Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Treasure Island residents to get a look at beach trail design on Tuesday

TREASURE ISLAND — The newest design for the beach trail will be unveiled at 6 p.m. Tuesday to residents and business owners.

Phil Graham of Graham-Booth Landscape Architecture will present a slide show of design elements for the trail followed by a discussion and question-and-answer session.

Topics expected to be discussed include:

• Construction plans, permitting and the construction timetable.

• How public and lodging access to the beach will be accommodated during construction phases.

• Proposed trail amenities, such as turtle-friendly lighting and landscaping.

• Sand wall design and possible private improvements to public beach area.

• The environmental impact on the dune communities.

The current trail is almost a mile long on the city's beachfront and parallels Gulf Boulevard's motels between 104th and 119th avenues.

Originally built in 1966, the trail was widened in 1998 and cited in last year's visioning survey as a top priority project.

The city plans to spend $1.6 million to refurbish and redesign the 15-block-long pedestrian and bicycle path in the coming year.

As originally proposed several years ago, the current flat-topped concrete sand wall will be replaced with a decorative barrier with turtle-safe lighting and a tilted top to discourage visitors from leaving drinks and debris on the wall.

When complete, the new trail could include a winding walkway with colored pavers and benches, as well as activity areas for grilling, exercising and shuffleboard.

The existing trail consists of a severely deteriorating sidewalk and sand wall with cracked concrete wall panels that in places reveal rusting reinforcing rebar. Portions of the wall are missing.

In addition to designing the trail, Graham-Booth Landscape Architecture will also manage the project's construction.

The firm also designed the city's Sunset Vista Park, as well as recreation areas at Carillon Office Park Preserve, Booker Creek Park, St. Petersburg Honor Walk, St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront parks, Brandon Parkway, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa's Ribbon of Green and the Hillsborough River Greenway.

The final design will be determined over the next few months, during which the plan concepts will be presented periodically to the commission and public for review.

Treasure Island residents to get a look at beach trail design on Tuesday 11/05/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 4, 2011 2:14pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. SB lanes on I-75 closed at State Road 52 in Pasco

    Accidents

    Southbound lanes on Interstate 75 are closed in Pasco County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. These two documents illustrate how Florida has made it harder to access inspection reports of nursing homes, heavily censoring what the public can see. In the foreground is a document obtained from a federal agency that details the findings of a Feb. 2016 inspection at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, where 10 patients died after Hurricane Irma. Behind it is the state's version of the same document, showing how it has been redacted before being released to the public. [Miami Herald]
  3. Amber Alert canceled after Bradenton siblings found in Alabama

    Public Safety

    An Amber Alert was canceled early Friday morning for four Bradenton siblings who were taken by their mother, who authorities said does not have custody of the children.

    An Amber Alert has been issued for four Bradenton siblings who were taken by their mother, who does not have custody of the children. [Florida Department of Law Enforcement]

  4. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation

    Blogs

    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.