I started this blog as an addendum to the "Ode to Otto", the recently departed primate from the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, and quickly stumbled upon one question I'd never even thought to ask before: "Who was Fred. E. Marquis, and what the heck did he have to do with the Pinellas Trail? (Answer below.) In the entire Tampa Bay area, I cannot think of a better way to get out and enjoy Florida than this thirty-plus mile stretch of asphalt known as the Pinellas Trail.
The Pinellas Trail is, for many locals, the best place to go in Tampa Bay for biking, walking, blading, and other fuel-alternative transportation. Beginning in Tarpon Springs, it currently stretches 34 miles to Gulfport, but one day is slated for a grand total of some 47 miles of mainly converted railway. Credit is given to a man whose son was killed while riding his bike, but was this man Fred E. Marquis? Nope.
I did find some really useful stuff while researching the answer, however, such as milege maps:
Now I know how far I'm really going!
So, get your walking/running shoes out, the dog leash, or anything people-powered with wheels, and go see what Pinellas looks like from the trail side!
So, who was Fred, anyway?
Answer, from Wikipedia:
- The Pinellas Trail was named in honor of Fred E. Marquis, former Pinellas County Administrator who served from 1979 until 2000.
- An average of 90,000 people use the Trail each month.
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