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agesilaus

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Posted: 05/14/20 08:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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To protect public health and safety, Florida State Parks campgrounds remain CLOSED through May 20 and cabins remain CLOSED through May 31. DEP continues to re-open Florida State Parks for day use as part of Phase one to re-open Florida. As these parks are re-opening, DEP will be taking measures to ensure the protection of staff and the public. During this early phase of re-opening, visitors should expect limited hours, capacity and amenities. Portions of these parks and trails have been identified that can be reopened for day-use with limited risk to visitors and staff. To reduce risk, cash transactions are limited to exact change.

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If you scroll down that page you will see a long list parks open for day use right now. I haven't counted them but it appears to be almost every park in the system. Camping may resume on the 20th and cabins on the 30th.


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You might want to stay away from these three counties down there:

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I just don’t understand the delay for camping unless they don’t have the staff. Sitting in a state park here in SC and bathrooms are opened and cleaned several times a day, campers are having a great time, very little interaction between campers and staff.


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We just came back from Manatee and it was bizarre. Picnic tables were open andin use but picnic tables under a roof were taped off. The swimming area for small kids was taped off. They had maybe a hundred blue 'x's' taped on the side walk spaces about 6 feet apart. That park has never had that many people in it and what do they expect, that people are going to line up to take a swim?? Not a ranger in sight either.

And the ranger at the gate denies knowing anything about reopening camping even tho they are taking reservations for the 25th on?

Despite the foolishness we had a great swim in the spring, we were just about the only two really swimming, tho there were a couple paddling around the edge. The water is very clear for the springs tho not crystal clear.

As for the delay it never made sense to close camping in the first place. And leave the hiking trails open so people can get exercise. Georgia did not. Close the rest rooms and visitor centers OK but camping is a low population activity. Florida has almost 100% elected state officers from one party, but one the commissionaire of Agriculture is from the opposite party and she is in control of the parks and I assume closed them. I think Governor DeSantis overrode her to reopen them.

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As for Miami to Palm Beach, we almost never have any reason to go down there in the first place. The place is infested with NYC residents which is why they were hit so bad.

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agesilaus wrote:

As for Miami to Palm Beach, we almost never have any reason to go down there in the first place. The place is infested with NYC residents which is why they were hit so bad.


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If the governor over rule her to open the parks he could do the same for camping.He did over rule the local government on certain things.Maybe they don't think campers vote. Camping was to open on the 16, however on the 14 someone made the call to delay again.

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Camping is open starting the next couple of weeks at least you can make reservations. And the notice in the top of this thread says just that more vaguely.

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agesilaus wrote:

As for Miami to Palm Beach, we almost never have any reason to go down there in the first place. The place is infested with NYC residents which is why they were hit so bad.


That’s ok, we don’t want you down here anyway.

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JoeH wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

As for Miami to Palm Beach, we almost never have any reason to go down there in the first place. The place is infested with NYC residents which is why they were hit so bad.


Agree---


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