By Russ and Tiña De Maris
For years, guests at the Lazydays RV Resort at Seffner, Florida, enjoyed a real “perk.” Guests got vouchers for free breakfasts and lunches each day when checked in at the resort, all part of the price of staying with them. Sadly, that old expression “No such thing as a free lunch” has come true even in Florida.
One of our readers, currently staying on at Lazydays, let us know about the change. Referring to the Lazydays’ Front Porch Restaurant, he writes, “Gone are the crowds to congregate with already made friends, to make new friends, plan trips and make wonderful memories. And gone is the opportunity to get more guests into the Sales Area twice a day. Sad.”
We reached out to Lazydays management to inquire about the loss. “Chalk it up to costs,” we were basically told. The company says if they had held onto the free food for guests program, they would have had to raise resort rates, and feared they would have lost many of the small groups that frequent the RV resort. So last November, they pulled the free food program.
Our reader proposes a different approach. “The Front Porch continues its operation providing food, basically for the large staff of management, sales, service, maintenance and grounds personnel. That is mostly at lunch time so workers do not have to travel off-site for a meal. A very inefficient use of the Front Porch when they have hundreds of guests on site who would gladly select a separate food package, not bundled into their site fees, to eat at their Front Porch facility.”
That ball is now in Lazydays’ court.