Email:Florida Hurricanes

By Alan Lidstone
"Florida RV resorts and campgrounds are like a Timex watch -
they just keep on ticking. Repair and recovery activities
began immediately after each of the three major hurricanes
(Category 3 or higher) Charlie, Ivan, and Jeanne, and the
record-sized Hurricane Frances storm that covered
the entire state.
Because Florida was hit by these major, destructive
hurricanes over the course of less than seven weeks, utility
outages were widespread and severe. However, response
from Florida's repairs crews and those from other states
was also outstanding and greatly appreciated. Services were
returned quickly, considering the extreme damage done,
often in half the time originally predicted.
Area cleanup in the affected areas was begun immediately
after each storm had passed and should be substantially
completed in most locations by New Year 2005.
Hurricane Charlie went from the southwest to the northeast
(Punta Gorda to Daytona), Hurricanes Frances and Joanne
traveled from southeast to northwest (Port St. Lucie to
Brooksville), and Hurricane Ivan slammed into the western
Florida panhandle near Pensacola.
Areas sustaining major property damage and utility
outages included:
* Florida Panhandle - Escambia and Santa Rosa counties
from Perdido Key and the Pensacola to the Fort Walton area.
* Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties,
including Hutchinson Island and Vero Beach, and southern
Brevard County.
* Southwest and central and Florida, including Charlotte,
DeSoto, Highlands, Osceola and Polk counties.
The good news is that almost all Florida RV resorts
campgrounds are open, operating and providing a
full range of services to RVers, campers, and visitors.
Most areas popular with RVers and campers, including
Orlando and Kissimmee, Tampa, St. Petersburg and
southwest Florida, Ocala and Silver Springs, Fort Lauderdale
and Miami, the Florida Panhandle, and the Florida Keys
currently have their full range of services, entertainment,
and recreation available.
The Florida State Parks website is reporting that all
of Florida's 158 State Parks are now open with the
exception of Hontoon Island State Park in Deland and
Avalon State Park in Fort Pierce. Still, check with
individual State Parks to verify the availability of
RVing and camping services.
Because reservations for the winter season at
Florida RV resorts and campgrounds continue to run
well ahead of last year, we suggest you contact your
favorite location to determine site availability
So, to sum up, RV resorts and campgrounds are open,
restoration and repairs are underway and Florida destinations
are ready to provide all the sun, sand, fishing, golf,
dining, rest, and recreation you enjoy so much".

Here at Camp Host US Headquarters at Hanna Park in

Jacksonville, Fl..we did just fine, with only minor damage.

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