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Residents Fear Planned Rv Resort Will Erode Northeast Pasco Scenic Protections

CampgroundViews.com – Ja-Mar Travel Park Port Richey Florida FL

DADE CITY Three years ago, as county commissioners approved rural land protections for Pasco’s northeast quadrant, one supportive resident suggested that the new safeguards would help turn the scenic area into a highly desirable destination.

Probably more that she imagined.

The rolling hills and scenic vistas could become a destination for hundreds of recreational vehicle enthusiasts escaping the Midwest and Northeast to a new resort in northeast Pasco if a developer’s plans come to fruition.

Vcare Consultants of Tampa is proposing to turn 130 acres of agricultural land at the northeast corner of Interstate 75 and Lake Iola Road into a 675-space RV resort with a lodge, convenience store, pool, dock and other recreational amenities.

The idea isn’t sitting well with some area residents. Because it is planned as a transient park, not as permanent residential home sites, the North Pasco RV Resort is considered akin to a hotel. That means most of the county’s rural land protections aren’t applicable, since they govern residential development only.

“I have a problem with it,” said Jill Yelverton of Blanton. “It’s just a bad precedent ”

“It is a compatible use,” she said.

But, an RV resort “is just not what we had in our vision when we fought for the protections and when we said we wanted it to be rural,” said Yelverton.

“I give everybody a fair shake,” answered Commissioner Oakley.

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