Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Look Is Coming to Fish Camp; Randy Ringhaver, Owner of What Used to Be Pacetti's, Vows No Condos

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Look Is Coming to Fish Camp; Randy Ringhaver, Owner of What Used to Be Pacetti's, Vows No Condos

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Byline: Douglas Jordan

ST. AUGUSTINE | It's been two months since Randy Ringhaver of Ring Power Corp. purchased Pacetti's Fish Camp, but Ringhaver said Monday he's still not sure just what he will do with the 23-acre property on Trout Creek off Florida 13.

"I wish I knew," Ringhaver said. "There are about a dozen different opportunities on the table right now, and honestly, none of them leaps out at the moment. The main thing we want to do is clean the place up right now and get everybody out of there so we can take stock of the place before we make any decisions."

One thing is for sure, he said, the property will never be developed for condominiums while he owns it.

"That just wouldn't be ecologically suitable or sound," he said.

"We'd like to protect that land and clean it up."

Ringhaver lives less than a mile from the camp and also owns 3,000 additional acres that back up to the property, which he said serves as a wildlife refuge and hunting preserve.

He said he'd been dismayed to see the camp "go downhill" over the years.

"I drive by it every day, and it really had become an eyesore," Ringhaver said. "So fixing that is our main priority."

He said one of the possibilities for the property would be to make it a more upscale RV park.

"That would be the most obvious and potentially profitable use," Ringhaver said. "But we're still thinking about whether that's what we want to do."

The first thing Ringhaver did when he bought the property was change the name to Trout Creek Marina.

He said he will continue to operate the marina, boat ramp and bait shop.

"We're going to put in a new bulkhead and build new docks," he said. "We also tore out all of the old gas pump systems and are installing all new, up-to-code lines and tanks. The old system was in such a sad state of disrepair that it really should have been condemned years ago."

Ringhaver said the former owners, Pinkham and Linda Pacetti, hadn't really been able to keep up with the place in recent years, and it showed. …

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