Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Zoning Snafu Stalls Plans to Build RV Campground; Camden Says Property Is Not for Commercial Use, despite Maps

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Zoning Snafu Stalls Plans to Build RV Campground; Camden Says Property Is Not for Commercial Use, despite Maps

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Byline: GORDON JACKSON

KINGSLAND - County officials have ordered a halt to a real estate broker's plans to build a campground on property that was improperly zoned commercial just outside Kingsland.

The cease and desist order was issued by county officials when area residents complained after the property owner, Debbie Jones, hired workers to erect an 8-foot barbed-wire fence to separate her property from Lost Court Acres, a residential community across the street.

Jae Summers, a resident living on a private road across from the development, said she told officials in the Camden County Planning and Zoning Department there had to be a mistake because she was certain the property was zoned residential.

Conflicting county records, however, showed a map indicating the property was zoned commercial. But the only rezoning request on record from Oct. 21, 1998, showed county officials had denied a request to rezone the property from residential to commercial.

"They told me they didn't know anything," Summers said of her conversation with county officials.

A big concern among neighborhood residents was how heavy recreational vehicles would affect the dirt road leading to the campground, said Donnie Mounsey, a code enforcement officer for Kingsland who lives on the street.

"The solution is to leave the property like it is," Mounsey said. "We don't want an RV park next door."

After a second meeting with county officials two weeks ago, Summers said she was told that Paul Budge, a county Geographic Information Systems mapper, changed the property's zoning from residential to commercial on county maps about four years ago.

Loretta Riggins-Hylton, the county's senior planner, said the order to halt construction was issued July 26 and Budge was no longer a county employee the following day. She said she couldn't say if Budge quit or was fired.

"I don't think he ever intentionally changed the map," she said. "Why he did it, I have no clue. …

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