Florida Senate passes bill to expand access to Florida’s Wildlife Corridor

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a Senate Bill that expands access to Florida’s iconic Wildlife Corridor.


The bill, which has been a top priority of Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples), will connect the corridor to Florida’s Greenways and Trails System and the SUN Trail Network, as well as recreational pathways to heritage small towns across Florida, according to a news release from the Florida Senate.

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“Our wildlife corridor provides a unique opportunity to experience the wonder and beauty of Florida’s heartland. We have the chance not only to preserve this natural resource for future generations, but to expand access so more Floridians can walk, run, and bike from trail town to trail town, taking in all our great state has to offer,” said Passidomo said in a news release. “I envision Florida’s Wildlife Corridor as a top destination for recreational tourists from across the country and around the world. As I have said before, I believe this will be Florida’s Central Park – a legacy we can be proud to leave for future generations of Floridians and visitors to enjoy.”

Florida’s Wildlife Corridor encompasses about 17. Million acres, including almost 10 million acres of conservation lands.

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The legislation the Senate passed Wednesday includes $200 million to connect the corridor to the state’s trail system, according to a news release.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.