Florida Senate - 2019 SB 872 By Senator Gruters 23-01566-19 2019872__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to transportation facility 3 designations; providing an honorary designation of a 4 certain transportation facility in a specified county; 5 directing the Department of Transportation to erect 6 suitable markers; providing an effective date. 7 8 WHEREAS, the Florida Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail Network 9 was a concept developed by Senate President Andy Gardiner and 10 the Transportation Committee Staff Director Kurt Eichin in 2015 11 and 2016 to close the gaps of existing trails used by cyclists 12 and walkers across the state of Florida, and 13 WHEREAS, a yearly appropriation of $25 million is available 14 to communities to establish these connector trails, in order to 15 encourage Floridians to be more physically active and enjoy more 16 of the Florida sunshine, and 17 WHEREAS, these trails, as authorized under s. 339.81, 18 Florida Statutes, will eventually create the Coast to Coast 19 Connector that will reach from Brevard County to Pinellas 20 County, and 21 WHEREAS, a native of Brevard County, Kurt Eichin was an 22 avid cyclist and lover of all things Florida, and 23 WHEREAS, sadly, on July 4, 2016, Kurt died after a hard 24 fought battle with cancer, and it is the intent of the 25 Legislature to name the section of the Coast to Coast Connector 26 in Brevard County in Kurt’s memory, NOW, THEREFORE, 27 28 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 29 30 Section 1. Kurt Eichin Memorial Trail designated; 31 Department of Transportation to erect suitable markers.— 32 (1) That portion of the Coast to Coast Connector in Brevard 33 County is designated as the “Kurt Eichin Memorial Trail.” 34 (2) The Department of Transportation is directed to erect 35 suitable markers designating the Kurt Eichin Memorial Trail as 36 described in subsection (1). 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.