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Hundreds protest state plan to put RV camping sites on Honeymoon Island

Florida's most popular state park, Honeymoon Island, should be left the way it is with no additional camp sites or spaces for recreational vehicles, a stream of devoted Honeymoon fans told state park officials Tuesday night during a public hearing that lasted about four hours.

Not one person who spoke supported allowing RVs in the beach park, and several threatened to do whatever they had to do to block them.

"This group will lay down in front of the bulldozers before we let this happen," warned Jan Allyn of the Florida Native Plant Society.

More than 400 people turned out for the hearing, packing the Hale Senior Activity Center. As the meeting was called to order, hundreds more people were still clamoring to get in, despite an order by the fire marshal saying the room could not hold any more.

"I've been doing this for three decades and I haven't seen a group like this," said Albert Gregory, bureau chief of the state's Division of Recreation and Parks, who led the meeting organized by the Department of Environmental Protection.

People in the crowd waved signs and banners that said, "Save the Park," "Don't Pave Paradise," and "If the Honeymoon Is Over, I Want a Divorce." Before the hearing, the crowd was chanting, "Save our park!"

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[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:12am]

    

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