ORMOND SCENIC LOOP & TRAIL
P.O. Box 1807Ormond Beach, FL 32175

An official Florida Scenic Highway & National Scenic Byway

            

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Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail – History 

January 2005
Garry Balogh
, FDOT Coordinator for Florida Scenic Highway Program gave short overview of the program.  Anne Wilson, Chair of the group then known as North Flagler Scenic Highway, and Charles Helm, Chair of the group then known as Flagler Beach Corridor, provided background information on how their groups attained Florida Scenic Highway designation. Joe Jaynes elected as Chair of the new Corridor Advocacy Group (CAG.)  Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary elected.  Committees formed to write by-laws and prepare Letter of Intent. 

February 2005
CAG met to begin process of preparing application for designation as Florida Scenic Highway for The Loop roads – Old Dixie Highway/N Beach Street, Granada Blvd, John Anderson Drive, Highbridge Road and Walter Boardman Lane.

 March 2005
Group officially adopts name of “Ormond Beach Scenic Loop CAG

August 2005
Historic Ormond-By-The-Sea Scenic Trail CAG (representing SR A1A from Granada Blvd north to Flagler County border) is also soliciting bids from consultants who will prepare FSHP application.

April 2006
Historic Ormond-By-The-Sea Scenic Trail CAG officially joins with OB Scenic Loop.  We adopt new name of Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail CAG.  Corridor is now a figure-8 loop which includes A1A, the original Loop roadways and Pine Tree Drive canopy section.

November 2006
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway (combination of several CAGs & CMEs to the north) holds ribbon-cutting ceremony in Marineland to celebrate their joining together under one umbrella.  They invite OB Scenic Loop to join their umbrella when we receive designation.

May 2007
Application for designation submitted to Scenic Highway Advisory Board for review.

July 2007
Ormond Scenic Loop & Trail is officially designated as a Florida Scenic Highway.  Organization becomes a Corridor Management Entity (CME)

October 2007
Approximately 550 people attend the OSLT Designation Celebration at Tomoka State Park.  Mayor Costello, County Council Representatives Carl Persis, Andy Kelly and Joie Alexander participated.

December 2008
Application submitted to Federal Board for designation as National Scenic Byway.

July 2009
Work is completed on 15+ month project to create and install interpretive signs at trailheads on Walter Boardman Lane and Pine Tree Drive, within Tomoka State Park.  New trail cleared and foot bridge constructed at Pine Tree Drive which leads to newly-constructed wildlife viewing platform on Summer Pond.  Projected funded by partner Halifax River Audubon.  All work completed by volunteers.

October 2009
Mary Price and Karon & Joe Jaynes travel to Washington DC to accept National Scenic Byway designation.

July 2010
Work begins on creation of educational sign at trails ends in Bicentennial Park

November 2010
Wildflower seeds are planted on Highbridge Road near entrance to Smith Creek Landing at North Peninsula State Park

January 2011
Application for tax exempt status submitted to IRS

April 2011
OSLT holds first public forum with introductions by CME Chair, Mayor of Ormond Beach and County Council representative.  Two speakers discuss salt marsh restoration and prescribed burns to educate the public.

June 2011
Florida Department of Transportation produced a video about Florida's scenic highways which includes a section on the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

September 2012
One-mile multi-use paved trail running through oak hammock in Tomoka State Park and parallel to North Beach Street segment of corridor opens to the public.  This extends the sidewalk from Inglesea to the park entrance. 


April 2015
Private dedication ceremony for Woodham Woods Trail in memory of Tomoka State Park Manager and OSLT Board member, Benny Woodham.

May 2015

North Peninsula State Park & St. Johns Water Management District begin Phase 4 of salt marsh restoration on John Anderson Drive.  Earlier restoration phases show return of native wildlife and plants.

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