Latvala, Pinellas: No to camping at Honeymoon Island
Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala penned a letter of opposition Wednesday against the state's proposal to promote RVs at Honeymoon Island, adding to the list of opponents. The letter was emailed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff and a top official in the Department of Environmental Protection.
Sent: 7/6/2011 2:55:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Honeymoon Island State Park
On behalf of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, I am writing to express our opposition to further development of Honeymoon Island State Park with the addition of camping on this site.
Our County has a strong tradition of protecting and preserving the environment. We have an award winning Park system and over 10,000 acres of preservation land that our citizens have voted themselves a tax to help pay for over the years. The many species of migratory birds as well as other wildlife, play an important role in the quality of life that we all enjoy and desire to protect and preserve for future generation.
Please give serious consideration to the hundreds of voices you heard at last night’s public meeting, as well as the many emails , phone calls and letters from our residents -------------- WE DO NOT WANT CAMPING ON THIS VERY FRAGILE BARRIER ISLAND IN OUR COUNTY.
While I certainly respect and understand the financial constraints that face all levels of government in our State, the future environmental impact that will be caused by the additional uses on this small, fragile site, will not be worth the few dollars that will be generated.
Susan Latvala, Chairman