Of interest to all users of Rum Island Park, please note that an ordinance outlining new regulations regarding the park will be discussed at the June 18 meeting of the Columbia County BOCC on Thursday, June 18 at 5:30 at the Columbia County School Board Administrative Complex Auditorium, 372 West Duval Street, Lake City, Florida 32055. The Rum Island Park Ordinance is wrapped into a broad Columbia County Park Ordinance that includes all of the recreational holdings of the county.
As of now, the recommendation is for adoption.
If you have an opinion as to park use anywhere in the county, you may participate in public comments at this meeting.
Please go to this link to see the Rum Island Park Ordinance.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum
To: Board Agenda, June 18, 2020
From: Joel F. Foreman
Re: ORDINANCE NO. 2020-08
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF
COLUMBIA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING CHAPTER 78, ARTICLES I, II,
III, AND VI OF THE COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATING TO THE
USE AND REGULATION OF COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATIONAL
Date: June 11, 2020
The attached draft Ordinance 2020-08 would, if adopted, unify the County’s park and recreational
area regulations while incorporating the Board’s desires for changes at Rum Island Park such as
parking enforcement and the creation of a park permit to be issued for those wishing to make
regular commercial use of any park.
The ordinance imposes the Board’s regulations while recognizing the role of the County Manager
under Charter to see to the care and custody of the County’s property. The Parks and Recreation
Director is also authorized, with the County Manager, to create and implement rules that are
necessary for the operation of particular parks. For example, the rules at Southside may differ
from rules that would apply to Alligator Lake park, but the general regulations would be the same
while Board would retain the ability to set many regulations such as hours of operation and entry
fees. This will afford staff more discretion in balancing the needs of the public and limitations
necessary to ensue the parks remain in good condition.
To adopt Ordinance 2020-08.