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Hank Brooks | Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers
Published Saturday, December 01, 2007

Most TBSKers are aware that Florida has established the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddle Trail which extends along the coast from Panama City to Key West to Jacksonville. You can check out the state website. It has a ton of useful information.

Formation of the Florida Paddling Trails Association

In order to supervise the trail, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has decided to have a group of volunteers form a non profit organization to manage/ oversee the trail. The inaugural meeting of this organization was held in Homosassa Springs on October 15. About 60 people from throughout the state attended the meeting. For organizational purposes, the trail has been divided into 26 segments with each segment having a Trail Keeper(s) to monitor and look after the campsites on the trail.

The segments are grouped into regions. Tampa Bay is in Region D. Hank Brook is our Regional Director on the trail board while fellow TBSKer, Marv Phelps, is the Director of Region C (the section above Region D). The Region D Trail Keepers are:

Geographic Boundaries
Trail Keeper's Name
Anclote Key to Ft. Desoto (Pinellas County)
Terry Hobbs
John Ennis
Ft. Desoto to Lido Beach (Middle of Sarasota County)
Connie Anderson
Sharon Tarman
Mike Younglove
Lido Beach to Stumps Pass Beach State Park
Richard Storsberg
Dick Pfaff
Stumps Pass Beach State Park to Cayo Costa
Joe Mullen
Ed Engel

The first Florida Paddling Trails Association board of director's meeting was held at Cedar Key on Nov 13. These are the highlights:

  • The mission of the Florida Paddling Trails Association is to promote thoughtful use, environmental awareness and volunteer stewardship for the Florida coast and associated river environments while providing an exceptional recreational asset for paddlers. The Association will supervise the overall management of the Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Greenways and Trails and other local, regional, state and federal entities and offer volunteer support to those managing adjoining paddling trails.
  • The President of this organization will be Hank Brooks.
  • Bylaws were adopted. A parliamentary system was installed whereby the Board of Directors elect a fellow director to act as President for one year.
  • A web site and newsletter will be established.
  • Memberships in the Trails Association will be offered after benefits and dues are established.

Email Hank Brooks if you want to volunteer or need more information.

Last update Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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paddlesolo on 1/16/2008 4:27pm
I used the link and went to the state website and selected Paddling Trail Home in the right side bar, and then the trail segment descriptions, also on the right side bar, so I could read about the trail in NW Florida. Reading the description of various sections of this trail is absolutely fascinating. It is well written, includes history of the area, and mentions many parks and areas of interest I want to visit.