RV Park Developers Eye Okeechobee Sites
The Okeechobee County, Fla., Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals approved plans on Tuesday (July 24) for two new RV parks, according to the Okeechobee News.
One would be a 300-acre complex on the site of the former Fort Drum Crystal Mine and include an RV park, tent camping, an outdoor amphitheater, a museum and learning center, gift shop, a restaurant, a bar, cabins and a lodge. Owner Glenna Rucks proposes to develop the area in stages. There is a 100-acre lake on the property that was formed by the mining operations that would be used for various water activities.
The owners plan to make the resort available to clubs and hobby groups that could hold events related to their respective areas of interest such as rock collecting, obstacle course, waterskiing, rock crawl, fishing and scuba instruction.
The other proposal is from Okeechobee Development LLC for the 509-unit Silver Palms RV park. The 88-acre site has access to U.S. 441 S.
Plans call for the RV park to be developed in three phases with a central recreation area of about three acres. Plans include a fitness center, a billiards room, a library, card rooms and a private lounge for owners and a 9,000-square-foot clubhouse that can be used as a hurricane shelter.
The sites would be marketed to aging Baby Boomers and people on the coast, according to a Realtor representing the owners.
Neighbors opposed both plans and cited drainage problems, noise and lights from the RV parks and the fate of endangered species that live on the property.