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Old 03-27-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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New Florida RV Park has only 54 sites revenue 2012 1 million

http://www.rvbusiness.com/2012/03/am...valing-hotels/

Amenities at Florida Resort Parks Rivaling Hotels

Dale and Cheryl Lesh have their next two years of vacations planned and booked, according to a report in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

“We have our eyes on a particular site,” Cheryl said while lounging at the pool at Florida’s Destin West RV Resort situated on Okaloosa Island. “We love it. It’s quiet, the location’s great. We’re recommending it to friends.”

The RV park opened March 9 and has been registering a steady of flow of guests, from those with reservations to visitors who just pull in off U.S. Highway 98.

It took two years to build the park, and now it offers guests everything from a heated pool to all the amenities offered at Ramada Plaza Beach Resort across the highway.

“In this market and this economy, I could not think of anything else for this property,” said Tripp Tolbert, who owns the RV park and the Ramada. “You can’t borrow money on raw land, so I thought this would be a great way to create steady revenues.”

Tolbert’s RV park is one two that have opened recently. St. Rosa Sound RV Resort in Navarre also opened March 9 with more than 80 sites, 24 of which sit along the water.

“This year will be good. Next year will be better,” said manager Jinks Dupre. “Navarre is the best kept secret in the world, so who wouldn’t want to stay right by the beautiful water. Every RV park around here has had a ‘no vacancy’ sign hanging for months.”

Dupre said her park initially was met with some criticism on whether the view of the water would be blocked, but cleaning up the foliage improved the view, she said. The site has a pool, fitness center and laundry. It does not allow popup campers or tents.

On Okaloosa Island, Destin West features 54 RV sites, each has a picnic table and patio. The park also has a laundry room, pool and a shop with camping gear and Destin West T-shirts.

“The response has been wonderful,” said Joe Guidry, general manager of the Ramada and Destin West. “We’ve got a lot of snowbirds and families coming here for that quiet atmosphere we have.”

The park has bookings scheduled for the next two months and its projected revenue for 2012 is about $1 million.

Mary Juergens has been traveling in her RV for the past 10 years. She said that Destin West gets five stars from her.

“I love the area, it’s so nice being by the bay,” said Juergens, of St. Cloud, Minn. “To me, the top three things a good RV park needs is laundry facility, pool and sites that are paved.

“This place has all that, plus a friendly staff.”

Tolbert said he expects to have a steady flow of visitors this summer, and plans to continue to build around the area.

“I’m trying to create a destination site on Okaloosa Island,” Tolbert said. “I want people to be able to come here and not have to get back in their cars until they leave. We want everything they need to be right here.”
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:30 AM   #2
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Sounds like a nice spot. Have you already booked your stay, Rod?
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No Mike I have not. I do love going to florida but I think the price of this park will keep me out.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:12 PM   #4
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We were in Destin last summer at Henderson Beach State Park. Hands down this was one of the nicest parks I've been to. The beach is beautiful, the park is just the same. Nice, clean and affordable, great location. We're headed back this summer. There are some other state parks close by, Topsail is one of those.
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No Mike I have not. I do love going to florida but I think the price of this park will keep me out.
Another thing that may keep you out is your camper....They only allow Class A, Class C, and 5th wheels. As much as I respect an owners choice to accept what they want, IMO a TT that may be a bumper pull can be alot nicer than some of the 5ers we have all seen at various parks.

I looked at this park as a possible for my next trip, but after noticing the restrictions, decided on Emerald Beach RV park in Navarre, just slightly west of this location. Will post a review once we return.
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Well, that there is enough reason for me to drop this one from my potential list of places to stay. Thanks
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do the math... if this story is right he charges $1543.21 A NIGHT.... (54 sites been open for 90 days)
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WE have camped at Top Sail State Park in Destin. It was the most beautiful beaches we have seen. The park was clean and the prices right.
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Maybe they should have an age restriction instead of a class restriction...maybe something like nothing over 5 years old.
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Another thing that may keep you out is your camper....They only allow Class A, Class C, and 5th wheels. As much as I respect an owners choice to accept what they want, IMO a TT that may be a bumper pull can be alot nicer than some of the 5ers we have all seen at various parks.

I looked at this park as a possible for my next trip, but after noticing the restrictions, decided on Emerald Beach RV park in Navarre, just slightly west of this location. Will post a review once we return.
Well folks, I stand corrected. This past week, we were in Florida and stopped by Destin West. I pulled up and to my amazement, they were full of bumper pull campers. So, I asked about it. Seems that the permit that was issued to the park from the county official was only written for RV's such as A's, C's, and 5ers. But, they have allowed bumper pull campers to stay there. The county inspector has come out numerous times and inspected the campers on the location, and has no problem with what they have seen. They (Destin West) just can't advertise it. But the girl did say that they have had to ask 2 different campers to leave....1 was an older pop up and the other was (I am not sure what you call it) one of those add ons that fits in the back of a pickup truck. We actually liked the sites, they were pretty spacious and well maintained from what we could tell, and we are seriously thinking about booking there next year. There are tons of things within a short distance to keep the kids (and adults) occupied.
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