COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Right now, Tamiami Trail in Collier County is a two-lane road. But a proposed pathway would get bikes, runners, even bird watchers, right in the middle of the Florida Everglades.
"Really getting to enjoy the everglades without having to pull over on the side of 41 and endangering themselves and other drivers," said Michelle Avola Reese, with the Naples Pathway Coalition.
The 75 mile corridor called the River of Grass Greenway would connect Naples to Miami Dade County. Beginning near Tamiami Trail and State Road 92. And ending at Krome Avenue. Path proponents, like Michelle Avola Reese, said it would bring positive economic impacts to the area.
"It's going to offer opportunities for businesses to spring up that would provide a shuttle service. If you want to bike so far and you want to ride back," said Avola Reese.
And the money to build it, would come from grants. The path won't be paved anytime soon. Multiple organizations at the county, state, and federal level are working to ensure this benefits everyone. This week, representatives are meeting at Edison State College to discuss and analyze the different ways to make this dream a reality.
"To take input from all of the users, potential vested interests, all of the different organizations that, because there are people that care and we want to get everyones perspective as we advance," said Joe Webb, a planner with the Miami Dade County Park and Recreation.