The CME envisions a unique opportunity for the curious and adventurous to experience the byways of a region rich in history and potential. The 92-mile loop and spur route follows the ongoing story of exploration and colonization that began 12,000 years ago and continues today. The Heritage Crossroads corridor is a key component of the “Southern Passages: the Atlantic Coast, “an emerging National Heritage Area (NHA) that roughly traces the original Kings Road of the 1700s that begins to the south at New Smyrna Beach, Florida with a northern limit that continues past the Georgia terminus north to Georgetown, South Carolina.
Agricultural activities such as potato and cabbage farming, timber and citrus, horse and cattle ranching co-exist with an expanding community of diverse and cosmopolitan residents in this region. The extensive water resources, both fresh and salt, provide recreational and commercial prospects for residents and visitors.
Exploration, documentation and preservation of unique archaeological and historical sites in the area are ongoing, assuring these historical treasures are a current and future part of the cultural richness of the area. The Heritage Crossroads corridor is the ribbon that ties together these unique attributes.
These historically significant components will be brought together as part of the Heritage Crossroads corridor to visually enhance the human spirit with the unique stories and connections with nature. The crossroads will wed the past with the present and serve as an example for understanding and appreciation for the heritage of the area through community pride and a sense of place. The Heritage Crossroads Vision is to protect and promote the historical resources of the region that encompasses portions of Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia Counties within the 98-mile corridor through shared community goals and objectives.
The Action Plan that has been prepared for the Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History Heritage Highway is reflective of the Vision and the Goals, Objectives & Strategies of what began with the Corridor Advocacy Group (CAG) and what will continue with the byway organization. This plan and team of individuals are committed to highlighting and preserving the historic resources that the Cities of Bunnell, Flagler Beach and Palm Coast as well as Flagler County, St. Johns County and Volusia County personify.
Goals and Objectives
1. GOAL: Resource Protection – Protect, preserve, maintain and enhance our historic, natural and scenic resources of the corridor.
- Objective: Work with local governments along the corridor to enhance/develop Canopy Tree Protection and Heritage Oak Tree Protection ordinances.
- Objective: Protect areas along the corridor with significant native vegetation.
- Objective: Support efforts to obtain and/or support existing historic designations for significant resources along the corridor that are 50 years of age or older.
- Objective: Monitor outdoor advertising and signage activities along the corridor.
- Objective: Create database of historic, scenic and recreation destination points along the corridor and identify a repository for this information.
2. GOAL: Provide safe access to our historic, scenic, and recreational intrinsic resources that will promote their use while preserving their beauty for future generations.
- Objective: Improve highway safety by identifying and working to implement context sensitive engineering solutions.
- Objective: Support the identification of a parallel facility for the Old Brick Road for heavy truck traffic.
- Objective: Improve bicycle/pedestrian safety enhancements.
- Objective: Identify needs for historic informational signage along the corridor.
- Objective: Work and partner with adjacent scenic/heritage highways for connectivity and maximization of resources.
- Objective: Develop and implement “loops” within the corridor network that might be attractive to specialty interest groups.
3. GOAL: Promote responsible regional commercial and residential development, and tourism by partnering with local governments, individuals and community organizations.
- Objective: Insure that corridor elements are incorporated into the Comprehensive Plans of all local jurisdictions.
- Objective: Ensure that the CME continues as an on-going and effective sponsor and advocate for the Scenic Highway designation process.
- Objective: Advocate and monitor intergovernmental coordination between all governmental entities having jurisdiction within the corridor.
4. GOAL: Education – Increase awareness of our unique regional history and appreciation for our rich natural environment through the development and presentation of our corridor story to residents and tourists alike.
- Objective: Ensure the availability of corridor information on the internet.
- Objective: Develop a Heritage Crossroads corridor education program.
- Objective: Promote the location and features of the corridor with notations on local and regional maps.
- Objective: Develop and implement a “Keep It Clean” educational program for the corridor.
- Objective: Establish a “Friends of the Corridor” database list of interested parties willing to support the goals of the corridor.
5. GOAL: Economic Development and Tourism – Esthetically enhance, improve and beautify the Heritage Crossroads corridor.
- Objective: Establish the Heritage Crossroads corridor as a tourist point of interest.
- Objective: Identify and take advantage of pre-existing opportunities to maintain, enhance, improve, and beautify the corridor.