Florida State Park Campground Privatization OK’d

June 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Florida’s park system was given an important go-ahead today (June 10) to pursue private development of campgrounds inside as many as 56 state parks, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

State park officials told the Acquisition and Restoration Council, a panel in Tallahassee that oversees use of state conservation lands, that establishing privately run camping inside parks would help the park system become less dependent on state funds and provide more camping opportunities.

The ARC panel voted 7-2 to allow park officials to use an accelerated process, with potentially less public scrutiny, to determine which of the 56 parks would get privately managed camping and how those campgrounds will be operated.

Park officials said many details have not been settled but, in general, privately managed parks would be built and run according to state standards.


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