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A waterfront RV park could be coming to Okaloosa Island in Florida’s panhandle.
Developer Tripp Tolbert wants to attract motorcoaches to the resort.
Turning a piece of Bayside property across from the Ramada Beach Resort into a luxury RV park sounds great to RV broker Keith Chappell.
“These type of campgrounds are springing up all over the country,” Chappell said.
Chappell says many of them allow only high-end coaches, restricting rentals by the classification of RV.
He believes it would be a huge economic boost, and not just for his industry.
“But it’s also going to bring a lot more people into the area that’s going to eat at our restaurants, that’s going to buy fuel here, that’s going to support the entire community,” he continued.
If commissioners want to green-light the plan, they’ll have to make an exception to a 50-year-old rule against temporary structures on Okaloosa Island.
Developer Tolbert was quoted in 2009 as saying, “I think the intent of this covenant was to keep Okaloosa Island from having a trailer park. And I reassure you that’s not my intentions”
Despite the developer’s assurances, some neighbors say the jury’s still out.
Clyde Roquemore said, “I think it could be an asset, as far as the revenue. I’d like to know a little bit more about how the camp, the RV units is going to be set up itself, you know, what’s it going to look like”
Tolbert makes his pitch to county commissioners today (Jan. 18).
The developer has met several times with Okaloosa Island residents while putting the proposal together.