Council OKs name at Lake Jackson park

Published 12:05 am Friday, November 6, 2015


Lake Jackson and the surrounding park areas will be marketed as Lake Jackson RV Campground and Park at Florala.

The Florala City Council took the action in a special called meeting Thursday afternoon after hearing recommendations from a committee it previously appointed to consider immediate actions needed.

The park, which previously was a state park, was turned over to the city on Oct. 15. At the time, there were two people camped in the RV portion for the winter, and since then, eight more have arrived.

The committee, which included Joy Taylor, Rick Clifton, Gary Jones and Jim Burdine, also recommended new rates, and the purchase of equipment needed for operations.

RV/campground rates were established and in some cases increased. Clifton said committee members compared rental rates and surrounding areas and found the new rates to be competitive.

Effective immediately RV/campground rates will be:

• $30 per day plus lodging taxes for waterfront lots with 10 percent off for seniors/military rates Mondays through Thursdays.

• $26 per day plus tax for non-waterfront rentals, with 10 percent off for seniors/military rates Mondays through Thursdays.

• Weekly rates are the daily rates with 7th day free (no discounts apply)

• Monthly rates are $400 plus tax.

• Clubhouse rental is $45 per day plus tax. There are no fees charged for use of the clubhouse by campers.

Daily pavilion rental rates are:

• $30 for a small pavilion

• $45 for a large pavilion

• $45 for the pier.

Rental rates for the Rodney J. Evans center were reduced from a flat rate of $110 per hour. New rates are:

• $600 daily for up to 12 hours of continuous use.

• $300 for a partial day (up to five hours).

Taylor, who also works in city hall, said there are already a number of inquiries about rentals.

“We have been putting them off until after today, because we didn’t have prices,” she said.

At present, neither city officials nor committee members know how much the power bills for the park will be.

“Until everything is finalized by the state, we can only get a summary,” Taylor said. “We know the state paid $36,000 for utilities for the park for last year.”

It also was unclear whether the figure included water, cable and Internet service for the campground area.

The council also agreed to several repairs and purchases related to the lake, including:

• Assuming the contract for an alarm service in the Rodney J. Evans building.

• Installing a metal roof on the bathroom facility in the RV area.

• Purchasing a commercial refrigerator and microwaves for the Evans building.