Snowbirds Prompt Florida RV Park Expansion
More snowbirds are spending time in Panama City Beach, Fla., this year than ever before, especially families with RVs, WMBB-TV, Panama City, reported.
Some RV parks are having trouble finding space for all these visitors, and now they have to expand.
Managers at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort say business started picking up in December. Even bike week reservations are filling up faster this year. Currently, the park is more than 90% full.
“This is one of our best seasons so far with the snowbirds,” park manager Jerry Brock said.
So, owners are resorting to construction phase number three. They are investing more than$1 milion to make the RV park bigger and better.
The facility will get 10 more motorhome sites. Even a brand new retention pond is being built. Owners are adding 23 permanent park models to the facility too.
“They will be built in such a manner that when you’re sitting in your living room, you look out into the pond,” Brock said.
The plan will open the space for more visitors. In turn, more visitors will bring more business for the surrounding community.
“We spend countless hours at the front desk, telling people where to eat, where to get their nails done, where to take their dogs to the vet,” Brock said.
Several other RV parks in the Southeast are spending millions in renovations also. The expansions are attributed to the growing motor home travel industry.