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In February, 2008, the Englewood Florida community received their state scenic highway designation. The SR776 corridor includes areas in both Sarasota and Charlotte Counties on Florida's gulf coast. Additional "loops" of roadway were included to help point out to visitors, as well as the local community, of the many historical and natural resources our community has.
In general, SR 776 is a four-lane typical section with 12-foot lanes, 4- or 5-foot sidewalks and 4-foot bicycle lanes. The typical section varies slightly throughout the corridor from the beginning in Charlotte County to the terminus in Sarasota County.
Have you ever traveled an area by car and wondered what there was to see along the way? Unless they are pointed out to you, you might have driven right by it not aware it was there! Whether it be scenic, historical, or cultural, I am sure you, the traveler, perhaps visiting the first time, would want to know!
The Florida Scenic Highway designation is given to areas throughout state wide, but is a nationwide program. It's purpose is to provide the public, the points of interest and their locations, With grants and matching funding available to these designated highways, it can be used for decorative signage, landscaping, brochures, or perhaps a future welcome center. It will provide the traveler
countless resources that our community has to offer.
The public is always welcome!
Whether you are on a brief drive or plan on staying awhile, you have arrived at a place worth experiencing. Lemon Bay and the Myakka River are the significant water resources that give our scenic highway its name. These waters and others gave birth to our proud heritage drawing Native Americans, European settlers, pioneers of the 1800s and early 1900s, and even today’s settlers. As you travel the highways, bikeways, Blue Ways, or foot trails of this area you will follow in the footsteps and paddle swirls of the explorers who have added to our rich history. Relive our history by visiting early 19th century sites to learn about our widespread maritime and agricultural heritage. The Historic Olde Englewood Village contains examples of early pioneer architecture. Englewood Pioneer Days, a locals’ favorite event, celebrates the area’s settlers.
The historic district of El Jobean was marketed to northerners as a “Planter’s Paradise,” and was used as a Hollywood film set in the 1930s. Launch off one of the many boat ramps or ride with a local captain who will ensure you come back with memories larger than the fish you catch. You can also participate in local fishing tournaments
and seafood festivals. If you are more adventurous, you can rent a vessel and embark on your own water odyssey. Or, join the anglers fishing from the El Jobean, Anger and Coral Creek Fishing Piers. Hike our many parks and see native species of plants and animals. Great places to see wildlife and nature are Cedar Point, Oyster Creek and Tippecanoe Environmental Park, as well as Myakka State Forest, Lemon Bay Park, Manasota Scrub Preserve, Venice Rookery, and Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. These parks offer many recreational activities and have educational/environmental centers that teach the whole family about our heritage and the environment. Water – and all its opportunities – brought the area to prominence throughout the corridor’s history. “Water, water everywhere!” is still the theme for the Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail. The
Trail embraces the natural element of both land and sea and incorporates it into the activities, scenic views and history. Today’s residents and visitors recognize the “Old Florida” ambiance they find upon experiencing the beautiful Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail.
Community partnering is a very important part of the scenic highway process. There are many ways in which you can contribute to the Lemon Bay/Myakka Trail Scenic Highway.
Monetary donations are always the easiest and best way for most people. But other ways are just as important and most needed. If you own a landscaping business, perhaps you can donate landscaping along the street area or medium. Should you choose to "adopt" a certain portion of the roadway to do this, then we ask you to trim and /or maintain the section you choose. Other like kind contributions could be advertising for events, printing-brochures or flyers, t-shirt sponsor, trash receptacle clean-up, to name a few.