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DEP pulls plug on RV camping at Honeymoon Island

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection -- 72 hours after hundreds of Floridians protested in Dunedin and as Pinellas County's legislative delegation stood in opposition -- has pulled the plug on plans to put a privately-built and run campground at the state's most popular park, Honeymoon Island.

Gov. Rick Scott released a statement saying, "After seeing the public’s reaction, it is clear that this is not the right time to expand camping at Honeymoon Island State Park. These natural treasures belong to all the tax-paying citizens of this state and it would be unfair to proceed with a plan that so many Floridians are so adamantly opposed to."

But the department, in a letter to state Sen. Mike Fasano, indicated Friday it is still considering the option for up to 55 other state parks that currently have no campgrounds. Read the breaking news here

Read Sen. Jack Latvala's letter to the editor, which appeared in Friday's St. Petersburg Times'.

Click on the Permalink to see DEP's letter to Fasano.

[Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 9:18pm]

    

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