Fla. Park Owner Discusses Industry Changes
Editor’s Note: The following is a Q&A conducted by the Florida Times-Union with Florida RV park owner Bob Little.
Bob Little has been in Florida since 1988, but he still carries the New York accent he grew up with. He started off in the plumbing business and took a job in maintenance at Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort in St. Augustine.
From there, he moved into management at that RV park and others. He now runs Flamingo Lake RV Resort just off Lem Turner Road and I-295 northwest of Jacksonville.
He talked about his past 24 years in the RV park business.
How has RVing changed?
The concept hasn’t changed, but the lifestyle has. A lot more people are just into the outdoor living lifestyle. Some of them lost their homes to foreclosure and now take their homes with them.
How about the parks?
They’re starting to be more family oriented. Down south, they’re still geared toward snowbirds. But we’ve got a younger crowd coming into the park. You don’t see shuffleboard and horseshoes anymore. You’ve got zip lines.
Zip lines, really?
Some parks are putting them in. And some are going more into ecotourism. Down around Lake Okeechobee and in the mid-central around Zephyrhills.
Is that more wooded, no more concrete pads right next to each other?
You’ve still got your Class A motorhome parks with full-blown pads, outdoor kitchens and community events. They’ll have dinners and dancing. Very high end.
Then you’ve got RV resorts like us, which are geared toward family RVing. An RV park is strictly a place where people just go to stay without many amenities.
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