Nestled in a prestigious area of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is the 30-year-old Palm Beach Gardens RV Park, a hidden gem for folks who travel across the country in their RVs.
But the travelers’ paradise could soon be replaced. The campground owners have submitted plans to build a 46,000-square foot Publix grocery store on the property, according to WPTV-TV, Ch. 5, West Palm Beach.
The city’s planning and zoning board unanimously recommended approval, but park visitors are not thrilled with the idea.
“There’s enough grocery stores,” said camper Jim Cullum, “A Publix a half mile that way, Winn-Dixie 2.5 miles that way, next road over, Publix. We don’t need any more grocery stores.”
They fear RV parks like this one are a dying breed.
“All over Florida it’s hard,” said Pennsylvania resident Shirley Smith, who has been coming to the RV park for the past six years, “They’re selling them off.”
“There’s a couple of places up north of here in Juno and Jupiter and there’s a state park that’s great if you can get in, but it’s always busy,” said Bill Van Dusen, a Florida retiree who now lives in South Dakota, but enjoys spending time at the park.
The property manager says there are no immediate plans to shut down the park.
“We don’t have a closing date,” said Maggie Bottoms, “I’m making reservations for the next year.”
But change is coming.
The Palm Beach Gardens City Council will hold its first reading of the plans on Feb. 19. A second reading is required for final approval.