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RV Parks & NIMBY
With an aging population and more retirees, an increasing number of snowbirds and full-timers, and a booming Recreational Vehicle industry, additional campgrounds and RV parks are required.
Local residents become concerned about rumors such as rising crime in the area, decreasing property values, increasing traffic flow, and general urban sprawl and growth.
Numerous residents oppose any planned construction simply because it is too close to their own home or neighborhood, often with the connotation that such residents believe that the development is needed but should be further away.
In other words, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY).
Quite often, the NIMBY arguments are based on some emotional issue without regard for logic.
NIMBYs cause a lot of things to NOT get done including the approval for building a RV park.
Other forms of NIMBY include the NOPE (Not On Planet Earth), the BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone), and the TEDAO (Tear Everything Down At Once).
With this prevailing attitude, it is a breath of fresh air when a community group attends a planning commission meeting to support a proposal to construct of a new RV park in their neighborhood.
The Manatee County (Florida) Planning Commission recently recommended approval for the proposed McMullen Creek RV Park to be located in the community of Rubonia.
Rubonia has struggled over the years. Residents said they were pleased with the proposed park and the possibility it will bring some economic stimulus to their community, reported The Bradenton Times.
The rezoning of the 92-acre tract will support 320 park trailer units and 252 recreational vehicle sites. The project is already surrounded by recreational vehicle parks; once completed the Rubonia area will have the most RV parks of any community in Manatee County.
Residents showed up at the meeting, not to contest the project, but to ensure that sure some of the development-related mistakes made in the past aren’t repeated.
Morris Goff came to speak for Rubonia resident Charles Miller, who recently had surgery, making it hard to talk. Goff told the commission that most of the flooding problems Rubonia has to deal with can be traced back to the 1960s when development pushed through U.S. 41, damming the water flow.
Goff and the other residents were there to insure the proposed project didn’t add to anymore problems with flooding. Staff reassured residents that that wouldn’t happen, and said they would revisit the area with their concerns in mind.
The project sits on the south side of McMullen Creek, on the north tip of Terra Ceia Bay, with Rubonia to the north of it. High water is in their history. The park is bordered by railroad tracks to the east and Bayshore Road to the west, and a 30-acre lake for fishing and rowboat recreation.
Another concern was brought up by Cathy Slusser, from Manatee’s Historical Society. She spoke in regards to the fate of a Mediterranean styled house, built in 1922, that sits on the project’s property. The applicant couldn’t promise the structurally challenged historical house (known as the Strickland House) could be saved, but that they would certainly investigate the possibility.
Slusser attended the meeting with archaeologist Bill Burger, and both spoke to the commission about the historical significance the building might play in Manatee’s past. They suggested the applicant try and save the structure by incorporating it into the plan of the park.
With each passing year, the notion of a person using common sense is fast becoming a thing of the past. What a sad reality of modern life.
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