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Camper445

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Posted: 05/29/22 09:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bucky wrote:

Without our snow bird money a lot of small business's would dry up and blow away.


Ok, but its hard to believe you have anything to come back to the next year in Dec/Jan, after you bail in April. How do they survive without you the other 9 months? Or are you spending enough during those 3 months to keep them all afloat the other 9?

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Camper445 wrote:

bucky wrote:

Without our snow bird money a lot of small business's would dry up and blow away.


Ok, but its hard to believe you have anything to come back to the next year in Dec/Jan, after you bail in April. How do they survive without you the other 9 months? Or are you spending enough during those 3 months to keep them all afloat the other 9?


We live right here in central Florida ... we see no stores closing when snowbirds fly north for the summers. Sure, snowbirds add to the revenue stream when here, but also use services and resources as well. And add lots of traffic and crowding. We have lots of snowbirds in our senior community. We're happy to see them arrive, and happy to see them depart.


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Here we go again, a snowbird talking about how Florida would fall off the face of the earth without snowbird money. I’m so sick of hearing that song.


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Bears Den wrote:

Here we go again, a snowbird talking about how Florida would fall off the face of the earth without snowbird money. I’m so sick of hearing that song.

I'm with you on that !


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Bears Den wrote:

Here we go again, a snowbird talking about how Florida would fall off the face of the earth without snowbird money. I’m so sick of hearing that song.


Yeah there are over 20,000,000 people in the state. Probably at least 1,000,000 want to camp in our state parks. And those parklands are bought with dedicated taxes here. And are rated number one in the country. I've lost track of all the new parks, if never heard of some like Shangra La SP.

There is no doubt that snowbird money helps support the parks but the people living here would fill them up w/o the snowbirds. The natives should get priority, maybe reserve 1/3 of the slots until 2 weeks before the open date for that slot.


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We live here in central Florida ... we camped a lot until recently over the past few years, now it's almost impossible to get several days in a row. Every once in a while, we can get a mid-week day ...

Of course, we can easily camp in the summer HAHAHAHAHAHAHAaaaaa ....

The trouble is always the cheaters - if all campers would book campground sites in a manner that allows everyone equal access instead of breaking the rules and staying more days than allowed in a month or a year, we'd all get to share and enjoy the state parks. And, the campgrounds would still be full and collect revenue that helps the state maintain the park charter and protect the wildlife and habitats.

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I'm just starting to use campgrounds the last couple years and my experience already is pushing me to go when no one else wants to go. I'm spending the peak seasons at home and leaving the crowded campgrounds to others.

* This post was edited 05/30/22 08:05am by cptqueeg *

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Camper445 wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

We have our next winter Georgia and Florida state park stays booked into next April, all with our preferred sites. As said, you need to be ready to click at exactly the moment the reservation windows open, 11 months ahead in Florida and 13 months ahead in Georgia. I haven't timed it with Florida's new system, but one trick with Reserve America parks if you don't get in the first time, is to go back again 15 minutes later. Many people have multiple windows open ready to click on, and they sometimes hit on more than one site. While they complete the process for one site, the others are released back into the system in 15 minutes. That has gotten us into some popular parks on several occasions in the past few years. Some park systems have tried to control the "book two weeks ahead and then change the dates later" game by not allowing any changes for at least 18 days. When you go back to make the change then, your preferred dates may already be taken.


Proof to confirm my previous comment. Snowbirds gaming the system.


It isn't just snowbirds, the most common license plates I see in Florida state parks in the winter are from Florida. And that 18 day rule is designed to limit opportunities to game the system.


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