Bonita Estero Rail Trail project continues to gain traction in Lee County


Friends of the Bonita Estero Rail Trail, in partnership with nonprofit Trust for Public Land, is continuing their push for a 12-mile recreational biking trail spanning from northern Collier County north to Alico Road. On Wednesday, the two groups, along with the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, attended the Bonita Springs City Council meeting for an update on the project. 

The concept of acquiring the Seminole Gulf-owned rail, which has been unused for about 15 years and runs through Bonita Springs and Estero, and transforming it into a public trail gained attention in the community since Friends of the Bonita Estero Rail Trail was established in September. The group now has more than 1,500 members.

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