Should The State Open Up More Public Parks To Overnight Camping, RV's and Operation By Private Companies?

06/30/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radiactivity. Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported that "The (Florida) Department of Environmental Protection has targeted Honeymoon Island as one of the first of 56 parks where state officials want to add new overnight camping sites — including space for recreational vehicles. Honeymoon Island could get up to 45 campsites on 17.5 acres east of the southern beach parking lot, under the DEP's plan.

In a departure from the way Florida created its award-winning park system, the state's plan calls for letting private companies bid on designing, building and operating the campgrounds on taxpayer-owned land, said DEP's Florida Park Service director Donald Forgioni.

The new campgrounds will require more than just the sites themselves. They will need roads, rest rooms, bathhouses, playgrounds, electric connections, grills and other amenities, too."

We're joined now by Kathy Harrelson who is a volunteer with The Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is raising objections to the plan and is urging concerned people to turn out for a public hearing on the matter next Tuesday in Dunedin.

Hearing details:


When: July, 5, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Where: Hale Senior Center, 330 Douglas Ave, Dunedin

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