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Fasano objects to plan for campgrounds in Florida state parks



A controversial proposal to let private contractors build and operate campgrounds at state parks, including allowing recreational vehicles at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, is drawing fire from fresh quarters this week.

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-Port Richey, sent letters Tuesday to both Gov. Rick Scott and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard expressing his “adamant opposition.”

He said the DEP should halt its plan until the Legislature can study the proposal, noting that “allowing a for-profit enterprise to run a high-impact campground on such a sensitive and important environmental treasure as Honeymoon Island is a major policy change that needs more review than it has been given.”

And officials from the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds met with the head of the Florida Park Service to share their concerns about the plan. The 380-member association is also opposed to the DEP’s plan.

“It’s something we oppose because of the negative effects it could have on private businesses,” said Bobby Cornwell, the association’s executive director.

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Craig Pittman, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:34pm]


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