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									       Bobby Cornwell                                   NEWS RELEASE
       Florida Assn of RV Parks & Campgrounds
       (850) 562-7151


        TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 8, 2010 – Several Florida RV parks and
resorts that cater to snowbirds are reporting stronger advance bookings for the
upcoming winter season than last year at this time, according to an informal
survey of private park operators.
        “The overall opinion is that reservations are up. Everybody seems to be
pretty happy,” said Bobby Cornwell, who serves as executive director of the
Florida and Alabama Associations of RV Parks & Campgrounds in Tallahassee.
        The exception, of course, would be parks along the coast that lost
business as a result of negative publicity involving the BP oil spill. But even parks
that suffered tremendous business losses as a result of the spill are seeing a
gradual rebound.
        “It looks like we’re rebounding back to normal for the winter,” said Pat
O’Neill, general manager of Camping on the Gulf in Destin, Fla., adding that
snowbirds are returning the Gulf.
        “We’re starting to see daylight,” said Tripp Keber, COO of Bella Terra
Realty Holdings LLC, which developed the 176-site Bella Terra RV Resort in Gulf
Shores, Ala. “We’re starting to see snowbird activity come back. I don’t think
we’ll be back to normal this winter, but I think we’ll be in much better shape than
we were (after the spill).”
        Meanwhile, RV parks and resorts in areas of Florida not affected by the oil
spill anticipate a strong winter season, in many cases surpassing last year’s
figures. Here are some examples:

               Central Park of Haines City: “Our winter business is
                outstanding,” said Chris Long, general manager of the resort,
                adding that his advance reservations are up 10 to 15 percent
                over last year’s figures.

               Dunedin RV Resort in Tampa: “Business is looking wonderful
                this upcoming winter,” said Darlene Proctor, a desk clerk at the
               resort. “The months of January, February and March you couldn’t
               put a toothpick in here were are so full. And November,
               December and April are filling up quickly.”

              Flamingo Lake Resort in Jacksonville: “I’m noticing a lot more
               walk-ins starting early and our daily business has gone up two or
               three percent,” said park owner Bob Little.

              Holiday Travel Resort in Orlando: “Our business is looking
               good,” said Patty Parsons, assistant manager of the resort,
               adding that she expects business levels to be consistent with last
               winter’s figures.

              Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota: “We’re starting off really
               well. October was fantastic and November is really strong,” said
               Tim Deputy, general manager of the park. He added while Sun N
               Fun was booked to capacity last January, February and March
               overall business will be even stronger for the winter of 2010-2011
               because of the stronger bookings this fall.

              The Great Outdoors RV Resort in Titusville: “We’re about even
               keel with last winter,” said Judy Willeke, an owner and director of
               TGO Realty, which sells and rents sites the resort. She added
               that the colder the weather is up north, the longer the snowbirds
               are likely to stay in Florida.

       For additional sources and statistics on camping trends in Florida and
other Sunbelt states, please contact Bobby Cornwell, who serves as executive
director of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds at (850) 562-
7151 or email him at A free camping guide is also available
from the association and can be obtained by visiting
Contact information for the parks referenced in this news release is as follows:

              Bella Terra RV Resort, Tripp Keber, (202) 413-7088 or

              Camping on the Gulf, Destin, Pat O’Neill, (850) 585-5422 or

              Central Park of Haines City, Chris Long, (863) 422-5322 or

              Dunedin RV Resort, Tampa, Darlene Proctor, (727) 784-3719
   Flamingo RV Resort, Jacksonville, Bob Little, (904) 219-6836 or

   Holiday Travel Resort, Orlando, John Parkhurst, (352) 787-5151

   Sun N Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Tim Deputy, (800) 843-2421 or

   The Great Outdoors RV Resort, Titusville, Fla., Judy Willeke,
    (321) 269-5004 or

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