On the Agenda: Pine Ridge RV Park proposal sparks concern from neighbors

A public hearing to discuss a proposed 374 RV site known as Pine Ridge RV Park will be considered by the Gilchrist County Board of County Commission on Sept. 21st.
 
 Neighboring residents near Ginnie Springs say they are concerned that noise and traffic issues caused by springs visitors of the springs haven’t been solved and the park will just add to the problems. 
 
The Application for Special Use Permit was submitted by Gary Dounson of Gary Dounson and Associates, Inc for Aliventures, LLC. The proposal for the overnight RV park includes 374 sites, a swimming pool/clubhouse, a children’s game arcade, a general store and sandwich shop, outdoor seasonal farmers market, a gopher tortoise theater, several office buildings and three distributed wastewater treatment systems with a central wastewater collection system to serve the RV sites.
 
According to the Notice of Public Hearing, the 120 acres are located at the 5700 block of NE SR 47.
 
The property is currently in the Agriculture (A-2) and (A-5) land use category and is located in High Springs but in Gilchrist County. 
 

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The plan also includes nature trails and a dedicated conservation area.
 
The meeting will be on Sept. 21st at the Gilchrist County BOCC meeting facility at 210 S. Main St. at 4:30 p.m. 
 
A group of residents from High Springs are meeting on Sept. 7th “to get together and discuss the proposed RV park and ideas to present to the county commission meeting on 9/21.”
 
Some residents are concerned that the property is classified as a flood zone (Zone A).
 
Garin Davidson, who said his property is directly south of the proposed RV park, voiced his concern. 
 

“My family lives directly south of the proposed RV Park sharing the fenceline,” he commented. “We are strongly opposed to this being literally in our backyard. Several of our friends and neighbors are in the same position.”
 

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