Sarasota, Fla., may regain the title as “Tin City” now that hundreds of RV’s have rolled into town. WWSB TV reported that a group of African-American RVers has stopped for the week at the Sun N Fun RV Park.
“It’s about 575 people,” says Dr. Monica Ford-David of the National African American RV Association (NAARVA).
The NAARV has rolled into the Suncoast for its southern regional rally.
“The Texas Sojourners are from all over Texas, and we also have the Louisiana Gators, the Mississippi Mockingbirds, the Oklahoma Tornados and the Georgia Easy Riders,” says Ford-David.
Attendees also include several other RVing groups, some of which are based in Florida.
The contingent is taking advantage of the variety of rally activities while also soliciting the local business community. “We had three buses leave for Hard Rock,” said Ford-David. “We had a golf tournament on Friday and held a ‘Visit Sarasota’ event offering a seminar about the beaches, and places to eat and shop. So. people will see the campers all over Sarasota.”
The group arrived on Sunday (April 28) and have been doing everything from eating at local restaurants to visiting local attractions. But it’s not all fun and games. “When we were here scouting for this park, we found out that one of the things that is going on in the black community here was that most of the children don’t know how to swim, even though they are surrounded by water. So our gift to this Sarasota community is a benefit that will teach the black kids of this community how to swim,” says Connie St. Clair of NAARVA.
In addition to swim lessons, the campers are also raising money for a local organization. “Because of these rallies, we do get to raise some funds, and we get to choose the group we want to contribute to, and we chose the Boys & Girls Club here in Sarasota,” St. Clair said.