Neal Communities contributes to extend Legacy Trail

SARASOTA, Fla. – Neal Communities, southwest Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, recently donated $5,000 to support the Vote Yes for the Sarasota County Legacy Trail Extension campaign.

On the November 2018 ballot, voters will see a referendum to approve the extension, which will enhance connectivity from North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota, with additional improvements, such as safe crossings, overpasses and amenities, paid for with a bond issued by Sarasota County. 

“The extension and enhancement of this old abandoned railroad corridor is vital to improve connectivity throughout our region and enhance quality of life,” said Pat Neal, CEO and chairman of the board at the Lakewood Ranch-based new home building firm. With this donation, we hope to bolster this community amenity used by more than 225,000 people each year to travel without using motorized vehicles.” 

If approved by voters in November, the Legacy Trail extension will improve safety and access for families, walkers, runner, cyclists and individuals with disabilities. It will also provide safe crossings and overpasses at Clark Road and Bee Ridge Road. Facilities along the trail will be improved as well, with additional parking and restroom trailheads. For more information, visit

“It is commendable for responsible corporate citizens, such as Neal Communities, to provide the resources to inform our citizenry of the perpetual benefits of an extended Legacy Trail,” said Dan Bailey, who serves as co-chair of the campaign along with Gina Taylor.

About Neal Communities

With over 40 years of building award-winning homes, Neal Communities has over 70 successful communities throughout southwest Florida. The Lakewood Ranch-based builder was named the Professional Builder 2015 “Builder of the Year” and was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No. 1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked nationally among the top 50 builders by BUILDER Magazine.

To date, Neal has built over 13,000 homes in southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Neal Communities Funding, Fiducia Insurance and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include numerous Parade of Homes awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit