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The forecasts of improved summer business at Florida campgrounds are turning out to be true, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Attendance at the 372 members of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is up almost 10% over a year ago, President Joe Striska told the newspaper.
Last March, for example, Florida RV parks and campgrounds had occupancy rates around 92%, compared with 84% in March 2001, Striska said.
At the KOA Resort Kampground in St. Petersburg, business is up an average of 5%, General Manager Damon Roberts told the newspaper.
Meanwhile, nationwide, business at RV parks and campgrounds is up “as much as 12%,” National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds President Linda Profaizer told the Times.
One reason for the increase in business at Florida RV parks and campgrounds is guests who live close by. For example, the Times interviewed a St. Petersburg resident who was vacationing with his family at a campground in nearby Fort De Soto, Fla. “As far as I’m concerned, I’m in Tahiti,” the man told the newspaper.