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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