.html )