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 TIMOTHY W STITZEL
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I believe Snowbirding is a problem for the residents of Florida and everyone else who is attempting to visit the state during the winter season. 

1) Snowbird Tax - 25% added for anyone staying over the normal 2-week max. (Monthly fee plus additional 25%)($1000+$250=$1250)

2) 30-day stay or more - Must register with the state as a resident and pay taxes for the time spent.

3) No shows - Campground will call whoever rented the site to see if they are going to be coming. If not, and refuse to cancel, Florida resident has free camping for whatever time is on the clock. The NO SHOW is banned from ever reserving another site to allow someone else the chance to camp in Florida. (We have done this where I am)


   
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 Bert L Wilkinson
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Getting mad and implementing this type of idea may backfire if other states pick up on this. Then the ability of campers to move freely around this country would be restricted.    Florida campgrounds fill up in the winter, Michigan, State campgrounds fill up in the summer. This type of restrictive rules/laws is not the answer for the need of more campgrounds. A full campground during a season of the year is the only way some campgrounds are able to stay open.


   
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 Steve Rings
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It’s sad that hard working Floridians who want to take their family on even just one overnight tent camping trip in one of Florida’s State Parks, can’t because of all the stinking snowbirds! If the snowbirds don’t like the cold weather why in hell do they live where they do? Do Florida a favor and stay home! You add nothing to our State, you only take from it!!!


   
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 John Hicks
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You have the same opportunities to make reservations as snowbirds do.


   
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Wondering about the residency suggestion- does Florida even have state income tax? 


   
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 John Hicks
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Florida doesn't have an income tax.

It may not have been noticed that folks who stay in Florida campgrounds pay a local lodging tax the same as if they were in a motel room if the local city or county opts to charge that tax; it's often around 10 percent.


   
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 Annieclov
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my husband and I have been talking about what our future might look like in retirement. When we bought our place in Arcadia, we always thought we'd either sell it and our main home to buy waterfront on Winni or sell the main home and buy a winter place in the south.

The former would appear to no longer be possible. Starting the mainland waterfront is at least double what our main home and Arcadia camp would bring in.

The latter, however, seems to have a fair amount of considerations as well—both financially and in terms of weather, maintenance, etc.

Keeping these parameters of limited finances, what are people's thoughts on

1. Options,

2. Locations to winter (assuming, of course, that Winni is our home), 

3. Locations to move full-time that offer good weather/boating/lake or water activity year-round?


   
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