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Old 12-10-2023, 08:21 AM   #1
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Florida State Parks reservation change

Florida State parks reservation systems allowed reservation 11 months in advance. Even with that 11 month window it was difficult to get a reservation in the winter. Tis morning I received a letter saying the 11 month window is for Florida residents but out of staters can only reserve 10 months in advance. This will effectively exclude non residents from a winter reservation. Here is the letter:

We are excited to share a new benefit for Florida residents about making reservations for overnight accommodations at Florida State Parks.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, at noon Eastern time, only Florida residents may make reservations for cabins and RV, tent, boat and equestrian campsites 11 months in advance. Non-Florida residents will be able to make reservations 10 months in advance.

To take advantage of this new benefit, Florida residents will need to provide a valid Florida driverís license or ID card number at the time of booking. Starting today, Florida residents may update their profile associated with the Florida State Parks Reservation System to add their valid Florida driverís license or ID card number. This information, which will be validated with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, will need to be verified annually.

Before making a reservation 11 months in advance, Florida residents be asked to attest to the following statement:

I understand and attest that this camping reservation is being made under the Florida Residents Preference provisions outlined in s. 258.014(2), Florida Statutes. I am a Florida resident, and I agree to provide my Florida driverís license number or Florida identification card number issued under s. 322.051, Florida Statutes, as proof of Florida residency while making this reservation and upon arrival in the state park during check-in. I also acknowledge that this reservation is not transferable. Any attempt to use this reservation by anyone other than this account holder will result in cancellation, forfeiture of all fees associated with this reservation, and assessment of the cancellation fee pursuant to the Florida State Parks Fee Schedule. Furthermore, any attempt to circumvent the spirit and intent of Florida Residents Preference by this account holder, including the sale or transfer of overnight park reservations, may result in suspension of the account holderís ability to make future reservations.

We are excited to welcome you to our beautiful state parks.
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Old 12-10-2023, 06:41 PM   #2
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That will hardly put a dent in the ability for FL residents to get a spot during the snowbird season here (fall/winter/spring). Glad to see they are trying to do something, but we typically have to go further north to find anything. I am on the eastern coast at the cape, so northern FL/panhandle/S. GA isn't far, but we'd still like to visit our near-home state parks too.
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Old 12-11-2023, 05:29 AM   #3
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I believe in the Marine Corps it was called RHIP, rank has its privileges. I'm quite certain other applications apply.
Over the years I have read on here where veterans and non-veterans alike whine because they can't camp at on-base RV facilities. If that were allowed then our retired and active duty servicepeople would have nowhere to camp.
I suspect the OP is correct in that it will make very little difference in the availability of Florida parks to residents.
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