Gulf County Commissioners put a moratorium on R.V. parks

By: Amber Southard Email
By: Amber Southard Email

Port St. Joe - Gulf County Commissioner’s are taking steps to make sure R.V. parks are being used for their intended purpose. They're trying to prevent people turning the temporary accommodations into permanent residences, especially along the beach front.

Gulf County Commissioners put a moratorium on R.V.’s in the tourist corridor; which runs the length of highway 98 from the Bay to Franklin County lines. It also includes 30-A, all of Cape San Blas Road and Indian Pass Road. They're concerned about the areas becoming eyesores, but that's not the only consideration.

"We think there are environmental damages from grey water from storm surge, those different kind of issues, so there are a lot of moving parts," said Bill Williams.

The moratorium would not affect homeowners, who park their R.V.'s in their yard.

"I would support an individual with a structure and a home that they personally own putting it there because that's their property, so it's different for residential type control their property verses residential use," said Williams.

Newschannel 7 spoke to some residents who say they don't see a problem with having more than one R.V. located on a piece of property.

Commissioners say they will be sympathetic towards people who already live in the R.V. parks.

"If an individual had an R.V. there and was living in that we would certainly be empathetic and sympathetic to that because we've made this decision today and we don't want to retrospectively do it, but we do want to stop any future utilization of that beach front," said Williams.

The county’s planning and development review board will develop more recommendations for later discussion.

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  • by jill Location: psj on May 30, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    i think instead of having folks move who may not have the means to live another way.that you have an ordinance to keep they're places neat and tidy.dont ask folks to and let live.long as they take care and concern of where they live.
  • by Barbara Location: PCB on Mar 4, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    They have no way to check on this. We need to limit the amount of RV parks to ones that already exist. Trailer parks become run down too and have become a eye sore and prevent tourist from coming to the area. The building inspector is not even making the trailer parks maintain their trailers. Some are full of rats and are unsafe and not habitable. There is plenty of safe housing available in the area.
  • by Topher Location: Panama City Beach on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:38 PM
    I couldn't agree more with the intent of the moratorium. RV parks are an eyesore and should be used temporarily and not for extended periods of time. I'm sorry if you enjoy living in a RV park but YOU are making the area UGLY.
  • by lisa Location: panama city beach on Mar 3, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    MY HUSBAND AND I LIVE IN AN RV IN AN RV PARK HERE IN PANAMA CITY BEACH AND WE LOVE IT BECAUSE IT IS CHEAPER TO LIVE HERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE WE WOULDNT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE THE PLACE WE LIVE IS A NICE PLACE NOT AN EYE SORE AND MOST PARKS HAVE designated areas for different types of residents if they set this plan into affect how are these parks going to make money in the winter when there are no tourist. Editor Comment. As the story says the plan being discussed is only Gulf County - Port St. Joe. I would have nothing to do with Bay County/Panamaq City Beach.
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