June 28, 2013

Camping Sites For RVs Opposed at Honeymoon Island

There is a big to-do in Dunedin, Florida. Residents are irate over the fact that state park officials are looking to add a camp site for recreation vehicles to Honeymoon Island.

First of all, let’s just mull over how lucky Floridians are to have a state park called Honeymoon Island. Isn’t that the most precious name? It sounds magical, romantic… like some kind of corny-yet-sexy 1980s sitcom.

We can suppose that would all be ruined by RV’s for the more than four hundred people who showed up for the Honeymoon Island hearing held at the Hale Senior Citizen Activity center. And that’s only the number of people who could squeeze into the building. Even more stood outside with signs that said things like “If the Honeymoon Is Over, I Want a Divorce” (a sentiment that would surely be better applied to state parks than marriages).

From the state’s standpoint making part of the park a campsite could mean big revenue. Last year Honeymoon Island brought in about $1.6 million in profit, and campers could add millions more over the next few years.

Residents feel like paving part of the park would just turn it into an eyesore. Perhaps they also have an inherent hatred for RV’s… it’s a bit hard to tell, and you wouldn’t imagine such a sentiment from a state with so many parks.

It really is hard in general to understand why this issue is making so many Dunedin residents hot under the collar. Campsites are an important facet of so many state parks. Why wander around a state park for a day when you can sequester yourself there for a few days, right? Certainly if this Honeymoon Island is as fabulous as its neighbors make it out to be people from other states would enjoy visiting it, and staying in a hotel would just completely ruin that whole communing with nature experience, wouldn’t it? Staying in your RV on a paved campsite only slightly ruins the nature experience.

Finally, these people are residents of Florida. When you live in Florida your state isn’t really your own. So many decisions local officials make will be influenced by tourists or people who only live in Florida a few months a year. A suggestion: move to a state that few people enjoy visiting. If you find a great state park hidden there the honeymoon won’t likely be over any time soon.

For more information, visit:

St. Petersburg Times

Hundreds turn out to oppose RV camping sites at Honeymoon Island state park

Should RV Camping come to Honeymoon Island?

Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island RV Camping Proposal Elicits Resistance Along Coast