A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway Information
In 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the National Scenic Byways Program. This grass-roots collaborative program was established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The National Scenic Byways Program has funded 2,832 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.
The program is administered at the state level by the Department of Transportation (DOT). In Florida, that means each Byway is under the Sunshine Law.
On June 13, 2002, A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway was designated a National Scenic Byway for its recreational qualities. This surprises many as this 72-mile byway encompasses St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. Many think this byway was designated because of its historic qualities. Other argue archeological, culture and natural. Most agree A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway is indeed scenic.
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway was one of two National Scenic Byways in Florida until October 2009 when four more were added.
A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway encompasses the 72 miles of A1A through St. Johns and Flagler Counties in northeast Florida. These two counties actual lie in two different Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) districts (District 2 and District 5). This makes coordination at the state level a little bit of a challenge, but not that much as we have two great FDOT liasions. They have been instrumental in priortizing and assisting with grants including the 4 National Scenic Byways just submitted by Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway.
Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.
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