Notes from Florida Coast to Coast Trail Leadership Team Meeting 10/19/16

Submitted by Maggie Ardito on Fri, 10/21/2016 - 07:55

Florida Coast to Coast Trail Leadership Team Meeting 10/19/16

Doug Alderson,  Office of Greenways and Trails - Introductions

Avera Wynne, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council with Tara McCue from East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC.org)

The C2C Trail Leadership is moving forward quickly on the Trail enabled by a DEO Technical Assistance Grant for marketing, implementation of the overlay, website and an economic impact analysis. 

The deliverables for the grant are

Marketing toolkit - end of March  This includes the branding and website and a paper atlas. Website is to become a project portal that will be part of the engine that drive the marketing and provides resources and information on lodging and eating. 

Implementation Guide - end of April Includes manual, guidebook, resources for implementation of overlay – fencing, landscaping, wayfinding, signage, goal is uniformity while still maintaining uniqueness of local area and trail.  This will all reside on the website at C2CTrail.com which is evolving slowly. 

Economic Impact Analysis – End of May This will also reside on the website when complete. 

Comments:   This set of deliverables sets an excellent pattern for SJR2C and future trails in the Florida SUNTrail Network. 

Heather Garcia, FDOT SUNTrail District Trails Coordinator

Heather presented the status of C2C Trail projects – many C2C projects overlap with SJR2C inthe South border from Titusville to Debary, so these will be posted as soon as they are available.  

New USNG Maps for C2C Trail

C2C Geolocation is transitioning from lat-long coordinates to USNG.  This will enable improved ability to geolocate in emergencies.  

Note for clarification: USNG is the US National Grid system replacing latlong coordinates. The purpose of the USNG according to the FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee), is to "create a more interoperable environment for developing location-based services within the United States and to increase the interoperability of location services appliances with printed map products by establishing a nationally consistent grid reference system as the preferred grid for NSDI applications. The U.S. National Grid is based on universally-defined coordinate and grid systems and can, therefore, be easily extended for use worldwide as a universal grid reference system."  U.S. National Grid Emergency Location Markers (ELMs) could help deliver a speedy response! ELMs are signs that provide the U.S. National Grid Coordinates and can be used to communicate an exact geographic location.  

Here is the map and other information for the C2C Trail - we hope to have the same information for the rest of SJR2C soon:  

C2C:  Per available data, here is a free GMap4 link to the entire trail.      http://bit.ly/2es3mZJ     The website can be used on any device and with GPS on, be sure to configure Menu > My Location ON to see user real-time position.     Another handy feature is to create email links to any zoom level display/layer combination with Menu > Link to this map.  This can be useful when discussing a certain part of the trail.   Example:  West Orange Trail

There are many layers & functions, upper right.

The map is USNG gridded for reasons listed here.

For another GMap4 trail example, see the entire Appalachian Trail.   Note parking area and lean-to icons after zooming in.   A related article is provided too.

Finally, a tri-fold brochure file that fully explains the ELM trail marking system, which correlates to the GMap4 map, is provided.