GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – In an effort to support Southwest Florida residents affected by Ian’s wrath, the Clay County Fairgrounds opened its RV area to offer a place to stay for those rebuilding who have an RV.
In an announcement on Facebook, fairground officials said they have an RV park with restrooms, full hookups and a dog park.
“We will work with you and we have space. We have a very caring community that will do what they can for you,” the Facebook post reads.
Tasha Hyder, the executive director for the Clay County Fair and RV Park, said the fairgrounds is waiving some of the usual fees and will work individually with those coming from hurricane-impacted areas about how long they can stay.
Hyder said the RV park offered this service back when Black Creek flooded during Hurricane Irma in 2017.
The park had 50 spots available as of Saturday, Hyder said, adding that she was overwhelmed by the images from Southwest Florida and they just wanted to do what they could to help.
“A lot of them don’t know the status of their house. They don’t even know if they have a house to go to,” Hyder said. “We have space open for them. We will be working with them on the price, a lot of fees will be waived.”
The RV park is a pet-friendly space that includes a 30 and 50-amp hook-up with water and sewer connection, a small dog park, dog washes, and Wi-Fi on site.
The RV park is located at 2511 SR 16 W, Green Cove Springs, 32043.
Hyder said if people were to reach out who did not have an RV, they would reach out to the community and sponsors to see what could be done for them.
“Once we get people in our park from the storm, we will be reaching out and our goal is to meet them with a hug and provide them with anything they need,” Hyder said.
Hyder also said to watch the Clay County Fair’s Facebook page for an announcement coming soon about a supply drive starting Monday for those in hard-hit areas of the state.