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Recreational vehicle sales are on the rise in Florida, but, like other regions of the country, zoning regulations that restrict RV parking in residential areas are forcing owners to rent out storage space.
According to a report in the Daytona Beach News Journal, most municipal and county codes in the area don’t allow owners to park their motorhomes, camping trailers, boats and other RVs on or beside their driveways.
Depending on the city or county, fines can range from $50 a day to up to $5,000 a day for repeat offenders and officials say improper parking of recreational vehicles is a growing problem.
“It is increasing,” said Sally Combs, code enforcement officer in DeLand, Fla. “In the winter months, we seem to get more problems.”
In Daytona Beach, off-street parking is prohibited in front yards and vacant lots, according to Jane Carton, supervisor of the city’s code enforcers.
“They can be parked temporarily on driveways for up to 24 hours for loading, unloading and maintenance,” Carton said. “All other times, they must be in a side yard behind the front wall of a house, except on corner lots when they have to be in a back yard.”
As a result, an increasing number of motorhome owners are renting space at local storage businesses.
Flagler Pines RV & Boat Storage in Bunnell has so many customers wanting in that it is nearly doubling the number of rental spaces, said Jan Reefer, the managing agent.
“Typically, we’ve been full and have a waiting list,” Reefer said. “We just opened up a new section.”
Reefer said she’s already renting spaces in the new area, which will add 130 to 140 parking spots to the 175 already taken.
“I have many people with two or three spaces,” she said. “They have an RV and a boat and trailer, or a boat and a Jet-Ski.”
Reefer said in the nearly two years she’s been working there, Flagler Pines has gotten an average of a call a day about storing an RV. “There’s a demand, no question about it,” she said.
Bob Billet of Happy Holiday Kennel & Storage in Port Orange said he has about 150 vehicles parked at his facility, about two dozen of which are motorhomes.
Prices for storage vary, ranging from $1 per foot per month to a flat $35 a month. Flagler Pines breaks pre-tax rates into five length classes from about $24 to slightly more than $40 per month.