Florida RV parks predict strong winter season
An informal survey of private RV park and campground owners in Florida reveals that many are expecting a strong winter season due in part to the arrival of "snowbirds."
Snowbirds are individuals who travel from cooler climates to warmer areas, such as Florida, for the winter months.
Several parks that cater to these individuals say that advance bookings are stronger compared to the same time last year.
"Business is looking wonderful this upcoming winter," said Darlene Proctor of Dunedin RV Resort in Tampa, Florida. "The months of January, February and March you couldn't put a toothpick in here we are so full. And, November, December and April are filling up quickly."
While many RV parks, resorts and campgrounds will benefit from the rebounding economy, those along the Gulf coast in Florida, Alabama and Louisiana may not be so lucky.
"I don't think we'll be back to normal this winter, but I think we'll be in much better shape than after the spill," said Tripp Keber of the Bella Terra Bella Terra RV Resort in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Some resort owners said that the negative publicity involving the oil spill mainly took place during the summer months, when retirees typically make their reservations for the following winter.