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A Florida attorney and developer has plans to convert a former boat dealership into an upscale waterfront RV park in the state’s Panhandle, according to a report in the Pensacola News Journal.
John Bordelon is looking to turn a three-acre parcel – the previous site of Indian Bay Marine in Gulf Breeze – into Avalon Landing, an RV resort targeted at long-term campers.
“There’s a real need in Santa Rosa County – and in all of the Pensacola area – for a real nice RV park,” Boredelon said. “This is a good location with respect to Gulf Breeze, Milton and Pensacola.”
Preliminary plans call for 36 sites, 22 situated along the waterfront. Campers will have access to utilities, a pool, pool house, boat ramp and piers.
“It’s going to be an upscale, extended-stay kind of place,” Bordelon said. “We’re hoping people will come to stay at least a month. Some people may want to retire to the Pensacola area, but instead of buying a condo, they buy these expensive motor coaches.”
Depending on size, waterfront sites will probably rent for $500 to $700 per month. That will include water and sewer service while electricity will be metered.
Kathy Newby, executive director of the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Council, said the county’s 13 current campgrounds are doing well.
“When the state park was open at Navarre Beach, it only had 10 RV sites, but they were always full,” she said. The park has been closed since Hurricane Dennis heavily damaged Navarre Beach last summer.
Bordelon said he hopes construction will start by June with plans to open the park by the following spring.