The Florida Keys Scenic Corridor Alliance held its annual meeting in May 2016. The Alliance is the byway organization responsible for overseeing administration of the U.S. 1/All-American Road. As part of the Florida Scenic Highway Program, the U.S. 1 Corridor from Key West to Key Largo is the only nationally designated All-American Road in Florida. This year the Alliance is celebrating its 18th year as a designated scenic highway and seven years as a nationally designated corridor.
Held in Islamorada, over 50 people attended the annual meeting including local business partners, elected officials and agency representatives. While enjoying lunch, those in attendance were able to look out over the crystal blue Gulf waters, listening to speakers present recent successes and accomplishments along the byway. Litter control was a common theme for several of the speakers. The Alliance is an active supporter of the FDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway Program with one of its goals being the adoption of every available mile of the scenic highway by community advocacy groups. Working in partnership with FDOT, the Alliance is within several miles of accomplishing this significant goal.
As part of the event, Byway Chair Judy Hull presented an “Outstanding Service” award to Joy Tatgenhorst for her leadership role in the International Coastal Cleanup program. Gina Boilini, past chair of the Alliance was presented with the “Exemplary Leadership and Service to the All-American Road” Award, the organization’s highest award. Linda Glass-Johnson, FDOT Program Management Administrator for District Six, accepted a proclamation from Heather Carruthers, Mayor of Monroe County. The proclamation recognizes the Florida Scenic Highway Program’s 20th Anniversary as an FDOT/local community partnership program and declares June 2016 as Florida Keys Scenic Highway Month.