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Site approved for RV park

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By Sean Arnold

Staff writer

A 180-acre site located on the southeastern edge of Williston has been approved by the county for use by a prospective RV park.

Jose Morales’ requests for the site, which included changes to part of the property’s land-use designations, a rezoning as well as a special exception that is required by all prospective RV park sites, were approved unanimously by the Levy County Commission Dec. 19.

Public hearings were at the meeting before the adoption of the ordinances, and no objections were raised.

The amendment to the county’s Comprehensive Plan required the county to earlier submit a petition to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, while other state agencies also screened the request. The agencies approved the change with no comment on the changes.

The RV park would receive water and sewer services from the City of Williston. Williston submitted a letter to the County Commission expressing its approval of the venture, while noting its capacity to serve the project’s utilities.

“It’s always good to have a strong partnership with our municipalities so that’s good news,” Commission chairman John Meeks said.

The RV park would border U.S. 27 west of the highway, and include a road entrance along Northeast 25th Street, which borders the site on the north. The site is located approximately two miles directly to the east of Williston Middle High School. The project’s address is at 21930 NE Hwy 27. Forested areas and substantial tree lines border the project property.

Commissioner Mike Joyner thanked Morales for choosing Levy County for the project. In response, Morales thanked the county for “helping move this process forward.

“Hopefully, we can put this together,” Morales added.

The project’s plans feature several potential amenities for the park, including a swimming pool, equestrian trails, tennis courts, a bowling alley, restroom and shower buildings, a restaurant and a general store inside a 10,000-square-foot building at the site. Only residents of the park will be allowed to make use of the amenities, as required by the special exception. Occupants can’t stay longer than six months.

Dave Pieklik, of the Nature Coast Business Development Council offered some economic projections from the prospective park during a public hearing. He said the project could produce around 50 direct jobs in the longer term, and three indirect jobs within the first year of its opening, according to the Regional Economic Models, Inc. (R.E.M.I.).