HISTORY / BACKGROUND

The Trail Association is a non-profit Florida Corporation with by-laws as required recorded in Martin County Records. We formed to establish a community organization which could impact the designation and development of trails for the enjoyment of our members and the public. We are located in Palm City Florida (Martin County). 

Martin County is blessed with an abundance of public property as parks including many beautiful beach access parks, many inland nature preserves, and water management areas. As much as 35% of the County is public land with much of it currently undeveloped and inaccessible. We work to make the appropriate use of the public places available to all. We are the Park Keepers for Hawk's Hammock Park which is a designated nature hiking, mountain bicycling, and equestrian trails park. We have members who are volunteers for the Martin County Park Patrol a rescue and trail condition monitoring function.
The Palm City Farms subdivision is home to many of our members. This subdivision was platted in 1916 and has few paved roads; about 30 miles. In addition there are about 100 miles of these dedicated roadways that are or could be trails. The easement for these roadways are 30 feet wide unless they have been widened by specific actions over the last century. Many of the undeveloped roadways are partially used as drainage ditches that were built by the original developer and there is inadequate space for the mandated new roadway designs. These spaces have gone wild and many have been fenced off by abutting owners of the tracts. We work to return these to use unless they have been legally removed from the public domain by " official Roadway Abandonment" or the private right to their use as established by the original plat has been extinguished legally.
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) owns and manages huge tracts of land in the County which is only a small part of the District. Many canals and retention areas can be developed into accessible spaces for public use. The designation of the C-23 Canal as a State and County Greenway named the ROBERT B JENKINS GREENWAY  added many miles to the trail system. Visit the links to view the Martin County Parks and Recreation website, the SFWMD, and other related web sites.
We also cooperate with many other trails organizations to bring representation of our members to their efforts. An example is the sponsoring of and participation in the "Ocean to Lake" trail devlopment in both Palm Beach County and Martin County.


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Another Stuart News article: A couple of points about it. 
1. The county needs to show a deed or formal acceptance of the dedication on the plat if they are claiming ownership of the right of ways fortunately they are not (others are declaring it for them)! I have asked for the deed and they can only produce proof of an easement with public rights and the dedication describing our private rights. The use of the term "open" is the most troublesome point since it plays on the myth that the only way a right of way can be used as a public or private easement is if the county declares the roadway "open" completely false see Ordinance 791 and understand it relates to getting building permits on parcels which must be on an approved by the County Commission "Open" road  or ruled OK for a building permit because of Commission action on a requested variance. The county will not accept maintenance of anything other than a properly "OPEN" road that is built to the county standards by the people and then turned over to the county or a limited agreement to maintain an assessable project paved portion of the right of way. It would be a violation of the county ordinance and laws for them to "open" a 30 ft wide right of way.
2. On the positive side the strips are becoming recognized by all as public domain right of ways. Even though Mr. Faehnle is wrong about the ownership he is right to recognize the right of ways as public domain.