Ecotourism and history took center stage in late January as a ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway’s designation as an official Florida Scenic Highway. The designation took place at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell. Brian Blanchard, FDOT Assistant Secretary, was on hand; as were byway supporters and other elected leaders. The Dade Battlefield Historic Society also provided a history lesson featuring time period reenactors and musket firing demonstrations. The Scenic Sumter Heritage Byway was designated in May 2013 and has become the 24th Florida Scenic Highway to be designated by the Florida Department of Transportation. It includes 62 miles of roadway from State Road (S.R.) 50 to S.R. 44 as well as many historic and scenic intrinsic resources. To learn more about Florida’s Scenic Highways, click here.