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Gilchrist BOCC will consider RV Park, 4 o’clock Monday Sept. 21, 2020, 209 SE 1st Street, Trenton, FL 32693,Trenton

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This huge development will have a large cumulative concrete footprint on a very sensitive aquifer recharge area near the river.  It will draw more people to an already-overly used and abused river which is imperiled.  It will  be located directly down the road from the Santa Fe River Park at the SR 47 Bridge, a high traffic congestion area already, and will increase traffic especially between there and the Ginnie Springs campground, which for some time has been a problem for noise, congestion and pollution, disrupting our rural way of life.

Before anything like this gets decided, the Santa Fe River needs a human usage study much like one that was done for the Ichetucknee River, as there are at least 52 named springs located between US 27 and SR 47 that are already suffering human impacts.  At 374 RV sites, this campground could bring 3000 people to our area daily, which would be more people than any of our rural cities could manage. Tourism at the cost of our already imperiled river and springs is undesirable and unacceptable.  If we over-use and kill our springs and river, our tourism industry will fail.
Additionally, the owners have chosen the name Pine Ridge RV Campground, even though there are no pine ridges around but there is a Pine Ridge RV Campground in Michigan and a Pine Ridge RV Park campground in New Mexico.  Also, Pine Ridge is an official extensive area along the Niobrara Rive in Nebraska near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

If you oppose this new huge RV park next door to Ginnie Springs campground on the Santa Fe River, your opportunity to speak comes Monday, Sept. 21, at the county commissioners meeting in Trenton.  This is an in-person meeting which begins at 4 o’clock, with the RV item beginning at 4:30 pm,  209 SE 1st Street, Trenton.
Trenton, FL 32693,

If you are unable to attend the in-person meeting, please inform the commissioners with your opinion at the following contacts:

Sharon Langford:
Bill Martin:
Todd Gray (chairman)
Marion Poitevint:
Kenrick Thomas: phone only 352-214-3977, or request Chairman Gray to inform him.

Read the complete article here in the Gainesville Sun.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Proposed RV park near Ginnie Springs draws opposition

Cindy Swirko

The Gainesville Sun

A large recreational vehicle campground proposed in Gilchrist County near Ginnie Springs has galvanized opposition from nearby residents who say it will worsen the traffic, noise and environmental problems in the area.

The RV park will have 374 sites along with amenities including a swimming pool/clubhouse, a game arcade, a general store/sandwich shop and a “gopher tortoise theater,” according to the application for a special-use permit from the Gilchrist County Commission.

Among those opposed to the proposal is David Deas, who moved from Gainesville to land that the park would border five years ago after retiring.

“When they came up with this proposal for 374 RVs right out our front door — it just churns my stomach to even think about it,” Deas said. “The noise — we hear Ginnie Springs. Just the noise from diesel trucks pulling those RVs, the generators, garbage trucks going in there — it will change our lifestyle tremendously.”

Proposing to build the RV park on State Road 47 near the intersection with County Road 340 is Dae Jung Kim LLC of High Springs.

The 120-acre site is owned by Aliventures LLC of Miami but will be sold to Kim LLC if permitting for the park is approved, said Karl Spain, manager of the Kim LLC.

Turn lanes would be added to abate traffic concerns, Spain said. Noise should not be an issue because of the type of RV owner likely to use the park.

“I think our plan really does address (traffic and noise) very robustly,” Spain said. “RV parks attract a certain type of clientele — they are expensive machines. We are going to have a police presence on-site. This is going to be a quiet, wonderful addition to the hospitality industry in Gilchrist County.”

It would include three small wastewater treatment systems with a central wastewater collection system.

Also, the park will have 12 bathhouses, a water treatment plant, a caretaker’s home, an office and a maintenance building and a conservation area….

Rachael Smith, who lives across from the site, said opponents have a lot of concerns including environmental and public safety, particularly fire service.

“Two of our volunteer fire rescue stations have closed that are the closest to our area, so any fire rescue comes out of the main station in Bell,” Smith said. “It’s part of a springs recharge area. They propose two 6-inch wells to have the water they need. That’s a lot of water they are pulling out of the aquifer.”

Nestle Waters wants to expand its nearby bottling operation on County Road 340, which would pump more water from the aquifer at Ginnie Springs. That has drawn opposition well beyond the area.

The Gilchrist County Commission is set to consider the special use permit Monday at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be in-person at the meeting room in Trenton.

Dae Jung Kim is a food entrepreneur who recently bought the Diner restaurant in High Springs, Spain said.

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