Local officials in Florida have approved a temporary 90-acre campground for 300 travel trailers in Charlotte County, which received the brunt of Hurricane Charley two weeks ago today (Aug. 27), according to the Naples News.
Charlotte County commissioners Thursday approved a county-owned tract on Interstate 75 as a temporary campground for trailers being distributed to displaced residents by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the newspaper said.
FEMA officials, according to the Naples News, didn’t know when the campground would be occupied. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will clear the property and install needed utilities.
A FEMA spokesman said that some 170 families throughout Florida were occupying FEMA trailers on Thursday, but none were in Charlotte County.
FEMA told RV Business that it has put out a call for more than 8,900 trailers, and manufacturers such as Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif., Forest River Inc., Elkhart, Ind., Gulf Stream Inc., Nappanee, Ind., Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind., Thor’s Keystone RV Co., Goshen Ind., and Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Co. LLC, Elkhart, are scrambling to parlay existing dealership inventory with new specially manufactured, stripped-down units as temporary housing for homeless storm victims.
Elsewhere, Stay-N-Play RV Resort in Nokomis, located on the Gulf Coast north of Fort Myers, confirmed Thursday that around 300 travel trailers had been shipped there and that FEMA was directing displaced families to the park.
The resort, owned by Jacques Clutier, had been closed for over a year while management was acquiring permits for renovations. It was not damaged in the hurricane.
Enchanted Grove Mobile Home Park, located just west of Orlando in Lake Wales, also received travel trailers from FEMA. “We’ve had about 60 travel trailers come in,” said office worker Diane Miolen. “FEMA is handling all the arrangements. They send us a FAX, and then they contact the people.”
Twenty-five people were killed by the storm and some 50,000 customers remained without power on Thursday.