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A Florida Welcome Center was recently dedicated in the memory of Joseph Striska, former president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
According to a report in the Suwannee Democrat, an Aug. 5 ceremony marked the grand opening of the Joseph O. Striska Florida Welcome Center on I-75.
Guests included Striska’s widow and daughter, Pat and Trisha, along with representatives from “Visit Florida” and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and local government officials.
The new $13 million dollar facility is the result of collaborative efforts between “Visit Florida” and other partners. The project, which was funded by the FDOT, was completed earlier this year.
Striska began working with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) in 1973 and eventually opened his own park. He joined Florida ARVC as executive director in 1993 and later become the state association’s paid president.
In 1994, Striska was appointed to the Florida Commission on Tourism and was the first person to sponsor a “Kids Corner” in welcome centers.
The bronze plaque designating the facility as the Joseph O. Striska Florida Welcome Center was unveiled by “Visit Florida” CEO Bud Nocera, who presented a replica of the plaque to Striska’s widow and daughter.
The ceremony concluded with the ribbon cutting by Pat Striska, officially opening the new facility.
Striska was killed in a tragic car accident one year ago.